Danish superstar MORTEN has had a special year in dance music.
Touring around the world, his mission was to proliferate his patented “future rave” sound, a genre he conceptualized with his partner in crime David Guetta. The two released a series of standout songs as the popularity of future rave music skyrocketed, such as a fan-favorite remix of the generational dance anthem. “Titanium. “
After a triumphant exit to the memorable return of the ADE festival, EDM.com sat down with MORTEN to discuss the impact of future rave music and its plans in 2022.
EDM.com: How are you feeling after last night’s event?
DEAD IN : I just woke up and I feel great. I am very happy.
EDM.com: Let’s discuss future raves. Where does it come from, what are your inspirations for it and where do you want it to go?
DEAD IN : Well, the future rave is not just a sound. It is a movement for us. We wanted to change the way we saw the main dance scene. We wanted people to keep evolving, we wanted producers to be inspired and we wanted to create music that we love to play in our sets.
And now we’re playing a full set of future rave music and it seems like almost every DJ in the world is playing it, so we’re very happy.
EDM.com: It was a really quick turnaround between launching the genre and the one that took over our stage. Are there other producers that you’ve seen jump on top that you’re really happy to see, or someone you mentor who takes the flag and runs with it?
DEAD IN : It’s everywhere. It’s not just that they make a sound that comes from us, I can see the excitement around electronic music everywhere. It comes from Armin van Buuren, who plays some of our songs at around 134 BPM, to the dubstep kids in LA who remix them.
People all over the world approve of it and feel the creativity and excitement that the music brings. We really love electronic music obviously – really – but we felt like EDM was a bit stalled, so we wanted to bring something new to the scene.
Yesterday I played AMF and it was really cool. I played like five new records, and just seeing the crowd react the way they did was really amazing. It’s cool that we’re in a place where I don’t have to go on stage and play five big hits – I can just go out and play new music. It’s part of what future rave is – you take risks and give the audience something exciting and new every time, and you keep them involved.
EDM.com: How would you describe the separate genre movement? What is the mission of the movement?
DEAD IN : Well, we were running our heads against the wall a bit with every EDM song feeling like “three, two, one, let’s go” and we were kinda fed up. We were looking for new records to play. David would call me and ask me, “What are you playing at? And I did the same thing with him every day, and then we were like, “Okay, let’s do the music ourselves”, you know?
We are very inspired by the underground, techno and the melodic Scandinavian universe, so we wanted to create music that we could play ourselves.
EDM.com: let’s talk about your relationship with David. How did you meet and start producing together? And now that you’re genre pioneers together, how has your relationship evolved?
DEAD IN : I met David 10 years ago in the Los Angeles gym, and he came over and said, “Hey, what’s up, what are you doing here?” Because I was working really hard. He didn’t really know I was a DJ until I met him again two years later. He was playing on the main stage at Tomorrowland and I snuck backstage and I was like, “What’s up we met in LA” And he said to me “Hey man, what are you doing do here? ” And I told him I was a DJ.
And then I played a festival in Mexico two years later and we met again, then we became friends. I always sent him my music, and it would be really good to give me his opinion. I sent him some ideas three years ago and he said, “This is really, really special.” I was in Miami and we met and started working together and then we did our first song with Aloe Blacc called “Never Be Alone”. start working hard. “
EDM.com: How do you feel about your relationship now? Is it like a sibling relationship or a mentor-mentee relationship?
DEAD IN : Yeah, he’s my mentor, you know. David is one of my best friends. We talk all the time and he is the godfather of electronic music, so I try to learn as much as I can from him.
But we also seem to always agree on how we mean future raves. We are still on the same page. But in terms of understanding music and writing songs, I learned so much from him. And yes man, he’s one of the nicest guys I know and he’s a very close friend of mine.
EDM.com: Land let’s talk a bit about ADE. The event itself is obviously not what it was in previous years, but it is still one of the most important and relevant events in electronic music. For a young artist, why do you think it is important to attend ADE, and as an established artist like you, why do you continue to patronize?
DEAD IN : Well, for me, it’s been very important to come out and feel different sub-genres and genres of underground music. It’s very important for me to come to Ibiza every year and for me to be in a nightclub at six in the morning and have the real flavor of electronic music, and not just listen to the top 10 EDM songs from around the world.
And when you come to ADE, you can get it, you don’t have to travel the world. You can stay here for five days and you can get the subculture, you can get the underground music, the stage music, you can absorb it all in a week. So I encourage all artists around the world to attend something like ADE. Not only come here to network, be seen and take photos, but really come and listen to different types of electronic music and understand it.
Because it’s so amazing, and electronic music has a lot of emotions, but you really have to be in the crowd and feel it. And that you can walk into a place like this, so I really encourage other emerging artists to step out of their comfort zone and really go out and listen to DJs and be inspired. It is very important that we feel the music here.
EDM.com: WWhat other new subgenres do you think will emerge and come into the limelight next year?
DEAD IN : Well, it’s funny because there is such a big gap between Europe, Asia and South America right now. House music is doing really, really well in America – it’s come out of nowhere where people like John Summit and Carnage are really, really pushing it, and it’s getting so big now.
I think techno is going to have a much bigger impact than what we’ve seen, I know everyone feels it’s happening. If you ask someone in the underground they’ll tell you that techno has always been there, but I think on the main stage we’re going to see a lot of techno coming, and I think minimal techno in particular is going be very popular.
I also think we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg of the future rave. I feel a lot of excitement and I feel like it’s going to keep growing. I think rave music in general is going to become very important.
EDM.com: And you ? What’s up with MORTEN next year that you really want our readers to know?
DEAD IN : Future rave with David. We’ve kind of launched “future rave 2.0” now. We’ve been working really hard over the past few months to evolve our sound and I’m very happy people are hearing what we’re working on.
I saw a bit of it last night in my sets, and we’re definitely taking a little different direction right now. This is what excites me the most. I will also be doing quite a bit of touring. I just looked at my schedule and I’m going to play all over the world, from Tulum to Tokyo, through China, Canada and America and Europe and so on. I will travel a lot.
EDM.com: Are you working on any EPs or projects we should research?
DEAD IN : No EP or projects. Just unique releases for the moment.
EDM.com: Are there any artists that you supervise or watch?
DEAD IN : Yes. There’s this kid, his name is Jaakob. He’s from Sweden but he lives in LA and his melodies are to die for. I have played some of his records on my radio shows and I really listen to them myself. I don’t know what it is about him, but there is something about his melodies that is really, really special and people should really listen to him. He is ill.