Pete Tong, Dee Montero at Halcyon
It's all gone Pete Tong now that he has his premiere play at Halcyon SF!!! With special guest Dee Montero joining Pete for the night - we can't wait to see who will play his BBC Radio 1 track of the year "Halcyon" out the two of them in our room!
There are few individuals in the world of dance music who can claim the kind of influence Pete Tong has had over the last twenty years. As the voice of Radio 1’s prestigious dance programming, Pete has held a commanding presence over the industry for more than two decades. His unique position has earned him a reputation as the global ambassador of dance music. With an unparalleled ear for new talent, Tong has become the leading tastemaker of the electronic generation. While he’s known publicly as Pete Tong the DJ, behind the scenes, he’s an industry icon.
Having spent the majority of his life in England, Pete has recently resettled in Los Angeles to begin a new chapter in his life: “The electronic dance music scene in the USA has reached a critical mass and the opportunities for our world are taking us into uncharted territory. I feel now it’s essential to be in the middle of all that.”
Tong has wasted little time in establishing himself in the US, having helped inaugurate Clear Channel Entertainment’s Evolution dance brand in 2013 and recently expanding the programming to the extended two-hour segment, The Evolution Beatport Show with Pete Tong, broadcasting on 90 different Top 40 stations in the US. Meanwhile, his world famous BBC Radio 1 shows have only grown in popularity. Their collective reach has soared into the millions, broadcasting globally thanks to the BBC iPlayer. The Essential Mix continues to be the Holy Grail of mix shows, while Tong’s Essential Selection is still the best place to premiere a new record.
On the DJing front, Tong is currently championing three premier All Gone Pete Tong residencies in the US. Once a month, you can find him bridging the gap to the underground at Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles, while in Miami, he’s keeping the integrity of club culture alive at Story. His residency at the SLS Las Vegas sees him performing regularly at the brand new LiFE club, where he’s introducing a whole new palette of underground sounds to the party mecca. Finally, the All Gone Pete Tong brand has achieved global renown through world-class parties in Miami during WMC and Ibiza as well as dedicated stages at festivals like Creamfields, TomorrowWorld, and SW4.
As a music producer, Tong has led an esteemed career over the years with notable releases on Pets Recordings, Ministry of Sound, Toolroom Records and more. His compilations have garnered critical acclaim–most notably 2013’s 60-track anthology, The Pete Tong Collection. More recently, he’s debuted on Suara with deep house anthem “The Bumps” alongside John Monkman, while also curating All Gone Ibiza 2014 alongside Tensnake for Defected as part of his All Gone Pete Tong compilation series.
With his influence riding at an all-time high, Tong has relaunched his label FFRR, reclaiming his reputation for A&R and signing acts like Oliver Heldens, The Magician, Blonde and The Disciples. On top of this, he’s also founded The International Music Summit, a three-day dance music conference held in Ibiza, Los Angeles and Singapore. Now in its 6th year, the event is viewed in the industry as The Premier Platform for Thought Leadership in Electronic Music.
When all is said and done, one shudders to think what dance music would have been like without Pete Tong’s influence. Over the years, he’s played a crucial role in breaking new artists and changing the way people think about electronic music. With his new found home in Los Angeles, the British icon is looking to revolutionize the perception of dance music in America. If there’s anyone up for the task, it’s Pete Tong.
Dee Montero is a lifer. He’s the Belfast-born house-head who got hooked listening to pirate radio shows, was soon digging in the crates for vinyl and eventually made the big leap to Ibiza to follow his calling before turning his skills to production.
Let’s rewind to 1992 when Dee would get his fix from Belfast pirate radio station 'Passion FM’ and early Ulster Hall raves watching DJ’s like Carl Cox playing acid house, techno, hardcore and everything in between.
In 2000, after playing the local circuit and with a residency under his belt Dee’s hard work and career was starting to transition. When the Network Club lost its licence an invitation to the White Isle made total sense and before you know it, Café Mambo became his home.
From 2008 the music also took him to Hong Kong and the wider Asia region as well as the US (performing on the Carl Cox stage at Burning Man) and recently returning back to Ibiza playing at Hï with the likes of Joris Voorn.
Then in 2017 Dee was awarded Pete Tongs Essential Tune Of The Year describing his summer anthem ‘Halcyon’ with the praise “It’s melancholic, it’s emotional, it’s house, it’s techno, it’s uplifting, it’s hopeful and it’s inspiring”. A fitting testament to a devoted producer and a sign of things to come.
As for the future? While he ponders the importance of an artist album, look out for releases including ‘In The Wild/Polaris’ on Anjunadeep and forthcoming EPs for Lee Burridge on Tale & Tone and Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep In Sound.