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Box Five Radio | Monte Hilleman | Minneapolis MN

Monte Hilleman is the owner of Vino Recordings, a bastion of solid dancefloor house from its inception in 2003.

Recently named one of the “40 under 40” by the Twin Cities Business Journal, for the past 20 years Monte has provided Soulful House Music for the masses. Hilleman has successfully grown a sophisticated and appreciative local crowd and international fan base with an understanding, and expectation, of truly soulful dance music. From the deepest of the deep, to the vocal jams, to mellow classics…it’s audio atmospherics at their best. Hilleman has played alongside and hosted some the great names in the international House Nation, including, Kaskade, Andy Caldwell, Chuck Love, Matthias Heilbronn, Marques Wyatt, Mauricio Aviles, Tortured Soul, Derrick Carter, DJ Fluid, and many more. Hilleman has held residencies at the hottest dance spots and bars in Minneapolis, including:

  • Seven Ultralounge
  • Gingerhop NE
  • The Saloon
  • Graves Hotel
  • Caterpillar Lounge
  • First Avenue
  • JetSet Bar
  • The Lounge
  • Bar Lurcat
  • Fusion

Hilleman is Executive Producer for all Vino releases and has woven a catalog of seminal mixes to date from soulful house pro’s Mathias ‘Matty’ Heilbronn (NYC), Chuck Love, Jask (FL), and Graham Lord aka Audiowhores (UK); to the newly burnt sounds of Minneapolis’ Bryan Gerrard, Havens & Hart, Jason Heinrichs, Overnight Sensations (aka Alex Jarvis), and many more. Vino releases have been licensed across the world from the USA to the Philippines to Italy.

Hilleman began traveling in the mid 90’s bringing his soulful blend of House to St. Louis and Chicago, as well as the occasional rural commune somewhere in the Midwest. Since then he has shared his sounds across the US and Europe, most enjoyably playing sunrise in the canyons of Colorado and on the shores of Croatia.