Acclaimed U.S. producer/DJ and two-time GRAMMY Nominee Morgan Page brings his Morgan Page Presents 3D Concert Experience to Chicago's Concord Music Hall this Friday, October 4th, 2013. This is Page’s first official tour following the incredibly successful “In the Air” tour that included over 35 sold out shows, resulted in Sirius XM inviting Page to host his own weekly show and drove over 500,000 digital tracks sales in the US and Canada alone. Joining Page in Chicago on Friday, are special guests Producer/DJ duo Project 46 (Canada) and DJ/Producer Walden (Australia). Page personally sought out the brightest rising stars from around the world, each making a name for themselves within the dance music genre.
"This tour is all about showcasing new talent and groundbreaking artists", Morgan Page says. "There's so much amazing music out there and I want to help champion new and emerging artists. The bus tour kicks things off in the fall, bringing along my favorite new artists but that's only the beginning. Music is only one component of the brand. Everything will revolve around innovation - new technology, new artists, and new experiences that will entertain and enrich people's lives."
As a huge fan of exploring new technologies and pushing the boundaries of live dance music Page will be incorporating a breathtaking new 3D interactive element originally created for Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' that will be revealed for the first time on this tour. These interactive shows will pave the way to a whole new kind of entertainment where stunning immersive environments of 3D light and color that literally envelope Page and his fans in a sensory experience unlike any other. You will be engulfed in dimensionality so real you could touch it. This isn't your average 3D movie experience. [from MPP3D press release]
Morgan Page has certainly come a long way from his native Vermont. Since the release of his third full-length album, 'In The Air', Page has enjoyed many "firsts". Not only has 'In The Air' surpassed year-to-date sales of his two previous releases - 2008’s 'Elevate' and 2010’s 'Believe' – the album garnered Page his first #1 hit on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay Chart and his first gold single.
Page began crafting the material that would eventually become the album in early 2010. In between stints on the road, Page assembled an all-star cast of guests to appear on these original tracks. That cast includes Tegan And Sara on 'Body Work' and 'Video', Jonathan Mendelsohn and Andy Caldwell on 'Where Did You Go'? Greg Laswell on 'Addicted', and a powerhouse combination of BT, Sultan, and Ned Shepard and Angela McCluskey (Télépopmusik) on the record's first single 'In the Air'. The lead track rises from an elegantly enticing electro haze into an infectious hook, moving from progressive house into propulsive pop.
Since coming onto the scene by making a name for himself with 2005's collection of bootleg remixes, 'Cease And Desist' which got the blogosphere buzzing, Page's profile has grown steadily over the years. In 2008, he dropped his formal debut 'Elevate', which spawned one of his biggest hits to date 'The Longest Road' featuring songstress, Lissie. The Deadmau5 remix of the track was nominated for a GRAMMY (Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical) in 2009. His sophomore effort, 2010's 'Believe', saw him continue to garner even more critical and fan acclaim.
The accolades didn't stop there though. In 2011 his remix of Nadia Ali's 'Fantasy' received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. In the meantime, he also received four International Dance Music Award nominations, including 2012’s Best American DJ (North America) alongside Skrillex, Deadmau5 and Kaskade.
While touring and dropping records, Page managed to produce close to 300 remixes for everyone from Madonna and Katy Perry to La Roux and Florence + the Machine. Most recently, he's remixed legends Daft Punk, 'Solar Sailor', and Underworld, 'Diamond Jigsaw'. His other recent remix collaborations include work with Rueben Keeney (Toolroom) and Emma Hewitt (Armada).
Page's style is distinct. He builds his own space in the middle of the pop and electro worlds sonically. Of his last album, he affirms, "it exists between the club and pop worlds with a little bit of indie thrown in there as well. I wanted to try some new flavors and attitudes, while keeping my sound intact. At the end of the day, it's really about the song. I want to make sure these songs stick in your head. While I was working on the album, I had the chance to road-test a lot of this material, and it was effective for the dance floor."
Page has ignited crowds around the world and at crucial festivals such as Coachella Arts And Valley Music Festival (90,000-capacity), Electric Daisy Carnival (142,000-capacity), Spring Awakening Festival (61,000-capacity), Electric Zoo (25,000-capacity) and more.
It's not only his first appearance at many of the festivals, but it's also the year that Wynn Las Vegas signed him for a prestigious yearlong residency alongside other artists like Tiësto, Deadmau5, Afrojack and Steve Aoki.
"Touring really changes your sound," he adds. "The more you play live, the more you see what's working globally in different venues. You sculpt your sound around how the crowd is reacting. At the same time, the live show is definitely evolving too. There will be a lot more audience interaction and production value on the upcoming tour... It's important that people have a good time and come back for more."
With 'In The Air', the Los Angeles-based artist strikes a brilliant balance between kinetic house music and blissful, radio-ready pop. Touting club anthems with the right dose of indie and pop flourishes, Page creates a danceable, diverse, and deep collection of songs. "I want people to play it over and over again," concludes Page. "I want them to sing these songs back to me when I'm playing live. I want to make music that lasts." [from Morgan Page biography]
Project 46 made an undeniable impact on the progressive house scene this year, on a meteoric rise that started when their breakthrough Monstercat release 'Reasons' featuring vocals by Andrew Allen went straight past Tiësto to the #1 overall spot on Beatport. Their new collaboration with America's No. 1 DJ Kaskade titled 'Last Chance' was just released on his new chart-topping album 'Atmosphere', and shot straight into iTunes Top 10 Singles. And, Project 46 new single called 'Motionless' has already debuted in the Beatport Top 100.
Living at opposite ends of Canada has not slowed down the steady flow of productions from the Project 46 studios, as Ryan Henderson and Thomas Shaw find time to post new tracks on their Soundcloud page at least weekly. Their refreshing mixes of originals, remixes, bootlegs, and mash-ups have kept fans engaged and drawn massive support from followers across the globe.
Fast forward a few months, and releases on SPINNIN and Manufactured Music combined with their solid studio output and touring schedule earned Project 46 a well deserved placement on the Top 100 DJs list, squeezing in at #100, joining Richie Hawtin and Deadmau5 as the only Canadians to make this year’s poll. [from Project 46 biography]
The title “musical prodigy” is often reserved for a child or young person having extraordinary musical talent or ability – we call him Walden.
Cobra Starship's smash hit 'You Make Me Feel' (Fueled By Ramen/Decaydence), Zoe Badwi's 'Accidents Happen' (Neon Records) and Rebecca & Fiona's 'Luminary Ones' (Neon Records) each received the remix treatment before the now 18-year-old Sydney native John Walden was even old enough to enter the venues where his music was on high rotation, and as he swiftly gathers acclaim, it's no surprise that artists like Estelle, Marina and the Diamonds and Paper Crows are all lined up for mixes.
Walden's debut EP 'Brightness' is a twisted blend of styles and sounds; the title track, best described as soaring piano-driven progressive house, received an unheard of double feature on Pete Tong's BBC Radio 1 show in the UK, drawing support from international heavyweights Afrojack, Ian Carey, Michael Woods, Morgan Page, Roger Sanchez, Tiësto and Tommy Trash to name a few.
But if it wasn't for a school field trip to Sydney's Powerhouse technology museum, none of this might ever have happened. During the visit, Walden and his classmates were given a demo of the audio workstation software Acid Pro, and the 12-year-old was immediately hooked. Despite a complete lack of musical training, he got himself a copy of Acid Pro and began to experiment, using all the samples and loops he could get his hands on to start concocting tunes. This musical output varied wildly, veering from ambient one moment, to techno the next, and on to jazz the moment after that. But when he was 13, Walden discovered the Clubland compilation series, and his path into dance music was assured.
After brief flirtations with happy hardcore, hard trance and electro, his sound emerged - a dash of Avicii, a pinch of Deadmau5, and a heavy helping of Wolfgang Gartner, but more importantly that intangible thing that makes an artist stand out... originality. Walden's sound most closely resembles, well, Walden.
Before long, Walden had created himself a profile on ReverbNation and within a couple of weeks, Big Beat Records, the dance label of music industry royalty Atlantic Records had discovered him and instantly snapped him up.
John Walden's journey is just beginning, and the future's looking bright... [from Walden biography]
Friday, October 4th, 2013
Concord Music Hall & React Presents
MORGAN PAGE | PROJECT 46 | WALDEN
Concord Music Hall
2047 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60647
Info Line: 773-570-4000