Ian Bodzasi

Producer / Mixer / Engineer

7 Reviews (4 Verified)
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I've been working professionally for 20 years, with artists of all levels and in all genres, and was the Head Engineer of one of Canada's top studios (Toronto's Metalworks) before going freelance in 2006. Let's discuss your project!

Some of my clients have included Katy Perry, Nelly Furtado, Vernon Reid (Living Color), Sum 41, Sam Roberts, Ronnie Hawkins, D12, Randy Bachman & Burton Cummings, The Tea Party, Hey Rosetta!, and the concert film Festival Express featuring Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead and The Band.

My work has been included on other feature film soundtracks including Shark Tale, Spiderman, and Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes. I also recorded the soundtrack for The Warriors (Rockstar Games' video game adaptation of the 1979 cult film) which sold over 1 million copies, and mixed "Free To Be", the anthem of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

I've also worked with many leading record producers including Bob Rock, Eddie Kramer, David Bottrill, Dave Ogilvie, and George Massenburg. As 2nd engineer some of my credits include Tina Turner, Aerosmith, Geddy Lee, Limp Bizkit, Ben Folds Five, NSync, Finger Eleven, and the Academy Award winning film Chicago.

I officially endorses Universal Audio, Primacoustic/Radial Engineering, and HHB Canada.

If you'd like to hear more samples of my work, don't hesitate to reach out! I can often work around any deadlines or budgets you might be on as well.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.


AllMusic verified credits for Ian Bodzasi
  • Cowboy Junkies
  • Crash Parallel
  • Triumph
  • Cowboy Junkies
  • Fair to Midland
  • Fair to Midland
  • Bachman Cummings
  • Bachman Cummings
  • Dan Gibson
  • Dan Gibson
  • Dan Gibson
  • Robert Munsch
  • Robert Munsch
  • Dan Gibson
  • Our Lady Peace
  • Rob Crabtree
  • Savvy
  • The Tea Party
  • Brassmunk
  • Nelly Furtado
  • David Usher
  • Reggae Cowboys
  • Shaye
  • Autopilot Off
  • Sum 41
  • Sum 41
  • Dan Gibson
  • Dan Gibson
  • Attila Fias
  • Snow
  • Snow
  • David Bradstreet
  • David Bradstreet
  • Dan Gibson
  • Dan Gibson
  • I.D.
  • Yuri Sazonoff
  • Kenny Vehkavaara
  • Blasternaut
  • Euphoraphonic
  • Michael Maxwell
  • Busta Rhymes
  • Geddy Lee
  • Nelly Furtado
  • Varga
  • Boccherini Guitar Quartet
  • Boccherini Quartet Tokyo

7 Reviews

Endorse Ian Bodzasi
  1. Review by Ola B.

    First time we worked with Ian and it was a real pleasure. He mixed our song Walking and worked fast and was very attentive to our feedback (and managed to nail everything). We're looking forward to the next song he will lay his hands on.

  2. Review by J.B. S.

    OUTSTANDING! Simply put; Ian is professional who will work within your parameters. Ian will listen to what you want and deliver what you expect. Ian’s mixing was above and beyond our expectations....damn near perfect! We’ve worked with some accomplished industry professionals in the past but Ian now stands on top! Ian, Audio Mozaik thanks you and we will be using your services moving forward.

  3. Review by Ricky S.

    Ian was easy to work with. His responses were quick and was open to feedback.

  4. Review by David A.

    What can I say, Ian is super professional and experienced and of course he is a pleasure to work with! So glad to have gotten the chance to have him work on our material.

  5. Review by David Chester

    I have known Ian for many years through working here at Chalet Studio and he is one of the most experienced and professional engineers that I know. He captures great sounds, is able to get top performances from the artists has a great attitude throughout the process. He has a great ear for mixing...and he makes the mastering engineer's job easy!

  6. Review by Eden

    Not only is Ian professional, attentive and competent, he is a reliable and respectable audio engineer. When he mixed my band's last EP, he worked incredibly hard to meet tight deadlines and ensured all of my artistic needs were met (on a strict budget too!). His client roster demonstrates his success, and he remains a great friend. edenculture.com

  7. Review by Steve

    We've recorded our 2nd record with Ian, laying down bed tracks at MetalWorks and then overdubs in another location. Ian is great, listening to the tunes making suggestions to improve them. He's easy going and fun to hang with. When it comes to mixing he's great at making it all come together! We'd record with him again! http://thealterkakers.com/

Interview with Ian Bodzasi

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: The centerpiece is a Solid State Logic Sigma with a G series bus compressor. It's incredible. I cut my teeth as a mixer on SSL's, and being able to offer that same sound my own studio has been game changing. Compared to mixing strickly in the box, there's more presence, tighter bottom end, more open top end, and that SSL meat that's legendary. Plus with the small form of the Sigma, recalls are instant and very easy to deal with. I'm running Protools HD 12 and 10, with a UAD Apollo 16 and 2 octo satellites (giving me 20 cores), with the complete UAD and SSL Duende suites of plugins, among others. I also have an API 5500 stereo eq, Apogee Rosetta AD, Vintech X73's, Lexicon PCM 60, Roland SDE1000, a couple Yamaha SPX90's and DBX160x's. The room is treated by Primacoustic and translates very well. UAD, SSL, and Primacoustic have been very good to me.

  3. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  4. A: I was Eddie Kramer's engineer on Festival Express, a concert film featuring Janis Joplin, The Band, Grateful Dead, and many others. Not only did Eddie do most of the records that got me into music, but some of the tapes hadn't been listened to in 30 years. We were working with a piece of history. The first time I saw it aside from in a control room with the small handful of us, was when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival with an audience of about 1500. When I saw the reaction of the audience - cheering for each song like they were there at the concert - I knew we did it justice.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: They're different beasts and each have their advantages and disadvantages. I like to embrace both.

  7. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  8. A: Every project is different. Different clients, different challenges, different genres, different experiences. And being a critical part of someone else's art. Mixing is a huge creative outlet for me but it's not my record, it's the artist's record. It's my gig to make what the artist hears in their head (or better) come out of the speakers. That's a pretty cool thing to do. My favorite moment is presenting a finished mix and seeing them moving to it as they listen, then I know I've done my job.

  9. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  10. A: When you have someone in mind to mix or produce, talk to them. Reach out. Sometimes there's a misconception that people are either affordable or wouldn't be interested or too busy to take something on. In most cases that's not true. If both sides want to make a project happen, there's always a way to make it happen. That, and go with your gut. It's always right. If you get a bad feeling from someone, exit stage left. Ask around about them.

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

  12. A: Am I pronouncing your name right? haha. It's a silent Z.

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

  14. A: Before anything else, I want to hear the songs. Everything else can be sorted out....where we're doing it, what the budget is, what's the time frame. But I have to know that I can add something to it. If I'm not the guy for a particular project, I don't take it on.

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

  16. A: Professionally for 17 years. I got my start at Metalworks Studios in Toronto, and worked my way to Chief Engineer before going freelance in 2006. It was a great way to start, making real albums with some of the top musicians and producers in the world.

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

  18. A: I have my wish list, but I keep that quiet as to not jinx anything...

  19. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  20. A: I'm quite fortunate in that I get to work in all genres. I do a lot of work with rock acts and singer/songwriters. A lot of country. Jazz. Hophop. Metal. Name it, I've done it. Having got my start as a staff engineer in a major studio, every project through the door was something different. I got used to that fast. And I'm sure that was part of the draw for the clients, knowing you could throw anything at us and we'd knock it out of the park. Now that I'm freelance it's a great thing to be able to offer, having been working my whole career in different genres. It keeps things fresh for me and lets me bring all kinds of different perspectives to projects.

  21. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  22. A: Bringing dynamics to a mix. I get really in depth automating. For me, that's how a mix breaths and feels alive, how it get it to take the listener on a journey.

  23. Q: What's your typical work process?

  24. A: The first thing I do is listen to song. Get a sense of it as a whole. If there's a rough mix that can show me an idea of the general vibe the artist had while tracking, I'll take a listen to that. If not, I'll just put all the faders up real quick and listen to the song down. Just to get an overall picture with everything in before I start. Then I'll start with the rhythm section. Get them roughed in, and soon after the vocal. I want to make sure that everything going on other tracks works with the vocal as I'm working them into the mix. Then I'll start working in any other tracks, and then just keeping going back at the whole thing, massaging it until everything sits just right.

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

  26. A: I'm inspired by everyone who makes interesting records. In any genre. People who push limits and break new ground and the first time you hear their music you think WTF is this!?!?

  27. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  28. A: I engineer and produce a fair bit, but I spend most of my time mixing. That's always been my favorite part of making an album. For me, it's when an record really starts to feel alive. You have these things that have been recorded, and know they have to come together. I like to think of it as part jigsaw puzzle, part canvas for me to paint on.

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  • Universal Audio
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  • API
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