INTERVIEW: Malibu’s surfing cowboy Liam Mogan

Hi Liam, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been well, enjoying this weirdness with everyone else. Thanks so much for having me!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Burn At Home”?

Sure! It’s really a story about being content and creative with what you have. It doesn’t take much to lay out a beach towel, put on the speakers and mix yourself a drink. The track is easy listening, but still encompasses a wholehearted story; a story that ironically has been brought to life with the quarantine!

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I was actually working at a job site in Venice when I came up with the burn at home concept. I have the original voice memo with a rough melody/lyric concept, barely audible over the noise of the construction equipment. That particular day was super hot and I kept watching the planes taking off from LAX wishing I could be on one. I wanted to get away, relax, and catch some sun. Then, I figured that the LA sun was no different than the sun in the Bahamas, and I really didn’t have to spend the money on a getaway. That night after work we ordered food in, put on the Bluetooth speaker and just baked outside. It was great. After that I knew burn at home was a story I wanted to record.

How was the recording and writing process?

Working with Taylor (Sparks) is always fun. The dude is cool and super talented. We (Taylor Sparks (Producer/ co-writer), Alexa Michelle (co-writer) and I) started working on a completely different track and weren’t stoked on the vibe. Taylor changed the production vibe and I pitched the burn at home chorus melody and concept. The song pretty much wrote itself out after that!

What role does Malibu play in your music?

I grew up with the Malibu/LA beach city cultures. As I’ve grown up and matured as an artist, they’ve only continued to inspire me. I love surfing in Malibu and cruising in the mountains above, but I also feel just at home skating in the gritty graffiti-ridden streets of Venice. There’s something about these beach cities that fills me with nostalgia. It’s the unswept boardwalks, empty late-night piers; those quiet places that are usually packed with people that make me feel that way.

How has this weird time with the COVID-19 influenced you as an artist and your music?

Funny enough, we didn’t intend to write this song for the quarantine. In fact, we wrote this well before all the craziness happened. The main aspect of my music that COVID-19 has influenced is not being able to play live and having to limit my time in the studio. This has given me the time and space to better myself vocally and work on my songwriting.

Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes! New singles will be dropping throughout the summer and into the fall. This past year, I really enjoyed spending time in the studio writing and recording the upcoming releases. After some time of experimenting, I think we’ve finally got the vibe right.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

While the official dates aren’t concrete, I’ll say that you can expect material every month. I don’t want to give away titles but expect more beach city nostalgia!

What else is happening next in Liam Mogan’s world?

Besides the release of music throughout the summer, I’ll be releasing merch and videos. After the beaches open, I’ll be out in the water and riding my horse. To stay up on it all, check out my Instagram at @liammoganmusic where you’ll get plenty of behind the scenes videos and pictures.  Thanks to everyone who’s been listening so far and bringing my music to life!


About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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