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Andrew Maxwell Morris Talks Glastonbury 2017 and the Release of his latest single

We always hold close the good friends we have met along our journey here at Fresh Independence. Andrew Maxwell Morris is an artist that many can relate to – because in our real worlds we are all walking well tread roads of responsibility to a life beautifully lived with family – friends and making time for what fills us up creatively. That is why it feels good to connect with music that resonates from that place you can trust. This well seasoned performer, British poet and troubadour, has had his music featured in television series and commercials – which pay true testament to the depth of his talents.

Have a listen to his latest offering below and a personal memoir of his Glasto 2017 experience.

Today Andrew releases his latest single “Don’t Give Up On Us’  and I asked him what this song means to him.

Wow it’s really hard to define your own work at times! The song just grew really from a bass line that I was playing about with. It’s one of the first tracks I’ve written just from the bass, and as the song grew I realized that it was about standing by someone, even when it doesn’t seem right at times.  The lyric has a reflection in, looking back as an older wiser person ‘don’t leave me to wonder, how on earth I got here,’ cause I’m old in the sidelines, looking back at our years. I produced ‘Don’t Give Up On Us’ – played most of the instruments and the female vocals are from Hattie Whitehead who was a finalist in the Glastonbury talent competition in 2016.

Last week Andrew played at Glastonbury 2017 and he’s here to share what that experience was like for him. Everyone tends to think of the big stage – but any true music lover will wander to some of the smaller stages where expression is in full bloom and experience ‘the heart of the festival.’

My Experience at Glastonbury 2017

 By Andrew Maxwell Morris

I felt how lucky we were to be playing there – and felt an instant connection to the audience – it was one of the few times I really felt I was communicating through music…

Arriving at Glastonbury is like arriving into a new town – a temporary town, set up and built for one purpose; to give everyone who attends the chance to have the time of their life. It is not just a festival of music – it is a gathering of like minded people from the old to the young and in between. As a music festival, it is an assault on the senses – for everywhere you turn there is a music stage – every corner a band. Music is played almost twenty four hours a day.

Arriving as an artist is a unique feeling – you know deep down that you are about to play a small part in the biggest festival in the world. The energy that surrounds you there is so different from anywhere else. I have planned my appearances at Glastonbury over the past 10 years and I have worked towards each one of them like it would be my last. My home is in the Greenfield’s of Glastonbury, the spiritual heart of the Festival, where the you get a sense of how things used to be, when the festival first opened it doors in the 1970’s. In the Green fields, they promote environmentally friendly causes, campaigning and liberal values. There is an arts and craft field, a healing field and a green futures field. It is peaceful and beautiful. It is infectious.

As an artist who is still trying to make a name, it is easy to arrive with high expectations. But when you realize it is not just about you but what you contribute, it starts to make sense. In between our 4 shows, we get a chance to walk around. It is massive. To put it into perspective, there are fields dedicated to theatre and circus, kids and families, poetry and drama. There are two cinemas, politics stages, forums and this is just the start. There are almost 200,000 people.  There simply isn’t enough time to see everything on your first visit – you can only skim the surface. Just when you think your senses can’t take anymore, you are hit again. In the ‘Unfair Ground’ the field is set up like a circus noir, with strange fair games and people dressed up like dark circus figures, smiling and trying to entice you in. At Shangri La, the main exhibit might be a plane wreck, with actors playing survivors and waving white flags. There are so many bars playing different types of music, you can hardly believe your ears. At 3am on Saturday morning, we stumbled across the Truth stage, with a band fronted by a Spanish rapper, a rapper from Bristol (West of England) and a female singer. The band were amazing and full of energy. You would not realize how late it was by the amount of people around.

My band and I played on three stages this year – the bicycle powered “Mandala Stage’, the solar powered ‘Toad Hall’ stage and the  wonderful Avalon Cafe, in the ‘Field of Avalon’. At 11.30 on a Thursday morning, we took to the Avalon Cafe with a good crowd ready for their first music of the day. It was one of those moments when I knew it was going to be special. I couldn’t put my finger on why, but I looked around at the guys in the band and I think we all felt it. There was an instant connection with that audience, and for one of the few times, I felt like I was really communicating through music, that I had something to say. This was the highlight for me, and I hope everyone there felt the same. I sang a song about my mother called ‘Upside Down’  – I think it brought a tear to a few eyes. I remember feeling how lucky we were to be playing there, in front of an audience who really appreciated it. At the Mandala stage, we had a blast and I was particularly touched by people who waited over an hour to see us perform (thanks guys!) Between gigs, we chilled out and took in the vibe, drank Cider and enjoyed some hospitality from PRS ( the UK version of ASCAP), We met and saw a short set by the 80’s artist Roachford, which was amazing. The problem with Glastonbury is that you have to walk miles to get everywhere, but I suppose when time stands still, walking isn’t really something to complain about.

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Andrew Maxwell Morris – Conversations with Kim

Never underestimate the power of music to move the human spirit.

To drown yourself in, find life within and take you to another place and time.
It’s been a joy to get to know Andrew Maxwell Morris hailing from the UK and there are no better friends than those we find through the heart strings of music.
Andrew’s album ‘Well Tread Roads’ a precious little secret waiting for its voice to be heard as it trickles from the streams of life, ready to fill your cup right full.

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An Update with Andrew Maxwell Morris

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One of the nicest things about what we do is discovering new kindred spirits inside songs that find their way to us. Andrew Maxwell Morris has been one of our favourite Fresh Picks to date for this very reason. His calm and genuine character is a calm resting place for the heart to find refuge in a world that never stops turning. Such a nice surprise when he stopped by to share what he is up to this season.

Well I played Glastonbury this year and was shortlisted for a Glasto Award along with some pretty famous names like Ben Howard and Hozier – I didn’t win but it was nice to be recognized by Consequence of Sound for this. That is the 5th time I’ve played at Glastonbury and it never ceases to amaze me what a special place it is. I was also working as a stage manager and met quite a few famous people including Billy Bragg, Alabama 3 and Roy Harper’s son Nick Harper. I love the atmosphere of the place and the fact that everyone is so open minded to new music of any kind.

Apart from that I am writing music for my second album which I am hoping to record at the end of the year – it is going to feature a more electric sound and i’m really excited about the energy of the songwriting at the moment. I am working with a new band and thinking about ideas for a producer for the album as well. I feel that the songs have a great energy and direction and Im looking forward to people hearing it.

I’ve also been commissioned to write music for EMI in London – Im working with two singers, writing songs for them and have been in and out of the studio over the last month in London. Some of the songs are Americana songs and the others are more folk songs and are written with a view to the Film and TV market, so hopefully another major brand advert would be amazing!

Im playing a few festivals in and around London in the Summer at the end of August and I’ll be on BBC radio in London doing a live session and an interview, where I’ll be talking about my music and how to balance this with a busy day job! 

For more Andrew Maxwell Morris check out his Fresh Pick Feature 

Have a listen to In A Heartache.

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Andrew Maxwell Morris – England

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Never underestimate the power of music to move the human spirit. To drown yourself in,  find life within and take you to another place and time. A sincere delight to become acquainted with Andrew Maxwell Morris. His album ‘Well Tread Roads’ warms you up, holds you close and makes you feel richer for having encountered it. Each of the 10 songs cradled in the lyrics and melodies so thoughtfully written and steadfastly felt. This album haunts you with the echoes and essence of Neil Young & David Gray whilst inspiring  your heart to surrender all its questions and find its own way home.

‘Well Tread Roads’ a precious little secret  waiting for its voice to be heard as it trickles from streams of life to fill your cup right full. 

– Fresh Independence

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Name: Andrew Maxwell Morris

Age: 34

Where are you writing this:

 In a tent in Glastonbury, in between playing gigs!

Home is where your story begins, please tell us a little about yours.

 I was born in Melbourne Australia but immigrated with my family to the UK when I was 9. 

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 How did music find you?

I was aged 5 and I was sent to learn the piano. I realized from such an early age that I understood it. I used to get in trouble for memorizing all the music and not looking at the sheet music!

 

 Best describe your musical style.

Acoustic/folk/pop

 

Tell us about the inspiration behind your album ‘Well Tread Roads’ and how it came to life.

 I was going through a period of enlightenment about my past, my family and all the things that I thought I understood, I did not. The album flowed from me and the lyrics represented my thoughts and feelings on my life, work and family.

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Which are your favorite lyrics thus far, and please tell us the story behind them.

 “In my mind, when I was a little boy, I had nothing to lose, when nothing was real.” 

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I think I spent a lot of my childhood distracted and not really appreciating what was going on at home, and this line represents that feeling. 

How does the song writing process work for you?

It’s always been a quick process to write – most songs come very quickly and surprisingly the words and music usually arrive at the same time when I sit down to my guitar.

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Your most memorable musical moment thus far?

 Playing at Glastonbury and seeing a sea of faces in an audience dance and sing along to songs and feeling the amazing energy that it brings!

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 David Gray, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Cat Stevens and Ben Harper are listed as your musical influences. Tell us your favorite song from each artist…

 David Gray – This Years Love

 Bob Dylan – Most of the Time

 Neil Young – From Hank to Hendrix 

 Cat Stevens – Peace Train

 Ben Harper – Walk Away 

 

Does your guitar feel like a part of you?

 Never thought of it like that to be honest but I would say no.

It’s just a means to express my songs, it just happens to be the instrument I find easiest to write on.

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When you are not making music what might we find you doing?

 Doing the gardening! I love being in the garden especially on a nice English summers day.

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Where would you like music to take you?

 I am happy with where it has taken me so far and I am lucky to have a talent that I can use and hopefully make others happy too. A national UK tour would be nice though I suppose.

 

What could the world use more of?

People with generous souls and a good music taste!

 

The greatest book ever written is…

Nevil Shute –  A Town Like Alice.

 

 My all time favorite movie is…

The Big Lebowski

 

 The prettiest thing I have ever seen is…

 The English Lake District – stunning, epic and Inspiring.

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 Being a lawyer. Elaborate if you will on these two different aspects in your life. How did one intertwine with the other and what does each bring to your life and to each other.

 Yes I am a lawyer, working in the criminal courts by day and doing my music in my spare time. They are very different aspects of my life and are usually kept pretty separate. I find that an aspect of performance and speech is used both playing live and in court. I have also got confidence from my legal work that I take through to my music. The performance aspect is actually quite similar now that I think about it – making legal arguments and jury speeches require an element of vocal performance. 

There are times when work is very demanding and I have to spend less time doing music. There are times when it is the other way round. I could never of been in a place to make the album without the stability of my work. The reality for musicians these days is that two jobs is pretty common! 

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 Aside from communication what is the one thing you can not live without on the road?

 My friends and bandmates, we are like band of brothers now.

  

 Is there one quote or piece of advice that always stays with you?

 Believe in yourself, or no one else will!

 

True Love is…

 Knowing that you are safe and with someone who completes you in every way. Like a blanket but a very comfy one!

 

 What can we look forward to with Andrew Maxwell Morris over the coming year?

 More festival appearances, some gigs in France and more promotional opportunities.

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