The Santa Fe native recently moved from Colorado to Los Angeles to pursue his music career full time.
With this change comes the daily duties of keeping up the home for him and his girlfriend.
“I’m essentially a homemaker at this point,” he says. “My girlfriend works crazy hours. I bar-tend and do side gigs every chance I get when I’m not doing music. It’s nice to be able to work from home and be able to get to a point of stability.”
Montayne’s returning home to Santa Fe for a show at Meow Wolf tonight. The performance is tied to his latest album, “Mudhouse,” which is being released today.
“It’s a project that came together really quickly while I was still living in Colorado,” he says. “It’s a project that I always wanted to do, something built from the ground up.”
Montayne says the album title is an obvious nod to the adobe structure and style he grew up seeing in Santa Fe.
He says it also refers to the process in which he and each musician built up the songs layer by layer.
“There’s no fancy production,” he says. “I built a network of musicians in Colorado over the years. When I decided to move to LA in June, I realized that the album had to come together more quickly. Everything on this album is organic-sounding. It stretches the limits of hip-hop. There’s alternative rock, Latin rock, flamenco guitar, blues and some straight-up hip-hop and jazz.”
The need to collaborate came directly from Montayne’s distancing himself from others while writing his previous album, “Rebecca Lane.”
Montayne says he became a hermit, writing and recording songs by himself.
“I didn’t want to talk to anybody about it until it was out,” he says. “It was two years of work. With ‘Mudhouse,’ I wanted to collaborate with others and develop a different vibe. I’ve pushed myself, and from a personal perspective, I think it’s my best work. I went through a lot of growth as an artist in the past year. I’ve opened up myself to more of the frustrations and uncertainties of this path of being a musician.”
Getting the opportunity to perform at home is a great feeling.
Montayne has Dylan Huling and Outstanding Citizens Collective opening for the show.
“I want to give the opportunities for the local guys to get some exposure,” he says. “This was always in my plan. I want to create nights of great local music for the audiences to see. This is the first step.”