GQM is a record label and seedbed of all things tasty and unusual founded in 2010 by Pony Montana.
Pony Montana is a DJ/Producer who has thrown away the map, said no thanks to mainstream playlists and has been steering his own course through more off-road soundscapes for nearly 15 years now. His passion for uncovering the unusual and the exotic and bringing it to the dance floor has made him into a ‘sonic spice trader’ of sorts; one who has honed his skills over the years alongside groups of amazingly talented musicians across a broad range of genres and as a result is a man who really knows his spices!
Pony’s career began in 1998 when he co-founded Feel Good Productions (FGP)… Along with his partner-in-beats Julian Scanavino, they (performing as DJ’s Pony Rider and Funky Farmer) set out to shake up the dance scene as it was with what was to become their trademark ‘organic eclectic’ DJ styles. At their Hillside HQ in rural north-western Italy they put on their first free ‘rave parties with a difference’; It was at these events, spinning anything from funk to leftfield, reggae & dub to psy beats and Asian mantra to Afro-rootz that DJ Pony cut his teeth (and left a uniquely shaped bite mark) in the Global Beat scene!
FGP was the vehicle on which Pony would travel the international club scene in the following years, promoting the Feel Good sound through their Funkadelica club nights and putting together compilations and releasing albums and EP’s that encapsulated and celebrated their own brand of ‘global eclectronica’ (see below for full list of releases). It was his travel and extensive exploration in the physical and digital worlds of music that enabled him to seek out new flavours and constantly unearth exotic blends and select cuts to bring to the party.
In 2010 Pony started the record label Green Queen Music with long term collaborator Luca Gatti (aka Dr Cat) and together they are already building up a respectable body of releases and are doing well to define and keep their footprint in the ever shifting sand of an industry in shake-down. Alongside this new enterprise a new chapter has also begun in Pony’s musical exploration and after many years with FGP he has branched out with a new solo project and an expanded focus (under the moniker Pony Montana).
GQM’s music policy is open-minded however is far from pretending to be all things to all people and focuses primarily on the genres of Electronic, Dub, Nu World, Balkan Beats and Broken Beats.