It's been yet another big year from a guy you might not have heard much about until now. Meet [artist id="1244245"]Morgan Page[/artist]: prolific remixer, producer, all-around good guy and total musical whiz.
Exclusively on MTV News.com, we've got the premiere of his new music video, the third from his album Believe. Shot at Hollywood's Avalon nightclub, "I've Had Friends," featuring Jan Burton, takes us into the DJ booth and in front of a massive sell-out crowd.
In a day and age where Beatport's remix contests are common and all bedroom DJs far and wide can easily download song parts à la carte to create their own remixes, Page got his start by producing bootleg remixes of already-mastered final tracks. With surgical precision, that approach has tuned his ear to one of the best in the biz.
"I think it was always good practice when I did those bootleg remixes," Page told MTV News. "It was great: You had no stems, you have no a cappellas, you had to be very good with your slicing and dicing of audio. It was sort of like boot camp."
This "boot camp" has now led the Burlington, Vermont, native to his second Grammy nod, this time for his uplifting progressive house remix of Nadia Ali's "Fantasy." Just two years ago, deadmau5's remix of Page's widely recognized hit "The Longest Road" also earned him a spot alongside music's elite. Now, poised to release his fifth album, Page's knack for stellar musical production has again landed him alongside some of the biggest names in pop.
"I wrote a couple of songs with Tegan and Sara, and they're excited about it," Page revealed. "It was surprising to get a fairly big artist to do a big collaboration and be into it. They didn't want anybody phony or anything in it, so it's totally great to have this mutual collaboration."
Also on the album will be Nadia Ali, Jonathan Mendelsohn and Scottish singer-songwriter Angela McCluskey, known best for her vocal on "Breathe" by French EDM trio Télépopmusik — made famous by a Mitsubishi Outlander commercial.
But this time around, the Page-McCluskey collaboration will be co-produced by BT and production duo Sultan & Shepard, who also are connected to Nadia Ali in their recent hit single, "Call My Name." Sort of like a "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, Dance Music Edition." In any case, the list of production partners looks insanely promising.
"I'm trying to pick these people out of these typical comfort areas," Page said, "and this is the first time I've really brought in a couple of dance artists, but everyone else is in other genres, which is really cool."
In addition to the monstrous potential for the album, Page is landing more club gigs than ever before. And with a residency firing up in the coming month at Rain and Moon, two of the Las Vegas Palms Hotel's nightclubs, one of dance music's best remixers is certainly going to be making waves on his own.
Page's "Fantasy" remix is up for the Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical Grammy against Axwell & Dirty South for their anthemic remix of the Temper Trap's "Sweet Disposition," Wolfgang Gartner for his rework of Andy Caldwell's "Funk Nasty," David Guetta's shuffle of Madonna's "Revolver" and Funk Generation's take on Sergio Mendes' "Orpheus."
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