Yesterday was Halloween. How did you celebrate? Did you get dressed up and go trick or treating trying to satisfy your sweet tooth? While some of us dressed up, a few folks in the Valley of the Sun headed to Old Town Scottsdale to dance the night away at Axis Radius. For those of you that don’t know, Axis Radius likes to celebrate Halloween in style. They pretty much shut down Old Town to do it. Each year they host Ghostball, the ultimate Halloween block party. This year, Ghostball was on Saturday, October 27th and they invited a legend to the stage to help celebrate. In The Air, his latest album, came out earlier this year, and he has been partying all over the place to promote the release. Anyone that follows electronic dance music in the Valley knows the name. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Morgan Page.
You have played the Valley a few times playing holiday shows every now and then. This time you are playing the 12th Annual Ghostball at Axis Radius. Do you have anything special planned for the show? Maybe a spooky Halloween costume, or something!
Sometimes I bring a viking costume – but every time I DJ with a costume, it’s always in the way of headphones – so I have to take it off sometimes.
When you started to DJ back in college, did you ever think you would be traveling the world producing some of the biggest club bangers out there? By the way, how does being a DJ on the radio compare to being a DJ in a club?
I wasn’t sure if it would happen, but it was always a goal. I was never comfortable working a normal job. DJing in the club is so different from radio. It’s great to see an audience, but you have the added challenge of dodging drinks and drunk people!
You have done a lot of remixes over the years. Is there anyone that you would like to remix that you haven’t had the opportunity to work with yet?
I would love to remix Adele and also Ellie Goulding.
The electronic dance music scene has never been as successful as it is right now. But there aren’t a lot of DJs from the United States. You are originally from Vermont. Does being an American DJ post any problems with all of the European competition?
Sometimes it feels like the Olympics and you have all this incredible talent from all of the world competing against you. I think it’s ultimately up to you as an artist and a DJ to carve your own space, no matter which country you are from. But that said – I would like to see more American DJs, and I think we’re seeing a new wave of super talented American producers making their mark.
A lot of professional athletes have a ritual before hitting the hitting the field or before tip off. Do you have any rituals or traditions before you take the stage?
I need to have a Red Bull and vodka – but that’s pretty much it. I make sure to prepare and listen to the tracks I want to play to mentally prepare.
Thank you so much for doing this, Morgan. I have one more for you… In all of the interview I do, I always give the artist the last word. Go.
First – I want to thank everyone in Arizona for coming out to my shows over the years – it’s one of my favorite places to play. Second – I want to remind everyone to download my weekly podcast. It’s free, and you can subscribe to it in the iTunes music store by searching for “Morgan Page”.