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Gerry Owens is a multi instrumentalist, composer, producer and vocalist based in Ireland. Owens’ professional career started when was signed to Chris Blackwell’s label ‘Palm Pictures’ with Dublin band ‘Skindive‘. He composed and produced Skindive’s Debut Album ‘Skindive‘ followed by their second album ‘Between The Cracks’. During this time Skindive had a Grammy track placement, an MTV Music Awards track placement and music placed in Anime classic ‘Blood The Last Vampire’, and various TV shows around the world.

After Skindive, Gerry wrote and produced the ’Agents Of Empire’ and ‘Rise of the Reptile King‘ albums for his Industrial Alt Rock project ‘Lluther’. Lluther toured extensively in Europe and the US between 2006 and 2012, during which time, Owens signed a worldwide publishing deal with EMI (Sony ATV) and composed music for Movies and Documentaries such as ‘A Maverick In London’ & Uri Geller’s ‘Cursed’ Feature Length Documentary. He has worked alongside and learned from some of the finest talents in the industry, people such as Dave ‘Rave’ Ogilvie (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), Danny Saber (U2, Happy Mondays), Chris Blackwell (U2, Bob Marley, PJ Harvey, The Cranberries), Nick Ingman (Oasis, Annie Lennox, Björk, David Bowie), Alan Branch (Sinead O’Connor, Jeff Beck), Adrian Sherwood (NIN, Ministry, On-U Sound System) and many more”

In 2012, after a 10 month US tour with Lluther, he entered a period of isolation that would last for 7 years. “I was burned out, and I needed to escape, so my wife and I moved to a cottage on a mountain in Connemara in the west of Ireland.

During the early part of that period, he produced music for movie trailers such as ‘Thor The Dark World’, ‘The Edge Of Tomorrow’, ‘San Andreas’, ‘Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation’, ‘The Lone Ranger’ and ‘Tomorrowland’.

Between 2014 and 2018 he composed nothing. “I needed to abandon music for a time in order to re-access my relationship with it. I needed to forget the musical techniques and devices that I had acquired, so that I could move forward as an artist. If I didn’t stop then, I’d probably have reached a point where I would have abandoned music completely.”

In 2020, Owens returns with his first studio album in 10 years. The work combines acoustic instrumentation and electronically manipulated recordings, and was inspired by a two month stay in the home of American Poet (and Father in Law) Robert Grey.

“The two months I spent with Robert were wildly creative for me. His detailed, and often harrowing accounts of his family history and ancestors set off a creative torrent.” The resulting sound mixes genres such as Ambient, Modern Classical and Electronic. “I wanted to relay the beautiful, intense and dramatic stories Robert had told me in a way that didn’t over dramatise, but also didn’t soften the subject matter,” I opted for a minimal structure, with simple recurring motifs.” Owens’ music is often delivered in a visual/narrative/cinematic style, which has infused his music throughout his career.


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