30 Seconds: Elliott Morris

We spent 30 seconds with guitarist and songwriter Elliott Morris, chatting about his new EP and songwriting history.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 14 Sep 2012
  • min read
In between gigs, a much deserved holiday and working around his EP release date, we caught up with Elliott to find out more about his music.

Elliott has previously been described by Tom Robinson of BBC 6 Music as 'extraordinary... ludicrously youthful and absurdly talented' and Dean Jackson of The Beat and BBC Introducing as 'one of the most impressive guitarists to grace our studio for a very long time...a compelling listen - and mesmerizing to watch!', but we wanted to hear from Elliott in his own words.

How long have you been making music?
I started playing electric guitar at 12 but moved to acoustic when I was about 17, so about five years ago. I locked myself in my room for about a year working out how this style of acoustic guitar playing works and then began writing my own songs. Then I started gigging and the rest is history!

What inspired your latest EP?
All sorts of things! I think the underlining theme on this EP is to make the most of what you've got, not just settle for second best and keep moving forwards. All positive stuff really!

What process do you go through to create your music?
All my songs begin as just vocals and the guitar. When I'm in the studio I add extra instrumentation, but it needs to all be replicable live, so I try to stay as faithful to the song as possible and not bury or change what I do when I just play it solo.

How would you describe your sound?
Err - guitary acoustic folk pop rock.

What would your dream collaboration be?
Big question. The answer would change daily - sometimes I'll hear a song and be like, 'I'd love to play a guitar part on that', or 'I wish the song went this way'. So some days it'd be a jazz pianist and some days it'd be some punk rock band! Haha.

Where can we catch you performing next?
I'm on a five-week tour of the UK and Ireland to promote the release of As The Waves Came In. Chances are I'll be near you over the next few weeks, so keep an eye on my listings!