I'm a music producer, composer and voice over artist for all formats including movies, tv shows, commercials, documentaries, podcasts and audiobooks. I write and produce songs with my band Olio along with other talented songwriters and artists. I love my job! I also enjoy hiking with my family, surfing and watching movies.
Arif Hodzic, born in Windsor, Ontario Canada, knew music was his life at a young age. At age 3 he marched around the dining room table conducting Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” until its completion before he would go outside and play. Started playing classical piano at 7 and studied with Norma Ramberg in Northern Virginia. Performed in recitals and festivals for 6 years. Was selected to be part of the Fairfax County Chorus and sang on his first professional album recording at age 11.
Picking up the electric guitar at 14, Arif never looked back. He started writing songs and put together a band playing back yard parties and showcases. Developed his singing, guitar playing and composing and moved to California. Studied at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, California at 17 and joined a rock band that was courted by Capitol Records. Unfortunately, the band imploded thwarting an early career in rock stardom. At 23 he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Radio/TV/Film at California State University, Long Beach and also minored in music continuing his education in composition.
Today, Arif composes for film and tv and is the lead singer/guitarist in the band Olio. Olio has released 6 albums since 1999 on AD4 Records, the independent label he co-owns with bandmates DeHaven Carrington and Kelley Hill. Musical experiences include scoring promo commercials for the HBO series “True Blood” , writing and producing the theme song for America’s Got Talent juggling sensations The Passing Zone, and the films “Searching For A Storm”, “Port Town”, “Life Is Short” and “Mind Traveler.”
He has also written songs for commercials (AAA, Bank of Hawaii, Geico), tv shows (Bachelorette, Prime Suspect and Tyra Banks Show), scored music for content (Primo, TrueCar, FlexPod, Six Senses, Napoleon@LArge) and for Matthew Modine’s film “One Last Score.” His guitar playing can be heard on albums by Velvet Chain, Jason Roe, Lane Lenhart, violinist David Wilson and the FBC Mass Choir. He is also the guitar player in Enrique Iglesias’ music video “Enamorado Por Primera Vez“.
From 2000 to 2015, Arif continued his growth with a residency as the guitar player for FBC (Friendship Baptist Church) in Yorba Linda, California. He is featured on guitar on two CD releases by FBC that have received substantial radio airplay and great recognition in gospel music. In 2006, Arif and DeHaven co-wrote and produced the single “We Thank God For You” honoring the men and women in the armed forces. It features Sonya Griffin, Kersaundra Hall and the FBC Mass choir.
Arif also collaborates with other artists and songwriters writing and producing music that speaks to the various themes explored. He believes the song dictates the musical direction and it’s his job to listen and get out of the way.
Arif is extremely skilled in many styles of music – classical, electronic, acoustic, rock, gospel, funk, r&b, pop, country and jazz. He brings a rhythmic and dynamic sensibility to the projects that he is a part of. His objective is to always support the song or picture that he is scoring to. And his philosophy remains – less is more.