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19sep1:00 pmSoundCheck For Success - Producer! Producer! - How Things Have ChangedHow The Work Of The Music Producer Has Evolved


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SoundCheck For Success – Producer! Producer! – How Things Have Changed




The music industry is a complex world where genres seem to blend together as artists collaborate and push their experimental boundaries.

It’s increasingly difficult for artists to create a sound that sets them apart from others, and the producers who record, mix and master the final product behind the scenes play a big role in that creative process. Get the inside scoop from 7 producers who shape and mould award winning tunes.

Host: Scott Bollert


Haviah Mighty 

Photo: Matt Barnes

Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. In fact, Mighty couldn’t be more accurate a word to describe the artist, named one of XXL’s 15 Toronto Rappers You Should Know in 2019.

Raised in a musical household in Brampton, Ontario, Mighty started singing at the age of 4, rapping at 11, and producing at 15. Well-known for being one of the three MCs who make up The Sorority — a hip-hop group born during an all-female cypher on International Women’s Day in 2016 — Mighty is making equally large waves as a solo artist.

Haviah has been releasing music independently since 2009, but it was her project, Flower City (2017), that propelled her solo career into further success. To date, Mighty recently released Polaris Prize-winning album, 13th Floor (2019), her most fully-realized project to date – making history as the first hip hop artist and the first black woman to ever receive the award. Garnering overwhelming praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Billboard, Hot New Hip Hop, and Lyrical Lemonade to name a few, Haviah continues to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in hip hop. Haviah’s explosive live show, filled with in-your-face intensity and her fast, technical flows, has also quickly developed her reputation as one to keep an eye on, earning her opening slots for acclaimed artists like Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Redman and Method Man, Sheck Wes, Nelly, Desiigner, and Kranium.


Ken Caillat

He’s produced some of the most iconic music in rock history. The Forest City London Music Awards – SoundCheck For Success is proud to have Ken Caillat, co-producer and engineer Fleetwood Mac‘s Rumours deliver the FCLMW 2020 keynote.

Rumours became one of the fastest-selling LPs of all time, selling 800,000 copies every week at its height. The record’s success made Fleetwood Mac a cultural phenomenon. Ken Caillat says when he was recruited to work with the band he had no idea who Fleetwood Mac were. Says Caillat: “They hired me to do Fleetwood Mac, (but) all I had to do was just be myself. I didn’t want to hold back. I told them on the third day (of tracking Rumours) that we were going to get a Grammy for this record. They went, “Sure.” The rest is history.

Caillat co-authored Getting Tusked: The Inside Story of Fleetwood Mac’s Most Anticipated Album to mark the 40th anniversary of the album. He previously co-wrote Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album. He’s worked with The Marshall Tucker Band, Harry Chapin, Warren Zevon, X-Ray Spex, Lionel Richie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the London Symphony Orchestra and his daughter Colbie Caillat among others.

Spend some time with the man behind the production console and hear the inside stories and studio outtakes.





Eric Ratz

Eric Ratz is a GRAMMY and JUNO Award winning Producer, Engineer and Mixer with over 20 years of experience. Eric Ratz is known for big sounding mixes and rock productions. Ratz has worked with Canada’s most successful and influential rock bands including Arkells, Big Wreck, Billy Talent, Cancer Bats, Danko Jones and Monster Truck. He has been nominated for 11 JUNO awards in both the Producer and Recording Engineer categories. He has won Producer of the Year and two Engineer of the Year JUNO Awards, and a GRAMMY.










Jeff Dalziel

Jeff Dalziel is a Multi-Platinum and award-winning Canadian record producer, Sony/ATV songwriter and musician. Jeff has produced and co-written music for labels and artists including Warner Music Canada, Sony Music Canada, Slaight Music, Wax Records, Open Road Recordings, Coalition Music, Arts & Crafts, The Washboard Union, Jessica Mitchell, Dan Davidson, Chris Labelle, Nice Horse, The Abrams, Johnson Crook, Jay Walker, Ryan Langdon, River Town Saints, Brett Kissel, Alee, Andrew Hyatt, Aaron Allen, David Janes, Alyssa Reid, Tom Wilson, Jim Cuddy, Edwin, Prozzak, Tupelo Honey, Canadian Idol, Lights, Thornley, Prty H3ro, Swollen Members and many more.

Since 2005 Dalziel has owned and operated The Post Office/Dieselmusic, developing artists, writing and producing major label records and singles, mixing and co-writing songs for record placement, writing music for TV and Film. From (1999-2005) Jeff was an in-house producer for Sony Music Canada, developing and producing for Sony’s domestic roster and special projects. (Edwin, Tom Wilson, Prozzak, Chantal Kreviazuk) Jeff is the 2018 CCMA, 2018 CMAO and 2019 CMAO Producer Of The Year. In 2019 Jeff Dalziel became a proud endorser and user of world-class Warm Audio microphones.



Karen Kosowski

Producer and songwriter Karen Kosowski recently landed a string of pop and country radio hits    including her first US Pop Top 40 with Tryon’s“Somebody To Love Me”, the Top 10 Canadian    Country Radio hit “Motel Flamingo” for Madeline Merlo and most recently Brett  Kissel’s“Anthem” (Top 10 Canadian Country Radio, #1 Selling Canadian Single). Kosowski’s radio successes as a the Top 20 AC/Top 30 Hot AC hit “Worst Enemy” (one of the top 50 most-spun songs on Canadian AC Radio in 2016) for Emma-Lee. As a writer, Kosowski has written or co-written many other charting songs including the Top 30 Hot AC hit “Colours” for Michelle Treacy, and Top 40 Canadian Country Radio hit “Only The Strong Survive” for Alee. She recently produced and co-wrote the new albums “Fantasies: Volume I” and “Fantasies: Volume II” from Emma-Lee. Having written and produced the music for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games medal ceremonies, Kosowski has also landed numerous tv/film placements both on television networks such as HBO Canada, CBS, FX Network, Lifetime Network, TLC, YTV, MuchMusic, NickTeen, Space, and the CW, and in feature films including the award-winning thriller “The Scarehouse” and Wangofilms’ action movie “88” (starring Christopher Lloyd), which garnered her a 2016 Canadian Screen Awards nomination in the category of Achievement in Music – Best Original Song. She also received a nomination for Producer of the Year in the 2015 NOW Magazine ‘Best of Toronto’ poll. Karen Kosowski is currently splitting her time between Toronto and the exclusive music mecca neighborhood of Berry Hill in Nashville, working with new talent from Liz Rose Music Publishing, Big Deal Music Publishing, BMG Publishing and more.






Bob Marlette

Bob Marlette has grown to be one of the most iconic and versatile producers of the Rock and Heavy Metal genres. Early on working as a session musician with artists like Al Stewart on Year of the Cat and Time Passages, he went on to begin writing music and co-producing with David Kirshenbaum. His work as a songwriter, producer, and mixer led him to work with affluent artists like Ozzy Osbourne, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rob Zombie, Black Sabbath, Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, Sheryl Crow and more.

Marlette has had his hand in both commercial hits and cult classics of his genre. Shinedown’s Leave A Whisper, which Bob produced, mixed and engineered, went on to become multi-platinum. Saliva’s Grammy-nominated record, Every Six Seconds, also went on to become Platinum. He produced, mixed, and engineered the album, along with co-writing the hit single “Click Click Boom” that was described as “a mosh king’s dream” upon its release. He also produced Black Sabbath’s 1998 album Reunion, which went Platinum in the U.S. and Canada. His work on Seether’s Disclaimer II contributed to the vast success of the Platinum album. Recently, Bob has worked with artists like Red Sun Rising, Airbourne, Texas Hippie Coalition, and Vanderberg. To help aid the next generation of producers, mixers, and audio engineers, Bob has been sharing his wisdom with online resources like Pro Mix Academy and Produce Like A Pro, cementing his legacy and outstanding work.





Darius Szczepaniak

Darius is a Canadian born Mixer, Engineer, Producer, and Musician. He has been involved in music his entire life playing, writing, recording, and producing music. Having worked with many top recording artists (Sum 41, Fe Fe Dobson, Bare Naked Ladies, Black Crowes, Big Sugar, Jann Arden, and Holly Cole, to name a few), Darius has achieved many Gold and Platinum awards and featured in monthly publications of Professional Sound Magazine and Mix Magazine Online. Darius is a recognized, skilled professional throughout the industry, having earned this reputation through hard work. Darius has worked with many of the world’s top producers and engineers, including Joe Chiccarelli, Jim Scott, Michael Beinhorn, Terry Brown, Eddie Kramer, Bob Rock, and George Massenburg. Darius has had the privilege of working in many amazing studios, both locally and abroad. Getting his big start at Metalworks Studios, he quickly moved on to Comfort. As a freelance professional, Darius traveled abroad working around the globe in many amazing studios such as Jacobs Studio (UK), The Carriage House (USA), Cello Recording Studio (USA), Avatar Studios (USA).



Date: Saturday, September 19th, 2020

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