Bo Bodnar

Noisemaker - Mixer - Engineer

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Los Angeles based Engineer available for tracking, mixing, and editing. Credits include Jason Mraz, Meghan Trainor, X Ambassadors, Belle and Sebastian, Dan Mangan, Tenacious D, A Star is Born Original Soundtrack, Miguel, among others. Over a decades worth of experience spent learning from legendary engineers, producers, and artists.

Bo has experience in a wide range of genres, from large format scoring dates with orchestras to small one on one vocal productions and everything in between. He has spent the last five years in Los Angeles, honing his craft as a full time Staff Engineer at the historic EastWest Studios in Hollywood, where he's worked with artists ranging from Margo Price, Seasick Steve, and the War on Drugs to famed engineers/producers Jim Scott, Shawn Everett, and Ed Cherney.

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Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Bo Bodnar
  • Selena Gomez
  • Selena Gomez
  • Margo Price
  • Camila
  • X Ambassadors
  • John Paul White
  • Slipknot
  • Slipknot
  • Lady Gaga
  • Bradley Cooper
  • Jason Mraz
  • Dan Mangan
  • Tenacious D
  • Derek Smalls
  • Derek Smalls
  • Black Country Communion
  • All Time Low
  • All Time Low
  • All Time Low
  • Joseph Trapanese
  • Miguel
  • Belle and Sebastian
  • Slipknot
  • Slipknot
  • Clifford Lamb
  • Tim Cheesebrow
  • All Time Low
  • All Time Low
  • Slipknot

Interview with Bo Bodnar

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Both. Analog can do things that digital can't. Conversely, digital can do things that analog can't.

  3. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  4. A: I want YOU to be happy with the end result. I promise to provide you with my time and attention to detail. If there's something you're hearing that I'm not, I promise to listen to you and make sure you're confident in what we're making before moving on.

  5. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  6. A: Do you know what all those buttons do? Yes, except for that one.

  7. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  8. A: What do you want to get out of the project? Who/what are your influences? Do you need me to do any additional editing, tuning, or quantizing? What is your plan for release?

  9. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  10. A: Macbook Pro, UAD Apollo Interface, U47 Fet, my 1952 Gibson Acoustic, and an XLR cable

  11. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  12. A: I started interning at studios and with producers in Minneapolis. After a few years in the Midwest, I spent a quick bit in Nashville, then moved to Los Angeles where I've been happily making music for the last six years.

  13. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  14. A: Spoon. In my opinion, they're one of the last great 'album' bands who can put together a whole piece of art in the album medium. I absolutely love their catalog and their approach to production.

  15. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  16. A: If you're hitting a wall in either the writing or the production process, switch things up with instrumentation. If you've been writing it on acoustic guitar, bang out those chords on a piano instead. Work your way through the song in a way you haven't before and see what happens.

  17. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  18. A: A fresh set of ears for starters. I can help with writing if someone is hitting a wall, or production if they feel the song can go in a different direction but don't know how to get there. But I'm also happy to sit back and make sure everything sounds as good as it possibly can while still capturing what the artist is looking for.

  19. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  20. A: My studio setup is a bit of a hybrid. I work mostly in the box, ProTools being my main DAW, but as a retired amateur guitar player I have too much gear laying around that I can't NOT use it, right? I love reamping anything and everything through amps and pedals, which creates new sounds you'd never get through a plugin. I also have an Overstayer VCA compressor that I love using for parallel drum processing, and an old Tascam Cassette deck for analog degradation.

  21. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  22. A: I am most inspired technically by people I've gotten to work with first hand. Engineers like Jim Scott, Shawn Everett, Darrell Thorp, Billy Bush, Butch Vig, are all guys I've had the pleasure to learn from and are always at the top of their game. Musically, I find inspiration in tons of different artists ranging from Mozart to Springsteen, Lady Gaga to Iggy Pop, Metallica to Stan Getz. At the end of the day, I just love a great song.

Terms Of Service

4 Mix Revisions allowed, Instrumental/A Capella/Vocal Up all delivered with final mix. Stems available on request and for additional $80 per song.

GenresSounds Like
  • Portugal. The Man
  • The War On Drugs
  • Spoon
Gear Highlights
  • ProTools HD
  • Black Lion Audio Preamps
  • Overstayer VCA Compressor
  • a plethora of analog toys like guitar pedals
  • amps and tape echos for annoying my neighbors
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