Raised in Miami, Didier Morris’s music takes an interesting, unique spin on the deep house genre. Drawing on influences from latin salsa, old techno, and the new-age dark deep house, his bio reads: “Didier’s inspiration comes from his past outer space abductions, by the supernatural to be exact. Although this might sound mystical and mischievous, it actually is. Therefore there might be little known about this young cosmonaut, but his evolution is certainly promising.” With such an interesting background, we reached out to Didier and he answered a few questions, threw us a track to put on our SoundCloud, as well as a hot mix that’s up for free download below!
The Dankles: Hey Didier, thanks for taking the time to talk with us. Could you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?
Didier Morris: Hello all, thanks for having me on. The name my parents gave me is Dany Gonzalez, but I’ve adopted the moniker “Didier Morris” over the years (long story). I’m currently residing in Miami, Florida. I’m 21 years old. I’ve been producing for longer than I’ve been deejaying, actually. So with that said I’ve made tracks for about 6 years or so and I’ve deejay for about 4 years, if I remember right.
TD: I’ve noticed a ton of Miami references in your song names. How has growing up in the Miami-Dade area influenced your music?
DM: Miami has been a huge influence in my life, to be honest. I’ve experienced many phases over the past 12 years in the sunny city. I was exposed to wonderful venues that drastically influenced me musically, and continue to evolve my points of views and the sound I gravitate towards. It’s a beautiful place and it deserves all the love and credit. Places like the Electric Pickle, Treehouse, Vagabond, Space Miami, and many more.
TD: What did you grow up listening to? What was the first album you bought?
DM: Asides from the latin music and all, I grew up listening to a lot of old techno artist like Mauro Picotto, Mauro Piu, Cristian Varela, Jeff Mills, and Sven Vath. My first album… I can’t remember honestly. It was probably something for my Walkman back in 99, but my first electronic 12’ that I purchased was Syclops – Monkeypuss on DFA Records, one which I still play to this day. I love it so much. It’s a galactic space ballad salsa!
TD: When you’re in the studio, what vibe are you aiming to create with your music?
DM: I’m constantly encountering vibe swings, so I make a little bit of everything as long as it’s intimate, jiggy, and keeps that fresh, dark idea with some sort of funk. And always keeping it housey if that’s even an accepted term to describe it all.
TD: What does your studio look like? What hardware and VSTs do you use?
DM: My studio is very basic and digital: I have a Mac Book Pro 13’ (I know, how original) with an M-audio soundcard output to my BX5s, in which I run Ableton live 8 and soon 9! I rewire it to my windows PC desktop for all the great synth emulations. I used several Soft synths which I map strongly to my Axiom Midi keyboard. I love all the Spectrasonics, Arturias, and anything moogish and prophet emulative.
As for effects, I use most of the native Ableton plugs; they are killer! And for hardware, I have a TC Helicon VoiceLive effect processor which I route my favorite synth the Korg MS20 to give it a cooler analog sound fixation.
I use lots of samples and sound design since I don’t own mountains of synthesizers.
TD: How long does a track usually take before you can say, “I’m happy with this”?
DM: I’m usually a rusher, but it takes me anywhere from 4 days to 3 weeks depending on my schedule and desire to finish it. Although, once the track feels jiggy enough to express the idea, I just wrap it up.
TD: While DJing live, what response are you looking for from the listeners? Do you change your live sets according to the crowd or do you have a specific mood you look to try and establish every time?
DM: When I feel that sense of inter connectiveness and when I see the dancing shoes at proper use, I know that’s the way I should continue the rest of the set.
I’m not one to go in a booth and play for myself. As long as everything is intimate and the love is present, anything goes!
TD: I think Will Smith would have described “jiggy” as something different than you. Could you explain what you mean by jiggy house?
DM: Who’s Will Smith? Or you mean Sill Wmith? [Laughs} Yeah, I was very young when he coined that term. I’m revitalizing it from the grave as some of my pals say. I just use it to define something fresh, unique, stylish, futuristic, inspiringly positive, and dope.
Yeah, jiggy house, very Miami bass like, sleazy filled with lots of Detroit elements.
TD: What makes your sound unique? What sets you apart from other artists out there?
DM: That’s puzzling to answer, but I guess the so-called rolling sleazy basslines with chunky attitude and very present in body. Something very basic, and clean filled attitude.
TD: Describe the deep house scene from your perspective. What is your attraction to the “deep house” sound, and who are some of your favorite artists in the genre?
DM: Hmm… Deep house in general has just become a blend of minimal sounds dumped in the musical blender and mixed with old Detroit influences as well as this present “Berlin” sound people are talking about. I don’t know, it’s weird; I just like the word “deep.” It’s so much more connected to life and love.
Artist like Motor City Drum Ensemble, Kate Simko, the Tale Of Us duo, Guy Gerber, and Art Department are ones who stand out lately under that umbrella. They’ve all shaped my sound lately.
TD: Anyone that you really wish you could collaborate with on an EP? Why them specifically?
DM: Yes, of course. Motor City Drum Ensemble… If possible, I would love to even do an album. Huge fan of his work. Such a powerful sound he adds to everything, it’s great.
TD: What has been the highlight of your young career?
DM: The couple of releases coming up, and definitely my work for the great Southern Fried! Very happy with that. It’s a great showcase for my work and everyone’s feedback has been amazing. Also, participating in this year WMC 2013: parties, gigs, releases, and etc.
TD: Your newest EP, Suspicious Love, has some of your funkiest and most complex songs to date. Could you tell us a little about the process of making that and what sound you were aiming for?
DM: Is that right? Great, well I was contacted back in 2012 by Nathan the manager over at Southern Fried and he offered me a chance to remix a track for Frogs In Socks. Specifically, their tune “Get It On,” which, when completed, they liked very much. He wanted more material and I presented him a very basic layout of the final tracks. After minimal changes to them, we had the “Suspicious Love” all ready for you lovers!
If you knew where all the sources of inspiration for that album came from, you wouldn’t be surprise with the track titles. I was just aiming for something fun and sorta funky in a way, very Southern Fried, properly cooked BBQ chicken with the right sides of fries and veggies to complement it all.
TD: You have upcoming releases on Sleazy Deep, Stranjjur, and Melodic Art, just to name a few. Any specific tracks or EPs that you’re really hyped on? Is there a difference in sound between the albums?
DM: Yes, I have an EP coming on Melodic Art in a month or so, a very fresh Mexican label. Also, future singles and other projects within the Stranjjur imprint, and the Sleazy Deep is something that’s not going through anymore so maybe in the future. I’m very hyped for the upcoming Midnight Social EP, The Good Stuff. It’s presented great feedback and I enjoy that label very much.
TD: You were nice enough to hook us up with an exclusive mix and a track. Could you tell us a little a bit about both?
DM: Indeed! Here is a freebie. I love giving out freebies, it’s such a nice way to give back to those who have got involved with my early career.
The track is very hip house leaned, with a slick deep trick approach. It contains a very hooky sample, so do as it says. Very Miami-Vice, grab-your-beepers, the-DON-is-paging-you, get-to-work kind of track.
The mix is filled with tracks that I enjoy very much, and it shows a wide spectrum of the sounds that I enjoying finding inspiration from. It wasn’t to thematically arranged, but something more on the fly. I hope you guys like it and get down!
TD: When you’re not making music, what do you like to do in your free time?
Asides from enjoying the silence and nature, I really enjoy finding new pizzerias all over Miami and trying them all out! I also enjoy reading about alien related encounters, space, and the unknown.
Purchase: East Coast Jiggy – Didier Morris
Any shout outs?
Shout to those at the club clapping when the deejays laptop crashes, you guys are the reasons we never change careers.
Shout out to all the people who support my music, specially my good friends!
Shout out to the other half of HerHeroes. He’s always busy with his chickens!
Shout out to my mom because if it was up to my dad I would’ve been a doctor.
Shout out to Soundcloud. I’m surprised YouTube beat you with Justin Beiber.
Thank you so much lots of love!
Dankles Rapid Fire Questions:
Best after-hours track:
Tough. It’s between:
Konrad Black – “Graveyard Tan” and Murk – “Amame”
Go-to track to revive the dancefloor:
Inner City – “Good Life”
Best track to end the night with:
Danny Daze – “Your Everything”
Artists who deserve more attention:
Clockwork, Okain, Sasse. Everyone who puts in work!
If I could play at any festival, it would be:
Ultra Miami, just because it’s here in the city. But Love Family Park for sure!
Song that I’ve made that I’m most proud of:
Beautiful International (Soon To Come)
Best song for a beach party:
Mint Royale – “Sexiest Man in Jamaica”
Favorite peak set track:
Inxec, Droog – “Unhinged” (Original)
Mix track list:
1. Ost & Kjex – Indi (Original Mix) [Dyanamic]
2. Azari & III – Manic (Luca C Remix) [Turbo]
3. Didier Morris – Her Demands (Original Mix) [Southern Fried]
4. German Brigante – Look It’s Me (Original Mix) [Material]
5. Ost & Kjex – Lulu (Original Mix) [Dyanamic]
6. Didier Morris – NoBabyMommaDrama (Original Mix) [Southern Fried]
7. Benoit & Sergio – Bridge So Far (Original Mix) [Hot Creations]
8. Evans – 00.2 (wAFF remix) [Dialate]
9. Mass Digital – I’m Timeless (Original Mix)
10. Didier Morris – Yeah Right Under her [Midnight Social]