- Words Notion Staff
Rock Stars & Introverts: Billy Moran's melodic confession. Having released his debut album this summer, the artist wants to communicate the importance of using our voices.
Billy Moran, the talented lead guitarist of the indie rock sensation Louden Swain, has embarked on a remarkably introspective journey into the depths of his soul. On July 7th, Moran showcased the range of his talent when he released his debut album, Surprise Party For The Introvert, as a solo artist. While Moran has been a driving force in Louden Swain, this album marks his first foray into center stage as a singer and songwriter. The transition from stage right to center stage has been both exhilarating and nerve-wracking for Moran.
“I’ve always been in bands with great frontmen and women,” he shared in an exclusive interview. “The thought of moving from the shadows to the spotlight felt both exciting and scary.” Luckily, Moran’s fans have offered him overwhelming support and encouragement, pushing him to create and release this album. Moran expressed his excitement, saying, “It’s an incredible feeling to have written and produced this album, and I can’t wait to share it with the rest of the world.”
One cannot understand the true significance of Moran’s solo endeavor without delving into the personal and emotional depths from which it was born. Growing up, Moran was bullied a lot for simply not fitting in. To protect himself from all the pain, Moran quietly retreated into himself and became more introverted. This didn’t change much when he grew older. Even as a successful artist, Moran has always chosen his collaborators meticulously, only working with those he feels he can fully trust.
“As someone who often felt on the outside looking in, there’s a feeling of comfort knowing that you’re able to bounce ideas off someone who you know has your back,” he shares. As Moran embarked on his solo record, he faced moments of self-doubt and insecurity. It was a stark contrast from his usual comfort zone of collaboration. “For the first time in my life, I needed to trust myself, and that was frightening,” he explains. That turned out to be a blessing in disguise. As he worked on the songs, Moran had to confront his inner demons and reassure himself that his voice was worth hearing. It was a journey back to the little boy who was once told he was nothing, a journey of self-validation and self-expression.
“If there’s one message I want my album to communicate to others, it’s that it’s okay to have a voice, and your voice is important,” he shares. With his close friends James Rodgerson & Zack Darling’s encouragement and support, Moran was able to overcome his insecurities and bring his music to the world. In Surprise Party for the Introvert, Moran has crafted melodies that resonate with many and shared his journey of overcoming insecurities and finding his voice. As he puts it, this album is the perfect testament to the power of music to connect people, even when it comes from the depths of solitude.
As Moran continues his musical journey, his desire is simple yet profound. He hopes to continue touring the world, sharing his music with others for years to come. For him, nothing beats knowing his music has made a real difference in someone’s life or how much a song helped bring them and a loved one closer. “It’s stories like this that help validate my efforts,” Billy Moran concludes.