Jul 29, 2019
MORTEN's Exclusive Mix
After a monumental release weekend, which saw MORTEN and David Guetta together on the Mainstage of Tomorrowland to drop their brand new collaboration “Never Be Alone,” we’re thrilled to have MORTEN on board with his Exclusive Mix to keep the celebration going! Read on to get a closer look at his growing relationship with David, the massive build to the track from the first play during Miami Music Week this year, and much more!
MORTEN, thanks for joining us today! We’re so excited to be celebrating your new collaboration with David so we’re going to just jump right in! The hype around this track has been MASSIVE since Miami this year, so can you take us through the first reactions that you got when you played it live at Shore Club and when David played it at Ultra?
Hey guys, thanks for having me. It's an honor!
Well the reaction to David first playing it at Ultra was absolutely insane. Every DJ was asking me for the record. My DMs were blowing up and each time I played it live like at Shore Club Miami, the response from the crowd escalated. So crazy especially since I had never tried the record out before.
What’s the build up to the release been like since those first plays? The reaction at EDCLV was again incredible and since then a few other big guys like Tiësto and Nicky Romero have been playing it live.
The build-up has been a fun ride and I’ve learned so much working with David. He brought me on stage on several occasions, from EDC to Ibiza, where we played the record together on stage.
Did you ever feel impatient waiting for the track to be out there?
Yes I’ve been impatient, but it has all been worth it.
Backtracking a bit, you’ve previously released two remixes of David’s tracks, “2U” and going back to 2015, “What I Did For Love.” Can you tell us some more about how your relationship with him has grown over time? What made “Never Be Alone” the right track for the collaboration?
I met David at Tomorrowland in 2013. I got his email and have been sending him records and he’s been sending me feedback since. Over the years, we became friends and worked on different ideas but never had a sound that fit both of us this seamlessly until “Never Be Alone” came along.
MORTEN & David Guetta's first encounter in 2013.
What an incredible vocal by Aloe Blacc on the track too! What was it like working with him? What do you makes his voice so well suited for this track and powerful in dance music hits?
David went into the studio with Aloe Blacc and a few hours later, he texted me, “Wow we have something really special. You’re gonna lose your mind.” When I heard it, I immediately fell in love. I’ve always been a fan of Aloe Blacc and I think his vocal and lyrics make this record magical.
It looked like an incredible experience for you guys together in Ibiza. Tell us some more about that gig and the special encore!
David is a legend and the king of Ibiza. He has been selling more tickets than any other artist on that island for over two decades. His nights are special and being on stage with him, playing our new song – that's a moment I’ll never forget!
Any other cool insights or funny stories about “Never Be Alone” that you wanted to share?
The sound design and feel of “Never Be Alone” is actually a sound that both David and I were doing back in the mid 2000s. I released an album in 2009, and for those that remember (the album is called Drop) they can for sure draw parallels with this sound and feel, but with a rave twist and a warm mix it feels new and unique today.
Switching gears and looking closer into your Exclusive Mix, can you highlight three tracks or artists included and why they stand out to you?
Toby Green – “Smoke It.” Toby has this incredible IDGAF attitude when me makes music. It’s super banging EDM but fresh sounding in his way.
Sunstars – “Money.” Super dope record, very groovy and fun record to play out!
Fader X – “Lose Yourself.” Cool record that brings me back to playing underground music in Copenhagen in 2009.
What has you excited for the second half of the summer? Any particular gigs that you have circled on your calendar?
I have 7 shows in Ibiza with David Guetta. These shows are really special and I love playing them. I’m playing a show in Denmark in the city where I grew up in September too where my childhood friends and my family are coming to see me so of course that’s special to me as well.
You can buy/stream David Guetta & MORTEN ft. Aloe Blacc - "Never Walk Alone" on your platform of choice today! https://davidguetta.lnk.to/NeverBeAlone
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