Having grown up in South Africa on a staple diet of Dire Straits, Tina Turner & Bryan Adams, Digby Smith had to find his own way musically. Playing in bands for many years, and having spent the best part of a decade as an engineer in landmark London studios, he is known as a deft practitioner of analogue sound. An Obsessive vinyl collector across genres, he is fast becoming known for his esoteric sets and bold selection. Alex & Digby’s experimental imprint FLASH AS A RAT is a vent of continual eccentricity, and has garnered wide scale underground support. After the tragic passing of his brother Alex, Digby continues the legacy they built together.
Deadbeat is one Scott Monteith, an adopted Montrealer who has been releasing his own special blend of dub laden, minimal electronics since 2000 for labels such as Cynosure, Intr_version, Revolver, and Scape.
Deadbeat has performed at some of the world's most respected festivals, including Barcelona's Sonar, Berlin's Transmediale, and Montreal's own Mutek. From 1999 to late 2003, Scott worked, assuming various roles, for the Montreal based company Applied Acoustics Systems, makers of the Tassman Software Synthesizer. Having now moved on to pursue his own musical efforts full time, the experience has left him with a passion for the development of new creative interfaces, and a strong grasp of some the most cutting edge technology in the industry.
Whether crafting quirky, not-quite-dancefloor techno, or rumbling digital dub,Scott continually strives to create music that honors the past beyond empty tribute or cultural appropriation, by infusing the digital tools of the present with a little of the magic known as human imperfection. Hindered only by the occasional buffer underrun or synapse misfiring, Scott continues to search for his own unique voice between the ones and zeros.