Jeff Olson

Jeff Olson

Jeff Olson has been making music since 1995.  He studied piano locally from age seven, and then under renowned pianist Dr. Ping-Shan Liao.  He began writing & composing music in his mid-teens, and by the late 90's he had already composed music for websites that had just gained playback capabilities.  He completed a full grade 10 certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music in piano, history, and harmony.  He has performed with Da Camera Singers and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, his own bands, and as a solo artist on both traditional instruments and on electronic devices.

2001 saw the beginning of Phoneticsound, his recording & production studio.  Mixing and mastering quickly became a passion, and he now mixes for artists from the US to Grand Prairie, AB.  As a producer he's worked with many of Alberta's best musicians on some great projects.  Jesse Peter's 2011 album Face Time was recorded live at The Winspear Centre, and mixed on Phoneticsound's analog console and a host of vintage processors.  It gained excellent reviews, as far as China where Jesse toured soon after.  Lora Jol's album Nowhere Near was produced with a focus on a few 80's synths.  Phoneticsound has expanded to include hardware digital and analog synths, new and old, as well as a mid-format analog recording console.  

After this much time in the studio, demand for live engineering increased.  Chromeo, Dev & The Cataracts, Raekwon, Gay Nineties, Matt Maher, Tim Hughes, and Capital Kings have been a few of Jeff's live highlights.

Jeff currently composes for various web projects, mixes and masters pop, rap, and electronic music, and holds workshops and courses for others wishing to learn.  Teaching comes naturally to him, and having taught instrument lessons for a decade, he focuses his instruction for those looking to compose and produce electronic music.  His courses have included subjects from mixing to remixing, from synthesis to sampling to music theory.  He takes care to ensure every student can gain and improve their skills.