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Interview: MORRI$

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Describe your sound.

I’ve always self described my genre as “Goombawave”, which is essentially my attempt to reconcile a bunch of personal influences, ranging from Southern Rap to Chanson to 20th Century serial composition. I’m highly influenced by the cut and paste sample ethic of 90s music like Beck or the Beastie Boys, but the music I’ve chosen to reference is definitely


What’s your process in producing a track? Do you use much physical hardware?

I’m a very old school composer when it comes down to it. Every song I’ve written so far has pretty much come from an arrangement that I’ve fleshed out with a grand piano and then I’ve taken it into Ableton to arrange the melodies to other synth timbres. I’ll often begin by writing a central melody and countermelody, essentially an exposition, then I dive into the overall development of the piece once I get it into Ableton. I don’t really have any physical hardware, but I’ve long wanted a Fender Rhodes, as it is one of the few timbres (besides grand piano) that I feel truly comfortable with when trying to write a song. 


A track of Michael Taylor rapping over ‘One Kiss’ has been getting some hype since it appeared in Kingdom’s recent DiS magazine mix, how did that pairing come about?

My good friend and Fade to Mind co-head, Prince William, A&Red this project. He’s got a great knack for finding diamonds in the rough. I think he’s recorded on a number of my tunes. Prince William also A&Red a series of collaborations with Kelela, which I look forward to seeing released shortly as well.



If you were to collaborate with anyone on the Night Slugs roster, who do you think it’d most likely be, and why?

This is really difficult because I love all of the artists on this label. I’d say I’d be most curious about what might come from a MORRI$ & Jam City collaboration, because of his wide music palette. In the conversations we’ve had, he’s definitely showed a really extensive understanding of many different genres, so based purely upon reference points, I think our theoretical work would at least be interesting to listen to but probably pretty fucking weird.


It’s quite well known that you studied film, do you have a specific genre/director that you’re particularly interested in?

I went into film school because I was always interested in animation. As a child I wanted to be a cartoonist, in the tradition of Chuck Jones and Tex Avery. As I got older though, I came into contact with the work of Ralph Bakshi and I’ve become a great collector of everything he’s been associated with. Beyond Bakshi, I always had a huge love for Spike Lee, because my parents were such proponents of his work when I was growing up. When I was in college, I really fell in love with Stan Brakhage and older Terence Malick as well.


Do you ever see yourself directing your own music videos in the future?

I would love to delve into this world, but it’s always about resources for me. If I could line up the financial end as to be able to compensate the amount of hands that I’d want to see on deck, I would be full steam into this idea. Its all about execution though, so I know I could definitely make some compelling work in this field, but I’d definitely need to dump a lot of money and energy into this project in order to be satisfied with it.



You’ve been gaining steady hype online for a while now, have you noticed an increase in the number of people at your sets? Do you feel hype online translates to “real world” hype?

It’s increasingly hard to quantify hype in terms of its relation with the real world. I think the way that a majority of people are finding out about this stuff is via the internet, and it’s not secret that people who lurk on Facebook all the time are really hard to coerce into the real world [laughs]. It also depends on where you’re playing and with who, because sometimes kids in a particular region are not as quick about whats popping on Soundcloud or FACT Magazine or whatever…That said though, I’ve definitely seen a lot more faces at my shows over the last year or so and I know it’s because of the visibility I’ve garnered online. But in the future, I’d really like to be less reliant on the internet means because these crowds (in general) are both fickle and judgmental, and often times eager to just follow the next name rather than chasing a particular sound. I’ve got great fans though and I really like a lot of the people I’ve met thanks to the internet, I just look forward to hopefully starting to garner the attention of an older demographic that is more interested in just what sounds good, rather than how many plays something has on Soundcloud or Mixcloud, or chasing a genre title like “Trap” or “Bass” or whatever


Where you live is quite close to rural surroundings, have you ever organized an outdoor rave (or “bush doof” as they’re affectionately called in Australia)?

No! I’ve never done an outdoor rave, that’s pretty genius though. Goombarave: Forest Edition.


You mentioned in a recent FACT interview you’re into Dancemania, what’s your favourite bit to be released on the label?

Oh man, where to begin. Of course, I love ‘Video Clash’ by Lil Louis but it’s really hard to pick a clear favorite. I love Parris Mitchell, Paul Johnson, Dj Deeon, and Armando….Recently Sinjin Hawke put me on a bunch of Armando tunes that I’d never heard before that completely blew my mind.


You’ve produced instrumentals for rappers already, of course, would you like to do more of these in the future? or perhaps a collaborative EP/LP with a specific rapper?

Honestly as time goes on, I’m less interested with trying to collaborate with a rapper. I’m a huge fan of rap music and a lot of rappers, but increasingly I’m less enthused about trying to inject myself into this continuum, if not simply because it’s so easy. There’s a lot of mediocre producers doing beats for a lot of great rappers. With that said though, I’m a lot more interested in collaborating with live instrumentalists and singer/songwriters. I’d love to do a song with Frank Ocean or Maxwell. I’d also love to do a song with Dam Funk, Sa-Ra, or Chilly Gonzales. The rap game is too easy! Who’s going to put me in the same room with Ryuichi Sakamoto though?


Posted on 7 March 2013
Tags: #Interviews  #MORRI$  
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