Alternative pop artist morgxn has an artistic soul. That’s the first impression that you get when you talk to the young producer/singer/songwriter. He carries an imaginative spirit that you can’t help but admire. He’s certainly complex, but if you go back to his roots you can gather where the creative spirit started. It started in gospel choirs - not that uncommon - except if you’re a young Jewish boy in the middle of Nashville, then singing in a gospel choir is unusual.
“I started in music as a kid singing in gospel choirs,” said morgxn. “I’m Jewish, but being in a gospel choir as a young kid gave me a place to sing. I was shy, but I always had a big voice. Singing was where I escaped to. I grew up with songwriters around me – people who write songs and tell stories through songs. I also did theatre a lot growing up and that was important with the training to sing. Once I started listening to soul singers like Luther Vandross, that changed something in me. That sent me off on a whole different journey. My varied musical background is what inspired me to create.”
He grew up singing in gospel choirs, but another huge influence for morgxn is soul music. As he said, he’s into Luther Vandross, but he’s also into electronic music and constantly trying to find out where organic music meets and meshes perfectly with electronic music.
“Experimentation – I love to experiment when I’m working. It’s a lot of playing around with sounds and trying to match a feeling. I’m listening to the Bird & The Bee album and Rilo Kiley. Those albums have an organic feel to them with an electric overhang to them and that inspires me. You do what you can with what you’ve got. I made this record in bedrooms. I haven’t recorded anything in a studio. Everything s been done in a bedroom. I think there’s a space where electronic and organic meet and that’s exciting to me. The computer has changed the way you’re able to make music and for me, I’m able to capture sounds wherever I go. I’m always trying to find the threshold of what I can blend between the two.”
A fitting example of how morgxn is blending organic and electric comes from his most recent single, “Home.” The song features a ton of organic instrumentation and elements, but also contains some underlying computer work too. morgxn talked about the song, how it started, and where his favorite part of the song came from.
“That’s bass guitar,” said morgxn of the opening notes of the song. “I can tell you that for sure. The song started on guitar. It was a different guitar line and then I sang the vocal hook – (he sings) – over that. The thing is that I wrote the song in a vulnerable place. I was going through a lot of personal stuff with my family and I wrote that song. It wasn’t until the producer that I work with – Ryan Marrone – we were just playing around and making music and I felt like the song was there but it was missing soul. That’s why I went to Nashville and recorded a choir because I wanted something more on it. I went to Nashville and I recorded that choir in my living room – that’s the one thing on the album that didn’t get produced in a bedroom. I’ll never tell you how big or small that choir is for that song. After that, Ryan changed the bass line to fit the vocal line better and that’s where that song comes from.”
So far, morgxn has released three songs and several remixes of those songs but everything is leading up to the release of a bigger piece of music in the coming months. We asked him about the upcoming release and whether it was an LP or EP. He had an interesting way of explaining just what he was releasing.
“It’s an EP in terms of the actual meaning of an EP, but for me it’s a complete thought. The title of it is called “vital.” It’s a weird time in history. It’s been an emotional couple of years for me making this record. Vital for me was a lesson that I had to go through that there are some things that you should let go of and some things you should hold on to. Vital is a complete thought – what’s Vital and what’s not Vital. There are things and people that I hold onto and hold close. That keeps me grounded and then there are things where the only thing I can do is let them go.” – AA