[INTERVIEW] GDD™ Chats with Morten Breum

Who is Morten Breum?

One of Denmark’s top DJs and recent Los Angeles transplant, Morten Breum, kindly gave us some insight into the man behind the imaginative club and festival-ready music. Coming off of massive releases, most notably “Get Static” with our friend BetatraXx, Morten is well on his way to making a name for himself in the US dance music scene.

The Conversation

We had the pleasure of discussing his move to the states, how he wants Daft Punk in the studio, his thoughts on what’s next for dance music in the US, and much much more. Read on after the jump to get the full scoop.


GDD: We have a first interview question tradition at GDD… What do you like to drink?

Morten: I’m a terrible drinker; two drinks and I’m ready to sing. But I’ll take a nice, cold beer anytime.

GDD: So you just made the move to Los Angeles… Why did you choose to do so? How has it been thus far?

Morten: I started working with my new management team and we had a mutual goal from day one. First priority was to move to LA, where joining forces with other artists is less of a challenge. And from a creative perspective, I needed a new inspiration, a breath of fresh air and a change of scenery. LA is a very creative and inspiring city; it’s has a special vibe. And so far, things have been great. We have made a lot of progress during the last year. And I’m sure 2013 will be even better!

GDD: What is one thing that you will miss about the dance music scene in Denmark?
Morten: My fans for sure. I think I have the coolest fans ever! I love my fans and share a great connection with them. I wouldn’t be where I am without their love and support. I also miss Copenhagen and my hometown, Aarhus. There is no place likeDenmark. But I love to travel and right now I’m in California and it’s great to be here!
GDD: How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard electronic music?
Morten: I think my sound is ever evolving so it can be hard to describe in a few sentences. But some of the words I would use to describe my sound are uplifting, hard, deep and minimal progressive.
GDD: As you’ve been DJ’ing since you were 14 years old, how have your musical tastes changed over the years?
Morten: I’ve had a love for house music from the beginning. But just like everything else, my musical taste does change from time to time. When I first started out, I was listening to and playing a lot of gangster rap and hip hop. The energy of hip hop music has been with me since. It also depends on my mood. Sometimes I need intense energy, sometime groovy and so on.
GDD: What artists are your biggest influences?
Morten: I love Axwell’s work, both as a producer and as a DJ. He’s definitely a huge influence and inspiration. And Tiesto, Daft Punk and many of the other old school DJs is the reason why people like me are here today. So of course they have been a big influence as well.
GDD: What is something that you must have in the studio with you? What is something you wish you had?
Morten: A must have is the Sylenth1 plug-in. It took some time to get used to it, but now I can’t go without it! And I wish I had Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangaltar [aka Daft Punk] sitting next to me in studio every day :)
GDD: What are your top 5 favorite tracks at the moment?
• Skitzofrenix & Jeff Doubleu – Rushin (Skitzofrenix & Jeff Doubleu Rework)

• Burns – Lies (Otto Knows Remix)

• Morten Breum – Larva ( Far Away)( Vox Edit ) – Unreleased, out December 3rd
• Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash – Reload

• Amine Edge, Dance – Going To Heaven With The Goodie-Goodies (Original Mix)

GDD: Do you know of any up and coming acts that we should look out for?
Morten: Absolutely! Betatraxx from LA is a fantastic and crazy talented producer. We recently released a track together called Get Static. It’s the bomb!
GDD: If you could collaborate with any artist living or dead, who would it be and why?
Morten: Michael Jackson would have had been amazing to work with. He was simply a genius. I’ve always been a huge fan. 2Pac and Kurt Cobain would be more than great as well.
GDD: What activities outside of music do you enjoy?
Morten: I love to take my fixie for a spin in downtown LA. I also enjoy hiking, running and working out. I do my best to live a healthy and active life style. I hit the gym often and recently discovered Yoga!
GDD: With your international perspective, where do you see US electronic dance music heading in the next few years?
Morten: Well as everybody is already saying, the US electronic scene is really blowing up; it’s getting bigger every year. I see the scene forming many underground sub genres. And next year, I believe that techno & tech house will get a massive following in the US.
GDD: What are your plans for the immediate future and beyond?
Morten: We are working on several amazing tracks that will be released in the very near future, including collaborations with some very talented artists. The plan is to keep working hard in the studio and to be ready for next year. I think we are heading for a very exciting time. I’m super excited and just can’t wait!


Buy on Morten’s remix of “Forever” on Beatport.

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