Known for progressive house hits “The Longest Road” and “Fight For You” Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Morgan Page has been making music since the age of 12, when he first discovered raw talent and an early passion for technology. In fact, he hand-built his first studio in the basement of a log cabin at 14-years-old.
Morgan Page’s music is unique in its longevity and mass appeal; his older classic hits are still favorites to many fans, he was nominated for a Grammy Award this year, and the sound continues to resonate deep across growing generations. However, Morgan Page is anything but mainstream, and his new album coming out this fall is proof, featuring the single “In The Air” which drops the first week in July. Also on the album are new remixes for Daft Punk and Underworld.
Locals can hear the new sound first as Morgan Page spins a live set during the Intervention Sunday pool party at the Hard Rock Hotel on July 17. Call 866.568.5692 for VIP tables, and get details here.
We sat down with Morgan Page to get the Insider scoop on his musical inspiration, upcoming projects, why he loves the San Diego crowd, summer song obsessions, new producers to watch, and a few personal fun facts on the side.
DiscoverSD: Where do you find your musical inspiration?
Morgan Page: I drink a nearly toxic amount of coffee, and I like to say my French press is part of the studio. I just bought a house up in a canyon, so my routine is now to stare at the mountains, daydream a bit, and get back to work.
DSD: When did you know you had to pursue the music industry?
MP: When I was 12. It was clear that music was the only thing I was good at and I had an early passion for technology.
DSD: Why do you think you’ve been successful as a producer?
MP: I’d say that my songs focus first and foremost on quality songwriting and vocals. And while my sound keeps evolving, I'm consistently inspired by great chord progressions and voices that stick in your head. For me, I have to feel that the music I make has some longevity. It has taken a while to carve my own path - but it's been worth it.
DSD: What tracks and remixes are you most proud of to date?
MP: “The Longest Road” is still the most widely known song. The remix was nominated for a Grammy and it continues to be a big hit for fans years after it came out. But my new single "In The Air" is equal if not better.
DSD: How do you classify your style of music?
MP: Progressive House
DSD: What new projects and collaborations are you working on right now?
MP: I just wrapped up my new album which will be out in the Fall, and the new single "In The Air" comes out next week. I also have new remixes for Daft Punk and Underworld coming out soon. It’ll be a busy rest of the year.
DSD: What have been your greatest professional achievements so far?
MP: I was nominated this year for a Grammy! I remixed a song by Nadia Ali called “Fantasy”, and I was nominated in the "Best Remix" category. I was also invited by my old high school to be the guest speaker at this year’s graduation ceremony. My speech is actually posted on my Facebook page.
DSD: What producers and musicians are you inspired by?
MP: Guys like Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, and Daft Punk are big influences for sure. I find that even these really young guys like Avicii and Afrojack are very inspiring. I try to learn from everyone.
DSD: In your opinion, what are the top five up-and-coming DJs and producers in 2011?
MP: Alesso, Avicii, Hardwell, AN21, Max Vangelli - this is the new wave of young producer talent.
DSD: Why are you excited to be back spinning at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s Intervention Pool Party?
MP: I love playing the Hard Rock. The venue is great and the San Diego crowd is one of the best of any city. Plus, Lil Jon is usually there causing trouble - he is a character.
DSD: What songs / mixes can we expect to hear in your set on July 17?
MP: You'll definitely hear my new single, “In the Air” and my new remixes for Bass Kleph, Daft Punk, and Underworld. My sets are always a journey and filled with plenty of peaks and valleys.
DSD: Based on your local experience, what makes the San Diego party crowd so unique?
MP: Maybe it’s the great weather that puts everyone in a good mood here because to me it's definitely a party town. Everyone lets loose - which is great – and they’re always super excited.
DSD: What are your top five song obsessions for the summer?
MP: My new single - "In The Air" (of course)
- Swedish House Mafia - "Save The World
- Mark Knight's remix of Florence & The Machine “You’ve Got the Love”
- Anything by Alesso
- And the new remixes of Avicii - “Sweet Dreams”
DSD: What are five things we don’t know about Morgan Page, the man behind the music?
MP: That's a lot of secrets! I will give you only three. My middle name is Wolf, I live in a canyon, and I'm from Vermont - a state that has more cows than people. Oh, and I built my first studio in the basement of a log cabin that used to be a ski lodge, when I was 14. There, that’s four.
DSD: Are you single or in a relationship? We want the gossip!
MP: I’m in a relationship with a girl who has an amazing ear for music... I'm lucky.
Party with Morgan Page in San Diego: Locals can hear the brand new sound first as Morgan Page spins a live set during the wet 'n' wild Intervention Sunday pool party at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 17. For VIP reservations, please call 866.568.5692, and get more event details here.