DJ Morgan Page on Working With Vocalists and Getting Rejected By Adele
Its something of a necessity for every DJ/producer working the global EDM circuit to have a specialty or a signature sound if they hope to ever make it. For L.A. club king Morgan Page, his particular spin (pun intended) on dance music involves posh house soundscapes accentuated by dreamy vocals of the female persuasion.
Morgan Page, who may (or may not) be in costume at the Ghostball.
Look no further than his latest disc In the Air, which dropped in April, for evidence of such, as the 31-year-old filled the 16-track album with his effervescent big room production work backed with the flowing voices of such chanteuses as Aussie singer-songwriter Shelley Harland and Scottish pop pixie Angela McCluskey. While Page admitted to us during our phone interview earlier this week that he tried -- and failed -- to nab Adele for the album, he's more than satisfied with who was willing to work with him.
That includes indie darlings Tegan and Sara, who lent their pristine pipes to Page's latest hit track "Body Work," which he plans on playing during his headlining set at Saturday's Ghostball block party at Axis/Radius in Scottsdale. Although the DJ/producer is certain he'll be dropping the song into his mix at the Halloween weekend affair, he's not so sure about whether or not he'll be wearing a costume behind the mixers, however.
You recently returned from playing a few gigs in Argentina. What are EDM fans like there?
Very different. I never played there before. They kinda like different styles than the U.S., so you gotta be flexible. They like to hear less of these like big tracks and more of stuff with more subtle changes. So more like tech-house and darker stuff.
You last performed in Scottsdale on the Fourth of July. Now you're doing the Ghostball close to Halloween. Do you hate working on holidays?
Yeah. It's almost like a reverse job for me [where] I work weekends and holidays. And the time that most people have off you're working. I mean, I'm not complaining but its a very different lifestyle.
The Ghostball is renowned for its wild costumes. Will you be wearing one when you're performing?
Maybe. I'm trying to think what I'm gonna do this year. Sometimes I recycle an old outfit or Halloween thing. I'll leave it as a surprise. I'm not totally sure what I'll be doing.
What's your favorite Halloween costume you've ever worn?
The Viking one was pretty funny. Yeah, I think that was the best one. It's not the most creative but its funny. Part of my heritage is Norwegian, so it tapped a little into that. I had a sheepscloth sort of cape and the horn helmet. Maybe I'll whip that out this year (laughs). It's easy to travel with.
Not too be gauche, even though we're close to Halloween, but do you want a traditional Viking funeral after kicking the bucket?
That's the way to do it.
Do you tailor your mix for each individual gig or do you just make variations of the same set?
Every show's different. Because it gets kinda boring playing the same stuff. For this show, I think I'll play a lot of my own stuff. I think I'll kinda have to do that, people will get angry if I don't. So I try to weave in everything that I love at the moment with my own productions. And that's always changing because I'm trying new things, trying new material and seeing how it works. So there's stuff that always rotates in and out of my sets.
So in an average set you've got to get in "In the Air," "Body Work," or any of your other big hits.
Yeah, there's a lot. And everyone in the audience has their expectations and their personal favorite songs they want to hear. I think "In the Air" is still the big one, the most recent hit. It's funny because some people don't know the old material, and by older material I mean only four years old. Like "The Longest Road" is a good example of a song that's about four or five years old but some people out there haven't heard of it.
Is that typical of some of EDM's newest fans?
Yeah, I think, or they just weren't into it at that time or you've got a lot of people that are new to the music in general. And maybe Avicii is their first house artist, which is so bizarre to me because I've been making house music and listening to it for 15 years. But you have to get into it at some point and you have to start somewhere.