Dan Mangan’s unusual path to music success: Aidin Vaziri | Dan Mangan didn’t know the first thing about how the music industry worked when he started – still doesn’t. But that hasn’t stopped the 27-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter from recording and releasing two critically successful albums on his own, circling the globe for nearly seven years while picking up bigger audiences and scoring several major industry plaudits. “I have been accused in the past of having naive optimism at times,” Mangan says, calling from his home in Vancouver. “I kind of figured if I was going to make music my career, I didn’t want to do it half-assed. I wanted to put everything into it.” Read more.