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Ian Morris - Biography

Ian Morris

Ian has been involved in New Zealand music and advertising since leaving school. With his first band, Th' Dudes, Ian supped from the shallow cup of teen fame, and wrote and co-wrote several songs which have become New Zealand classics, among them "Walking in Light", "Right First Time" and "Bliss".

Meanwhile he pursued a simultaneous career on the other side of the recording studio glass, learning his trade as an engineer and producer by recording everything from Samoan church choirs to big bands to the latest pop phenomenon, as well as "hundreds" of jingles with the great Murray Grindlay.

Post-Dudes, Ian engineered and produced many of New Zealand's favourite artists, including Hello Sailor, DD Smash, the Screaming Meemees, the Warratahs, the Hulamen, Naked Spots Dance, Knightshade, and even Toni Williams. In 1987 a tongue-in-cheek blitz on the NZ pop charts as "Tex Pistol" earned Ian a number one single with "The Game of Love", and a collaboration with brother Rikki a year later resulted in another chart-topper, "Nobody Else". He has been voted RIANZ (Recording Industry Association of New Zealand) Producer of the Year three times and Engineer of the Year twice (and also Most Promising Male Vocalist!)

For some years now Ian has been writing and recording music for local and international television commercials, for such clients as Ford, American Express, Sony, and BMW. He also composes for film and tv, and is still busy in the New Zealand music scene: recent musical exploits include producing hit records for Papa-Pa, When The Cat's Away, Greg Johnson, and local hero and old chum Dave Dobbyn. He is working on an album of original material which he expects to be out "sometime this century".

Ian works out of his own Pacific-flavoured studio in Napier, New Zealand.

Ian Morris