On this weeks episode, the music geek in me was beyond excited to do a roundtable chat about the craft of songwriting, producing, composing, and being a musician, with the Juno award winning, and
fellow albertan, Russell Broom and our talented friend Rena Kozak.
Russell and Rena chat about the joy of wearing so many different hats when it comes to creating and helping others to make music, how to navigate producing tracks in genres that arent their go to’s when listening to music, and what they put on when they want to hear a favourite song!
Rena Kozak Credits:
Audio Engineer, Musician, and Tour Manager, she has done sound for Maggie Rogers, sound and tour management for bands like Wolf Parade, and Albert Hammond Jr, and production coordinator for The Strokes. She runs a recording studio in Montreal called Studio St Zo.
Russell Broom Credits:
-production/writing/multi-instruments with Jann Arden on Jann Arden’s upcoming 15th record for Universal Music.
-production/mix/guitars on the new Art Bergmann record, featuring the politically charged upcoming single “Christo Fascists” with MC5 legend Wayne Kramer
-production/mix/guitars for Jason McCoy charity single “We Are One”, featuring Jason with guests Ed Robertson from BNL, Gordie Johnson from Big Sugar, Tim Hicks, Aaron Pritchett, Deric Ruttan, Raghav, Pavlo, Hayley Jensen, and many more.
-produced/mix/guitars for Christmas duet of Ian Tyson song “Silver Bell” for Shane Zadrevec and Ian Tyson
-additional production/mix/guitars for the Lindsay Ell single “Want Me Back”
-contributing guitars to the JUNO nominated Iskwē album acākosīk
-Recent productions for Jann Arden, Leeroy Stagger, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, The Dungarees, Jeffrey Straker, Sykamore, JP Maurice, Belle Starr and contributing guitars to albums for Brett Kissel, Mariel Buckley, Leaving Thomas, Chip Taylor/Kendall Carson, Joe Nolan, Martin Page, Clayton Bellamy as well being the composer/music producer on the hit CTV comedy series JANN
-Winner of JUNO Songwriter of the Year (with Jann Arden)
-JUNO nominations for Producer and Engineer of the Year
-6X WCMA Award winner
-2X AMPIA Award Winner
-SOCAN Awards for Jann Arden songs Sleepless and Where No One Knows Me
-Platinum and Gold Sales Awards for the Jann Arden albums “Happy” “Blood Red Cherry” “Greatest Hurts” Love Is The Only Soldier” “Jann Arden” “Uncover Me”
-Musical Director for 2019/20 North American tour of “We Will Rock You”
-Mix credits for CMT, including Lady Antebellum, Jim Cuddy, Ron Sexsmith, George Canyon, Amos Lee, Fred Eaglesmith, Colin James
-Performances with Jann Arden, Ian Tyson, Corb Lund, Oh Susanna, Mackenzie Porter, George Canyon
-Musical Director/guitarist for Charity Events “Flood Aid” and “Fire Aid”, working with Johnny Reid, Barney Bentall, The Rankins, Tom Cochrane and Colin James
-Musical Director/guitarist for “Last Waltz Revisited” featuring Amy Helm, Corb Lund, Matt Andersen, Barney and Dustin Bentall, The Road Hammers, Joey Landreth and Frazey Ford
-Musical Director/guitarist/mixer for “CMT Next Generation” featuring MacKenzie Porter, Brett Kissel, Dallas Smith, Autumn Hill, Kira Isabella, Belle Starr