Charlie Puth, Shakira, Jennifer Hudson, Frank Ocean, Corinne Bailey Rae, Alejandro Sanz…these are just some of the names associated with guitarist/producer Jan Ozveren. He provides an insight into recording guitars for Puth’s hit single, Attention, winging it on stage with Jessie J, and how the lockdown period led him to a new Celestion discovery.
As with many producers, Ozveren has spent the majority of the last year in the studio making the most of the time indoors. He joins Headliner from his Revere Sound studio in Glassell Park, California, where he’s been keeping occupied with sessions, writing, and coming up with ideas for his own content.
While living in London he joined the touring band for urban composer Nitin Sawhney, and after a run of festival dates with virtuoso percussionist Trilok Gurtu, he formed the touring band for multi-platinum artist Corinne Bailey Rae. He appeared on every recording and promo slot with her until late 2007, including a set with John Legend at Live Earth Wembley Stadium.
“Working with Corinne Bailey Rae was amazing,” he recalls. “It was everything that I wanted at the time. I wanted to work in America and craft a show with an artist that I respected. I met her manager and he said he had a bunch of songs for this fantastic new singer. I heard them and I thought, ‘wow, this is just gonna take off!’
"And sure enough, we did a performance on Jools Holland where it was just me and her, and then it just snowballed from there. Eventually we did a double bill tour with John Legend, and that was an eye-opener to see how they shape their two hour show.”
Ozveren then toured Europe with electronica diva Róisín Murphy until the following year when he relocated to L.A. In 2009, he was called to join Spanish superstar Alejandro Sanz on his Paraíso world tour. The band appeared with Alicia Keys at The Latin Grammys and stayed on the road until mid 2011, performing to over 900,000 fans.
“When I moved to America, it was ironic because I ended up getting called to do work with Alejandro Sanz who is, of course, based in Spain,” he chuckles. “So that was a bit of an immediate departure. But then when I got back I had the time to really nurture my relationships, both on a musical and social level in L.A.”