Since DJ/producer Morgan Page’s first introduction to the city in 2008, Las Vegas has become arguably the most important place in the country for a turntablist to perform, sending DJs from around the world scrambling for a time slot. Now, with his “Morgan Page Presents” series at Wynn clubs Surrender and Encore Beach Club, the headlining resident gets to handpick up-and-coming openers for select dates. Benefiting from the superstar’s largesse this summer are DJs Walden, dBerrie and Maor Levi.
“What’s important to me is that these guys make their own music—quality dance music—and they appreciate the opportunity to play the Vegas crowd,” Page says. It isn’t easy to break into the big time, even with the plethora of megaclubs that have been EDM’s biggest cheerleaders, since they cater more to huge international stars such as Skrillex, Calvin Harris and Kaskade.
“There are a lot of choices for DJs out there—a lot of noise, a lot of clutter. I wanted to bring some people to the forefront,” Page says. “There’s a trend happening in Vegas where people are getting back to the mega-headliner again, and the sort of middle class of DJ is dwindling. This is my way of keeping that talent in the fold.”
That talent includes Australian DJ/producer Walden, who was on Page’s 3D tour last year. “I think the reputation of Las Vegas speaks for itself,” Walden says. “This place is party central, and definitely where most of the money for the club scene is. The crowds, I find, are always very energetic and especially enthusiastic for dance music.” He opens for Page at Surrender on July 5.
“Morgan Page Presents” continues July 12 at Surrender with DJ dBerrie, who holds residencies in New York, Miami and Los Angeles. Israel’s Maor Levi, who has remixed for Gabriel & Dresden, the Killers and Skrillex’s OWSLA label, will open for Page at Surrender on August 1.
“It’s interesting to see what’s going to happen with the sound of Las Vegas,” Page says. “There are a lot of new clubs opening, there’s going to be a lot more competition … I just hope they continue to support EDM; I hope it doesn’t just go to novelty acts.”