The Bolivian wunderkind Morpei is no stranger to Audiophile and has easily been one of our most exciting and loyal artists to grace our catalog from our inception, living just a few hours north of our home base of Dallas in Norman, Oklahoma while he attends Oklahoma University. He is known for his groovy beats that infuse a rather distinctive latin edge; making him stand out from the plethora of music currently coming out of North America. We sat down to talk with him about what is currently going on with him and his music life.
Why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Agustin Morales and I am from a very small country in South America called Bolivia. I first started with music playing guitar in my church, then I moved on into a rock band where I released my first album and then, somehow fell in love with the underground electronic music scene when I was about 15 years old. I’ll be honest, when I started DJing I played really shitty music that I don’t even want to get into but with time, my sound and ears changed into where I am today. Because there are no big opportunities for artists in my country, I moved to the United States 4 years ago to study music production and follow my passion. With time and hard work, I managed to release several projects in some of my favorite labels, which opened me the doors to perform in many festivals and countries around the world. Now that I graduated, I will finally be able to put 100% of my time into this, so the story just continues being written. From playing in church where everyone is praying, to playing big clubs with thousands rolling ballz.
What is the culture like in Bolivia? What are the strengths and weaknesses of your party culture?
When I started DJing we were so far behind from the major cities in the US and Europe, I remember that you could count the DJ’s that played good house or techno in one hand. Being a third world country where internet is still extremely slow, there just wasn’t a way to learn about this, if you knew about it, it was because you lived somewhere else. DJ’s like Mezpac, Jean Bacarreza and Marco Velkeo where the ones that became my first role models to follow this music. I remember trying to throw parties with Jean Bacarreza when we were 17 years old, we would loose our shit and have 15 people on the dance floor. Now I am 22 and the scene in my country has totally shifted to this kind of music! It was thanks to the efforts of local brands that the scene has grown so much and the beauty of how it works is that EVERYONE HELPS EACH OTHER GROW. Now you can see up to 1500 people in the dance floor and everyone is having a good time, I am very proud Boliviano because of that.
What’s your favorite analog piece of gear in your studio? Why?
That’s like asking a father who is his favorite child. 😉 I love all my babies equally, all the way from my Korg EX-800 to the Juno’s and even my plug ins!
How about your favorite VST?
I think that you can do exactly the same with every synth plug in, all of them essentially do the same. A big advice is that it is better to master a few tools rather than being mediocre with hundreds of them. I must say though, I recently started paying a monthly fee for Sylenth and I am extremely happy with it.
You’ve had a pretty stellar start to 2018. What can your fans expect out of you coming up?
Of course, expect more releases coming out on Audiophile. Also have some great projects coming out in Get Physical, Roush, Island Beats, Tres14 Music and an EP in a new label that I can’t talk about yet, but it will be my first vinyl release, in collaboration with a very big name. Stay tuned for more info! 😛
What’s one piece of advice you would give a new producer/dj?
TAKE IT EASY AND ENJOY THE RIDE!