Dan Owen has revealed a hard-hitting video for his new single ‘Made To Love You’, out now through LAB Records.
‘Made To Love You’ premiered with Shortlist who said, “Domestic violence is an issue that needs to be talked about more, with the shocking figures that 1 in 4 women, and 1 in 6 men will be affected by the issue in their lifetime. Therefore, this hard-hitting new video from up-and-coming Shrewsbury singer-songwriter Dan Owen is an important piece of work. The song, ‘Made To Love You’, was written from the personal experience of Dan supporting a friend suffering in an abusive relationship, with the lyrics touching on the conflict of emotions felt by one partner to another.”
‘Made To Love You’ is becoming a rapid success across the world and entered No.2 in the French Spotify Viral Chart, while No.4 in Belgium and also charted in the Netherlands, Hungary, Turkey and Indonesia respectively.
His captivating songwriting and relentless touring has seen Dan already develop a fervent fanbase, which has resulted in him selling out his upcoming headline show at London’s St.Pancras Old Church on September 7th.
The Shrewsbury vocal powerhouse has been turning heads ever since he first started playing live ten years ago, at the tender age of 13. He first rose to wider prominence after a video of him playing a stunning live cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘The Ballad Of Hollis Brown’ was uploaded by a random audience member to Reddit and became an overnight viral internet sensation.
Since then Dan’s own talents as a songwriter have blossomed and the result is a stunning selection of songs. His debut EP Bad For Me was released to high praise in 2015 and now ‘Made To Love You’ is the first taste of his upcoming Open Hands And Enemies EP.
Open Hands And Enemies sees Dan straddling swooning soul, throaty blues and carefully crafted pop sentiments, and is due for release on September 14th through LAB Records.
Dan has just completed a 30-date European tour in support of Birdy. The singer was such a huge fan of Dan that she finished every night of her tour inviting him onstage to duet on her 2015 hit ‘Let It All Go’. He’s also been invited back to head out on the road with her again for more shows in the autumn.
Open Hands and Enemies EP pre-order- http://smarturl.it/i.OpenHandsEnemies
Find ‘Made To Love You’ on Spotify – http://labrecs.com/MadeSpotify
About Dan Owen
“Collecting stories is one of my big goals,” he states, with a wide grin. “I always thought it would be amazing to be the guy in the corner of the pub with endless stories that no-one believes because he sits there drinking all day.”
Originating from Shrewsbury, the singer-songwriter is already building a rich catalogue of tall tales which tend to originate from everyday situations. His first big break came during a hometown jam session far from the clutches of the music industry’s the eternal A&R search for talent. In attendance was an acquaintance of Owen’s who felt that his music deserved a bigger platform, and decided to post a video of him playing Bob Dylan’s The Ballad of Hollis Brown to Reddit.
What happened next was a once-in-a-lifetime moment. Having previously loitered around the 700 views mark for seemingly months on end, the video raced to 25,000 overnight and then hit 40,000 by the time that Owen had woken up. The next thing he knew, it made Reddit’s front page and had shot up to 70,000 views.
“It just kept going up and up,” he recalls, still almost in disbelief to this day. “I remember looking at my phone and my hand was shaking. I actually asked my friends who knew more about computers than I do if YouTube had gone wrong or something.”
A mass of interest followed, including messages from the Ellen DeGeneres Show, a visit from Mick Fleetwood who helped to mentor him and, eventually, a deal with Atlantic Records. He even headed to Nashville for a writing session, where his disappointment at hearing that a day’s work had been cancelled was soon compensated for with the news that he was instead invited to Willie Nelson’s birthday bash. Owen was part of an exclusive 50 person audience who saw Nelson perform with the likes of Neil Young, Sheryl Crow and Norah Jones at Jack White’s Third Man Records store.
Dan Owen started playing guitar as a child. By his early teens, he dedicated himself to being the best guitarist he could be after being influenced from everyone from Led Zeppelin to Dream Theater. Now, he adds, he’s just as likely to be found listening to Paolo Nutini, Old Crow Medicine Show or Knife Party.
His first public performance came with open mic nights as the accompanying guitarist to his vocalist sister. When she left home for university,Owen was cajoled into singing. “I did three songs and couldn’t even look at the audience,” he laughs. “Afterwards I had so much adrenaline that I couldn’t sleep. So I just had to find somewhere to do it again.”
Although he admits to not particularly academically minded, Owen discovered that he had a gift for practical work. He excelled at carpentry and blended his talent with his love of music when he joined the masterful custom guitar manufacturer Patrick Eggle as a part-time apprentice. Back at college, his expertise allowed him to help those struggling at the bottom of the class until fate dealt a devastating blow.
A fellow student was cutting wood on a chop saw when a splinter shot out and, as Owen recalls with a grimace: “It hit me square in the pupil from a metre away. It was a perfect shot.” The result – blindness in that eye, no perception of depth and double vision – was the end of a promising career. And the end of a promising career was post-traumatic stress.
Eventually, however, Owen began to rebuild his life. When one job finished, he should’ve again found himself at a crossroads. Instead, he bought a Gibson acoustic guitar and decided to become a professional musician. Using the less than scientific method of a pin and a piece of string, he identified every town and city within a two hour drive of his home. He’d then identify potential venues in each locale and call dozens of places per day, which would usually result in a new date or two for the schedule.
That soon snowballed into playing 150 or 200 gigs a year, ranging from the one-man-and-his-dog-cliché to 3000 capacity festivals. He might trek up to Ayr and back in a single day, or perform on a boat on which the PA looks perilously close to sliding into the water. Imagine any possible gig scenario: Dan Owen has been there and, more often than not, triumphed against the odds.
Owen is currently developing his rootsy hybrid of pop, rock, soul, blues and folk with the expertise of Cam Blackwood (George Ezra), Charlie Hugall (Florence + The Machine) and multi-instrumentalist Ant Phillips. It seems like it’s only a matter of time before new chapters are added to Dan Owen’s anthology of unlikely adventures.