Joe Moralez is a north American songwriter, artist and podcaster residing in Los Angeles, CA.
“When I was a kid I’d sit at the piano and create my own songs even though I had no idea where the inspiration was coming from. I remember trusting my intuition and ability to express my emotions at an early age. I don’t think that foundation has changed, aside from mental growth and learning different songwriting techniques over the years. I still fly by the seat of my pants when I write and oddly consider myself an antenna, channeling messages from some other place.”
Since 2013, Moralez has released music under the indie-pop moniker, Awake or Sleeping, who recently dropped Imagination, produced by Steven Solomon (James Arthur, Emerson Hart, David Cook, 5 Seconds of Summer). Moralez and Solomon teamed up with Grammy Award winning songwriter, David Hodges (Blink-182, Daughtry, Christina Perri, Carrie Underwood) to compose the title track of the EP, Imagination.
"Somewhere within, I believe we have a limitless ability to create a perfect world despite the manmade limitations set before us. ‘Imagination’ is the soundtrack behind this epic inner battle between the ego and spirit while searching for truth."
Over the past several years, AoS has consistently been delivering a stellar collection of EPs including, Lost At Sea (2016 - Produced by James Gabbie), Interstellar Hearts (2015 - Produced by Steven Solomon), Constellations (2014 - Produced by Josh Hawkins a.k.a. Super Duper) and A Million Years (2013 - Produced by Aaron Carpenter).
Since 2009, Moralez has independently released music through his publishing company, Elf Tree Publishing (ASCAP), based out of Los Angeles, CA. Moralez has two full-length indie albums, The Way It Goes (2012 - Produced by Jacob Schrodt) and If I Could (2009 - Produced by Jon Meyer) available on iTunes and Spotify. His entire music catalog is available for license at Musicbed.
"Joe is an artist in the truest sense of the word. Not just in the sounds that he can craft, which are exquisite in and of themselves, but more importantly in the stories and emotions he can convey within those sounds. Each piece feels like a journey that you're invited into, one that is beautiful and immersive and expansive, but also genuinely personal, speaking to you like it was created specifically for you."
When Joe isn't making music he co-hosts on several podcast shows (High-Dere, Earthship Radio, 3Amoviegos, Millie McCormick Listening Hour) on the ElfTree Podcast Network, which he co-founded with partner, Ian McNeny, in 2014. The shows provide a wide range of topics including pop culture, politics, film and fringe related discussions.