Güten Morgan (aka Morgan Tharp) is a studio artist who fuses a classic 70’s-style rock with a dose of 90’s-2000's rock & grunge. Influenced by legends like Led Zeppelin and Kings of Leon, as well as “classic rock” of the late 60’s into the 80’s, Moran differentiates his sound with a rich baritone voice and a generous use of guitar and percussion. Morgan also works on writing and recording tracks with the vocal a cappella group The Point. Based out of Tampa Florida, Morgan works by day as a long-standing practicing oncology physician, but has always had a love for music, especially guitar. For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! If three words just aren't enough..then tell us more! Guitars. Overdrive. Brooding. (I would classify Güten Morgan music as "alt/indie grunge" - a mixture of classic rock and 90's-2000's rock, nearly always with lyrics that explore some internal pain.)
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else? Tell us why: I feel the most satisfaction after a song comes together with lyrics and chord patterns. I generally have an audio picture in my head at that point of what the final production sounds like. And then it's studio time to try to re-create what I hear in my head.
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you? It can be a mixture of fun and frustration. I love the feeling of the different layers coming together, and toying with the mix as I record the various parts. I love it when I can smile and say "that sounds GOOD!" But since I generally do all the instruments and vocals myself, it can take a great deal of time to record all the takes and edit them, and get to the final stages. I will record take after take after take until I get the sound I want.
Okay, this a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing? Spending time with my family and friends. Our daughters all live nearby and it's great to be with them and their families. I enjoy watching sports (Go Colts! - I'm originally from Indiana, big Colts and Indiana University fan) and watching movies.
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why? In today's music scene, I most admire Kings of Leon. They have made their own music from the start, even when it wasn't popular, and stuck with their own style. They have a very unique mix that is very different from anyone else, and they've always been OK with that. Also, they are each outstanding at their parts, yet create a unified mix where no single part overpowers the rest of the group.
Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it? Nearly all of my songs come from deeper thoughts or emotions. But my upcoming release "Scars" (subtitled "for Gordon) probably carries the deepest emotion for me. I wrote it thinking about the perspective of those close to me fighting anxiety/depression/emotional issues. And when a friend (Gordon) lost that battle, I altered the structure a little and added the vocal bridge. So it comes from a place of trying to feel and express the pain of people close to me - which in many ways is worse than our own pain.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?
I have multiple songs written or partially written. But I also have multiple covers I'd like to do - I love cover songs that have a different take on the music than the original or express it in a different way. So I'll probably bounce back and forth between recording my own but also one or 2 of those covers. I'm also working on mixing down a few tracks for a separate vocal group I have.