Dan O'Connell


Dan’s a northern lad who’s been on the radio since he was 18.

He’s the Radio X afternoon host from 1pm-4pm.

He spent almost 3 years as XFM’s drivetime presenter, broadcasting across the UK, every weekday afternoon from 4pm. He started at XFM in 2010, having previously worked on the old Galaxy network (now Capital FM) from 2005 to 2009.

Dan made his TV presenting debut early in 2012, hosting the brilliant Channel 4 music series ‘Launched at Red Bull Studios’, in which he interviewed the hotly tipped acts for 2012 over 10 episodes. Most recently he’s made a series of travel films across Europe, for Mercedes & Avis.

With a passion for live events, Dan has a long history of involvement in a variety of festivals – having spent 10 weekends at festivals last year reporting for Radio X.

He’s been on stage in front of 50,000 people at Party in the Park; covered the Mercury Music Prize live from the awards and spent a month hosting shows for XFM and Coors Light from the top of a mountain in Val d’Isere. He’s also DJ’ed at many festivals – ranging from Lovebox to Secret Garden Party.

Dan’s also a sought-after voice over artist. He’s been the voice of QUEST, Discovery’s ‘rough and tough’ adventure channel and can also be heard on ITV2 and ITV4. Most recently, he’s been doing “serious”, right across Investigation Discovery in the U.K. and Europe. Dan regularly lends his voice to numerous TV and Radio ads.

His warm and charming attitude puts his guests at ease, always leading to intelligent and inspiring interviews, be they on or off camera.

Away from music, Dan has a huge passion for travel and winter sports.

He also plays the bagpipes, and was once tipped as a future star of Hammer for Team GB after coming third in the Scottish Schools Athletics Championship. Unfortunately, it was later revealed only 3 people had entered, and he was awarded the bronze medal by default. Still counts…

Dan O'Connell Associated Brands

Dan O'Connell Associated Brands

The Brand New Radio X Evening Show
January 5th, 2023

Absolutely over the moon, to tell you I’m starting the Radio X evening show from January 9th 2023. It’s gonna be the home of big guests, even bigger competitions and lots of new tunes. I hope you can join me, Sunday to Thursday, from 7pm! Listen anywhere around the world on global player. Download from your App Store now…

Over 10 million people now hear me!
May 27th, 2022

From Monday, that’s how many people in the UK alone will hear my voice, and hundreds of thousands more around the world. This figure has blown my mind. From Monday I’ll be the new voice of the Capital network. Dream gig for voice artists. Tune in to hear the new sound of Capital from Monday May 30th on Global Player…

March 24th, 2022

Nice to be able to share the news that I’ll be voicing the cross media campaign for Wealthify in the UK. TV, Radio and Online throughout April and May. Check out my voice reels for examples of work. Shout out to the Welsh team for having me be part of the Wealthify family for 5 years in a row!


Dan most recently presented The Street Circuit Weekender for Mercedes and Avis. Driving around some of the most beautiful parts of Europe. Lucky boy! Previously, he hosted Launched at Red Bull Studios. This was a 10 part series for Channel 4/Globe Productions. The show was based around showcasing 10 of the biggest new bands and artists. Dan has a keen interest in music, travel, culture and car based television and documentaries.

Back to Work


Starting out at Viking FM in 2000, Dan worked behind the scenes on everything from the breakfast show to Friday Night Kiss.

During his time at university in Leeds, he spent a year working at the student radio station, LSRFM, doing his first “proper radio show”. After finishing his degree, he won a silver student radio award, which led to him being offered the overnight show at Viking FM.

He later moved to Galaxy (now CapitalFM) to present drivetime and weekends across the network. In 2010, he was asked to host the XFM afternoon show, which he went on to present for 2 years.

Shows on Kiss FM and NME Radio followed, with Dan returning to XFM in late 2012, to host drivetime and ‘The Weekender’.

You can currently hear Dan weekdays on Radio X, 1pm-4pm.

Back to Work


As a voice over, Dan has worked across the board on projects for loads of different clients. His commercial work in the music industry has included campaigns for everybody from Ed Sheeran to the Swedish House Mafia. Other commercial clients include P&G, Smirnoff, Bacardi, Microsoft, Disney and Barclays.

With continuity, Dan has been the voice of Quest, ITV2 and ITV4. He’s also spent the last few years on Investigation Discovery. His work has also included enhancing the second screen experience for ITV, through live continuity and viewer interaction.

Dan’s natural with a touch of northern. Check out his latest work:

For Voice Over Enquiries contact: james@onetakevoices.com

Full studio available with ISDN and Audio TX. Files can be delivered as required via WAV, FTP, MP3 or CD.

Back to Work


Dan has DJ’ed at some of the biggest events in the UK and around Europe. From Lovebox and Secret Garden Party to Gatecrasher and The Alps.

He also plays corporate parties and has worked with lots of different brands including Coca Cola, Coors Light, LFW, and WKD

For DJ Bookings and Corporate Events email: james@onetakevoices.com

Back to Work

Blog 51 – Illegal Raves
December 20th, 2019

I’m sat in a posh private members club in Mayfair. It’s all dark timber clad walls and velvet quilted chairs – everything W1 should be. I’m not to get too comfortable says the man I’m meeting. Because tonight we’re going to an illegal rave. The illegal rave scene, which exploded with the birth of acid … Continue reading “Blog 51 – Illegal Raves”

Blog 50 – So long big man…
May 29th, 2018

So long big man… I’m ready. I’ve been ready since i was 9 years old. Big man culture is dying, and i’m ready to carry the coffin right into the incinerator. It’s poisonous domination has lived among us for too long, and every single time I see someone go against it’s abrasive, brash grain, I … Continue reading “Blog 50 – So long big man…”

December 20th, 2017

Jade Bird In the modern vernacular, this girl’s voice is EVERYTHING. Jade was a fellow military brat, schlepping around the world like the the littlest hobo. She moved to London at 16 to make a career out of music, and 4 years later she’s finally starting to get some recognition. File next to Laura Marling … Continue reading “BLOG 49 – NEW MUSIC: THE BEST OF 2017…PART 2”

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Dan is a proud supporter of various projects around the world. Take a look some of the charities that are close to Dan’s heart. Please email james@onetakevoices.com for all requests.

War Child

Warchild now helps over 100,000 children around the world, trapped in conflict zones through no choice of their own.

Global's Make Some Noise

Make Some Noise supports small charities around the UK, who struggle to get heard. They work mostly with young people, and all the money raised has a massive impact on the work they can do, and the people they can reach.


Dan is represented by One Take Voices

For General Enquiries: james@onetakevoices.com
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For Corporate/DJ Enquiries: james@onetakevoices.com