|Origin||Los Angeles, California|
|Instruments||Bass, upright bass, keyboards, guitar, synthesizer, sitar|
|Labels||Aftermath Entertainment|
Mike Elizondo is especially known for his collaborations with producer and rapper Dr. Dre and rapper Eminem. He has played the bass for many of Dr. Dre's productions and has co-written some of Eminem's songs, including the hit single "The Real Slim Shady". He co-produced several songs on Encore with Dr. Dre, Bryan Lennen and co-produced 50 Cent's hit single "In Da Club", again, with Dr. Dre. Elizondo has also co-written songs for many other notable artists, including Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, D12, Xzibit, Nate Dogg and Obie Trice.
Aside from hip-hop, Elizondo has worked with singer-songwriter Fiona Apple, producing her 2005 album Extraordinary Machine. He was also involved in album tracks for artists such as Nelly Furtado, Lisa Marie Presley, and Pink (one track was "To Love Me Now", which didn't make the final cut for her "I'm Not Dead" album, but another song "I Got Money Now" did make the cut). He writes songs and plays the bass, guitar, and keyboards himself. With three other high-profile musicians, Elizondo is part of the experimental rock group Shogun Warrior, who play at the famed Baked Potato bar & club in Hollywood, CA frequently.
Elizondo produced the song "Wunderkind" with Maverick artist Alanis Morissette. The song appeared on the soundtrack to the film-version of The Chronicles of Narnia and was nomineed for a Golden Globe Award in the category of Best Song. He was set to be in the studio with Morissette as co-producer on Alanis' forthcoming fifth studio album, the follow-up to her 2004 record So-Called Chaos, until she announced her hiatus. Finally she decided to choose Guy Sigsworth as a producer for her 2008 album Flavors Of Entanglement. In 2010, Elizondo produced the song "I Remain" written by Morissette for the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time soundtrack.
In 2007, Mike Elizondo played bass with Doyle Bramhall II during the concert "Doyle Bramhall II:Live At The Great Wall Of China". The DVD of the concert includes an interview with Elizondo.
He produced several tracks on Maroon 5's It Won't Be Soon Before Long, Natasha Bedingfield's N.B., Rilo Kiley's Under the Blacklight and American Idol runner-up Blake Lewis's debut album A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream). He also produced One Tree Hill star Kate Voegele's second album, A Fine Mess.
Elizondo has also produced for Danger Radio. They recorded the group's debut album in early 2008.
He featured on the cover of Bass Player magazine alongside Maroon 5 bassist Mickey Madden.
Elizondo has also contributed to the composition of Carrie Underwood's single, "Cowboy Casanova", for the album Play On. He also co-wrote "Can't Stay Away", "Is It Over", and "Send Me All Your Angels" for Kris Allen's self-titled debut album.
In November 2011, Regina Spektor announced via Facebook that she had been recording a new album with Elizondo during Summer.
As of 2012[update], Elizondo collaborated with Keith Urban, Maroon 5, Avenged Sevenfold, Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, and Marissa Jack. He was in the studio starting productions for Gary Clark Jr. and Tegan & Sara. He had just completed production for Regina Spektor's upcoming release.
Notes and references
- 2014 Audio Interview with Mike Elizondo from the I'd Hit That Podcast
- Mike Elizando is One Cool Dude at The Grixer
- Mike Elizondo at allmusic
- Mike Elizondo interview in Sound on Sound magazine, by Paul Tingen.