It takes a strong heart and inventive mind to live on the very top of the electronic dance scene – especially if your career spans nearly two decades. Luckily, German producer and DJ Alex M.O.R.P.H. holds both of these, along with a lively spirit that seems to feed on music. His ways with melody are widely known and loved, the M.O.R.P.H. sound a phenomenon that grabs the audience time and again, and the constant drive to reinvent himself is a mere reflection of his ability to stay ahead of the game. Backed up by a long list of highlights, yet ever looking out for the future, Alex M.O.R.P.H. is one of the rare characters to add color to the scene. And he’s not nearly done bringing the world his musical portrait. Through each of the Alex M.O.R.P.H. originals, he tells a story. In a unique blend of energy, emotion and power, he connects music with feeling. And it is felt. With over 60 originals on his discography, including the mass-movers of ‘An Angel’s Love’, ‘Sunset Boulevard’, A State of Trance 2014 Tune of the Year runner-up ‘The Reason’, ‘Eternal Flame’ and ‘Walk The Edge’, it’s clear that Alex is way past the rookie stage. Looking back on two successful artist albums, the 2009 ‘Purple Audio’ and 2013 ‘Prime Mover’ albums, the ‘Hands On Armada – Part 2’ remix compilation, as well as collaborations with Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Rank1 and of course lifelong studio partner Woody van Eyden, it’s really the challenge in production itself that inspires Alex to push his boundaries. With a brand new artist album coming up in the summer of 2015, inspiration continues to thrive in the M.O.R.P.H. studio and fans barely need to bide their time to enjoy new originals.
With technology becoming more and more integrated into shows, what do you think the future holds? How do you imagine Virtual Reality will be incorporated into performances?
Let’s face it: the times where you just played in a dark club and danced to the music are over. I don’t know about the future of Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality. Maybe the people will stay home with an Oculus Rift on their heads, watching a live set that I’m doing in my kitchen. I don’t know, haha! What I know is that there are amazing technologies that can boost the experience for the audience. There will be even more insane shows, stunning stages, crazy lights, ambience, surround sound, 3D projections and whatnot. It’s just the beginning, and virtual reality will be a big part of a live experience for sure. You might see pink elephants flying over your head, hahahaha!
Social media is somewhat of a blessing and a curse as it can feel like some of your favorite artists are so close, yet so far away. Why have you decided to be very active and in touch with your fanbase when so many others act like they’re too cool?
It’s the least I can do. I’m not the most active artist to do so, but I always try to at least give a little thing back to my fans. A comment here and there or even only a like will show people that I see them, that I read their stuff and that I care.
You’ve done an excellent job of changing your style to fit the current atmosphere in the EDM world. Are there any retro or lesser known genres that you’d like to produce or incorporate into your music?
Well, people know me as a Trance guy because that’s what I’m known for the most, but I love many different styles of music. I was a part of the acid scene back in the days, believe it or not. Even today I always try some new stuff every now and then. I do experiment with styles, that’s what an artist should do. Some people don’t like it when I release a Psytrance track, or a harder track, they just want uplifting Trance. But I don’t care, it would bore me. I will always surprise from time to time, team up with other artists and combine elements that are not usual. There’s no rules. If it works, fine. If not, fine.
Could you share some tips for aspiring artists?
That’s always hard to do. Just keep up the work, don’t let others frustrate you, believe in what you do and try to get better at doing it. Try to present yourself professionally, don’t annoy people and the rest is a good dose of luck to be at the right place at the right time.
If someone wanted to introduce Alex M.O.R.P.H. to their friend, but they could only use one track, which would they suggest they play?
I don’t know haha! Ask them. Everyone has their own taste and everyone has a different opinion about what’s “the best Alex M.O.R.P.H. track”. I cannot decide that.
What is it like being one of the senior members of the A State of Trance crew & touring for huge crowds of trance fans?
Well, I play some of the events from time to time, but I’m not a “member” of A State of Trance. It’s always great to play for huge crowds but I also love to play smaller clubs. Both bigger and smaller events have their advantages.
Would you like to give us any information on upcoming projects and releases?
I’m just about to release a new collab together with Heatbeat. It’s called Shenlong and releasing on Sept-29 on their label AERYS Records. Then I’ve teamed up with Paul van Dyk again for another collab on his new upcoming album. There’s more to come but I don’t want to spoil the surprise yet 😉
Catch Alex Morph on Friday April 19th at LXXY Bali