On The Record | Alex M.O.R.P.H.

It’s been four years since your last visit to Vancouver and we’re very excited to welcome you back to the city. What can we expect to hear from you at FIVESIXTY on Saturday, May 30th?

Yeah I cannot wait to be back! I can’t tell what to expect yet, to be honest. I might road test some new own stuff I’ve been working on lately. Be there and find out.

With over a decade of experience in the music industry and a dedication to trance, how has your style within the genre changed?

It’s even almost 2 decades haha 😀 It’s constantly moving, changing, developing. Not only musically but also in terms of technology (music production, DJ performance etc.). I always do what I like to do and that is “my style.”

What would you say have been the biggest challenges in advancing your career?

Well, it’s a lot of work to keep up the quality and to evolve oneself as an artist without forgetting who you are and where you came from. Trying new stuff without disappointing the fans and even get more fans to admire your work. It’s hard to become a part of the “world map” of music, but it’s even harder to stay on that radar for many years. It’s a huge process, adventure and big challenge every day.

When did you feel like you finally “made it” and established your name as an influential trance producer and DJ?

Not easy to pick “that one moment”, haha… Of course there have been some of them, especially when Armin van Buuren started to support my stuff regularly on A State of Trance many many years ago and I kept seeing my name on his tracklists and he was talking about me on the show, and then I played my first bigger shows on the festivals and arenas like Trance Energy, Nature One, Mayday or ASOT @ Madison Square Garden. Surreal moments, and you ask yourself “is this really happening?”

The Trance movement is constantly growing. For those that aren’t aware, could you tell us a little bit more about it and how you became involved?

Basically for me it started the same as for many other people, that was in ’98/’99 when all those Trance classics had their huge impact and the Trance scene as we know it today started to rise. There have been very very few radio shows in that genre, and then Armin caused a stir when he started A State of Trance which today is a huge brand worldwide. So, in those time I started to like it and I wanted to produce that kind of music. I went from there…and luckily still here :-)

Debaloke from the Vancouver Trance Family asks, “What does M.O.R.P.H. stand for?”

I had a favourite track in the early years I started DJing which was from Spicelab called “Amorph”. It totally kicked me through the roof. I liked it so much that I thought about some options to vary it for me. Also is amorph the meaning for: unformed, formless, which means for me not to be categorized in the way to look. In these early years I really often changed my style in case of clothes, haircut, beard colour etc. So Amorph was the perfect thing for me. That was the origin hour of the Alex M.o.r.p.h. thing.

What was your favourite genre of music when you were growing up?

I was never too mindcuffed, but I was a big fan of Acid and have been a part of that scene for quite a while before Trance got me hooked :-)

Do you have any upcoming projects you can share with us?

I’m working on my upcoming album which I think includes some cool stuff, but I’ll keep letting you bite your nails a bit until I share any details :-)

If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be?

Bill Gates.

Finally, what is the most twisted thing that has happened to you at a gig?

Hmmm, there’s twisted and twisted hahahaha. The really twisted stuff I cannot tell you lol, but yes there’s some strange things happening at some events. Love it.

Experience the legend that is Alex M.O.R.P.H. playing alongside

Chris Schweizer at FIVESIXTY on Saturday, May 30th!