Jeff Dalziel, producer for such Canadian acts as Thornley, Edwin, Rex Goudie and Melissa O’Neil, is enjoying a smash radio hit with Alyssa Reid’s “Alone Again,” a modern remake of “Alone,” which the rock band Heart had a No. 1 hit with in 1987. Alyssa’s single is No. 21 on Hot AC and No. 22 at Top 40 radio — and climbing. The song is also No. 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Canadian Artists chart.
“Alone Again” — which Jeff produced and co-wrote a portion of — has four different versions, including the one with rapper P. Reign (from Drake’s camp) that’s blowing up, and the newly delivered version with French rapper Dice B.
“The parts that aren’t Heart and the parts that aren’t rap are the parts that I did with Alyssa and Jamie Appleby from the label,” says Jeff, who recorded Alyssa at his new live-in studio in Oshawa, Diesel Music Studios. The 17-year-old Edmonton native, who appeared on the YTV show Next Star, lives in Brampton, not too far from Oshawa. She is signed with the Warner Music Canada-distributed Wax Records and toured with Danny Fernandes and JRDN this past winter.
Jeff has also been busy with other Wax signings. He just produced Alberta rock band Tupelo Honey’s album, Caught Up In The Excess, whose first single is “Pull Me Closer.” This month, he will begin producing New Brunswick rockers Age of Daze. The single, “What’s Left of Me,” has already been serviced to rock radio and charting. He has also just finished production for the single, “Don’t Leave Now,” from pop singer Jesse Labelle.
Also on the market are the self-titled album from Montreal’s Counterclock and Hear Lies from another Montrealer, Natasha Sebastian, both rock artists. He also mixed the Edwin-led Crash Karma self-titled debut. Jeff, who used to work out of downtown Toronto, set up his own studio in 2010 in Oshawa, in his house that has guest rooms to accommodate out-of-town musicians.
“Not only am I trying to continue to produce label-repped material, I’m also trying to put a hand out to artists who need that break,” says Jeff. His first is Montreal band Mad June, whom he first saw as a judge during Toronto IndieWeek. “I decided to produced at least one song with them and try to get some placements in TV and film to try and jump start their career.
“So I’m trying to help as much as I can without my hand out. I have the ability and the facilities to make a difference to people who might not otherwise get it.”