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Dan Mangan

Background information
Birth name Daniel Mangan
Born April 28, 1983 (1983-04-28) (age 26)
Smithers, British Columbia, Canada
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia
Genres Indie rock
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Labels FUM, ABC/Warner
Dan Mangan performing with Mark Berube and the Patriotic Few and the Great Lake Swimmers at the 2009 Vancouver Folk Festival
Dan Mangan performing at the 2009 Vancouver Folk Festival

Daniel Mangan (born April 28, 1983) is a Canadian indie folk-rock singer-songwriter. Based out of Vancouver, he has released two full-length albums – Postcards and Daydreaming in 2007 and Nice, Nice, Very Nice in 2009.


Early life

Mangan was born in Smithers, British Columbia, but was raised in both Ontario and British Columbia - primarily Vancouver. His father was a lawyer, while his mother was an ex-minister.[2] As a child, Mangan versed himself in his parents' old vinyls of The Beatles, Nick Drake and Van Morrison. By seven years old, his step brother had taught him how to play most of Abbey Road in proper succession on the piano.[3]

Mangan has said he bought his first record at the age of 10, Aerosmith's Get a Grip. At sixteen, he started a band called Basement Suite with some fellow classmates and played gigs at local community centres. Basement Suite would be Mangan's introduction to the stage.

Recording career

In 2003, at 20 years old, Mangan released his first acoustic EP, All at Once, pressing 500 copies which were given away and sold throughout the Vancouver area. Then, with a bank loan and a small community of musicians who would offer cheap or free sessions, Mangan recorded Postcards and Daydreaming in the summer of 2005 with local British ex-pat Daniel Elmes and good friend Simon Kelly. In July 2007, Vancouver-based independent record label FUM re-released the album with new artwork and an extra track, "Ash Babe", in Canada. Later that year, FUM released Postcards and Daydreaming in the United States as well. The following March, the record was released in Australia by ABC/Warner.

In March 2009 he released the EP Roboteering, containing songs from his forthcoming album Nice, Nice, Very Nice.[4] Five months later, Nice, Nice, Very Nice was released in August. The first two singles from his second full-length, "Robots" and "Road Regrets" earned heavy airplay on local major radio stations in Vancouver.[2] The album name was inspired by a line from American novelist Kurt Vonnegut, while musically Nice, Nice, Very Nice has compared to Chad Vangaalen, Bon Iver and Radiohead.[2]


Mangan often plays in Canada, USA, Europe and Australia - and has toured and played with such artists as Elliott Brood, The Acorn, Patrick Watson, Said The Whale, Jenn Grant, Brett Dennen, Mother Mother, Geoff Berner, Great Lake Swimmers, Basia Bulat, Veda Hille and Hey Rosetta!.[5]

Personal life

Mangan resides in Vancouver.



  • All at Once (2003)
  • Roboteering (2009)


  • Postcards and Daydreaming (2005)
  • Nice, Nice, Very Nice (2009)


  1. ^ Style analysis on Allmusic
  2. ^ a b c "Dan Mangan, the next big indie king". Georgia Straight. 2009-08-27. Retrieved 2009-09-06.  
  3. ^ Harper, Kate (May 22, 2008). "Dan Mangan Takes His Postcards and Daydreams Back on the Road", Chart. Retrieved on 2009-05-22.
  4. ^ Mack, Adrian (March 12, 2009). "Dan Mangan", The Georgia Straight. Retrieved on 2009-05-22.
  5. ^ Harper, Kate (February 18, 2009). "Dan Mangan Does the Robot", Chart. Retrieved on 2009-05-22.

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