Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, until I was 13. I moved to
Northampton after that and stayed there until my 20’s.
Where do you live know?
In London. Brentford…apparently famous for Brentford Nylons? Tights? I don’t own any!
What have you been up to musically?
I have just started recording my third album! I’m working with two great producers in Glasgow. Hoping it will be ready early summer! Woo hoooo!
If someone doesn’t know your stuff where should they start?
er…you can get it on iTunes…Colour Scheme and Feeder Lane are the first two albums. You can hear my stuff on my website and myspace too!
Who inspires you?
Hmmm. Many people! A lady called Shawn Colvin is my inspiration musically. She’s amazing and when I met her I told her I loved her ‘in a psycho way!’ How embarrassing!
A Few Small Repairs (Shawn Colvin)
Your best party trick?
Er…I usually wet myself when I laugh! Is that a party trick?
You contributed some stunning vocals on Kris’s album. How did you get involved with the project?
I met Kris at New Wine festival last year and really liked his music! And he’s a top bloke hey! [km: awww shucks] So when he asked if I’d do some singing for him I was really pleased. Also he was working with Matt Weeks so I new it was going to be a good thing!
What were your impressions when you got to the session and heard the songs for the first time?
I loved them! I was actually really surprised at the style of the songs and the production. I totally love that raw, earthy Damien Rice
thing that Kris’s stuff has got going on! Don’t know what I thought it would be like…but it was really my kind of stuff.
What are your plans for the year?
I’m concentrating on getting this album finished and out to folk! It’s been 5 years coming so is well over due. Then I’m planning lots of gigging over the summer, and have a massive tour with the wonderful J John in September and October. I’m so excited as we’ll be visiting venues all over the UK. Can I also say that I want a dog this year, but don’t think I’ll get one…but if anyone has a dog that I can borrow I’d be grateful! Thanks!
You can hear Nicki’s fantastic voice on Kris Morris’ “I Think We Both Know”
weeksweeksweeks™ & Swedish artist Fred Applequist have been working together on new material for his new album. Tracking at studios in London & Sweden. The album is set to be a blinder, the style suggests a subtle blend of J.Cash, P.Floyd and stunning performances and incredible grooves from some great players.
So far the session has been immense. Whilst tracking at Olympic Studios we found ourselves on the receiving end of an unfortunate double booking!! This freak accident was made even more crazy by the fact it was with the legend that still is Eric Clapton!! The peoples at Olympic kindly relocated us in for the day to.. Abbey Road.
Accompanied by our team of engineers, Mo Hausler and Miikka Huttunen we pushed off to the most famous recording studio in the world! It was a Sunday and the place was empty.. After the first hour of small tours and tales form the staff it was down to business. Studio 2 at our disposal Studio 1 & 3 empty, two extra engineers assisting and delivering us trollies of mics from the largest collection in Europe. A few class moments, Fred singing into John Lennon’s favourite microphone and the discovery of beer taps in the studio canteen.
After a long day, the musical results were stonking and all of us clocked out with a satisfactory tiredness. We left A.R with a hard disk full of Studio 2 to locate a few chairs – cold beers and a lengthy discussion ensued. Conclusion. Although shrouded, steeped and dripping in rock music history, it was one band that “made” Abbey Road. Until demolished or turned into a Tesco, Olympic studios is the bomb.
However, as many of you will know well know since Feb ’09 Olympic Studio was shut down. Although fully booked its annual profit margin was… just too small. On the day Terra Firma served notice to the studios employees to close the building the world’s fattest rock act, U2 were in the middle of a 3 month recording stint occupying the whole building….doh!
Fantastic review going in July 2009 edition of UK roots bible Maverick. Hurrah!
“A musical Wizard from Aus releases a stunning debut album The current economic crisis that is blighting the music industry means that artists like Kris Morris and albums like I Think We Both Knoware now pre-destined to relative failure. Without Kris getting the backing of a decent record label you will probably never get to hear this stunning album and that’s a damn shame. I Think We Both Know opens with the sublime So Beautiful; a song that Radio 2 would have played to death 12 months ago and still should. Title song is a plaintive cry from one lover to another at the jagged edge of a doomed relationship. Kris Morris uses his edgy voice to great effect on this and It’s OK, with both songs crackling with suppressed anger and infatuation.
Kris Morris has honed his talent and paid the proverbial dues over the years by moving from his native Australia to London and playing every pub and club South of Birmingham. The album ends with another two marvelous heartbreakers – I Still Believe and Closer To You, but thankfully by now Kris has re-discovered love and tells his new lover that he wants to ‘risk getting hurt/ replace tension with tenderness/replace anger with gentleness.’ James Blunt, Ray Lamontagne and Ryan Adams must all wish that they could have written songs as great as these. My only regret with I Think We Both Know is that it is only available as a download. Gone are the days when a release like this would be trumpeted from the rooftops with full colour advertising; a gatefold sleeve, 32 date UK tour and Kris appearing on every TV programme from Later with Jools Holland to Loose Women. On the upside, not only is it relatively cheap to download the tracks from his website and iTunes; but you can also get a FREE album of demos too. How can you resist?”