Sylvan Morris at Dynamic Sounds. 15 Bell Road. Kingston, Jamaica.
Interview: Shivu Rao, Sean Stewart
All Photos © Shaun Roberts - flickr.com/photos/shaunroberts
Props to Shivu Rao for recognizing Sylvan Morris in the parking lot of Dynamic Sounds and sparking the conversation that would lead to the interview.
Sylvan Morris worked as a recording and mixing engineer at the forefront of the development of Jamaican music in the 1960s and 1970s. Equipped with a pitch perfect ear, a naturally inventive spirit, a hands-on approach and an intense work ethic Morris not only managed to create a sound of his own, but also was highly sought after by the musicians of the era, to whom he was affectionately known as ‘My Operator.’ Over the course of a quarter century Morris worked closely with such luminaries as Bob Marley and the Wailers, Jacob Miller, The Heptones, U-Roy, Augustus Pablo, Alton Ellis, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown and many more.