Andy Morton first began making music with his secondary school mate Zane Lowe, producing beats on a four-track recorder. He then studied audio at SAE (School of Audio Engineering) alongside Chris Sinclair,who topped the class – so Morton decided Sinclair was the one to beat. His role as a beatmaker and producer for local hip-hop has been a vital element in developing the artform in Aotearoa.
Morton worked with Kieran Cooney as the duo Babel, coming to the attention of the Deepgrooves label. They released the A Is For Atom EP in 1994, which proved popular on student radio, and Morton started doing production work for the label, starting with reggae singer Jules Issa on her 1995 debut album Found In You. From there, Morton's production credits touch on almost every groundbreaking New Zealand hip-hop record ever made.
He worked with South Auckland rapper Ermehn, producing his debut album Samoans Part II in 1998. He contributed to the production of Dam Native’s 1997 debut album Kaupapa Driven Rhymes Uplifted (KDRU) and he handled most of the production duties that year on 2b S.Pacific, the debut album by Che Fu. Morton played alongside Che in the Token Village collective. In 2000 he contributed production to King Kapisi's debut album Savage Thoughts.
Morton has also dipped his toes into the waters beyond hip-hop. He contributed keys and co-produced several tracks on the 2001 Dimmer album I Believe You Are A Star and played in the Dimmer live band for a spell. He contributed keys, programming, and engineering to a few tracks on Bic Runga’s 2002 album Beautiful Collision.
His production work on the debut album Break It To Pieces from Tha Feelstyle (previously known as The Fieldstyle Orator) was critically acclaimed both in NZ and overseas, attracting attention from UK radio DJs Gilles Peterson and Benji B. More recently he has worked with Sola Rosa, Opensouls and Tyra and the Tornadoes.
He also made a name for himself as a DJ, playing regularly as part of the monthly night The Turnaround alongside Manuel Bundy and Cian (he and Manuel Bundy collaborated as Combinations on a few tracks). He has also remixed tracks for Fat Freddy’s Drop, Recloose, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Salmonella Dub, Bic Runga, Rhombus and more.
Morton is a man of many talents and an important player in the contemporary New Zealand music industry.
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