UM Interview: The Captain
Introduce yourself and tell us one random fact about yourself:
Morgan: My name is Morgan (also known as The Captain). I’m a sophomore at Belmont University where I’m studying Music Business and Marketing. For an interesting fact, I have insanely long toes. Like, for real. I could climb trees with these things.
How did The Captain get started?
Morgan: The Captain started when I moved up to Nashville to come to school freshman year. I was in a band back home at the time and really loving everything we were doing, but realized that realistically that band couldn’t function with me having to drive from Nashville to Atlanta just to practice or play shows. So, I started writing my own tunes and found a stellar producer named Dean Palya who lived in my dorm and we put out my first song about a year ago.
How did you come up with the name The Captain?
Morgan: My name is Morgan. Apparently “Captain Morgan” is a thing and I just decided to drop the “Morgan” and stick with The Captain.
What made you want to get into music?
Morgan: I sang in choirs from a really early age, sometime around 4th grade. I knew it was something I loved to do so I kept singing and going to things like AllState choir. One day when I was a Junior in High School, my mom re-connected with an old friend of hers who had a kid in a band that needed a singer. To make a long story short, I sang in that band for a few years and realized that I wanted to do things on my own, so I did.
You recently put out your first music video for your song “Out There” what was it like shooting that?
Morgan: Shooting the video was a great time and a huge learning experience. I got to work with one of my best friends, Ian McDonald, which was a great and I think we both learned how we could improve for the next one. I hope you can’t tell by the finished product, but the entire thing was shot on an extremely small budget and in a super short amount of time. That’s something that I’d like to stray away from next time. Regardless, I learned a ton, I’m happy with the product, and can’t wait to film another one and make it even better.
Who are some artists you look up to musically?
Morgan: Jason Mraz has been a long-time hero of mine because he’s just so good. I also have a soft spot in my heart for Justin Timberlake, because I just love me some falsetto. From the Pop/Rock world, Jason Lancaster and Matt Thiessen are definitely my heroes.
When writing songs where do you draw your inspiration from?
Morgan: Honestly, my family has inspired most of my recent songs. I try to take a look at others’ situations and put myself in their shoes. I think it makes my songs pretty interesting because it means that are almost never about me.
Musically where would you like to see yourself three years from now?
Morgan: Musically, I’d just like to have my stuff out there. I’d like to have an EP recorded and in the hands of people who might love on it and maybe even be working on another one. Three years is a long ways off though, I’m hoping all of this happens sooner!
What are your plans for the summer? Can we be expecting any new music or tours?
Morgan: I plan to be doing some super cool things over the summer. I plan to make a trip to Dark Horse Recording and do some work with my man Paul Rossetti. You can expect a summer single for sure, if not a larger release. You can expect some hometown shows in both Nashville and Atlanta and you might even be able to expect some shows elsewhere in the East.
Who are some artists you’d like to work with? Big or small.
Morgan: I’d love to work with Bryce Avary of The Rocket Summer. I had the pleasure of meeting him a few months ago and he was just the most genuine guy I’ve ever met. I’d love to collaborate with him in some fashion. I’d also love to do some things with Matt T of Relient K or any of the other awesome artists that live in Nashville. There are way too many to choose from.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
Morgan: I definitely think my girly falsetto makes me stand out in the crowd. Other than that, I think there is a quality in my music that just makes it genuine. It’s simple and easy to understand and sometimes people just need that.