Artist: Ree Morris
Album: Music Is Life
Label: Katsaitis Music
Genre: Soulful House / Jazzy House / Lounge / Broken Beat / Afro House
Album Release Date: 21 October 2016
Buy Album: ‘Music Is Life’
Home brewed and multi-talented House Music artist Ree Morris released his anticipated debut album ‘Music Is Life’ on the 21 October 2016. The well versed Cape Town born and Johannesburg based singer, songwriter, pianist, drummer and all-round music creative has debuted with ‘Music Is Life’ under long standing independent House Music record label Katsaitis Music. Ree Morris presents an authentic offering featuring fourteen laid back soulful house and lounge grooves. Ree Morris shares an uplifting and mature sound with a joyful message throughout his musical offering, which was produced together with local House Music maestro DJ Christos.
‘Music Is Life’ by Ree Morris inspires with soulful classic house sediments, each and every offering has a distinct afro rhythm and an expressive soulful groove. The music is ridden with well arranged vocal harmonies and vox dubs, the funk is in the guitar riffs and the melodic piano stabs. You’ll capture sassy saxophone licks between the phases, encapsulated by warm chords and airy pads – all suspended on spirited bass tones as Morris transcends one back to the Golden Era of House Music, Do You Remember House?…
We have a conversation with Ree Morris about life and music, he shares an inner view of his musical journey and offers insights on his debut album ‘Music Is Life’…
@Houseonmag: We understand you were born in Cape Town, tell us a little bit more about your self…
@ReeMorris: I was brought up in a typical Cape-Tonian coloured household. My Mother was the strength and foundation of our home, God and church was a priority and Music and the arts was my everyday life. I have a biological brother and sister and 6 step siblings, thus creating for a real roller-coaster ride of an upbringing.
@Houseonmag: Can you give us a some background on your musical up bringing?
@ReeMorris: My mother was the one who drove me to piano lessons every week from a very early age after she saw the love I had for singing and playing the little Casio keyboard she bought me. I started playing piano in church from the age of 11and she made sure I attended a high school that offered music as a subject even though money was scarce. I did my grading in Piano & drums/percussion and I was fortunate to travel nationally and abroad playing in various bands and groups.
@Houseonmag: How did you meet with the Katsaitis Music Family?
@ReeMorris: I was introduced to Christos at a church we both attend in Midrand, after moving up to Johannesburg from Cape Town in 2009. It was then where my house music journey started with Katsaitis Music.
@Houseonmag: Take us through your music writing process…
ReeMorris: My song writing takes place in whatever moment I find myself. I have never ever really written anything down on paper which many can vouch for, it’s all from my heart straight on to the mic. Whenever I needed a spark of inspiration though, I got it from my wife Kerry. She’s written some of the best parts of my songs. “My heart is going somewhere, my feet they still remain. My journey’s just but starting on this road I’ve Never Been” That’s all her!!
@Houseonmag: Your music is soulful, where do you draw your inspiration from?
“I believe that music can be a source of healing, be it in means of upliftment, encouragement or a way to ease the pain. It has the power to help you rise above your circumstance, thus the name Music is Life… Music brings life.” – @ReeMorris
@Houseonmag: Who are your musical influences?
@ReeMorris: I don’t really have any musical influences to be honest, but apart from the jazz greats I look up to like Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea etc… I appreciate the musical genius of Ralf GUM, Raw Artistic Soul and Louie Vega to name a few.
Since meeting DJ Christos of Katsaitis Music, Ree Morris has been influenced to broaden his love for music through combining jazz and house with a good message that authentically relates to the listener, believing that music can make a difference in the lives of people.
@Houseonmag: How has the experience been for you working with an industry stalwart like DJ Christos?
@ReeMorris: Working with DJ Christos has been a dream for me. Chris being a humble down to earth guy, sometimes makes you forget who he is and what he’s done for House Music in SA. But, I am completely overjoyed and grateful to be in his circle. Also to realize that my album ‘Music Is Life’ is the first full album after not sure how long that he has solely produced. For me that means a lot!.
Ree Morris manages to capture a melodic and soulful four-to-the-floor constituent and swiftly blends in broken-beat vibes in ‘Alive’ and ‘Desperate For Your Love’. Morris brings to the fold the talents of Katsaitis Music label mate Tonic HD on ‘Heaven’ and offers us a musical collaboration with local house practitioner Chymamusique on the opening song of the album titled ‘Butterflies’. Ree Morris goes back to back with Zulu Mafia on two musical offerings titled ‘On My Mind’ and ‘Never Been’.
@Houseonmag: Can you tell us a bit about your collaboration with label mate Tonic HD?
@ReeMorris: Tonic HD and I met during the beginning stages of my career at Katsaitis Music. He is a great producer and friend. We just clicked musically when deciding to work on a track together. We’ve done 3 so far, ‘Champions’ out on Katsaitis Music, ‘I Am Yours’ on House Afrika and ‘Heaven’ which is featured on my debut album. I will definitely be releasing more hits with this super producer.
@Houseonmag: You collaborated with Zulu Mafia on two songs on the project, how did this come about?
@ReeMorris: It was definitely a long time coming for Zulu Mafia and myself to work together. It seems like it was a match made in heaven when listening to the sample track of ‘Never Been’, I immediately loved the international feel it had! It just needed the right vocals. Definitely one of my favourites on the album and therefore it will be the 1st single release.
@Houseonmag: What do you wish people can take from your music?
@ReeMorris: My wish is that it becomes the soundtrack to your everyday. That it’s not just a catchy tune but that message in the music helps in some way too.
@Houseonmag: Where to from here for Ree Morris?
@ReeMorris: Well, I will definitely continue to try and make some more quality house music because the music is what will be doing the talking at the end of the day, and God willing Ree Morris as a brand will hopefully become recognized among the greats. The world definitely needs to taste some more of what South Africa has to offer and I hope to be on the menu.
Collaborators Note: Ree Morris will be kicking off the 1st album launch for ‘Music is Life’ right at the Katsaitis Music Family home, at Shaguma Garden Cafe, in Midrand, Gauteng. Alongside Devonshire (England) House Music native Andy Compton at the #LegendsNights event this Thursday, 08 December 2016 from 6pm. Looking forward to seeing you there!!!