As a teenager, Dani Oliva was deeply involved in the global music scene, participating in guerrilla marketing efforts for labels such as: SUB POP Records (Sleater Kinney, Chad Vangaalen), Kill Rock Stars, Sudden Death Records (DOA), and many more. Through this experience Dani gained a practical understanding of music release and creating fan interest at a grassroots level.
Dani is passionate about empowering independent artists and musicians with knowledge and the tools to achieve success. Dani founded the Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMA) at age seventeen. Now on its thirteenth season, TIMA is a highly anticipated event recognizing a wide range of independent musicians. The TIMA have awarded more than $350,000 in industry-sponsored prizes to musicians in over 20 genres. Notable acts involved with TIMA have included: Jully Black (Multi-Award Winning Artist), Bif Naked (Multi-Platinum Selling Artist), Alannah Myles (Grammy winning/Top 100 Recording Artist), KAI (Warner Music Canada), The Beaches (Island Records), and JD ERA (ICE H20 / Black Market Music Group / Universal).
Building on the success of TIMA, Dani co-founded Drugs Sex Rock ‘n’ Roll (DSRNR). DSRNR booked Tokyo Police Club (Saddle Creek / Memphis Industries) for one of their first gigs and planned parties with MSTRKRFT (Last Gang Records / PAIS Recordings / Dim Mak Records).
In 2008, Dani graduated from the University of Toronto earning an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Art History. After college, Dani moved to Southern California to attend law school at the University of La Verne. During law school, Dani externed in the legal department at the Live Nation headquarters in Beverly Hills, California. Dani later served as a judicial extern for the United States Federal Court.
Dani earned a Juris Doctor and was admitted to practice in 2013 before the California State Courts.
Dani has been featured as a judge and music expert at Canadian Music Week alongside industry heavyweights Alan Moulder (NIN, The Killers, Smashing Pumpkins) and Dave Porter (A&R Universal Music Canada), among others, and has spoken at colleges such as California State University, Fullerton. Dani also writes for The Huffington Post and has a music management company entitled Errant Entertainment with clients: Sumo Cyco fronted by Juno Award nominee Skye Sweetnam, double-platinum and Juno Award winning artist Carole Pope (of Rough Trade), and T. Thomason.
Dani is “Of Counsel” for Thomson Gabriele LLP, Music & Entertainment Lawyers with offices in Toronto and New York.