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adam morantez

Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States | SELF

Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States | SELF
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Full text of this article is no longer available online, however there are Jpeg files of the 3 page article under adam's photos on this site. The article features information about adam's songwriting and his inspiration from his daughter, and his desire to inspire her with music too. In the article, a local (Two Rivers, WI) business owner says of adam:

" He's a romantic, and his wife and new baby have inspired many of his songs. He's a solid song writer and has a wonderful personality,with a kind of joyful exuberance that makes for a fun evening. He's a most welcome new face to the local music scene." - Herald Times Reporter -Manitowoc County Weekend

But first, on Friday night, Adam Morantez will be here for his first Stump gig. Adam and his wife just moved here from Minnesota...Come on down and welcome our new friend and neighbor and enjoy Adam's brand of acoustic music. If his CD mirrors what he plays live it will be an evening of good acoustic, spare and heartfelt, independent music. - David Smith (Stumpjack Coffee Company- Manitowoc, WI)

Yes, Yes, Yes,...Adam Packed the Cafe wall to walls with people enjoying his lively singing and smooth guitar playing. Were hoping to have him back popular request.

We will let you know ASAP when he is scheduled to return. - Rod Smith (Stumpjack Healthy Cafe Green Bay WI)

Herald Times Reporter

MANITOWOC -- In his 2009 hit, "Start A Band," country star Brad Paisley sings of getting girls and earning enough money "to buy your momma that Cadillac."

Adam Morantez, guitarist and lead songwriter for MereSide West, said his three band mates have a different vision.

"We're not in the band to get chicks ... just play great rock 'n' roll," said Morantez, 24, an outreach advocate by day for Lutheran Social Services' Project Youth.

Its offices are a block from First Presbyterian Church, 502 N. Eighth St., where Morantez, Lincoln High School juniors Mike Degener and Taylor Heinzen, and Marquette University freshman Evan Duescher will headline a youth concert beginning at 7 p.m. Friday.

"We all like to play music," said Heinzen, a keyboardist, especially Morantez' original compositions, with Degener, a drummer, and Duescher, bass guitarist, and Heinzen writing their own musical licks to complement his words and basic song structure.

MereSide West and two opening acts -- guitar-vocalists Alex Degener and Chance Hoffman -- are not Christian music performers, per se, but their songs do feature positive lyrics, said Mike Degener.

"If not teenage angst, then standing up for what I believe in," Morantez said when asked what motivates or inspires his music. "Like standing up for human rights."

In "I'm Looking Up," Morantez sings, "All of those empty promises ... would tempt me to run away.

"I'm so much stronger now, I will stand firm as I say ... hide under the table, I will not ... take the chair away, I won't be silenced today."

Morantez said he counsels youth to "Have an 'up' on life. There are so many pressures in life, keep your chin up."

In "Song to Sing," Morantez declares, "It don't take money to find happiness. But if it does for you, then be my guest. Cause I'll be here living like a king ... cause I know I am loved and I'll always have a song to sing."

Though he's older, married and has a baby daughter, Morantez has great respect for the talent of the three teenagers in the band named for a street in London.

"They are better musicians than I am in their particular field ... I strongly believe this is a great group of guys and we play well together," he said. "Heinzen is an amazing piano player, Degener is phenomenal on drums and Evan is a solid bass player."

MereSide West has played at LifeFest in Oshkosh and Cup O' Joy in Green Bay, in addition to several Manitowoc County performances since forming in spring 2008.

None of the quartet is banking on making a living through music but a recording contract would be welcomed.

They have created Web site pages at Facebook, MySpace and PureVolume with photos and .mp3 song samples.

At a rehearsal Wednesday afternoon at First Presbyterian, in the fellowship hall where they'll play Friday evening, Degener and Heinzen talked about possibly investing the money it would take for its songs to be available for purchase on the world's No. 1 music download site, iTunes.

"Playing an instrument is a lifetime activity and a great way to meet people," said Evan's mother, Tracy Duescher, who will be in the audience. But she certainly expects her son to continue his Marquette studies in finance.

Degener said he wants to major in music education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison while Heinzen wants to go to North Central University in Minneapolis to major in recording arts.

"We're not the average high school band," Heinzen said, citing challenging chord progressions and varied dynamics.

"The depth of our songs," Degener said, in response to what would make MereSide West distinctive.

First Presbyterian's Rev. Matt Sauer said Friday's performance is the first of what church members hope will be three or four youth concerts in 2010.

"We'd like to build a feeling (among youth in the community) that this can be a place to come and listen to some fun music," Sauer said.

Charlie Mathews: (920) 686-2969 or

Want to go

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The church's fellowship hall can accommodate about 150 people. Food will be available, as well as CDs from MereSide West. Tickets are $3 with proceeds helping the church to stage future youth concerts. - Herald Times Reporter -Manitowoc, WI


This Here Road- EP January 2009
Tale of Two Singles- March 2009
This Here Road: MereSide West- EP October 2009
What I Forgot to Tell You- Single June 2010

Streaming Content online at:
http:/// "Song to Sing", "I'm Looking Up", "This Here Road"

Online Radio:
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Ever since Adam Morantez was little, singing in the shower, he knew that he was destined to be a singer/ songwriter. Born and raised on music, music knowledge has always been a favorite for Morantez. His father, Jesse, taught young Adam everything he knew about genres, especially Classic Rock. Morantez explored everything Rock and Roll had to offer, including bands such as the Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Kansas, Yes, and Bob Dylan. His spirit of exploration has never stopped. Morantez believes that he will be a student of music for life, as there is always more to learn and explore. Adam had his first encounter with fame at a very young age. While visiting his father at work at his audio appliance store, he met Janet Jackson. When Janet asked who Adam’s favorite artist was he said proudly, “Jimi Hendrix!” While growing up, Morantez’s musical direction and insight evolved, including the genre of Southern Rock. He began to explore bands such as the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Morantez also included Blues in his musical explorations, with artists B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and T-Bone Walker. Soon after, Morantez was introduced to intellectual Gangsta Rap, connecting most especially to, Tupac Shakur, Public Enemy, and the Sugarhill Gang.

While high school was a struggle with grades, the opposite sex, and finding a place amongst his peers, Adam’s songwriting abilities began to transform. Dr. Clark Evans, of the Minnetonka Public School System, remembers Morantez, a former English student, and describes him fondly as “the next Bob Dylan”. Accepted to an arts high school his junior year, Morantez focused more on growing as a writer while excelling in academics. While there, he explored many genres for inspiration including Punk and Ska. Morantez looked to bands such as The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Mustard Plug, and Reel Big Fish for inspiration. He also found an increased respect for political bands and artists such as Neil Young, John Lennon, System of a Down, Anti-Flag, The Street Dogs, along with Bob Marley. In addition to his eclectic music tastes, Morantez has always had a guilty pleasure for one-hit-wonders and pop icons including, Rick Springfield, the Backstreet Boys, Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Spice Girls, Blind Melon, ‘NSync, and of course, Chumbawamba.

In 2004, during his freshman year at St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota, Morantez Co-founded the band, Bookreader. In the music variety show put on by the university, Bookreader was deemed the “most energetic band” by The Cardinal Newspaper. Bookreader also won the university’s Battle of the Bands, an impressive accomplishment for the newest group on campus. Bookreader also had the opportunity to open for Twin Cities based band, Epic Hero. The group quickly gained popularity within the university. However, as the band changed directions, Morantez felt it was time to focus more on his solo career. It was during this time, that He began initial work on his EP.

In 2008, Morantez moved to Manitowoc, WI with his wife, Dani, and his daughter, Aimee. To date, Morantez has written material spanning over the last ten years, which now includes over eighty songs. His muses included his wife and daughter and the desire for peace, justice, and equality. Morantez believes in standing up for human rights, keeping it local, and supporting other starving artists. Since moving to Wisconsin, Morantez has played at several locations in Manitowoc, including the Courthouse Pub, Stumpjack Coffee Company, Jovial Coffee Company, and LaDeDa Books and Beans. He has also played at Stumpjack Healthy Café, and Attic Books and Coffee in Green Bay. In addition to coffee shops and pubs, Morantez also plays festivals and special events.

Morantez is a true Indie artist, in full control of his own public relations, merchandise, art direction, and recording and distribution. In 2009, he was featured in the Manitowoc Weekend, an insert of the Herald Times Newspaper. The article was about Morantez’s life as a new father, stay at home dad, guitar teacher, and Indie artist. While in Manitowoc, Morantez joined a band called Tough Act to Follow, (later renamed MereSide West). The band opened for several groups including, Chasen and Esterlyn. Among their accomplishments, the group played in Kohler for the Parker Wolf Benefit, which raised thousands of dollars for a local teenage girl, who was diagnosed with Stage Two Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In may of 2010 Morantez moved to Green Bay with his family. He still plays with MereSide West on occasion, but now primarily focuses on his solo career. Morantez is currently listening to bands such as The White Stripes, The National, Broken Social Scene, Vampire Weekend, Wilco, Murder By Death, and Ludo. Morantez looks forward to experiencing the many eclectic offerings for musicians locally, and hopes to advance the Wisconsin Indie music scene. Presently, Adam