Morgan Page & Steve James collaborates on “Candles” out now with Proximity! Exclusive Interview

Editorial by Eubin Jin

Interview by Michael Beas with Support from Ernesto Reyes.

Candles – Morgan Page & Steve James

  For those that don’t know, Proximity is an extremely popular YouTube channel that connects artists and allows a platform for them to release their music and collaborate with others. Thanks to their overwhelming success on the video sharing website, much like Monstercat before it, Proximity has announced they are starting their own record label and with an already established fan base, their future is look bright. In celebration of this news, Morgan Page and Steve James collaborated to release “Candles” as the first official release of the new Proximity record label! [caption id="attachment_6064" align="alignnone" width="1024"] @ Copyright RaverMag Michael Beas Photography[/caption]   “Candles” is an interesting beast. Unlike most EDM songs that are currently popular, “Candles” chooses to focus on the higher synths and vocals. There is a fun bass line in the track, but it is much more downplayed than is usual for this era of EDM. This doesn’t take away from the song or its energy. The focus of “Candles” leans more towards the trebles and mids that give this track a pop-y vibe that is refreshing and fun. The pure high energy makes listeners nod their heads and tap their feet involuntarily. “Candles” is something easy to dance to and is a perfect introduction to the new Proximity label. Before his set at Charlotte, Label, Raver Mag had an opportunity to catch up with Morgan Page for a quick Q&A. Here is what he shared up with us. Raver Mag: Born in Vermont, you got into music when you were only 12 years old and that is only the start of what can now be considered historic. My question is, how did you get into music so young in life? When did it all start coming together for you and more so what words of wisdom can you share with others that can help them on their musical journey, especially those that look up to you as a mentor?      Morgan Page: There wasn’t social media at the time, in my case it came together and started with college radio. I lived far enough from the city that I was able to pick up from frequencies from college radio stations, I heard all types of music and I wondered what is this vibe I am hearing? This style of music was not something you wouldn’t hear it anywhere else.  Some stations where doing late night mix shows, but to hear them you had to be up at 4 am. I would send in cassettes and demos into radio stations and I was naively thinking I could do something better then others who we playing. I realized I had a lot to learn but it was something I loved and was passionate about. Some of the radio stations where nice enough to play my music and that gave me the confidence to keep on making music. Eventually I began to working with different radio stations, and then record labels. In my case it was about building organic relations. A lot of my demos would get rejected at first. Even when you’re in the process its a struggle. I think it is important to build relationships and be around people who are lifers and who are in it for the long haul. You don’t really know early on. What’s weird about the whole thing is that a lot of the DJ’s I looked up to early on are not DJ’s anymore. I saw a lot of guys that went so far and then just gave up that it was upsetting to see them go. Most people think you play a song and then one day to the next you have people that want to sign you and take you to the next level and get you booked everywhere, but it just doesn’t work that way. I mean some people get lucky but that doesn’t happen a lot. [caption id="attachment_6070" align="aligncenter" width="768"] @ Copyright RaverMag Michael Beas Photography[/caption] Raver Mag: Why do you think that is? Why do you feel some great local talent goes away or just fades out? I ask because there are so many DJs and artists now that it is a shame to see them give up on their dream, especially when some are very talented.   Morgan Page: I am not sure why, but I think it’s because a lot of people want to be a big fish in a small pond and only do what they feel are comfortable with. No one likes to feel discomfort but sometimes you have to invite some failure, you have to invite some discomfort if you want to grow. I think that’s the key. You need to get out of your comfort zone and hustle it up. You have to know going in that you are competing against people that are so much better then you are and you have to work it as best you can. Even for me now, things are somewhat easier but it’s still hard. That never goes away, you have to always fight to have your music played and you still have to work hard to keep ahead of the game.   Catch the entire interview in the Next Edition of Raver Mag.]]]]> ]]>