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Table Talk w/Morgan Page

There’s really no need to argue that no matter what we go through in this funked up thing called life, you just have to keep putting that mind, soul, spirit and body to work…it’s really quite that simple. 

And you know what is really quite simple? Getting your access to witness globally renowned beat all-star Morgan Page pulverize NOTO this Friday night as he’ll be putting all of those elements to the strobe lit test with a set that’s guaranteed be nothing short of explosive as we set sail into the first weekend of March. 

Feelin’ good yet? If not, you should be because he’s coming, Philly, and we need to be more than ready to welcome this forceful iconic DJ’s pulsating presence. 

A Vermont based musician, producer (and new baby Daddy!), Morgan Page made himself known on the dance music scene in the early ’00s thanks to a series of house tracks and remixes for the likes of Terry Lee Brown, Jr. and a shade-worthy rewiring of Ashlee Simpson‘s cheeky 2004 hit, “Boyfriend.” Yes. 

The soon-to-be world destroying DJ became a household name in 2009 after his glorious collaboration with folksinger Lissie on the classic anthem, “The Longest Road,” earned him his first Grammy nomination. Page then scored a second nomination the following year for his shimmering remix of Nadia Ali’s “Fantasy,” and needless to say, he had certainly arrived and wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon. 

That has certainly proved true a decade later as Page has not only served us with a headphones full of dynamic studio records (dive straight into 2010’s Believe, 2012’s In the Air and 2015’s DC to Light hereconquered a three-year residency at The Wynn in Las Vegas, and he’s certainly made the outdoor music festival scene his bitch…and we’ve loved and lived for every groove-filled second of it. 

Before his impending smashing set at NOTO, Morgan was kind enough to take some time to turn the tables with Philly Mixtape, where he took a seat and spilled about new fatherhood, what keeps him motivated and goals for the rest of this year and beyond. 

Listen up..because this true professional DJ has certainly been speaking and we need to keep paying attention..now. 

First up, tell me about the exact moment you knew that being a professional DJ was exactly what you wanted to pursue in life…I honestly never thought it could be a viable career. Being a DJ was fantasy in my head and making music was really the first step. While in middle school I saw my first demo of how computers could “talk” to synths and it blew my mind. 

Which DJs have inspired you along your path? Sasha and Digweed were big inspirations. I remember in high school they were sending me test pressings for my radio show and I’d have to fax charts to London. My high school classmates were like “what the hell are you doing?”

Like those legendary DJs, you’ve also played around the world, ya know, just a little bit. Any favorite places you’ve ever been to? Anywhere you haven’t played that you’re itching to get to..right now? My favorite venue is Red Rocks in Colorado because most clubs start to become a blur and feel similar. Outdoor venues in unique settings are the best. I still haven’t played Tomorrowland yet which would be amazing!

So….your official club refiring of your outstanding collaboration with Tegan & Sara’s for “Body Work” is one of my personal favorite remixes of all time, and I’m sure for a lot of the fellow beat junkies out there. But above the bounce, it’s quite a motivating force through its beat. Which rituals do you personally have on a daily basis to keep you going strong through creating fire like this? My daily ritual involves a lot of coffee, writing morning pages and to-do lists on a big legal pad, and just locking myself in the studio. I keep track of every technique or method of working that I find useful or inspiring on my quick tips page, which you can check out right here.  

I also see that you’re a new Dad! Congratulations! I have to know…does baby Bea have her first pair of headphones yet? Thanks! She needs a mini pair of V-Moda’s. It’s exciting to have a baby and a studio so close. I can start training her early!

Any classic albums you personally can’t live without? I don’t revisit music that much – I listen more to podcasts and audiobooks, because I spent so much time listening to music in the studio. But I love Odesza’s debut album and Beck’s “Morning Phase”

Of course, what all of us Philly fans want to know…..what can we expect from your soon-to-be thunderous set at NOTO this Friday night? Big room progressive, lots of vocals, tons of custom mash-ups and edits of my originals and some familiar favorites. 

Describe your 2019 ambition in one pulsating little word or phrase. Focus..on..the..core. 

And there you have it. To get lost in the Morgan Page experience this Friday night at NOTO, put those headphones on and click those keys right here

For much, much more table talkin,’ rewerkin’ madness, cut a rug or fifty with Philly Mixtape right here and here

Cover photo courtesy of Billboard 

 

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Rewerk Wednesday/Paul van Dyk

There’s beats……

…….and then there’s those thunderous beats served up by legendary Germany based DJ, Paul van Dyk, which will deem so thrashing when he takes over HQ2 Nightclub in Ocean Resort Casino in AC this Friday night that everyone and their East Coast fist pumpin’ mother will be able to feel it. 

In other words, yes, Mr. van Dyk, yes. Now, let’s get rewerked, shall we? Always. 

First falling in love with the art of house music on the radio in the late ’80s, van Dyk officially draped his first pair headphones around his neck when he began mixing and playing various nightclubs in his native hometown of Berlin. With his love of hardcore trance beats aside, it wasn’t long before the impending globally renowned DJ made a stellar name for himself, which only skyrocketed after his intense residency at the legendary Tresor club in Prague

His first debut records (94’s 45 RPM & 96’s Seven Ways) and accompanying singles including “Pumpin'” “Beautiful Place,” “Words” and “Forbidden Fruit” put van Dyk onto the dance charts as well as the global touring scene, where by the mid ’90s he became a certified household name to everyone on the club kid planet…which was indeed…all of us

But perhaps van Dyk‘s most thunderous accomplishment came in 2000 with the arrival of “Tell Me Why(The Riddle”,” which still dominates dance floors and strobe lights…everywhere. More than likely, there’s a DJ spinning out this monstrous club cut at this very moment…yeah, it’s like that. No riddles or alternative facts here, the power of “Tell Me Why” truly cemented van Dyk as the beat tossing legend he is today. 

It also doesn’t hurt (well, maybe a little in the best ways possible, of course) that van Dyk continued his reign on the club scene through not just the 2000s, but to the present ditty day as well. This was thanks to his tireless efforts and ambition in the studio creating killer grooves (check out his current floor fire, “Aurora,” below) a buffet of remix collections, as well as his Politics of Dancing volume series, all of which have no doubt helped van Dyk continue his destruction on dance floors around the world and have a permanent pulsating place our klub kid hearts forever. 

So, if you’re truly lookin’ to celebrate the last weekend of February and get into complete #thinkspring mode (hey, March!), go see this iconic DJ make the stage at HQ2 Nightclub his bitch this Friday night, because he really he is just that guy with those beats…and we should all be bowing down right now. 

Now, let’s pump it out for Mr. Paul van Dyk…….because we must. 

For more fist pumpin’ on the floor livin’ like this and so much more, turn the tables with Philly Mixtape right here and here

Cover photo courtesy of Mixmag 

 

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Forgot About Friday/Stella Soleil

“You don’t have to act like a star
Tryin’ moves in the back your car
Don’t you know that we can go far
‘Cause tonight you gonna get my…” 

Smooch, smooch! 

Observed life lessons by delightfully cray diva Stella Soleil from her 2001 (sort of) hit single, “Kiss, Kiss,” where ever her waaay forgotten about music sass lies these days. 

Now, here’s a true Forgot About Friday for you…and just in time for Valentine’s Day! Pucker up! 

Greek-American pop diva Ms. Stella Soleil (real name…Stella Katsoudas, also goes by the moniker, Sister Soleil)took an early interest in high-powered beats and sauce-y rhythms (and Nine Inch Nails!) while getting her music groove on in Chicago during the late ’90s. Of course, the smoochin‘ chanteuese’s one-of-a-kind vocals gained everyone’s attention very quickly, so she spent time recording demos while also studying professional dance in both New York and Los Angeles. 

And if you remember the Hype Williams(!!) directed “Kiss Kiss,” you know this gal’s got those moves. 

Stella’s big break came after a sold out performance at Chicago’s Metro club in 1998, and from that shining spotlight, Universal signed the spunky songstress as Sister Soleifor her 1998 debut record, Soularium. Lead single “Torch” was a moderate hit, but it was the lip gloss worthy anthem “Kiss Kiss” that we all puckered up to three years later with follow-up record, Dirty Little Secret

The Middle Eastern inspired (and, like, really fun!) pop groove danced across global music charts across the globe, reaching the top 20 in many countries and inside the top 40 on the Bilboard Hot 100. And after, well, all FAF truth, Ms. Stella and her funky was gently placed into the world one-hit wonder category and never heard from again. 

Actually, wait, that’s not true. While she didn’t release a follow-up record, the Chap Stick rockin’ songstress still plays shows under her Sister Soleil stage name where she is no doubt still makin’ all of us men put in that work for a kiss, kiss.

Thank you, Ms. Stella Soleil, for not just a delicious music memory, but for one lip smackin‘ pop gem of a tune…and we shall never forget it. 

For more smooched up music memories like this and so much more, get that lip gloss poppin’ and pucker up to Philly Mixtape right here and here

Cover photo courtesy of You Tube