Warren Owen at work in the studio
Warren, an incredibly talented young muso, still only 22, debuted at the last
TRAFic Jam (at the Trafalgar Hotel, South Quay, Douglas) along with Dan Ankers
and organiser Paul Salisbury on 11 March 2004. Marvellously, his entire set was
all originals and it went down a storm.
He grew up in Johannesburg and has been on the Isle of Man, at the time of
writing, for only 6 months but has already made an impression and guested with
Christy D on Energy FM as well as Mike Buttell's Sound Kitchen on Manx Radio.
Remarkably he has only been writing and playing for two years but the moment
you hear him sing, you would think he must be an old pro twice his age - he has
that much quality. He is aiming to make a career from this talent and already
has a single available called Running and features Warren with a full band.
This is a man that you must make the effort to get to see and listen to.
It may be harsh to try to compare his style but you can't help but think of
perhaps the drawl of Johnny Reznik of the Goo Goo Dolls. Unsurprisingly Warren
relects that they, along with the likes of John Mayer, Shaun Mullins, Dave
Matthews, Pearl Jam and Lifehouse are amongst his main influences.
Be sure to try to catch his set any time you see him mentioned and as he
intends to make the best effort to get as many diverse gigs around the Island
in the coming months as possible there should be plenty of opportunity to catch
him. He is confirmed for the chilled sessions on the
at the Riverside
Music Room in Laxey Glen Gardens, which
will be helping to organise and run, on Sunday 16th May