A studio for the voice of the valley
South Routt musician opens recording studio in Oak Creek
October 8, 2005
David Moran has the kind of voice that forces a person to look around to see who is speaking. It is solid, deep, raspy and commanding.
“I was just blessed with really strong pipes. People always tell me they didn’t even recognize me until I opened my big mouth,” he said.
Moran’s vocal talents have landed him commercial gigs for local radio stations, voice-over parts in TV programs and opportunities to perform at theme parks in Japan.
Most people recognize Moran’s voice on the “From Cow Town to Ski Town” documentary that was made to celebrate Steamboat Springs’ centennial a few years ago.
“I was honored I was asked to be the voice of the valley,” he said.
In addition to having a famous voice, Moran also is a talented musician who has been entertaining crowds since he was a young boy.
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“I am an old entertainer. I started doing gigs when I was 11,” he said.
Now 41, Moran is ready for the next step in his career: opening a recording studio in Oak Creek.
Moran rented a space in Oak Creek Plaza with the intent to use it as a studio. For the first few months, it served simply as a storage unit.
Moran has worked diligently the past few weeks to assemble his sound and mixing equipment. The end goal is to make music.
Moran’s most recent album, “Private Jukebox,” made its debut last year, and the musician is ready to record a new album. His next few releases will be tributes to classic American music from the 1920s and 1930s as well as an album of covers of old songs with his own unique twists.
Moran also writes his own music. And it has taken some time for him to get used to digital recording.
“I’m from the old school,” he said. “I’m talking reel-to-reel style. All this digital is new to me.”
Moran said he enjoys the digital equipment because he can combine other instruments and styles with his own sounds to create the tracks he wants.
It still amazes him that new musicians can make music with their computers.
“Trying to mix music with a mouse is not my bag,” he said. “But that’s just where I come from.”
Moran said that he is glad to have the studio finally up and running because he hopes to help other young musicians who might not be able to afford studio time get experience.
“There are a lot of talented young people in this valley that might be able to hear their own voices for the first time,” he said.
Moran began recording his own music in the 1980s, when he was happy just to get his music on vinyl and cassette tape. Twenty years later, he hopes to re-release his first album on CD.
Moran prides himself on being a family entertainer capable of singing and playing the guitar and also telling jokes and reciting old-fashioned cowboy poetry.
“I can do stuff to entertain everyone,” he said. “I have experience from being on showboats, riverboats, in casinos and overseas.”
Moran hopes to make the transition from singing around campfires at guest ranches to returning to family venues in Steamboat Springs, where his career started more than 20 years ago.
“After all these years, I’m still doing this. It sure it better than milking cows,” he said.