We pop the spotlight on DJ & Broadcaster Eddy-Temple Morris.
Posted – 2017-08-21
The undisputed champion not just of genre-hopping but of genre-breeding, Eddy-Temple Morris tells us why Manchester’s musical movement has always been and always will be progressive and hugely influential.
What made you be involved as curator for OTR 2017?
It’s organised by the team behind two of my favourite festivals, Kendal Calling and Bluedot. I love those guys and want to show support.
How do you think the music movement has changed in Manchester since the early 80’s to present?
You’re best off asking a Mancunian that, but as a relatively impartial half Iranian born in Cardiff and raised in London, Manchester has been a hugely influential place for the music I love, the gorgeous grey area between dance and rock that was sparked by Joy Division/Durutti Column then so perfectly distilled by New Order, the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. The Hacienda and the heroes it spawned, like Mike Pickering, remain so influential even today. I may have given Kasabian their first break but it was Mike who signed them. Their fan club was called ’The Movement’ and that makes me think of your question: The music “movement” never changes, its only the sounds you hear which change with the cultural wind. Each decade there will be a brilliant Man indie band, from The Smiths, through Oasis, then Elbow…and similarly there will always be a great Manc dance outfit,I’ve mentioned several and would cite The Whip as a fine example of under-rated Mancunian brilliance. So nothing really changes, just names and faces, Manchester’s musical movement has always been and always will be progressive and hugely influential.
What advice would you give to bands starting out in the industry?
Be prepared to be very skint but very happy. Unless you are very successful, which most of you won’t be, you will learn not to value money but to appreciate that you will see your kids growing up, you’ll be there for them, most fathers look back at their lives and regret their professional decisions in light of the fact they don’t really know their kids. You’ll be the coolest dad/mum and your child or children will love you even more for that.
How important is it that new bands are recognised?
Recognised in Sainsbury’s? Staggeringly unimportant.
Recognised and acknowledged as something that is vital as the lifeblood of our artistic and cultural heritage? It doesn’t get any more important than that.
What is your favourite music venue in the UK?
Right now it’s the one I went to last night, The Ultralounge, in Selfridges department store in Oxford Street, where bands perform in the middle of the space, in the round, in a strange box with mirrors, mesh, glass panels and angles doors that reflect the visuals in 360 degrees. They film the band and project visuals at the same time. It’s mesmerising, but it’s just a pop up and closing in three weeks. Symptomatic of state we’re in. Over 50% of music venues in the capital have shut down under the tories, they are dismantling everything that is great about this country. #SaveNightlife