While touring recently throughout the states, Morten Breum was kind enough to chat with us a little bit about Marvin Gaye, 2Pac, In-N-Out Burger, trap music, his recent move to Los Angeles and much more. The Danish producer has been hard at work both producing and DJing in the top clubs across the globe alongside names like Avicii, Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell, David Guetta, and more. In the process, he’s picked up deals from Pepsi and Red Bull, and his career continues to show tremendous momentum as he proceeds into the new year. Read the full interview after the jump.
What are some other genres of music that you enjoy listening to when you aren’t producing?
I love listening to Techno, Minimal, Hip-Hop and lots of Bob Marley. Also, Marvin Gaye has a special place in my heart.
What has been your favorite city or venue to play at thus far in your career?
I can’t mention one or two. A lot of nice venues around the world.
What do you like to do for fun?
Other than DJing, I love to keep an active life style; hiking, snowboarding, surfing and lots of yoga.
What is something that you want to accomplish as a musician, but haven’t yet?
I would love one day to tour in Asia. I think that will be an amazing experience. And there are many artists that I would love to work with at some point. But most of all, keep making great music that makes people happy and want to dance!
What would you say was the breaking point in your career? The Rune RK collaboration perhaps?
The collaboration with Rune was a very important milestone in my career. I had some great fun touring with Rune in Denmark. He is a great producer and DJ and I learned a lot from him. But I would say that moving to LA and a change up in my management team has been the biggest breaking point in my career so far. Working with people who understand me as an artist and who know how to motivate me and get the best out of me has been crucial.
Is there a favorite track (yours or someone else’s) that you play in every set? How come?
Swedish House Mafia’s Greyhound. I love playing that track; the sound, the bass, sound amazing on big speakers. It’s a very well produced track, as always.
Did producing or DJing come first for you?
Do you remember what your first favorite album was?
Of course! It’s still one of my favorite albums. 2Pac, All Eyes on Me album.
Do you plan your sets ahead of time or improvise on the spot?
I prepare myself and I have an idea which direction I want to go in. But I always mix “live” and all my mixes are improvised.
Are there any producers that you admire and would absolutely love working with?
I love Axwell. He is a big inspiration and an incredible producer. Working with him would be an honor.
How have your musical tastes changed since moving to LA? There’s a little bit of everything happening here (musically).
Of course, I’m very inspired by the environment I’m in and LA is an incredibly inspiring place — A unique music scene and a unique opportunity to explore many artists, sounds and genres. I would say that my sound has evolved since moving here. I feel that it has become more uplifting.
Have you tried In-N-Out Burger yet? It’s our prize here in California.
Next question please! It’s a constant challenge not eating there more than once a day!
With so many DJs fighting to gain the same spotlight, how do you differentiate yourself from others?
I believe that my way of DJing, my way of mixing is unique. I’m very aggressive in my mixing and I have been DJing for many years. I think that differentiates me the most as a DJ. On the production side, I hope that I can bring a fresh sound to a scene thatis ever evolving.
Are there any exciting collaborations or upcoming releases that you can tell us about?
Isn’t there always
What do you miss most about Denmark?
My amazing fans, the people who have supported me from the beginning, my family and friends. I miss them a lot.
Traveling all the time must be difficult. Do you have any secrets to help cope and make it easier to deal with?
I try to live a healthy lifestyle. I work out often and try to eat as healthy as I can. Touring can be very hard on the body and mind, so preparation and taking care of your self is key.
You obviously love tattoos… Would you get one of Los Angeles or California?
I actually already have a “Los Angeles” on my arm. So yes, LA is home now and a big part of my life.
Your recent remix of Rihanna’s “Diamonds” showed a new side of you, production wise. How important is it to continue exploring new genres constantly instead of just staying within your usual comfort zone?
I don’t like to be locked or limited to only one genre. I want to produce great music, whatever that may be. Right now, Trap music inspires me. It has a powerful energy, and I really enjoy going “all over the place” production wise. But house music, the 128 bpm, has a special place in my heart and that’s where my main interest and sound will always lie.
Lookout for Morten’s forthcoming remix of “Hello” on February 11th. SCLINK