The Irresistible Force
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The Irresistible Force: Mixmater Morris
Mixmaster Morris is an underground legend who hardly needs any introduction. He started on pirate radio in '85 with "the Mongolian Hip Hop Show," and since then he's been a dynamic force on the international avant garde music and festival scenes.
Morris started The Irresistible Force in '87 and made two very collectible early singles. He developed a live acid house concept into The Madhouse (1988), which was widely credited as the first live techno event in London. He joined up with The Shamen at the end of '89, creating the highly acclaimed Synergy club, which toured the UK and Europe for over two years. Morris supported The Orb at many of their early shows, and other bands including Spiritualized, System 7...
MMM then signed to Rising High and released two classic Irresistible Force albums, Flying High and Global Chillage. Both made the indie top 5 and were released in the US (Astralwerks, Instinct) and Japan (Sony.)
The Mixmaster made his name as the hardest working chillout DJ in the world, doing all-night soundscapes in 30 countries at a bizarre selection of parties. In the US he appeared at 'Even Further' in '96, at the Full Moon Party in the Mojave Desert, at the Plantasia rave in San Bernadino, on a boat party in San Francisco, and at many small clubs in NY, SF, LA, Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, Milwaukee etc. In Germany, he appereared at the Berlin Love Parade for ten years running (the world's largest techno event,) and recorded two deeply chilled Dreamfish albums with Frankfurt electroguru Pete Namlook. Morris is still one of the UK's most popular DJ's across the country, he has been resident DJ at Glastonbury Festival for six years, warming up for The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Jamiroquai, Stereolab etc. In Japan he played all over the country, including the massive Rainbow 2000 raves on sacred Mt. Fuji.
Morris recorded The Morning After mix CD in 1996 for Positiva, which shows his mixing style at the time, blending trip hop and ambient jungle into a cool soundtrack for head-nodding. He also made a classic ambient mix CD, split with Alex Patterson for Mixmag. From 1995 to 1999 he was the only DJ with his own page in the latter magazine, with a chance to champion underground music and chillout vibes. Nowadays he's recognised as a leading critic of corporate dance music.
Many of the leading electronic acts had their first press coverage courtesy of the Mixmaster: Aphex Twin, Ken Ishii, Black Dog, Orbital, Atom Heart, Bedouin Ascent and more recently T Power, Squarepusher, Dot Records and Jimpster. No wonder Radio 1's John Peel named him as his 'natural successor.'
After a break from recording he signed to Ninja Tune, and recorded the acclaimed "Its Tomorrow Already," releasing the single Nepalese Bliss/ Fish Dances to preceed the album release in 1999. The single contained strong remixes by the likes of Fila Brazilia, Jimpster and Amon Tobin.
In early '99 Morris recorded the "Quiet Logic" album with SF's Jonah Sharp (Spacetime Continuum) in Tokyo's YMO studio, released by Daisyworld. Later in '99, Morris ran the acclaimed 'Nubient' night at the Dogstar in Brixton. A weekly Sunday event, Morris played alongside heavyweight friends such as Luke Vibert, Coldcut and Claude Young. Best of all, it was free!
Morris toured extensively in '99, completing a mini-tour of America with a larger US tour at the end of the year. He giggied in the UK and Europe, and somehow kept up with his relentless schedule of DJ bookings around the world.
Over the last year, Morris' schedule has been equally relentless, but just as rewarding. He played several sets on Kiss FM, and completed another U.S tour. During his time in the States he put together sets for several internet radio stations, including Icast, Dublab and Groovelab. He won the 1999 Ibiza DJ Award for the best experimental/ chillout DJ, and has been nominated again this year.
Further to this, Morris' has put together several mixes for Solid Steel showcasing his incredible sense of the eclectic, and the size of his record collection! This year, Morris' will be the only British DJ to have played at all 10 Berlin Love Parades, an event he remains enthusiastic about.
Morris recently produced a track to go on the "Groove Movie" soon to be released on Sony www.groovethemovie.com. Morris is extensively quoted in an MTV produced book "Looking for the perfect beat". And in between DJing dates, he's still working on the perfect beats for his next Ninja release.