Dylan Montayne is a rapper, singer, and songwriter from Santa Fe, New Mexico, currently based in Los Angeles. A musician from an early age, he is known for his imaginative storytelling, intensely detailed production, and his electric live performances.
Since 2010, Montayne has shared stages with rap heavyweights such as Big Sean, Lupe Fiasco, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and has amassed over 10 million views on YouTube. After a video of him rapping while driving for Uber went viral in 2016, he was lauded online by artists such as Lil Wayne, T.I., and actor Ashton Kutcher, and was featured on media outlets worldwide. A successful crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter followed, garnering contributions from fans all over the world to fund the recording of his debut full-length album. That album, ?Rebecca Lane?, was released independently in December 2018. The album is a dense, highly-poetic work, that bends the genre of hip-hop in a multitude of directions over 11 tracks. A "front-to-back" concept album, it is an ode to his unique upbringing in Santa Fe, New Mexico, inspired by the middle-of-nowhere bonfires he and his friends attended as teenagers, and the music career spawned by those experiences.
?This is Santa Fe,? he tells the Albuquerque Journal's Megan Bennett. ?This is my upbringing, and how I got into music and the people that were there for that are still here. (I thought) I need to write about that because that's the only thing that's real. Chasing the music industry is not, chasing fame is not, and chasing money is not real. But my experience with music is real, and it started there, and I wanted to build an album out of that feeling. That feeling of hope and excitement, and everything that comes out of that, which can be love, and that's where I took the story.?
Now based in LA, Montayne hopes to continue that story. His newest record, a 6-song EP titled "Mudhouse", will be released on August 23rd, with a headlining set at Meow Wolf. Contrary to most popular music of today, "Mudhouse" features all live instrumentation, much of which was recorded with various Jazz, Rock, and Latin musicians in Colorado. A brief but powerful work, "Mudhouse" cannot be shoved neatly into any genre. It continues, and in some ways elevates, what was begun on "Rebecca Lane". Again, Montayne states, "This is Santa Fe."