By Prachi Kamble
VANCOUVER — Last year Morgan Page unveiled an album loaded with celestial electronic melodies and textured vocals called DC to Light. This year he embarked on a North American tour to share the fruits of his labour with lovers of electronic music. Touring is the reward for all his hard work in the studio and after speaking with Page, it’s quite clear that he relishes it.
“I love being in the studio but I love the excitement of the shows and meeting the fans. There’s this electric feeling in the air,” he says. Page has been in the electronic music sphere for a long time now, managing to thwart the longevity curse of most EDM DJs. With DC to Light, Page has proved once again that he has staying power with music that actively seeks evolution.
Page is talking to BeatRoute from an airport lounge, waiting to be flown to the next stop on his Souls and Sins Tour, with fellow DJ Borgeous. The two artists share the same booking agency and have established a good rapport.
“We’ve had many sold-out shows. It’s working!” he confirms. “A co-headline tour is a lot more fun than a regular tour.” Page has some treats lined up for his night at the Commodore Ballroom during Seasons Festival, “Lots of new edits and mashups, some new originals, new remixes as well. I just did a remix for Armin Van Buuren, so I will play that. I’m going to test new music. See what works!” His excitement is infectious.
DC to Light has been in the making for two years. On it, Page has put his signature, poignant lyrics in the hands of some very strong vocalists like Lissie on “Open Heart” and Michael S. on “Against The World.” Page’s strength lies in his ability to fashion songs and romance out of electronic sounds. You won’t find varied proclamations of “drop the bass” here. It’s pretty music but there is deliberation behind it.
Page reveals taking inspiration from an ecological standpoint for DC to Light. “The album was made with solar power,” he explains. “The entire studio was powered by solar to experience a futuristic way of making music.” The organic production reflects in the music too. “I like the metaphor of the sun hitting the solar panels and powering the studio to create the waveforms on the recording” Page elaborates. He used the album’s earthly origins to steer the sound into a direction “that is a little more aggressive than usual, while preserving a strong sense of song.”
When Page was getting into electronic music, he found his way through his love for hip-hop, folk, and songwriting. Radio and U.K. music mags were his only real resources. “I first heard ‘Longest Road’ archaically through Mista Jam on the BBC. Being in the midst of a super basic heartbreak, I remember feeling on the lyrics and novel sound, hard. EDM’s geographic shift has taken time. Europe has been spoiled for a while but electronic music is maturing in the U.S. It’s here to stay. People are hungry for new sounds and unique musical frameworks.” It would be foolish to miss out on this musical revolution of the digital age.
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