It was during a recent show in Atlanta that Julian Montel not only opened up for Boosie – he may have left a lasting impression.
Montel, an Orlando, Florida-based music artist known as DayToday Craze, stood up on a table during his performance and made eye contact with the Southern hip hop stalwart.
“And we damn near turnt up together,” Montel said. “His homies in his group were like eyeing me down, staring me down. Some of his managers came around me. Now I know not to do that but it was good I did that because it showed power and I had confidence. I do this too, brother. You got the energy and I got the energy as well.”
At another club during Montel’s stay in Atlanta people started singing along to a DayToday Craze song that hasn’t even been released yet.
“When they caught on to the hook it was easy for them to vibrate with it,” he said.
It’s safe to say Montel is making a name for himself, especially with his new single “Complaints” that released in June and the upcoming studio EP Free Energy.
Incorporating elements of dancehall pop and afrobeat music, Montel made the single for people in the world who don’t know how to enjoy themselves and their surroundings.
“The main idea of “Complaints” was really to live and not to worry about so much and just relax, but also at the same time have a good time, be up, enjoy yourself. Life is so much more. It’s a mystery; figure it out.”
The single is already approaching 300,000 listens on Spotify and is especially popular in places like Phoenix, Chicago and Charlotte, North Carolina as well as Georgia and Florida. It’s a quick ascent for Montel, who’s only been making music for seven years and is just now taking it more seriously.
“I grew up listening to 50 Cent, all of them and I’m getting around them now,” he said. “All of them are starting to know me, familiarize themselves with me and it’s crazy. All the way up to 14 I didn’t really do much. I was in the streets, selling drugs, doing some crazy stuff so music was really put to the side. I know now I’ve got everything I need, all I’ve got to do is put my best foot forward.”
Montel makes music for the club, for parties or even just a bonfire gathering of friends and said his songs have a vibe, a “vibrational kick back.”
“It’s so original and unique I swear you cannot find it somewhere else unless you come directly to me,” he said.
After releasing the Free Energy EP Montel plans to head back to the studio to record his first full album, Closed Circuit, which should take his career a big step further while signifying that things are getting more serious.
“It’s really just going to have a lot of immense energy behind it,” he said. “ I really look forward myself to this tape. Free Energy is a very well put together tape, I can say so myself, but Closed Circuit is the one I’m really most thirsty for because I want to work with different industry producers and artists. Whatever budget they’ve got I’m going to pay it. I’ve got money.”
“Energy is emotion, something that moves,” he said. “A closed circuit makes that energy keep going on and on nonstop. That’s what the closed circuit does. The energy just keeps pumping and going. Free energy is the energy is all around us, you can grab some, just take a look, feel the vibration. A lot of people go through a lot of depressing situations and it’s all because of the energy they have and carry is bad and I was like if they knew what they were doing they would change it, they’d be like kids again. That’s what Free Energy is about.”
Free Energy should drop in a couple months, and Montel is eyeing a December or January release for Closed Circuit. In the meantime he’ll be performing in cities like Charlotte, Indianapolis and Baton Rouge before returning to Atlanta for a show in front of TV industry people.
“I want to show these kids a better pathway and give them something that’s never been seen before,” he said. “I want to direct everybody into the future right now, what we really need, what we’re really headed for.”