Interview Kevin MORRIS
Friday 5th February 2016
Rock à Salaise
Welcome on rock-interviews.com Kevin.
Are you ready to play cards with me?
Kevin : Yes, go on.
AM : Please choose one of these.
When I was a boy, growing up, I lived in Rayleigh, which is about 5 miles
away of Canvey Island. The band I played in used to rehearse there.
The first ever live performance I did in front of an audience was on
Canvey Island and subsequently I spent a lot of my time in this
Kevin : I pick another card.
AM : CHORDS.
Kevin : Three are important. The three chord trick. Obviously you
can sometimes play more than three chords in one song, but it is advisable
to try to keep it simple, especially for popular music.
AM : Which ones are there?
Kevin : A, G and D are very popular.
I don't really have much time for a hobby because playing the drums,
doing what I do for my work is really my hobby. I am very lucky that
I get paid to do it, so it is the same thing. But, as we were
discussing earlier, I've just become a grandfather, so my new hobby
will be to play with my grandson, he is about ten hours old.
AM : Great, so you will spend time with him.
Kevin : He already has a drum kit. I have a very small drum set at home, which is waiting for him.
AM : Nice, lucky boy.
SEX, DRUG, ROCK'N'ROLL
Kevin : I don't know what to say about that. I am a grandfather now!
I think in an early life time these things were more important than they are now.
We certainly still like to rock'n'roll.
They are very important. The older you get, the more you've come to understand what a real friend is.
AM : That's true.
Kevin : I am very lucky, I've got some very good friends.
AM : Do you have a lot of musicians friends too?
Kevin : Absolutely, sometimes the two things is combined.
I always enjoy having friends that are not in the music
business because it is more interesting when we go down
the pub, we talk about other things.
AM : Yes, than work.
Kevin : Exactly. They are always interested to know what I am doing,
which is nice, but I also like to talk to my friend who is a
teacher about his work or my friend of the government, we talk about
David Cameron and what he is up to!
Kevin : What do you mean by logo?
AM : Dr Feelgood's one.
Kevin : It was drawn by
Wilko Johnson. It is a great one.
We are very lucky to have such a wonderfully iconic image.
In many ways the identity of the group has been maintained by the logo.
We had different people coming and going in the band, whereas the smiley
face has always been there.
AM : The first one you bought.
Kevin : I already had records at home,
The Shadows, but the first one I bought in a shop with my own money,
was We've Gotta Get Out of this Place by
It is fantastic.
AM : What is the first one you have recorded?
Kevin : It was a kind of a classical jazz arrangement of
and fugue in D minor
on one side and America by
The Nice on the other side.
I did it with my school friends, two brothers. It was the first time
I went to a studio, I was about twelve.
It could mean a lot of different things to people.
My son Paul is an artist. He is a very talented painter.
He doesn't do it at the moment which is a great shame.
He spends all his time in front of a computer, but I hope in
the future he will go back to drawing and painting.
AM : Does he have a website?
Kevin : His website is
elless.co.uk, he does a lot of web design and he works in advertising.
Dr FEELGOOD WEEKEND.
We do it once a year. It is quite a small affair. We like to keep
it very intimate. We have about 100 people. It is based at the
Oysterfleet hotel. We do an unplugged show for them and have dinner
together. During the day, there are various trips, a coach ride around
all the interesting sights of Canvey Island. On the Saturday night there
is an open gig which is an electric show and anybody can buy a ticket
and come. It is something we have done for about 6 or 7 years. It is good fun.
AM : When is it?
Kevin : It is Saturday 19th November this year and tickets are on sale now. So if anybody is interesting in coming, it is the time!
RITUAL BEFORE GOING ON STAGE.
Kevin : I don't really have any ritual.
AM : What about the other members of the band?
Kevin : Nobody has any. We just get ready, we changed clothes,
go to the toilets one last time to make sure!
AM : You don't gather all together before going on stage?
Kevin : No. I played in a French band called
Trust in 1980. Just before
we went on the stage,
Bernie would always take a wee, at the very last
moment possible, nearly at the steps by the stage!
Kevin : The first gig that I went to?
AM : Yes.
Kevin : I went to see the Who when I was eleven and it blew my mind.
I went to school the next day and I sat in the back of the classroom
for about four days because I couldn't think of anything else,
it was absolutely amazing for me. They only played for about twenty
minutes because it was a package tour. They came on, they played a few hits,
they smashed out the equipment, they set off some smoke bombs and it was all
over very quickly, but they made a huge impression on me and it crystallised
the idea in my mind that I wanted to play the drums in a group. I was already
interested but that was the moment that I thought that's what I want to do.
AM : There are so many.
Kevin : I went to the cinema last week and saw The Revenant,
the new film with
Leonardo DiCaprio. It was quite good. I am not sure he
should get an oscar but he certainly spent a lot of time in very cold and
wet conditions, so he deserves some kind of award for doing that.
As far as acting goes, it wasn't much acting really.
Kevin : I wouldn't know where to start! I can't think about one in particular
right now...But there were so many of them...
AM : WHEN, WHERE DID YOU MEET?
Kevin : The members of the band?
AM : Yes.
Kevin : I met Lee, the singer and Phil, the bass player at school.
We all played together in a group. Lee was a couple of years older than me.
I was recommended to him because I could play the drums, so I was allowed
to hang out with the older boys. Even at that time, Lee was a strong character,
he was very interesting. He had his own crowd and was obviously the leader.
He just had so much charisma and personality. He was a great man,
great fun. I miss him very much.
FOOD AND DRINK.
Kevin : I love beer and wine, probably more than I should.
I like all kind of food in France, Italy, Spain. I also love japanese
and indian food. I am very lucky that I can eat almost anything and everything.
AM : Today you are in France for a gig with your bandmates who are...
Kevin : Robert Kane the singer, Steve Walwyn on guitar,
Phil Mitchell on the bass
and we musn't forget Nic, who does the driving, he looks after
the equipment and does the merchandising. So he is very important.
AM : Yes, Nic is your guardian angel.
Kevin : Exactly. He is marvellous. He speaks fluent French because
when he was a child he used to come to France every summer.
AM : Yes, Nic is very good at French and a very nice guy.
Thank you very much for your time Kevin.
Kevin : It is a pleasure.
AM : We are always happy to welcome you on rock-interviews.com.
Have a great show tonight.
Kevin : Thank you very much for having me. It was marvellous.