Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Montell2099 has commanded stages worldwide since emerging on Soundcloud in 2015. With a co-sign on RL Grime’s label Sable Valley and support from other artists in the industry, Montell2099 continues to prove to be on a different level than most.
Following Montell2099’s immersive 2020 short film, Live from Karekare, which saw sacred Māori indigenous land on the west coast of New Zealand become the visionary electronic producer’s stage as he performed a live DJ set – Montell2099 has shared a new surreal follow-up short film, Live From Lake Alta in The Remarkables mountain range in the country’s South Island.
While showcasing New Zealand, he also plays some unreleased tunes set against the icy mountain ranges at a birds eye view – the same mountains that saw some epic moments in the Lord of the Rings film series.
[0:01] Montell2099 – Space
[1:55] DJ Snake – Lean On (Montell2099 Edit)
[2:44] Wilkinson – Take You Higher (Montell2099 Remix)
[4:28] Diplo – Wish (Montell2099 Remix)
[6:18] Metrik – Hackers (RL GRIME EDIT)
[9:36] 1991 – The People
[10:44] Montell2099 – Burna vs. Praise The Lord (Montell2099 Edit)
[12:37] Montell2099 & RL Grime vs. Flume – Rusynth vs. Rushing Back (Montell2099 Edit)
[14:25] Duke & Jones – Detox
w/ Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now (Acappella)
[15:39] Curbi – Flip It (Tisoki Remix)
[16:35] Montell2099 – ID
w/ Benny Benassi – Cinema (Acappella)
[18:20] HEX COUGAR – AGATHA
[19:49] Halsey vs. Montell2099 – Without Me vs. Insomnia (Montell2099 Edit)
[21:58] Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (Skrillex Remix)
w/ Montell2099 – SUSU
[24:00] Flux Pavilion vs. Skrillex – I Can’t Stop vs. Mumbai Power (Montell2099 Edit)
[26:05] Montell2099 vs. Route 94 – Stars vs. My Love (Montell2099 Edit)
[27:20] RÜFÜS DU SOL – Innerbloom (What So Not Remix)
w/ LORDE – Green Light (Montell2099 & Sachi Remix)
The same way he showcases New Zealand on the world stage through his music, the mesmerizing visual finds Montell2099 leaning proudly into his heritage, revealing more of the countries inimitable scenery, breathtaking views, and nature as his extravagant arena, from one of the most stunning and serene locations the world has to offer.
“The visual element of my music is super important. And in a live setting the visuals are almost as important as the musical delivery. With my DJ sets I spend an incredible amount of time curating the journey – every drop has a purpose, and every breakdown moment is there for a reason. I always want to tell a story and take the audience on a musical journey and adding the visual element to this makes it more effective and helps immerse the audience into the world that we’ve created for them.”
- Montell 2099
Continuing to take his music and live show to even grander heights, Live From Lake Alta is another showcase of Montell2099’s art transcending conventionality and pushing the limits of the traditional live show experience.
The release of the video will coincide with a drop of limited edition t-shirts, from which all profits will go towards The Kea Conversation Trust, a charity supporting the native New Zealand bird that once populated The Remarkables region but is now nationally endangered.