Just returned from playing Los Angeles’ Coachella music festival and soon to be resident of America’s current hottest club, XS in Las Vegas, house DJ and producer Morgan Page shared his thoughts with us on what he loves most about Miami’s music scene and how it compares to the West Coast.
Preview his most recent album below and hear what he had to say about playing fro coast to coast.
What was your favorite act at Coachella?
It was crazy. I think Calvin Harris was the best set that I saw. He didn’t have any gimmicks — just an awesome set. Swedish House Mafia was really good as well.
Did you go last year?
No. You know, I went six years ago and saw Daft Punk, and that as sort of like a pivotal moment. I said, “I don’t want to come back until Daft plays,” and here I am six years later.
How’s the music scene on the West Coast compared to the East coast?
It’s hard to split things geographically these days, because you’ve got some artists from Europe coming here, and actually, I think American producers are a minority — I don’t even know if you can split the West Coast and East Coast sounds. I play a lot more on the West Coast in the US. But I’m playing Montreal and Electric Zoo in New York. I feel like they’re just ramping up on the East Coast. New York’s always had a big scene, though, so we’ll see.
Miami vs. LA?
What’s funny is that whenever I play Miami, they say “don’t play trance, you can’t play trance here.” It actually seems like the tastes have changed in the area. But comparing Miami to LA: I love playing Florida, I love coming down for the Conference, and LA, I feel like a lot of the people are going to festivals more now.
How was your first experience playing in Miami?
The first club I ever played [in Miami] I got kicked out of for drinking underage. That’s one thing that drives me crazy — everything is so based on liquor sales. That shouldn’t be the driving force of the music. But ultimately it’s a big economic thing.
Do you plan on coming back any time soon?
I play at Mansion June 30th.