Dan Mangan is a two-time JUNO award winning & two-time Polaris Music Prize listed musician and songwriter. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with his wife and two sons. With Jesse Zubot, he scored Hector And The Search For Happiness, a feature film starring Simon Pegg. Dan has also infrequently been a contributing writer for some publications such as Huffington Post Canada, Montecristo Magazine and The Guardian (Arts section).
Mangan has toured extensively in North America, Europe and Australia and has released four studio LPs as well as a handful of other EPs.
HERE ARE SOME BRIEF NOTES ABOUT DAN MANGAN //
- Has shared stages or toured with: Father John Misty, The Walkmen, Japandroids, Jeff Mangum, Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Missy Elliott, Kendrick Lamar, Lucinda Williams, Broken Social Scene, Tune-Yards, Arlo Guthrie, José González, Junip, Stars, Marina And The Diamonds, Phox, Sharon Van Etten, Run The Jewels, Hot Chip, Cake, Metric, The Decemberists, Julian Casablancas, Timber Timbre, Sarah Harmer, The Broken Family Band, Elliott Brood, The Acorn, Alison Krauss, Howe Gelb, Jackson Browne, Bowerbirds, The Head And The Heart, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Blind Pilot, Patrick Watson, Jenn Grant, Brett Dennen, KD Lang, Mother Mother, Great Lake Swimmers, Basia Bulat, Veda Hille, Hannah Georgas, Charlie Parr, Bear’s Den, Hey Rosetta!, The Shins, Sam Roberts Band, Jason Collett, Bahamas, Rich Aucoin, Zeus, Macklemore, Vampire Weekend, City & Colour, Yukon Blonde, Sondre Lerche, Warpaint, Other Lives, Suuns, Spoon, Tegan and Sara, Lucius
- Recipient 2015 SiriusXM Indie Awards “Alternative Artist/Group Of The Year”
- Recipient 2012 JUNO Award “Alternative Album of the Year”
- Recipient 2012 JUNO Award “New Artist of the Year”
- Recipient Long-list 2012 Polaris Music Prize for Oh Fortune
- Recipient Short-list 2010 Polaris Music Prize for Nice, Nice, Very Nice
- Recipient 7 WCMA Awards
- Recipient 6 CBC3 BUCKY Awards
- Recipient 2010 iTunes Canada “Artist of the Year”
- Recipient 2009 Verge Award “Artist of the Year”
- Nominee 2 Canadian Screen Awards
HERE ARE SOME FRIENDLY THINGS PEOPLE HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT DAN MANGAN //
- “One of the most thought-provoking writers of his generation” – The Sunday Times
- “Vivid, wildly ambitious… musical realms where straightforward hooks never go” – NPR
- “He sings with the soul of Woody Guthrie – if Woody Guthrie had listened to Godspeed (You! Black Emperor)” – NME
- “Mangan’s band conjure up a melee that flies in like wild weather, ensuring that once you turn on and tune in to these meds, it’s pretty hard to drop out.” – The Guardian
- “The sedation blurs the transition of space and time, and Mangan skillfully plays with the passing of each” – CMJ
- “Canadian acoustic troubadour invents post-folk… a great artistic leap” – Q
- “My heart dropped and my lungs were filled with anticipation. There simply was no room for air, let alone words.” – The Fulcrum
- “What’s most impressive is Mangan’s ability to address difficult metaphysical questions without sounding too inflated.” – Vivoscene
- “Club Meds is singlehandedly proving that the LP format is not only alive, but worth fighting for. It is proof that a well crafted record is more than a collection of well crafted songs. Club Meds is a unified whole, tackling some of the most important problems in our collective lives. It is not simply the best album of 2015, but one of the most emotionally compelling albums of the last decade.” – Long Range Hustle
- “From his unusual and razor-sharp phrasing to the sage poetry in his everyday-life observations, he’s in the ranks of geniuses such as Greg Brown, Nick Drake or Badly Drawn Boy.” – The Province
CLUB MEDS //
Dan Mangan’s 4th (and most recent) full-length recording is 2015’s Club Meds, released under the moniker “Dan Mangan + Blacksmith”. The album was met with much international critical acclaim, receiving four or five stars from many European and North American publications.
Blacksmith refers to John Walsh, Gordon Grdina, Kenton Loewen, and often JP Carter, Jesse Zubot and Tyson Naylor – a particular group of Vancouver-based musicians with which Mangan has much history, many of whom he continues to play with currently.
Club Meds is a fastidiously organized piece of broken, imperfect art. The album displayed a drastic sonic departure from Mangan’s folky roots as well as his most mature and politically charged lyrics to date. It was produced by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Ladyhawk, Yukon Blonde) and Mangan over a six month period and released by Arts & Crafts (North America), City Slang (EU/UK) and Create/Control (AUS/NZ).
The following missive was included in the liner notes for Club Meds:
Sedation is massive. It surrounds us like a thick wet blanket. To be numb is to allow others to control your reality. It makes some people feel better, to know that you suffer also, that their numbness is shared like a virus. But unity in numbness is a façade, and not nearly as magical as a unity born of awakeness.
CLUB MEDS is about sedation. Sedation can be chemical, but not exclusively so. There is a great vacation from actuality going on. Maybe there always has been. It seems like everybody else is already at the party and that life is somehow easier or more fun under the fog. But instead, it only makes people feel more alone, more dangerous, more desperate.
It’s okay, though. We’re all just particles.
STILL NOT SATED? WANT MORE? //
You can read an account in Dan’s own words about the beginnings of his career in music HERE.