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Sheldon Zaharko is a Juno Award winning engineer that has worked with many Canadian and Internationally acclaimed artists on their recording projects.
Sheldon is also the recipient of the Western Canadian Music award for Engineer of the year 2017 and 2021.
Sheldon was born in Vermilion, Alberta and discovered at an early age that music can pretty much save your life. Growing up in a small town, he found refuge in music as a musician and performed in bands throughout the 80’s as a drummer.
His love of music morphed into a fascination with the recording process and discovered his passion lay in the studio, behind the mixing board.
In 1991, Sheldon went to Trebas Institute, a prestigious recording school in Vancouver where he gained theoretical and practical experience. After his studies at Trebas, he was hired to work at "The Factory", starting as an assistant engineer working under John MacLean.
From 1993-2011 Sheldon was the Head Engineer at "The Factory", working with a bevy of recording acts like Billy Talent, Robben Ford, Geddy Lee, Simple Plan, Bad Company, Roberta Flack, Michelle Wright, Sheena Easton, Melissa Manchester, Susan Aglukark, Philip Bailey, Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Prism, Rob Halford, Ridley Bent, Jane Siberry, Steve Dawson, Holly McNarland and The National Film Board of Canada.
When "The Factory" closed its doors, Sheldon started the next leg of his journey with his own production company, "Zed Productions". "Zed Productions" quickly became a 'go to' full service production company, offering in-house studio services at Zed and teaming up with other studios like the iconic "Warehouse Studio" in Vancouver. As his business grew, Sheldon also became the 'go to guy' specializing in Live and Remote Recording.
Throughout his illustrious career, Sheldon has earned his reputation as a sought after recording and mixing engineer, dubbed “the best ears in the city” by his clients.
His experience and creativity behind the console has garnered great respect, evidenced by the long list of award winning clients he works with.
From working on The Country Music Hall of Fame, “Then and Now” recordings with Ian and Sylvia Tyson, Michelle Wright, Murray McLachlan, The Good Brothers and Gary Fjellgaard, to working on Marilyn Manson’s album and countless other recording projects, Sheldon’s love of music, his creativity, sensibilities, experience and knowledge, give him the green light to engineer diverse musical styles in all genres; jazz, classical, country, rock, folk and other sub genres. Sheldon immerses himself in each project to help create a piece of timeless art.
He’s received numerous nominations for Engineer of the Year for the Junos, Western Canadian Music Awards and BCCMA - BC Country Music Association, and has worked on albums that garnered a Juno from award winning artists such as Limblifter, Jim Byrnes, Doc Walker, Barney Bentall, Tanya Tagag, Zubot and Dawson, Phil Dwyer, Devin Townsend, Metalwood, Old Man Luedeke, Fond of Tigers, Brad Turner Quartet and Pugs and Crows.