Dan Owen to play at McHugh’s Basement this December
Shrewsbury singer-songwriter Dan Owen is pleased to announce a headline Belfast show at McHughs Basement on Tuesday 13th December 2016.
Dan will be releasing his brand new EP Open Hands and Enemies on October 26th, following the huge success of its viral lead single ‘Made To Love You’.
Dan Owen’s songs speak of love, loss and a vast spectrum of universal emotions in-between. Delivered with his husky wounded roar of a vocal, one could imagine these compositions emerging from an old soul with a wealth of experience behind him. In person, however, Dan Owen is a fresh-faced 23-year-old with a cheeky glint in his eye. “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 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 500,000 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.”
Dan’s recent single release,‘Made To Love You’ has clocked up over half a million streams on Spotify. It also flew high in charts on the platform, topping the Viral Chart in Belgium, entering No.2 in France and charting in the Netherlands, Hungary, Turkey and Indonesia respectively. It’s also gained high profile support from the likes of Radio X, BBC Introducing, Shortlist and more.
The EP opener is a hauntingly beautiful, heart-on-sleeve, break-up ballad from the husky-voiced 24-year old. Examining what keeps people together yet drives them apart; the song comes from Dan’s personal experience supporting a friend who was suffering in an abusive relationship.
Elsewhere on Open Hands and Enemies EP, ‘Witching Hour’ is a redemption anthem reflecting on life’s mistakes, while ‘Moonlight’ is a haunting love ballad that finds Dan at his most effortlessly smooth. Closing the EP is a home recording of ‘Closer’, showcasing his intimate songwriting abilities and soulful performance that is winning hearts across the world.
Dan recently stunned the audience at his recent sold out headline show, which saw his voice cascade around the beautiful surrounds of St.Pancras Old Church.
He will be touring the UK with Birdy throughout autumn, which follows the recent 30-date European run he completed with the singer. Birdy is 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’.
With ‘Made To Love You’ resonating throughout the world, the release of the Open Hands and Enemies EP will see Dan Owen make his mark as one of the most impressive new voices coming from the UK today.
Tickets on sale Thursday September 22nd at 9am – buy tickets here.