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Poll 2022: MORTEN

From: Denmark

DJ style: “Energetic.”

Best known for: “Future rave.”

Fave tune of 2022: “Massano ‘The Feeling’.”

Rising star DJ/producer of 2022: "Fred again..”

2022 has been a wild ride for everyone in electronic music: that merry-go-round has been spinning unfathomably fast in a bid to make up for time lost to a pandemic that nearly marked a career end for scores of artists, managers, promoters, agents, and many more involved in the industry. If the new world spins fast for most, though, MORTEN has been travelling at light speed since debuting at No.39 in last year’s Top 100 DJs poll.

His collaborative work with global titan David Guetta certainly has a lot to do with it. Together, the pair have carved out a niche in the ‘future rave’ sound, elements of progressive house, trance, and EDM melded together to create something that clearly resonates with today’s main stage audience, yet is also cloaked in an air of nostalgia. But chalking the Dane’s success down to that partnership alone is reductive, and ignores his near-15 years on the dance circuit and extensive back catalogue of solo hits, from ‘Højere Vildere’ to ‘No Good’.

What’s the best DJ set you’ve seen this year?

David Guetta at Ushuaïa Ibiza.”

Name one great festival you played for the first time this year…

Barcelona Beach Festival.”

What’s the longest DJ set you’ve ever played? 

“Nine hours from 8pm to 5am in Copenhagen.”

What’s one piece of studio hardware you wish you owned?

"MasterStack12 Tower Speakers.”

What’s the last tune you bought?

“jaakob ‘Deep Blue’.”

What’s the next big sound? 

“Future rave, bringing genres together.”

What have you been up to in the last 12 months? 

“A lot of touring!”