Dave Odlum

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David Odlum
David Odlum
Odlum at Studio Black Box, France in 2012
David Odlum
OccupationProducer, engineer, guitarist, drummer, programmer
Known forbeing a member of Kíla and The Frames, his long-term association with Gemma Hayes
Musical career
Associated actsKíla (1987–1990), The Frames (1990 – 2001, 2002)
WebsiteOfficial website

David Odlum is an Irish music producer, engineer, guitarist, and drummer[1] who has worked and played with Academy Award winners and Mercury Prize nominees. Originally a member of Kíla, a band which was founded during his schooldays at Coláiste Eoin, he left them and joined rock group The Frames, fronted by the Academy Award-winner Glen Hansard, and with whom he played guitar from 1990 until 2002. Since leaving the band, he has pursued a career as a music producer.[2] Odlum has established a long running association with singer-songwriter Gemma Hayes, producing her Mercury Prize-nominated debut album Night on My Side, as well as later albums The Hollow of Morning, Let It Break and an as-yet untitled fifth album due in 2014. Odlum also played briefly with her (along with his brother, Karl Odlum).[3]

Other musicians for whom Odlum has produced albums include The Frames, with whom he worked on the album Burn the Maps after he had left the band, dEUS, Nina Hynes, Josh Ritter, Eoin Coughlan,[4] Ham Sandwich (Carry the Meek[5]), Luka Bloom (Eleven Songs[6]) and Miriam Ingram (Trampoline[7]). In late January 2012 Odlum travelled to Australia to record Australian indie band Blackchords.[8]


Odlum began his musical career as one of a series of about twenty buskers on the streets of Dublin, he joined Kíla, a band made up of a group of these buskers, where he played in the city's live venues. Colm Mac Con Iomaire featured alongside Odlum in Kíla and the two later formed The Frames alongside fellow busker Glen Hansard; the buskers' sense of camaraderie led to them raising enough money between them to make a record "on a shoestring budget".[9] They enlisted ex-Boomtown Rats member Pete Briquette to produce their record; the Frames were soon being recognised by the renowned producer Trevor Horn and a string of MTV Europe Music Awards nominations followed for the song "Revelate". Odlum co-produced the band's album Dance the Devil and also For the Birds with Steve Albini and Craig Ward which led to the band achieving acclaim at home and internationally.[10] Having been a founding member of the band in 1990 Odlum left in November 2001/February 2002.[11] Upon leaving The Frames soon afterwards he set about producing for other musical ensembles, he played guitar on Mic Christopher's 'Heyday' EP. Christopher was another close friend of Odlum's and a member of the original Dublin street buskers, he also played drums and electric guitar on Mark Geary's 2004 album Ghosts.[12] and produced Raining Down Arrows by Mundy.[13] Odlum also gave a talk at The Music Show on 5 October 2008.[14]


Personal life[edit]

Odlum previously dated Gemma Hayes, having first met the singer in the Irish Film Centre's coffee shop. Hayes had called Odlum to ask him about making a demo and then invited him to one of her shows to hear her songs, they started recording at Mic Christopher's house as Odlum was living there at the time. When Christopher had a motorbike accident which led to broken ribs, a leg and a lengthy stay in hospital, the duo finished one of his songs and sang it to him in his hospital ward, and then he moved to France and things. That was the end...or was it?[15]

Selected production work[edit]

Year Artist Album or Song Title(s)
2003 Josh Ritter Hello Starling
2004 Mundy Raining Down Arrows
2005 The Frames Burn the Maps
2007 Eoin Coughlan
2008 Ham Sandwich Carry the Meek
2008 Luka Bloom Eleven Songs
2009 Miriam Ingram Trampoline
2010 Pilotlight The Post War Musical[16]
2012 Róisín O The Secret Life of Blue[17]


  1. ^ "Hats off to Dineen and David Kitt, but no mention for Dave Fanning". Irish Examiner. 5 January 2006. Retrieved 18 January 2009.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Tipperary Star". Irish Independent. 11 April 2008. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  3. ^ "People: Ego? I'm really loads of fun – Andrea". Irish Independent. 13 December 2006. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  4. ^ "People: I felt very let down by TV3, says Byrne". Irish Independent. 18 December 2006. Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Ham Sandwich". Irish Independent. 15 February 2008. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  6. ^ "LUKA BLOOM – ELEVEN SONGS" Archived 16 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Luka Bloom. Accessed 18 January 2009.
  7. ^ "Miriam Ingram" Archived 23 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Other Voices. Accessed 18 January 2009.
  8. ^ "David Odlum records Blackchords second album". Pozible. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Dave" Archived 28 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Gemma Hayes. Accessed 18 January 2009.
  10. ^ "The top 40 Irish albums". The Irish Times. 29 February 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  11. ^ "Band Members" Archived 7 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Irish Music Central. Accessed 18 January 2009.
  12. ^ "ghosts" Archived 18 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Mark Geary. Accessed 18 January 2009.
  13. ^ "Dave Odlum". The Music Show. 11 September 2008. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  14. ^ "Music to their ears". Irish Independent. 6 October 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  15. ^ "New Dawn Hayes". Hot Press. 6 June 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  16. ^ "Pilotlight album due next month". Hot Press. 21 January 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  17. ^ "Interview with the Irish Times". Irish Times. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.

External links[edit]

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