International award-winning singer-songwriter and producer Dan Olsen hails from the cold and wet yet exotic and beautiful far-flung Faroe Islands. For the past five years, he's been based in London, U.K.
Although starting out with classical guitar playing at the age of 12, Dan's priorities were always first on football and studying. He represented his club in Champions League Qualification and the Faroe Islands U21 national team drawing his last game against Denmark. After breaking his leg in a Premier Division football game, Dan decided to try a new adventure.
He moved to Australia's East Coast to finish his university degree. In the weekends he started performing live music for the first time and simultaneously started writing his own songs. After graduation, Dan took the jump to do music full time in Sydney. - Playing bars and pubs while making a living possible by couch surfing. After half a year writing songs and honing his live set, Dan set his eyes on London, U.K.
Here Dan got in touch with London based producer Steven A Williams who has names like Leonard Cohen and Van Morrison on his credentials. And after a couple of months of performing in London's bars and pubs, Dan caught the ear of his current manager (Sam Smith's former manager) who shared Dan's vision. With a strong team behind him, things slowly began to take off. Dan later teamed up with producer Tommy Harden (Taylor Swift, Uncle Kracker etc) and even had John Mayer's bassist David Labruyere playing on one track. His songs have since amassed over a million plays on Spotify and hundreds of thousands more on various online platforms.
Dan produces his own songs now. He's toured all over the world including China (three times), New York, Russia and South Africa. He's won Best Song in an international songwriting competition and has since co-written with multiple award-winning songwriters including Grammy, Brit and Ivor Novello award winners such as Rob Davis and Sonique. Some of Dan's songs are placed in films.
Dan has become the ambassador for a number of charities supporting causes such as cancer treatment, animal wildlife protection and education traveling to South Africa to build school classrooms.