We had the good fortune of connecting with Josh Montag and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josh, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success is collaboration. The foundation of Scattered Melodies is built on the fundamentals of collaboration, being that we are a rhythm section who features a wide variety of artists on our songs. During the past 9 years of us being a band, we’ve had the pleasure of featuring over forty different musicians from across the Valley. We tend to go about our collaborations a couple of different ways, sometimes we have a song put together with parts and ideas already in place and present it to a particular singer who we think would fit the vibe. Other times we get together with different musicians and create something from scratch, letting the song become it’s own in that moment. Regardless though, everything we put out is a group effort, whether it may be a song or music video, working with other artists enhances both the outcome of the product and the experience of making it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been playing drums for about 21 years now. I think what sets me apart from others is that I’m a drummer who is, for lack of a better word, the “frontman” of a band. Not in the sense that I’m the lead singer and face of the band, but more that I’m the captain of our ship. I handle all of our social media, booking, promotion and coordination of collaborators, which I very much enjoy doing all of this and brought it on myself. It is definitely not an easy task, especially when it comes to getting the seven of us (our current lineup) together for rehearsals, shows and time in the studio, but I think that sort of challenge makes me a better person and allows me to constantly learn how to be the right kind of leader. I’ve learned many lessons along the way, but I think the most important lesson has been patience. As far as what I’d like the world to know about our story is that we continue to evolve as a group and every experience we have collaborating with other musicians is a true gift. And on that note, we recently released a short documentary on our YouTube channel titled “The Story (so far) of Scattered Melodies” for those who would like to know more.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First of all, let us pretend this not during a pandemic. This friend would arrive in town the first week of March, and would kick the trip off with a nice house party with all the friends over for drinking games and songs around the fire. We’d probably hit up a spring training game the next day, and hike around Papago park to watch the sunset. The following day we would cruise around Downtown Phoenix, visiting different bars and ideally catching a show that night at Crescent Ballroom. The forth day we would head up to Flagstaff and stay at the Hotel Monte Vista, enjoying everything the city has to offer. The fifth day we would stop in Sedona on the way home, hike around a bit and find some tasty eats. That night we would arrive back in Downtown Phoenix at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival, where we would spend the duration of the week enjoying some amazing live music, beautiful weather and spending time with like-minded people. During this visit we would make sure to eat at Worth Takeaway, Cheeba Hut, Mango’s, Venezia’s, The Stand, Joe’s BBQ, and Pita Jungle.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to my lovely wife Kaelin, who has been around since the beginning of Scattered Melodies and continues to support my love & passion for music.
Other: Find us on all major music streaming apps under the name Scattered Melodies
The picture in the desert is by Jason Robey, and all group photos are by Esteban Obregon