Matthew Moran is a Los Angeles based songwriter and performer. 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.”
Tom Laurie, Music Connection Magazine


Matthew Moran | Arrogant Sage MusicBorn 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 probably wore that cassette out.”

When he told his father he wanted to play guitar, he was directed to a mostly-unused Guild classical guitar, a Mel Bay book of chords, and his father’s copy of, “How to play the 5-string Banjo” by Pete Seeger.

This armed him with three chords (and the truth) and the ability to play, “The Crawdad Song”, “This Land is Your Land”, and after adding a minor chord, the aforementioned, “Blowing In The Wind.”

Soon after came Gordon Lightfoot, Glenn Campbell, and Peter Paul & Mary. And then, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, and James Taylor.

“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 although Matt still performs a couple songs that were written in high-school and soon after. 

Performing was also infrequent until 2006. As his first marriage unraveled into separation and ultimately 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 had a restaurant and wine-bar and a 250 seat backstage area known as “The Camp” where national acts performed. The owners often selected locals from the open mic to open at The Camp and to play the wine bar. 

“Being asked to play the wine-bar was an honor to me. Plus, you made a little money. Being asked to open in, ‘The Camp’, was also inspirational - allowing me to perform for a larger audience and one that was focused on the music.”

Girls, Songs, and Other DelusionsMoran self-recorded his first CD, “Girls, Songs, and Other Delusions” - and immediately self-booked his first tour - a 10 day stint through Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado.

“I learned a lot on that tour. I didn’t make any money but I actually made enough to pay for gas and eat. I consider that a rousing success.”

Matthew moved back to Los Angeles in 2009. After performing with some talented musicians in Arizona and California, he began seeking out band mates and formed, “The Matt Moran Band” with drummer, Tom Galella and lead guitarist, Steve Schmitt - son of legendary engineer, Al Schmitt.

In 2018, Matt changed the band name to Arrogant Sage and formed Arrogant Sage Music as his music publishing entity.

More 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.

Professionally, I am:

A few other things…

  • I am a father and find nothing as fun as hiking around with my kids.
  • I’m hyperactive and self-medicate with coffee. I recently cut back on coffee.. from 2+ pots to about 2 cups per day! Stomach issues... go figure.
  • If you send me an email or pose a question on the blog, I will answer it.
  • I workout several days each week – no-nonsense, 250-300 pushups and weight-training with various dumbbell exercises. I don’t go to the gym because I can complete my workout in 40 minutes.
    Okay.. I recently joined the gym. There are exercises I could not do at home and pull ups seemed to be exacerbating a long-time back spasm issue. Fortunately, no disk issues. I do everything at the gym as super-sets and believe (know) that weight training is FAR superior to cardio for overall fitness. However, the best exercise you can do is the one you will do consistently over the course of your life. Oh.. and I still love push-ups. Recently, I added yoga to the mix and love it!
  • I was born and raised in Southern California, but I've lived in Arizona and find the heat intolerable, but the Sonoran desert to be amazing! I could see living in New Mexico.
  • About “Amazing!” It is perhaps the word I use most often to describe things. I see the world, people, and opportunities as amazing. I don’t turn this amazement off with clients or friends...

…more later….