Montess

Stevie Metson; (born 28 March 1965), known professionally as Montess, is a Wales based DJ, Session DJ and music producer. During the eighties, was considered to be one of the leading vinyl EDM, Trance mixers in the UK.

EARLY LIFE.

Montess grew up in Burnham Buckinghamshire as one of two children, His father a general builder and his mother a data programmer. He suffered a traumatic childhood due to chronic asthma and undiagnosed autism. Which made him a target for bullying by his peers and teachers alike.

He discovered his passion for music at the age of 8, through his passion for electronics. He was given a Broken FAL Ranger Disco Decks, and after much tinkering managed to make them work.

At Junior school, Montess was considered a disruptive below average pupil. However, at age eleven he sat like all school children The Eleven Plus exam, A exam he was expected to fail. However, he passed. Unable to explain the reasoning, the school decided that he was to resit the exam which he passed. It was only after the third resit that the school decided he hadn’t cheated.

He was then taken by his mother to be tested, and was diagnosed as autistic, processing an eidetic memory and a higher-than-average IQ. For a child of his age.

Having repaired the FAL Ranger Decks. He discovered his passion for music listening to radio shows like Ferry Maat Soulshow and In The Mix from Ben Liebrand.[15]

At age twelve, he intensified his commitment to the art, and began DJing professionally at school parties.

Through experimentation and studying the emerging techniques that the legendary DJs of the era were perfecting. THE ART OF SYNCHRONISING THE RHYTHM OF TWO VINYL RECORDS, CROSS-FADING TO PLAY SECTIONS OF THEIR SOUNDS SIMULTANEOUSLY, WHILE OVERLAYING EFFECTS FROM A THIRD TURNTABLE. THIS METHOD BECAME MORE AND MORE POPULAR IN THE LATE 1980S AND MANY DJS USED THIS STYLE IN CLUBS. AND GAVE RISE TO MONTESS POPULARITY.

BY HIS 14TH BIRTHDAY, MONTESS WAS NOT ONLY HOSTING SCHOOL DISCOS, BUT HOSTING COMMUNITY DISCOS AND EVENTUALLY WAS ASKED TO DO SETS AT A NUMBER OF NIGHT CLUBS IN AND AROUND THE LOCAL AREA, INCLUDING HENRYS, SLUFFS AND FOXTROTS. WHERE HIS MUM COINED HIS PSEUDONYM OF STEVE KNIGHT

STEVE KNIGHT’S DISCO ROADSHOWS 1980- 2016.

In 1980 Montess had secured a residency at the exclusive Swan Vaults in Maidenhead, a small cabaret-restaurant, where on a Friday and Saturday nights, Montess hosted cabarets for the patrons. It was here he developed the concept of the Disco Roadshow. Realising that Diners want to converse and enjoy their meals before the main acts, Montess would act as a warm-up. Low volume background music, light-hearted banter, was soon winning him fans. One of which was regular patron Sir Terry Wogan.

Terry engaged Montess for a number of private and charity events. And it was then that Montess realised the importance of Charities.

After the Swan Vaults was sold, Montess concentrated on building his professional career as an engineer, running Steve Knights as a side-line business.

THE RAVE SCENE.
In the Late 80’s to mid-90’s when raves were all the scene and after sending demo tapes to a number of promotors. He was offered spots at Slough Community Centre and through promoters, he eventually was offered sets at a number of festivals and top nightspots throughout the UK and Belgium, some included sets by the legend’s Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, and Tiësto.

However, Montess, after seeing the strain touring would put on his young family and the pressures of his full-time job, he retired and concentrated on Steve Knight’s Roadshows. Just doing the odd promotional festival sets. The biggest being Tomorrowland 2005.

The Concept

The Disco’s of the 70’s and 80’s was normally loud and flashy, massive speakers and lighting boxes. Montess on securing the Swan Vaults, realised that not all venues, occasions and events were the same. He set about creating a concept that would take the Mobile Disco of the era, and make it more sophisticated. Radically designing bespoke lighting and sound systems that were discrete, but packed a powerful punch. Tailoring the music to the Cliental rather than the ear-basing norm. By gauging the volume levels, so that guests can converse without the need to shout, but still being able to hear the playlist, mixing in the unusual, alternatives, and funky requests, and entertaining. A concept that was soon being mimicked by other mobile discos and is still used as a template by many today.

His concept also included adding the personal touch to every reservation. Ensuring that every reservation was what the client wanted, and this secured contracts with a number of exclusive venues, including Cliveden House Hotel, The Grosvenor group and being on the preferred list for events held at Sir Elton John’s Windsor Residency, Terry Wogan and many other popular showbiz residents of the local area.

By 2005 Steve Knights Roadshows consisted of ten associated roadshows based as far north as Northampton and as far south as Summerset, generating almost 100k per year, for those associated discos.

In 2015, Steve Knight’s suffered two massive impacts on the business. The first being a fire at the secure storage deport where the majority of the equipment was stored. This meant relocating the equipment at another facility. Which unfortunately was then broken into and almost everything was stolen. Though Steve carried on and tried to with the limited equipment he had left to rebuild, in 2016, his beloved mum passed away

FREELANCE SESSION DJ. (1984 -)

Montess is extremely shy about this part of his DJing career. But the Swan Vaults residency also led to freelance session DJing, creating member-only mixes for the Disco Mix Club (DMC). A company that supplied pre-recorded mixes to clubs, shops, and other DJ’s throughout the world. He worked with members of the Soul Mafia group of DJs which included Robbie Vincent, Greg Edwards, Jeff Young and Chris Hill.

It wasn’t long before major record companies were soon recognising the mixing talent and began offing freelance opportunities to the twenty-year-old.

Working the London Club scene as well as DJing at some of the Europe’s largest festivals during the 80’s, brought him more recognition and in 1985 entered the newly formed DJ of the year competition. Where he lost out narrowly in the local heats to the eventual second placed Chad Jackson.

Montess is modest when it comes to this part of his DJing career, in mid-1987, he worked with / for the Music Factory, the force behind Jive Bunny. Session mixed tracks for Mick Fleetwood, Glen Fry, Roy Wood and David Gilmour, amongst others. In 94, he session mixed with the up and coming DJ Tiësto.

Throughout the 90’s worked predominately with the Ministry of Sound Label, supplying session mixes for their popular album series. To date has appeared uncredited on at least ten number one albums.

For a sample of his work he has a number of “live” recorded mixes on his sound-cloud page.