Hi Dan, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been good thanks – found a good balance between being in my little home studio working and spending time in the outdoors. I think I would have gone crazy if I didn’t have so much nearby countryside during lockdown.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Radio Tower”?
“Radio Tower” is a story about being stuck in a place with no opportunities. It is kinda wrapped up inside a relationship story but we tried to create a strong sense of ‘place’ within the lyrics. It is also kind of about appreciating the simple moments in life, something which I think has been really important for all of us this past year.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I don’t think there was one event. We have all been through breakups or difficult relationships but the rest of it just came from looking at the world and living.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
We obviously had to keep it really simple. Working within government guidelines was a massive challenge especially when some of the rules were slightly ‘contradictory’? But it was strange sitting on a car singing to a crew all wearing masks.
How was the recording and writing process?
We released two versions almost at the same time. Each version was very different. We wanted a very honest, bare bones version with a piano. We recorded this in London (pre-lockdown) with a grand piano and a string quartet. Hearing the strings back really made the song come alive for me – it was quite an emotional moment! The more produced version was kinda done online with us sending some vocals and parts to a producer in Germany – Simon Klose. I think he did an amazing job.
What role does Shrewsbury play in your music?
Shrewsbury, has played a huge part in my career and still does. I have played hundreds of gigs in the town since I was 13 so it was how I really learnt to play to people. Now even my post lady gives me feedback on my weekly social media videos! So the support around here is really great. Whenever I write a song I always think how it would go down in the pubs I used to play.
With the major reception your music has been getting – do you feel any pressure while putting this song together or rather the opposite?
Everyone is so supportive I don’t really feel much pressure. Of course I always try to put out the best things I can, and I think as long as you’re trying your best and really believe in the music you’re putting out, it’s more of an excitement to put new songs out and see how they are received. Any pressure I feel probably comes from within me.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Definitely more music coming out! We’ve actually just wrapped up recording the next single. No dates set in stone yet but when the time feels right we will get it out there.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
We’ve really just released “Radio Tower” so we’re just gonna roll with that for a little while and then get the next single out. After that it is probably time to think about an album I guess?!
What else is happening next in Dan Owen’ world?
For now with Christmas coming and there not being any real gigs to play at the minute, it’s all gonna be about recording things at home, releasing music soon hopefully, keeping videos and things going online and probably just hanging out with family. Got to try and make the most of this time!
WATCH “Radio Tower” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-5BqzqtzLo&feature=emb_title