Dan Balan was born on the 6th of February 1979 in Moldova. At a very young age he started showing an interest in music. When he was about 3-4 years old, he sang a Russian song on the TV show hosted by his mother, the “Tanti Ludmilla Show”. When he was 11 he got his first instrument, an accordion, and he started composing Waltzes.
Dan enjoyed his first band experience in 1997 – he formed a goth-doom metal band called Inferialis. He was the keyboard player and songwriter of this project. Inferialis had a large fan base in the underground Moldovan scene, despite never having an official release.
His biggest success to date was with the pop band O-Zone. He was the front man of this project, producing and writing all of their compositions. Dan formed O-Zone in 1999 and released three albums through to 2004.
Their best-selling LP was “DiscOzone”, which reached #1 in six countries and sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide (1 million in Japan alone). Dan’s most successful song to date is “Dragostea Din Tei” (aka “Numa Numa song”),
It reached #1 in 32 countries (and # 3 in the U. K.), selling 12 million copies worldwide, and was the best selling single in Europe and Japan in 2004 and 2005, respectively. The song was covered by over 100 artists worldwide in 12 different languages.
Another O-Zone hit was “Despre Tine”. It reached #1 in five countries and topped out at #6 in the main European Chart.
In 2004, Dan decided to disband O-zone, and he returned to his rock roots. He chose the best musicians in his region and moved with them to Los Angeles in 2005. Although Dan wrote the compositions prior to the formation of this project, it took two years to get a signature sound and their own captivating style. He asked acclaimed producer Jack Joseph Puig (John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, No Doubt, The Black Crowes, Rolling Stones) to produce the record. Jack was extremely enthusiastic about working with Dan. The album was recorded in April/June of 2006 at the renowned Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles.
At the moment Dan is working on several projects at a time. As his alter ego Crazy Loop, he has released two singles “Crazy-Loop (ma-ma)” and “Joanna Shut Up”. The music released as Crazy Loop is dance music for the whole family.As Dan he released a Romanian ballad called “Despre Tine Cant” and a catchy dance song called “Chica Bomb”. For this last song he worked with the director Hype Williams.