Monty Luke is a part of Detroit 3.0, an evolution of the “New Detroit” that includes the world of electronic music. It’s a step forward of a wave-swell of culture that Monty helped shape since moving to the city in 2008.
Monty’s musical production career began in the SF Bay area in the early 2000s, when he released “What U Feel” under the Loopwreckas moniker alongside Sam Urton. He later showcased his hypnotic vocal-fused style in “Paranoid,” a collaboration with San Francisco local Tasho, released through Mothership Music, a Claude VonStroke house/techno Dirtybird sister label. It was only a matter of time before Monty crossed paths with Carl Craig(his soon-to-be mentor). The two stayed in touch and by 2008, Monty joined Planet E as label manager, transporting him to his current Detroit base.
Mentored by Craig, Monty churned out “Panik Attack,” the jarring follow-up to “Paranoid.” His work showcased a space-like vibe, often themed in science fiction using otherworldly samples, such as “Art, Love, and War.” Constantly exploring new frontiers with a sound that can’t be restricted to one genre, Monty solidified his place in the Motor City and as one of the U.S’ top underground DJ’s after joining 2010’s D25 world tour. The tour celebrated 25 years of Detroit techno alongside Theo Parrish, Kenny Dixon Jr., Derrick May and more and was a landmark moment for the city and it’s
electronic music scene.
In 2011, Monty launched his own imprint, Black Catalogue, which now stands at nearly twenty releases in its discography, including music from artists such as the Carter Bros, King Britt, Shigeto, John Tejada, Thomas Melchior, Dave Aju and many other kings and queens of the underground. Black Catalogue is also a stage for Monty’s own productions, and its mission is to present the best in underground electronic music from Detroit and beyond.
With a passion for afro-futurism and ideals manifested through Sun Ra’s teachings, Monty’s eyes are always locked ahead—his persistent state of forward-thinking leading him to the discovery of the Mars One Project, which aims to establish permanent human settlement on Mars. He made the first cut in 2014 and was one of some 600 contestants left in the running before finally being eliminated in early 2015.
Monty’s devout interest in the connection between outer space, music, futurism and Detroit fuses together the overall product: an audio astronaut who pushes his intergalactic sound through Detroit 3.0, and in the coming years, Detroit 4.0 and beyond. He is adjusting the frequency, staying in tune with an ever-evolving city and global musical landscape.