Following the release of his new single ‘Moonlight’, we caught up with singer-songwriter Dan Owen to chat musical influences, career highlights and what’s on the agenda for the rest of 2017…
What does a day in the life of Dan Owen look like?
There’s kind of two lives, there’s tour life and home life. Usually at home, I have a fairly early start, ideally with a trip to the gym and then I usually head to the studio and record or write something. A pint later on usually goes down well!
When did you first realise you wanted to make music?
It was when my guitar teacher first came into my primary school and played ‘She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain’ and the guitar became a big part of my life from then.
How would you describe your sound?
I think because I came from the blues background and the pub gigs, that’s really rubbed off on the music I play now. It’s singer songwriter acoustic guitar with harmonicas and a stomp box, which can all get quite loud.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?
The best is really hard to say. I supported Birdy at the Hammersmith Apollo and that was the biggest crowd so I got a big buzz from that! But then there was one gig in a pub in Cornwall years ago where I played from 9pm-3am and people were dancing on the tables, it was awesome.
If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why?
Recently I’ve been listening to Sigrid a lot. I covered one of her songs and I really love her voice, so that would be really cool.
Who did you listen to growing up?
I used to get an Air Guitar CD every Christmas. I started with rock music, which led me to blues and now I don’t think there’s anything I don’t like as long as it’s good!
Who’s your biggest musical inspiration?
I’ve always been a big Paolo Nutini fan, I think his career has been really awesome and I’d love to follow in his footsteps.
What’s your guilty pleasure track?
Gotta be ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’ by Prince Fatty
What’s the last album you listened to all the way through?
As I write this I am listening to a Eric B & Rakim album called Gold
What’s been your career highlight/proudest moment?
Probably announcing that I’ve now started my album! I’ve been writing it for years now and I’m really excited about it.
Who’s the coolest person you’ve worked with so far?
Probably Nana Rouges who produces Tinie Tempah’s stuff, he is a pretty cool guy.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists trying to break into the industry?
I think the best thing you can do is keep playing as much as possible in your local pubs and learn your trade and then push your music into other cities and towns, but I really don’t think there is a set way to break through in the industry. You can do a lot of it yourself in the early days but at a certain point, you need help!
What’s on the agenda for the rest of 2017?
I’m going to try and get my album recorded while I keep on playing as many festivals as possible. I’ll release another single over the summer and then I go on tour in October all over Europe and the UK. I’ll then hopefully start thinking about putting my album out into the world.