My name is Chris Morrison. I am the drummer for Epstein's Mother.
I was born in Danvers, Massachusetts on October 25, 1971 and grew up in
the neighboring town of Lynnfield. Before I jumped onto the music
path, I did the usual soccer and little league, but I was very much a hockey
player at heart; my teams even picked up a few championships along the
grade came along and while I was pursuing the quick lived hockey career,
the music/band teacher strolled into class and asked if anyone wanted to
be in the school band. At the time I had been studying piano for
two years and figured, why not give the drums a shot and 'voila' here I
am sixteen years later chasing a music career.
on, rock-n-roll was the thing for me. Whatever was on the radio in
the early eighties would jar the ear: Journey, Rush, Def Leppard,
Aerosmith and the like.
night in late 1983 (sixth grade) I saw and heard the Trooper video by Iron
Maiden and that really steered me on to a new road. I was hooked.
In the seventh grade, I came home one day to find a new drum set in my
bedroom (it was my birthday). The two drummers that were in
Iron Maiden, Clive Burr and Nicko McBrain were my first two influences.
From there came bands like Kiss and then Neil Peart of Rush would become
a mainstay throughout high school. I also discovered groups like
Spyro Gyra, Pat Metheny, Steely Dan, Yes and other 'fusion' groups.
While studying with Jonathan Mover (GTR, Joe Satriani, Alice Cooper), I
asked to borrow some of his massive Frank Zappa collection and I have been
all over it ever since. By the time I was a senior in high school
I became a huge fan of other drummers such as Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta,
Omar Hakim, Simon Philips, Dennis Chambers, Steve Jordan, Jeff Pocaro and
Manu Katche and Terry Bozzio.
college years at the University of Nevada Las Vegas saw me become heavily
influenced by all the 'fusion/jazz' groups: Chick Corea Elektric
Band, Steps Ahead, Michel Camilo, Al DiMeola, Allan Holdsworth with and
whomever Vinnie Colaiuta was playing. The last two years of
college was buried in jazz music, all of it. Standout drummers are
all of the obvious players: Tony Williams (especially), Philly Joe
Jones, Elvin Jones, Art Blakely and of course Jeff 'Tain' Watts.
After graduation from college I began the upward road of a music career.
I began studying with Zoro (Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Frankie Valli)
and he turned me on to all of the R&B sounds including soul and funk
which has become a very important influence on me.
at UNLV I studied quite a bit of percussion. I won a first place
prize in the Percussive Arts Society International Marimba Competition
in November of 1993. I was also awarded in that same year, part of
the Buddy Rich Memorial Scholarship. Performances with the
Nevada Symphony Orchestra also proved to be very helpful. Also
while at UNLV, I began performing with Geoff Neuman, bass player of Epstein's
Mother. Earlier while I was in high school, I was chosen to perform
with the National High School Honors Orchestra, which performed
at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. I was also chosen to many
honors performing groups such as the Massachusetts Northeast District and
jobs in and around the Las Vegas area have supplied me with much experience
and dues paid. My experience in playing Top 40, R&B, country,
various jazz gigs and a mobile percussion ensemble that performs at the
Fremont Street Experience is something that has helped me develop into
who I am as a percussionist. I also performed in the summer of 1997
with the Old Moscow Circus in Tokyo, Japan.
in Epstein's Mother started off as a challenge because I had never
played modern rock until then, but it was an optimum move. I enjoy
being in a group where friendship is just as important as the music.
I look forward very much to the avenues that we will journey.