January 30, 2014 - 6:13 pm
Wynn headliner Morgan Page is not only one of the world’s great DJ-musicians, he’s also the biggest tech master of them all, and he’s the most environmentally aware. Here is the perfect example of his green techiness: He drives a Tesla.
“I think it’s funny when people are like, Oh you like all that techy stuff?’ I’m, like, ‘How can you not like the techy stuff? How could you not like a car that’s faster than a Maserati? Ha-ha,” he said.
“When you get an electric car, it makes ‘normal’ cars feel like antiques, and you say, ‘Why aren’t we all driving electric cars?’ ”
Page, who performs Friday at Surrender, also has a solar-powered music studio.
And he is such a gadget aficionado, companies know this and send him free stuff to try out.
But getting free stuff can feel like a job.
“It’s fun trying new things. And they always want a quote from you. But it can be a little overwhelming when you have a million pieces of software installed,” he says.
So let’s talk tech.
He likes the new Google Glass, that $1,600 eyewear that records video and shows you the Internet on a little bitty screen in a corner of the eyewear.
“It’s cool,” he said.
But he will like it better once it improves.
“The Google Glass doesn’t work so well in dark nightclubs. It needs a lot more light,” Page said. “But I’m curious how it works out.”
He likes putting his music on Soundcloud, the app/site that lets the rest of us listen to free music and podcasts from around the world.
But recently, he got close to getting kicked off Soundcloud, because he uploaded a song that was half-owned by him and half-owned by another musician.
Soundcloud told Page this was his second strike.
“They’re cracking down,” Page said. “When you post bootleg mixes, it doesn’t matter if you’re me, you still get a slap on the wrist, even if you’re whitelisted.
“So I gotta be a little more careful with that stuff. Bootlegs need to go alternative means.”
He is interested in what Deadmau5 has done.
“He created his own platform, which is smart. He just deactivated his Soundcloud account to give people an incentive to pay $5 for his service. I’m really curious to see how that’ll work.”
As for that book Page is finishing up, it’s more of an illustrated daily tip book, with 365 tips.
“It’s useful for guys who are as big as Zedd but also your aspirational bedroom producers,” Page said.
But it has taken him a career to compile the tips and compress them into capsules of wisdom.
“It’s summing up 15 years of music knowledge — everything I’ve ever read, everybody I’ve ever worked with.
“I’d really like this to be the music bible (or the EDM bible). I want this to be in every laptop bag of every DJ and every studio.”
Some tips are esoteric. Some are directly helpful.
“An example would be: The human brain can only process three different sounds at once so you should produce your music accordingly, or move them around, because your brain is just not going to hear more than three things at once.”
Page said it takes a lot of work to stay on top of his interests. But it helps that he is not interested in the time-killers that keep millions of other people distracted.
“The difference is, I don’t follow sports or any of that stuff. I keep my interests in music, tech and the fitness world, and that’s it,” Page said.
So he’s like some kind of Future Man. That’s how I think of Morgan Page, anyway.
Doug Elfman’s column appears on Page 3A in the main section on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. He also writes for Neon on Fridays. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.