Thus, when it comes to the new DJs, “I’m not gonna name names” (although we tried to get him to!), Morales said the new instant-superstar-DJs simply can’t hang. “If you want to talk about the DJ culture,” he added “the new kids on the block, they don’t have a f**king clue at all. They don’t know how to spin. They can’t play more than two hours! When it comes to playing sets… where’s the foreplay? Where’s the peak? And where is the hugging afterward?”
It’s hardly surprising that when questioned about collaborating with big names, he sticks to his musical morals. “Everyone wants to piggyback off each other,” said Morales. “But if you believe in what you’re doing, you don’t have to.” Adding unabashedly, “I’m like Prince. My longevity goes on. I’m a trendsetter not a trend follower. Would Prince make a record with someone just because they’re hot at the moment?”
He did peg vocalist and Ultra Records signee, Polina, to sing on three tracks off Changes. The glamazon blonde beauty with the voice of a soul sista told VIBE, “Working with David was really awesome because he’s an extremely warm person. He gave me so much creative freedom, so I’m really looking forward to the album.” How did Morales find the 6’ tall Russian darling whose voice can be heard on the tracks of EDM hotshots such as Steve Aoki, Tiësto and Avicii, and the list goes on. “We [Morales and I] met at the Ultra Records offices one afternoon,” she says, “and he sent me one track, then another one and then another one. He really takes the time to make sure that each track is quality.”
After much prodding, VIBE forced Morales to choose some hip-hop artists he would consider collaborating with, aside from songbird Polina. “L.L. Cool J, or even Eminem, he’s fabulous,” said Morales. “If I was going to collaborate with a producer it would be Timbaland because he’s the sh*t.”
And while almost all the old school house DJs have struggled between staying faithful to their vinyl records, Morales “can’t knock the technology. I embrace it because it takes music to another level. I use programs, Pro Tools, Ableton and Traktor. I have the fundamentals so I can take my sh*t to the next level.”
Check out David Morales and Roisin Murphy's official video for the single "Golden Era" from Ultra Records below.
The hit is available on iTunes. Find this record, and more happy bounce house tracks on his album, Changes.