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Artists to Watch 2013

Black Catalogue label head Monty Luke keeps the collabs coming

By Angie Terrell
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Late last year, Detroit producer and DJ Monty Luke did his fair share of collaborating, guesting on Catz ‘N Dogz’s “They Frontin’”—a catchy deep-house tune that hits on all the right cylinders—and teaming up with Mike Simonetti as Billions & Billions. But beyond those partnerships, he’s also the label manager for Carl Craig’s Planet E and the CEO of Black Catalogue, the latter of which he’s used as a platform for his own records and those of others. With 2013 finding his Bomb on Bomb EP for Full Flavor Music getting the remix treatment from H Foundation and Gerd, expect lots more from Luke and the Black Catalogue camp this year.

Sum up 2012 in three words.

Onwards and upwards.

There’s been a lot written about you lately… tell us one thing about yourself that the press has missed.

That I run my own label and that Detroit music is about much more than just the classics.

Have a favorite track from last year?

Way too many to even try to legitimately cover here, to be honest!

Besides you, who else should we keep an eye on this year?

Catz ‘N Dogz, The Carter Bros, Leon Vynehall, Lance Desardi, Fholston Paradigm, and Semtek.

What’s next for you, release-wise and what should we look forward to in the future?

Tons of stuff—both solo works on Black Catalogue, like my upcoming Lonely Is the Night EP and collaborations with Mike Simonetti, Catz ‘N Dogz, and more exciting things in the works.