The average Morgan Page fan stuck out like a sore thumb amidst the typical downtown crowd at LA Live last Friday night. When it came to concert attire, nothing was too over the top – the standard “uniform” consisted something along the lines of platform Converse, neon fishnets and a studded bra/crop top. Clearly, this group came to dance.
And dance they did, straight through two warm-up sets – one from electronic up-and-comer Brazzabelle and one from the Swedish DJ Adrian Lux, who will make an appearance at Coachella next month. It was not until 12:30 a.m. that Page finally took the stage, thanking the L.A. crowd and promising to give them something especially dance-worthy.
Although there was no prolonged small talk with the audience, Page was noticeably relaxed on stage, especially given the size and energy of the crowd. He silently and diligently mixed on stage for a few songs, making a quick intro into “Body Work.” He eased into the track before fist pumping along with the crowd, anticipating the drop. After he finished, he announced to the audience that he was going to play a new track called “Against the World,” and that they were the first people who were going to hear it. The crowd shouted their appreciation towards the stage and danced along to the new song, which hooked them in with the repeated line: “It’s just me and you now, against the world, against the world.”
The rest of the night was somewhat of a blur as Page continued to churn out hits and the crowd ceased moving to his EDM goodness. Throughout the night, he never broke his stage character, remaining extremely composed and on point.
Page’s relaxed onstage demeanor may be due in large part to the Vermont native’s fluency with electronic music; he began mixing at 14 years old and went on to appear as a DJ on the University of Vermont’s college radio station while he was still in high school. It was here that Page really developed his love for electronic and house music, and in 2002 recorded his first album, Drifting into View.
Page’s latest album, In the Air, produced the hit “Body Work,” an electronic dance collaboration with Tegan and Sara. The mix simultaneously transformed the Canadian duo’s indie rock/folk image and placed Page on the map as a leading progressive house DJ. Page’s other collaborations got him nominated for two GRAMMYs, one for his “The Longest Road” piece with Lissie and another for his remix of Nadia Ali’s “Fantasy.”