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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/Chromeo

So, who’s ready to party like Canadian based beat masters Chromeo are coming to take the NOTO stage by storm to help the Philly hot-spot kick off its two year anniversary bash? 

Oh, wait, they are, and that big celebratory par-tay is happening this Friday night, Katy, so now is absolutely the time to get rewerked and ready for those one-of-a-kind Chromeo beats and funkdafied-on-the-floor feelings. 

First, play this….and yes, Solange, yes. 

Widely known across the global dance floors for their killer hooks, vintage drum machines and disco flavored rhythms, Montreal based music pairing Chromeo–David “Dave One” Macklovitch &Patrick “Pee Thug” Gemayel–has crafted a sound that not only is blissfully reminiscent looked to the deepest waves of ’80s funk and R&B, but it’s a sound that just cannot be duplicated….because these fine-tuned gentlemen have werked it out to call their very own.

You got down with that Ms. Solange fire from above….yeah, it’s like that all of the time when it comes to these groovy guys. 

This is clearly evident in their bass line happy debut 2003 EP, Destination Overdrive, which would lead them to serve the world with their freshman full-length, She’s in Control, which actually sashayed its way into our disco-kissed headphones fifteen years ago this month. A few years down the road, the beat tossin’ Canadian boys would collaborate in the summer of 2008 with Philly‘s own Daryl Hall for part of his online series Live from Daryl’s House. Anyone remembers If you don’t, it’s time to recognize because any friend of the legendary Mr. Hall is certainly a friend to all of us City of Brotherly Love entertainment lovers. 

While Chromeo‘s now rabid fan base anxiously awaited another shimmering set, the bros set off on a massive touring trek, which would further cement their status as just those guys whose music you just want to live your life through…right now. Chromeo eventually went back into the studio to record their sophomore follow-up, Fancy Footwork in 2010, as well as 2010’s Business Casual(where Solange and a lot of goodies reside), 2014’s White Women and last year’s yep-they-definitely-still-got-it, Head Over Heels, which will no doubt be on heavy display this Friday night at NOTO

Chromeo has also pressed the rewerk button for several mainstream music champions like Lourde’s “Green Light,” Lenny Kravitz’s “Breathe,” Donna Summer’s (!!!) “Love is in Control(Finger on the Trigger),” and Maroon 5’s “Wait,” which you should absolutely get down to right now below.

Know what else you should get down to? Anything and everything that these guys serve out, including that dance floor lovin‘ life that’ll be taking over the NOTO for the start of your Valentine’s weekend. Now, get those groovy tickets…and dance. 

For more rewerked vibes on the floor err’day and beyond, pump those fists along with Philly Mixtape right here and here.…you’ll be glad you did. 

Chromeo Cover Photo Courtesy of SPIN 

 

 

 

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Rewerk Wednesday/Green Velvet

Calling direct attention to all of the dancin’-and-prancin’ Philly kids, kweens, guys and gals out there…..

…..an DJ legend by the name of Green Velvet is coming to leave his trademark stage stamp at NOTO tomorrow night…..and we all need be rewerked and ready to light up in the floor in his iconic honor. 

And if you’re not quite ready, you should be because amplified shit’s about to go down when it comes to this state-of-the-art beat master. 

Green Velvet (real name Curtis Jones, also known by the DJ moniker, Cajmere, “The Percolator,” anyone? Fuck yes) got his start on the Chicago club scene in the early ’90s and quickly became quickly regarded for his intense non-vocal productions and (literally) insane DJ sets. His pulsating presence grew more popular as the decade went on, this was in the part to the smashing success of club thrashers like “Preacher Man,” “Answering Machine,” and “The Stalker.”

With simple vocals and big-ass booming beats, the crowds not only fell in love with a DJ who knew what the f@ck he was doing, but one that could pull tons of tricks out of his dancing hats with a clear thunderous message for his audience to no doubt expect the unexpected. A feast of studio albums also kept us hungry for more Green Velvet everythang  thanks to infectious studio romps like Constant Chaos (’99), Whatever(’01), Lost & Found(’05), and the world dance floor famed Ministry of Sound Sessions(’07). 

Of course, a batch of electrified remixes have also kept our headphones attention to this dance music legend for the past two decades, with one in particular being his church-worthy retelling of Madonna‘s Confessions on a Dance Floor smash, “Sorry.” Taking the already booming Madge groove to an amplified new level, he added his signature burps and whirls, all while giving us club kids a classic rewerk for the rest of our disco ball lovin’ lives. 

And if we’re really, really lucky, it’ll be one of the many treats he’ll serve out for Philly at NOTO tomorrow night. There’s truly only one way to find out…go and get your Green Velvet groove on, and of course, don’t forget to listen up because a true DJ legend will be speaking. 

For continuous Rewerk Wednesday action both on and off the floor, check ya life with Philly Mixtape right here and here

Cover photo courtesy of Division Agency