Los Angeles homegrown David Montoya has gained notoriety as one of the world’s top afro house producers working on labels like NULU, Vida Records, MoBlack Records, Open Bar Music, and Peng Africa. Like many of us, his musical journey developed from a taste of the 80’s & 90’s Hip Hop, Disco, Funk, Nu Wave and Latin Music. In 1991 he bought his first DJ set up and never looked back. He began mixing House Music and started playing gigs in locally. Then they started calling. San Francisco, Toronto, and New York, soon followed by stints in Las Vegas and Mexico. For the full Montoya sound and experience we suggest his podcast Modern Soul Radio, which has lit a fire in the hearts and minds of House heads worldwide. For those of you who cant wait, Read The Q&A below.
What made you want to DJ?
When I bought the “Tommy Boy - Greatest Beats” double LP record back in 1985, on the 2nd record was this mega-mix that blew mind. After hearing that mix I was like “yo…I wanna make mixes like that.”
What was the first track you bought specifically to DJ with?
I had been collecting music before I had my own DJ set up, but when I first got the chance to play with a pair of Technics 1200’s, I pulled out these 4 tracks: Hashim – Al-Naafiysh, Cybotron - Clear, Twilight 22 - Electric Kingdom, and Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force - Planet Rock.
If you could go back in time and be involved in the club scene of any era, when would this be and why?
OK I’m going to say….I would of loved to be part of the Psychedelic Hippie scene of the 60’s. The psychedelic music scene was at its prime. And the bell bottoms… Haha!
Ha! Ok, so If you could go B2B with any DJ on the planet, who would it be and where?
I’m going to say Pablo Fierro in South Africa.
What was the last tune that was stuck in your head before this interview?
Art Jones ft. Shana - Tribute (Umhlaba)
If you could have made any of the the records you have played which one would it be and why?
Man this is a tough one. There’s so many. I’m gonna take it back. The arrangement on this track is first class, a masterpiece. From the vocals, bass, horns, chords…the beat. It’s powerful. It has the ability to make you feel it on the dance-floor. It connects people in a positive way. “Bebe Winans - Thank You (MAW Mix)”
What’s your musical guilty pleasure? – Don’t be shy.