Robert Alan Ezrin (born March 25, 1949) is a Canadian music producer and keyboardist, best known for his work with Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, Andrea Bocelli and Phish. As of 2010, Ezrin's career in music had spanned four decades and his production work continued into the 21st century, with acts such as Deftones and Thirty Seconds to Mars.
|Birth name||Robert Alan Ezrin|
|Born||March 25, 1949|
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Associated acts||Kiss, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Hanoi Rocks, Phish, Deep Purple, David Gilmour, The Kings|
Since co-founding interactive media company 7th Level in 1993, Ezrin has branched out into philanthropy, activism and being an eco-warrior, supporting several organizations and individuals fighting for the future of our planet. Music has also been introduced into this realm of his life, underpinning projects such as Music Rising and Young Artists for Haiti. Ezrin is also involved in education, co-founding the Nimbus School of Recording Arts in 2009. Ezrin is the winner of three Juno Awards. In 2011, Ezrin was awarded the Special Achievement Award at the 2011 SOCAN Awards held in Toronto.
Music and production careerEdit
As of 2014, Ezrin continues to work as a record producer, arranger and songwriter, in addition to being involved with a variety of other projects in digital media, live production, film, television, and theatrical production.
Ezrin has worked on recordings with numerous major artists, including Phish, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Balloonatic, Deep Purple, Lou Reed, The Kings, Hanoi Rocks, Taylor Swift, Peter Gabriel, Bonham, K'naan, 2Cellos, Kristin Chenoweth, Rod Stewart, Nine Inch Nails, The Jayhawks, Thirty Seconds to Mars, The Darkness, Jane's Addiction, Dr. John, Nils Lofgren, Berlin, Kansas, Julian Lennon, Joe Bonamassa and Deftones, among many others. Ezrin also recorded the very first demos for Toronto band Max Webster.
Ezrin has been described by Alice Cooper as "our George Martin". Following his first ever production work on an album with Love it to Death in 1971, Ezrin embarked on a long-term collaboration that, by 1973, would see the release of the number one album, Billion Dollar Babies album, a year after the success of School's Out; Cooper subsequently became established as one of the biggest acts in the world. After the disbanding of Cooper's group, Ezrin continued his collaboration with Cooper, as the latter embarked upon a solo career. In 1975, Cooper released the Ezrin-produced album, Welcome To My Nightmare. Ezrin worked with Cooper not just as a producer, but also as a co-writer, arranger, and musician.
Ezrin produced the best-selling KISS album, Destroyer, in 1976. As explained by Peter Criss during an interview in the documentary, KISS: Krazy Killer (1994), Ezrin co-wrote, arranged and performed the piano accompaniment to the song "Beth". Ezrin proceeded to produce two other albums with the band -- Music from "The Elder" and Revenge—and remains close to the band's members in the 21st century.
Ezrin has worked with Pink Floyd on a number of occasions, co-producing the albums, The Wall, A Momentary Lapse of Reason, and The Division Bell. He has also co-written the songs "The Trial", "Signs of Life", "Learning to Fly", and "Take It Back".
Ezrin also produced the 1988 Kansas album In the Spirit of Things, and received a writing credit for the song Ghosts and three other songs.
In May 2009, Ezrin co-produced The Clearwater Concert at Madison Square Garden, celebrating the 90th birthday of musician and activist, Pete Seeger. More than 50 guest artists, including Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Ben Harper, Joan Baez, Tom Morello, Ani DiFranco, Emmylou Harris, and Kris Kristofferson performed at the event. Ezrin also co-produced the PBS broadcast of the event.
Since 2010, Ezrin has co-produced Peter Gabriel's album, Scratch My Back; co-produced The House Rules, by Christian Kane; and produced singles for K'naan, the Canadian Tenors, and young pop sensation, Fefe Dobson, for her album, Joy. Ezrin also reunited with Cooper, working on Cooper's Welcome 2 My Nightmare, on the corresponding live show, and numerous other related projects. He also mixed several projects, including Taylor Swift's Speak Now World Tour Live CD and DVD (2011), and an album by The Darkness (2012).
On Halloween, October 31, 2013, the band Phish debuted twelve new songs at a concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey which they announced as songs they were considering for a new album to be produced by Ezrin. The album, subsequently titled "Fuego," was recorded at Ronnie's Place and Anarchy Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and Phish's own "The Barn" in Burlington, Vermont. Released on June 24, 2014, this was the band's 12th studio album and first since 2009.
Ezrin produced a live and television extravaganza to reopen the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, US, starring Green Day and U2. He also worked on an album and live opera with L'Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio in Rome, Italy.
In 1993, Ezrin co-founded a computer software company called 7th Level, which developed and published educational and entertainment CD-ROMs, including a highly popular and groundbreaking series of Monty Python games.
In 1999, Ezrin cofounded Enigma Digital, an innovative internet radio provider, that was eventually sold to Clear Channel; Ezrin was later appointed vice-chairman of Clear Channel Interactive. Ezrin was also Chairman of Live Nation Artists Recordings in 2007 and the first half of 2008.
In 2007, Ezrin joined the Board of Advisors of Tonic, an online company that describes itself as "humanity-conscious" and socially-responsible".
Ezrin is also co-founder and vice chairman of Wow Unlimited Media.
In 2009, Ezrin, along with Garth Richardson and Kevin Williams, cofounded the Nimbus School of Recording Arts in Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada. Ezrin stated that his goal was to provide new engineers and producers with the hands-on teaching experience that he believed was no longer available from traditional recording studios. Ezrin's educational philosophy is that modern engineers and producers need to be proficient in a range of skills and that an effective education in the recording arts will also prepare a student for more general challenges in their lives and careers.
Honor and recognitionEdit
In 2011, Ezrin and Young Artist for Haiti won the Juno Award in Canada for "Single of the Year". Also in 2011, he was awarded an "Outstanding Contribution" at the Classic Rock Magazine Awards. In 2013, he was honoured with a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto.
Ezrin is a board member of the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, a national initiative that supports music in US schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs. He is also an Advisory Committee member of MusiCounts, the musical education initiative of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, that provides instruments to Canadian school music programs.
On February 18, 2010, Ezrin helped with the mobilization of the Young Artists for Haiti group. Fifty Canadian artists recorded a rendition of hip hop star K'naan's "Wavin' Flag" for the victims of the Haiti quake. The song was reworked by Ezrin to include specific lyrics for Haiti, with proceeds disseminated to Free the Children, War Child Canada, and World Vision Canada. The production raised over US$2 million. K'naan explained in regard to the initiation of the project: "I got a call from Randy [Lennox, president] at Universal [Music Canada] and Bob Ezrin. They had this idea that they wanted to do something lasting, that actually educates young people in Canada about Haiti and not let the fatigue of the subject wash over everybody and everybody just forget Haiti."
He is also a member of the Board of the Canadian Journalism Foundation, which promotes, celebrates and facilitates excellence in journalism.
Film and televisionEdit
In 1982, Ezrin briefly appeared as the host of Enterprise, a City-TV panel show that replaced Dr. Morton Shulman's The Shulman File; he has also been a frequent interviewee for documentary films and television. Ezrin has created new theatrical, television, and live events with the @Radical. Media company, based in New York, including Jay-Z's feature film, Fade to Black. In 2012, Ezrin appeared in Artifact, a documentary film about the modern music business focused on the legal battle between Thirty Seconds to Mars and record label EMI.
Ezrin is married to Janet Ezrin.
- 2Cellos: In2ition (2013) – producer and mixer
- Thirty Seconds to Mars: 30 Seconds to Mars (2002) – producer
- Aerosmith: Get Your Wings (1974) – executive producer
- Alice Cooper
- Love It to Death (1971) – producer, co-writer, and mixer
- Killer (1971) – producer, co-writer, and mixer
- School's Out (1972) – producer, co-writer, and mixer
- Billion Dollar Babies (1973) – producer, co-writer, and mixer
- Welcome to My Nightmare (1975) – producer, co-writer, and mixer
- Alice Cooper Goes to Hell (1976) – producer, keyboardist, co-writer, and mixer
- Lace and Whiskey (1977) – producer, co-writer, and mixer
- The Alice Cooper Show (1977) – producer, co-writer, and mixer
- DaDa (1983) – producer, co-writer, and mixer
- Brutal Planet (2000) – executive producer
- Dragontown (2001) – executive producer
- Old School box set (2011) – project producer
- Welcome 2 My Nightmare (2011) – producer, co-writer, and mixer
- Paranormal (2017) – producer, composer, and mixer
- Detroit Stories (2021) – producer, composer, and mixer
- Army of Anyone: Army of Anyone (2006) – producer and mixer
- The Babys: The Babys (1977) – co-producer with Brian Christian and mixer
- Balloonatic: My Underworld, Five Cent Beer (2003) - Producer and mixer
- Berlin: "Count Three and Pray" (1986) – producer and mixer
- Robin Black: Instant Classic (2005) – co-producer with Gggarth and mixer
- Andrea Bocelli
- Sì (2018) – producer and writer
- Bonham: The Disregard of Timekeeping (1989) – producer and mixer
- The Canadian Tenors
- Catherine Wheel: Adam and Eve (1997) – co-producer with Gggarth
- Christian Kane: The House Rules (2010) – co-producer with Jimmie Lee Sloas and mixer
- Tim Curry: Read My Lips (1978) – producer and mixer
- The Darkness: Hot Cakes (2012) – mixer and co-producer on one song ("Every Inch of You")
- Deep Purple
- Deftones: Saturday Night Wrist (2006) – producer
- Dr. John: Hollywood Be Thy Name (1975) – producer and mixer
- Escape from Earth: Three Seconds East (2004) – producer and mixer
- Fefe Dobson: Joy (2010) – producer and mixer
- Flo and Eddie: Flo and Eddie (1973) – producer and mixer
- Peter Gabriel
- David Gilmour: About Face (1984) – co-producer with David Gilmour
- Horse of Color (2016) - co-producer and mixer
- Homeland (2017) - producer
- Hanoi Rocks: Two Steps from the Move (1984) – producer and mixer
- Héroes del Silencio: Avalancha (1995) – producer
- Hollywood Vampires: Hollywood Vampires (2015) - producer and mixer
- Steve Hunter: Swept Away (1978) – producer and mixer
- Hurricane: Over the Edge (1988) – co-producer with Mike Clink
- Jane's Addiction: Strays (2003) – co-producer with Brian Virtue
- The Jayhawks: Smile (2000) – producer
- K'naan: Alone – single (2013) – co-writer, mixer, and co-producer with will.i.am (The Black Eyed Peas))
- Kansas: In the Spirit of Things (1988) – producer and mixer
- The Kings
- The Kings Are Here (1980) – producer and mixer
- Amazon Beach (1981) – producer and mixer
- Kristin Chenoweth: Some Lessons Learned (2011) – producer, mixer, and co-writer
- Kula Shaker: Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts (1999) – producer
- Julian Lennon: Help Yourself (1991) – producer
- Lucius: Good Grief (2016) – co-producer with Shawn Everett and Lucius
- Murray McLauchlan: Storm Warning (1981) – producer and mixer
- Nils Lofgren: Nils (1979) – producer and mixer
- Nine Inch Nails: The Fragile (1999) – album sequencing ("I'd never examined what I was actually saying with these 20-something songs," Trent Reznor observed. "Then I realised it could be looked at as two acts. I see Ezrin as he's leaving my studio and I say, 'Bob, you did it, man!' and he says, 'Yeah, I know – I got a flight to catch.' We hugged each other and that was it."
- Geoffrey Oryema: Beat the Border (1993) – co-producer with Richard Blair and David Bottrill
- Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio: album (2007) – producer and mixer
- Pink Floyd
- Trevor Rabin: Can't Look Away (1989) – producer
- Lou Reed: Berlin (1973) – producer and mixer
- Johnny Reid
- A Christmas Gift To You (2013) - producer and mixer
- A Christmas Gift To You Platinum Edition (2014) - producer and mixer
- Revival (2017) - co-producer, composer and mixer
- What Love Is All About (2015) - producer and mixer
- Rod Stewart: Every Beat of My Heart (1986) – producer
- Babe: Pig in the City – Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture (1998)
- Heavy Metal 2000 (1999)
- Taylor Swift: Speak Now World Tour Live (2011) – mixer for both the CD and DVD
- Téléphone: Dure Limite (1982) – producer and mixer
- The Tenors: "Who Wants to Live Forever" from Under One Sky (2015) - producer, arranger and mixer
- The Tenors feat. Johnny Reid: "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (2017) - producer and mixer
- The Throbs: The Language of Thieves and Vagabonds (1991) – co-producer with Richard Wagner and Brian Christian
- U2: U2 at the BBC (2017) – producer
- U2 and Green Day: live recording of "The Saints Are Coming" (2006)
- Ursa Major: [Ursa Major] (1972) – producer and mixer
- Villebillies: "Greatest Moment" single (2006) – producer and mixer
- Vow Wow: Mountain Top (1990) – co-producer with Brian Christian, mixer, and co-writer
- Dick Wagner: Richard Wagner (1978) – producer and mixer
- Young Artists for Haiti: "Wavin' Flag" single (2010) – producer
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