Matthew Moran is a songwriter and performer based in Los Angeles, CA. His music is influenced by rock and roll and contemporary country with a focus on thoughtful, hook-laden lyrics. He is the founder of the band, Arrogant Sage. “Moran’s music is sweet, in tune, and hip in nature. ...Paul Simon combined with a bit of Hootie and the Blowfish… everything from slow and chill country to rock & roll that raises your blood pressure a few notches," says Tom Laurie of Music Connection Magazine.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Moran’s introduction to playing music came through his father’s banjo playing and folk music. “I remember my dad sitting at our dining room table recording Dylan’s, ‘Blowing in the Wind’ on a cassette recorder. He had this powerful low voice. I am certain I wore that cassette out listening to it. I found it exhilarating that you could do that with a musical instrument and a voice.” He picked up the family’s Guild classical, a Mel Bay book of chords, and his father’s copy of, “How to play the 5-string Banjo” by Pete Seeger. Through this he learned to play a number of folk songs including the aforementioned, “Blowing the the Wind.” He still owns and plays the same Guild guitar. Gordon Lightfood, Glenn Campbell, Jim Croce, and Peter Paul & Mary soon led to, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, James Taylor, UFO, and others. “Acoustically driven, storytelling music made up my earliest influences,” Matthew recalls. “I mean, I played plenty of hair-metal in the ‘80’s but always returned to more acoustic roots.”
Songwriting started early but sporadically. He still plays several songs written during high school and soon after.
Matt performed infrequently until 2006. After moving to Arizona, his marriage unraveled into separation and then divorce, Matt began performing at open-mics around Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Cave Creek. He found a home at a weekly open-mic at the now shuttered, Cave Creek Coffee Company (C4).
“C4 was filled with talent. They had a 250-seat outdoor auditorium called the Camp and would choose local artists from the open mic to open for touring national acts.” After being selected to open a few shows, Matt self-produced his first CD project, “Girls, Songs, and Other Delusions.”
Soon after, he booked his first short tour, a 10-day run through Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. “I learned a lot on that tour. I didn’t make any money but I made enough to pay for gas and to eat. I consider that a rousing success.”
Matthew moved back to Los Angeles in 2009 and formed, what would become, Arrogant Sage, with drummer, Tom Galella, and lead guitarist, Steve Schmitt - son of legendary Capitol Records engineer, Al Schmitt. In 2018, Matt formed Arrogant Sage Music as his publishing entity.
Recently, Matt has jumped more fully into recording and producing, as a way to bring his brand of Americana and acoustically-driven rock and roll, to his audience. He is currently working on a project titled “9 SONGS,” slated for release in Q1 - 2021.