Decktonic: Artist/DJ

This is Decktonic — dance music from the future. Booking / Remixes / Licensing: decktonic[at]gmail.com

Come party with me in Brooklyn!

Also, check out my collabo with Anthony Seeha featured in the closing credits of episode 3 of WONDER MOMO!

Lastly, I have a few remixes out. One on the official FEZ OST remix compilation, another on Auxcide's remix compilation, and a remix of Chris See's "Angels in New York". Go get them.

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Track Spotlight

*I also have demos available upon request and I am always looking for labels... if you are interested, contact me: montoya.christian [at] gmail.com


DJ sets

8staticFest by Decktonic on Mixcloud


Bang! Bang! Moombah Mix by Decktonic on Mixcloud


Youth Worship
Stream & pay-what-you-want @ Bandcamp

Why do we value nostalgia?
Why do we treasure our youth?
Why do we fear growing old?

nickelPUNK - Cruisin' Feat. Ryn (Decktonic Remix)
remixes 2013
Stream & Download @ Bandcamp

I turned up the tempo and the filth on nickelPUNK's retro dance revival.

Auxcide - Perihelion (Decktonic's Cosmic Workout Remix)
of Atoms and Stardust [Remixes]
Stream & Download @ Bandcamp

I took Auxcide's space symphony and gave it a classic house rinse.

Disasterpeace - Forgotten (Decktonic's Future Techno Remix)
FEZ Remix OST (FZ: Side Z)
Stream & Download @ Bandcamp

My remix, featured on the offical FEZ remix compilation, takes the dreamy track "Forgotten" on a future techno adventure.

Chris See - Angels In New York (Decktonic Remix)
44 Caliber Recordings #019
Stream & Buy @ Beatport

My take on Chris See's electro banger is unapologetic moombahton madness.

Forgotten Machines
56kbps Records #029
Stream & Download @ Bandcamp

FORGOTTEN MACHINES is all about rediscovering old tools and using them to make new art. The story of FORGOTTEN MACHINES is told through the magic of ~dance music~ and was written with the intention of marrying early synth-pop with a future techno aesthetic. This marriage eventually produced a baby, thereafter called FORGOTTEN MACHINES and he is a love letter to classic synthesizers and ~dance music~ enthusiasts everywhere.

Powerglove (Decktonic Remix)
GameChops
Stream & Download @ Bandcamp

If you like dubstep, you might like this.

Hard Times (Single)
44 Caliber Recordings #013
Buy @ Beatport

Going hard with a progressive/electro dancefloor filler.

Stars (Album)
Love & Tonic Records #007
Stream & download @ Bandcamp

My second album, featuring elements of dubstep, skweee, house, electro and progressive, made with KORG DS10+ and Nanoloop. Also BASS.

Key West (Single)
MK837 Records #052
Buy @ Beatport

A fun party track I made for MK837's "Sounds of Summer Volume 3."

RPM - Venom Love (Decktonic Remix)
44 Caliber Recordings #004
Buy @ Beatport

My version of RPM's track is an adventure in dubstep.

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Japanese Wallpaper - war (Decktonic Remix)
Dual Mode Records #009
Stream & download @ Soundcloud

A chillwave glo-fi beach house remix I did for this excellent ambient/IDM EP.

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Bright Primate - Fanfare (Decktonic Remix)
Stream & download @ Bandcamp

I took this chip-rock track in a more danceable direction. Alongside remixes by MisfitChris, i am [noun] and Smiletron.

Midnight cover

Midnight (Single/EP)
MK837 Records #028
Stream & download @ Bandcamp

"Decktonic's first single on MK837 Records is a tasty retro electro track ready for the dancefloor. Includes remixes from DJ Salty Flavor, Reid K and Deeflash." — MK837

Lomography Store Set
DJ'ing @ Lomography Gallery Store, New York City, August 2012

[Cr]ooklynBassThrowdown2012_46
DJ'ing @ [Cr]ooklyn Bass Throwdown, Brooklyn, July 2012

8static - decktonix 8static - decktonix

Live set @ 8static, Philadelphia, February 2011

Playing my track "Forgotten Machines" at the 8static 4th anniversary in Philadelphia, Oct. 13, 2012.

Interviews & Mentions


Decktonic’s 'Dancing Is Permitted' is a vigorous froth of summer melodies and strong kicks that are irresistible.

The Waveform Generators, September 9, 2013

DS10 grand master Decktonic exposes the software's versatility whilst filling dancefloors.

Interview with The Waveform Generators, July 19, 2013

(Video Interview) We had a few minutes to talk with DJ Christian Montoya. He is a DJ that mixes music based around gaming.

Interview with GameSkinny, March 24, 2013

…this time we have an interview with a very well rounded figure in the scene (he came from a background in game design and has found a home in music production), and who’s rather well known on the east coast. I took the time to talk to Christian Montoya, the man also known as Decktonic. We chatted about his music, the state of the current chipscene, and some recent events that have shaken it up in the past couple weeks.

Interview with Chiptunes=WIN, February 18, 2013

(reviewing my album, Forgotten Machines) A generation of gaming has done something to our ears. It has primed listeners to appreciate the sound of digital instruments in raw form: dry and immediate, crisply-synchronized machine dance music. So, while I wouldn’t call the music of Decktonic “chip music” or “game music,” somehow it’s a modern take on each. It’s retro-futuristic, electro-techno unadorned with effects. And, hell, while Korg’s DS-10 running on Nintendo DS is far from a high-fidelity sound experience, there’s something irresistibly funky about its sound. Listening to the DS-10 dry in the hands of a creative musician can be a cure for the ear fatigue you suffer from the endless sameness of a lot of releases.

Create Digital Music, December 18, 2012

(reviewing my album, Forgotten Machines) The blip heavy offerings of New York's Decktonic never cease to amaze, and his latest album, Forgotten Machines that dropped on 56kbps Records this morning is no different, offering a variety of 8-bit inspired sounds and jumbled beats for an upbeat, almost time-travel-inspiring jam session. …Forward thinking percussion, fire-starting synthesizer arpeggios and a penchant for the genre-defying are a few of Forgotten Machines' most notable features.

The Get Downnn, December 6, 2012

(reviewing my album, Stars) …his 10-track publication involves the elements of rusty, angular electro and more bouncy club-induced propulsions and even infantile-near primitive electronica (though, it is highly amusing and funny) and tracker music/chiptune bits and grains. These sultry synth chunks and acid techno inspired hooks are highly enjoyable. In a nutshell, the more you listen to it the more you like it (as it used to be so usual case in this way). In general, it is as well as his previous, debut album Dark Mode (2011). Actually it is even a tiny bit better.

Recent Music Heroes, October 27, 2012

Since it was the last day, we took the opportunity to showcase some of the amazing chip artists (inc. Decktonic) who performed with us throughout the weekend — some fans even took to the dance floor!

NYCC: ShiftyLook Day Four, October 22, 2012

The party really started hopping when our musical guest Decktonic started playing some amazing techno tunes.

Lomography, September 1, 2012

(reviewing my album, Stars) do your bass loving self a favor when you listen to this album and take Decktonic's advice: listen via some good cans and/or sound system with solid bass response so that you don't miss out on any of the deep basstasticness. Honestly, if this album doesn’t get your foot tapping, head nodding, ass shaking, and feet moving, there's no hope for you. Don't be hopeless. EMBRACE THE BASS.

Video Game DJ, July 13, 2012

(reviewing my album, Stars) So it's out, and the ball is rolling! This album is mad dank just saying. So bassy, so chill, just such good music. Also, word up from NJ! Decktonic really has it going well in this release. DS-10 and NL4i? Such great, fat, greazzy sounds coming from this stuff.

The Vanguard, June 27, 2012

Also included alongside the aforementioned three songs is a fairly rad remix of ‘War’, by a producer under the name of Decktonic, turning the track into an almost danceable four minutes of minimalistic techno.

Sunny Cellars, March 10, 2012

Princeton, New Jersey-based DJ and producer Christian Montoya (love and tonic records) produces music on the DS-10 that's drier and more exposed, as he programs intricate bass music on the unprocessed Nintendo cart. Christian works as a game designer by day, and channels some of the DS-10's game music and so-called "chip music" heritage. The results, though, are a perfect marriage of game chip-waveform rawness, nude bass and synth and percussion sounds, and carefully-concocted grooves. For anyone concerned that game systems could hinder moving your butt out of the seat, this album is required listening. It's utterly stripped-bare dance goodness — and it turns out the DS bass sounds fantastic.

Peter Kirn, Create Digital Music, February 6, 2012

New York’s Decktonic plays up the chiptune parts

The Deli New England, January 19, 2012

Expect a lot of drums and bass...

Ugo Capeto, December 10, 2011

The Decktonic remix is quite excellent...

Dannel Jurado, September 15, 2011

Past Shows

October 18, 2013 8staticFest
Opening DJ
Philadelphia, PA  
October 11 & 13, 2013 New York Comic Con 2013
Presented by ShiftyLook
New York, NY  
March 22 & 23, 2013
11:30am-2:30pm
PAX East Chiptune 2013
Presented by Boston 8Bit
Resident DJ
Boston, MA  
March 29, 2013
7:00 PM
POW POW Bonus Round
DNA Lounge
San Francisco, CA 18+, $11
February 28, 2013
8:30 PM
Warper Party 7th Anniversary
The Delancey
New York, NY 21+, FREE
March 9, 2013
10:00 PM
Afterglow Airwaves
Club Haze
Oneonta, NY 18+, $5
December 9, 2012
12:30 AM
Clipstream 3: Return of the Freezestep
(online webstream)
The Internet All ages
October 12 & 14, 2012 New York Comic Con
hosted by ShiftyLook.com
New York, NY  
September 3, 2012
7 PM
I/O Labor Day Chip
opening for Natty, BR1GHT PR1MATE and Active Knowledge.
Brooklyn, NY All ages, $7
August 30, 2012
7 PM
Excellent Analog Adventure Exhibition @ Lomography Gallery Store
DJ set + Live set!
New York, NY Free, 21+
July 28, 2012
8 PM
Brooklyn Bass Throwdown @ Freddy's Bar
w/ Pixel8ter, mo0n.t0ne, Baphld! and Chromacle.
Brooklyn, NY 21+, suggested donation: $5
March 31, 2012
10 PM
Live show @ Sprinkle Kingdom
opening for Cheapshot, Mo0n.tOne, Pixel8ter and Ghost Craters.
Philadelphia, PA Free, all ages
February 27, 2012
8 PM
Live show @ CNB: Username
w/ NickelPUNK, Glenntai, robotsexmusic and Da Pantz
Brooklyn Fireproof East Free, 21+
February 13, 2012
8 PM
Live show @ RETURN OF BOSTON 8BIT
w/ Cathode Rays, Br1ght Pr1mate, Radio Scotvoid and [i am noun]
Boston debut
Great Scott, Boston, MA Free, 21+
Oct. 5, 2011
9 PM
DJ set @ Brain Wave
Guest DJ for resident Little Star Dweller
Angels & Kings NYC
500 E 11th St
Manhattan
Free, 21+
August 30, 2011
6:00 PM
DJ Set @ someone's basement
w/ Manni Festo, The Nick Patel Experience, A VS. B and Bahpld!
Montclair, NJ Free, all ages
August 21, 2011
4:30 PM
Radio Set @ BBOX Radio Dekalb Market
Brooklyn, NY
Free, all ages
June 8, 2011
9:00 PM
Live show @ Angels & Kings NYC
opening for Da Pantz & rhinostrich
Angels & Kings
500 East 11 St
New York, NY
free, 21+
February 19, 2011
8:00 PM
Live show @ 8static
opening for minusbaby (NYC) & crashfaster (SF)
Philadelphia debut
Studio 34
4522 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA
$8, all ages
February 5, 2011
11:30 PM - 4 AM
DJ set @ Cin-M-Art 43 w/ BadAsimo 43 Murray St
New York, NY
$10, 21+
January 7, 2011
10:30 PM
Live show @ Cin-M-Art 43
First live show, New York debut
43 Murray St
New York, NY
$10, 21+

Booking (DJ or live), remixes, licensing, etc: decktonic[at]gmail.com

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