With two Grammy nominations under his belt and having sold out 35 of the 45 shows on his last tour, American DJ/producer Morgan Page went into the recent Miami Music Week on a high.
The title track of his fifth album, “In the Air” featuring Angela McCluskey (a co-production with BT, Sultan and Ned Shepard), went to #1 on Billboard‘s Hot Dance Airplay Chart and spent 25 weeks in the top 10 last year. “Body Work,” featuring MTV family indie darlings Tegan and Sara, followed as the album’s second single, with an ’80s-inspired video set in an auto shop that premiered on MTV’s Buzzworthy in February.
This year, Miami proved fruitful. While he didn’t come away with any International Dance Music Awards (he was nominated for “Best American DJ” and “Best Progressive Track”), MMW provided a fan-galvanizing series of gigs, underscored by his own “Morgan Page Presents” night at Mokai. He showcased his latest remixes and coveted gems from In the Air, which was released Tuesday via Nettwerk Records.
According to Page, the fans in Miami clearly had their favorite songs. “The singles ‘In the Air’ with Angela McCluskey and ‘Body Work’ with Tegan and Sara are doing well,” Page told MTV News. “Right now, ‘In the Air’ is the biggest track. It gets the biggest response when I play it. It was a really cool collaboration.”
“Body Work” occupies its own unique place in Page’s heart. What began as a White Label remix endeavor in 2005 culminated in Page creating three songs with Tegan and Sara, of which “Video” and “Body Work” made it onto ITA.
“They are the coolest,” Page said of the pair. “They are the most professional, put together duo I’ve ever worked with. They just know what they want, and they don’t mess around. ['Body Work'] is very ’80s and has this very ’80s throwback synth vibe that I love. I wanted a track to be out there that was different. It wasn’t a dubstep track or a progressive house track.”
Page says Air is a project for the masses — an effort that, with the help of additional vocalists Nadia Ali , Greg Laswell, Shelley Harland and Richard Walters (to name a few), is aimed to hit the nightclubs hard.
“The last album, Believe, was more melancholy and chill,” Page explained. “And this is aiming a little more square at the dance floor. The next single is right around the corner, called ‘Where Did You Go.’ Jonathan Mendelsohn’s on that. He’s done a lot of cool stuff with Dash Berlin and Laidback Luke. It’s a little more aggressive. It’s something I can play in the middle of my set, peak time, guns blazing. Jonathan is just an amazing, dynamic singer.”
For his next album, Page revealed he’s planning to continue keeping the spirits high.
“I think the next one is going to be even more big-room,” Page shared. “A little more triumph, a little more energy, more peak time. That’s kind of what the crowds want.”
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