Dan Mangan’s music purveys a deeply heartfelt poeticism within his Americana-tinged indie-folk. Last year he released his fifth record More or Less, and ahead of his show at Union Chapel this October we caught up with the Vancouver-based musician.

Quite the prolific artist, he’s won two JUNO Awards, scored a feature film and a Netflix series as well as writing for several publications. His latest album sees Mangan reflect on raising kids and the various changes that have come with this amongst the turbulence of this world. Of the record he expresses it’s “an album about witnessing birth, and in some ways rebirth. It’s about feeling disconnected from a popular identity and becoming acclimated to a new one”.


Ahead of his UK shows, including a date at Union Chapel, get to know Dan Mangan In Short…

Three words to describe my music…

Off My Chest

The last photo on your phone…

Screenshot of Troubled Mind’s chart position after more than a year on the radio in Canada??

Favourite instagram account… 

@elasticstars

The best venue I’ve played…

The Vogue, Vancouver

The song I can’t listen to…

I feel a bit physically ill if that James Blunt song comes on somewhere

The worst job I’ve ever had…

Days after I turned 15, I started washing dishes in a cafe, but I was also responsible for making all the fresh OJ on demand, but the juice pressing machine was a piece of crap and the little spinny thing that made the juice would come off and rattle against my knuckles and sometimes make them bleed so hopefully nobody drank any OJ with blood or dish soap in it.

My favourite meal to cook…

I love spending a few hours on a soup

If I was in a tribute band it would be…

Solo Sonic Youth tribute in drag called “Sonic Ruth”

My Favourite word….

Calm

If I had a superpower I’d want it to be….

Anyone who doesn’t say “seeing through clothes at will” is lying

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

Any of the Icelandic locations you see when you google “EarthPorn”

I think you should listen to…

Charlotte Cornfield’s song “Release”

If I could see anyone play live it would be…

Nina Simone

Dan Mangan plays Union Chapel on October 1st, get tickets here.