Mike Elizondo

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Mike Elizondo
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres
Instruments
  • Bass
  • guitar
  • keyboards
  • sitar
  • drums
  • saxophone
Years active 1995–present
Labels Aftermath Entertainment[citation needed]

Mike Elizondo is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. He also writes songs and plays the bass, guitar, and keyboards. In 2011, he joined Warner Brothers as staff producer and A&R executive.[2]

Musical career[edit]

Elizondo is especially known for his collaborations with hip hop record producer 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 Eminem's 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. He co-wrote hits like 50 Cent's "In Da Club", The Game's "Higher", and Eminem's "Just Lose It".[3] Elizondo and three other high-profile musicians formed an experimental rock group called Shogun Warrior. The group frequently plays at the famed Baked Potato bar & club in Hollywood, California.[4]

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).[5] 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 nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the category of Best Song.[6] In 2010, Elizondo produced the song "I Remain" written by Morissette for the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time soundtrack.[7] In 2007, Elizondo played bass with Doyle Bramhall II during the concert "Doyle Bramhall II:Live At The Great Wall Of China". [8] He produced several tracks on Maroon 5's It Won't Be Soon Before Long, Natasha Bedingfield's NB, Rilo Kiley's Under the Blacklight and American Idol runner-up Blake Lewis's debut album A.D.D.. He also produced One Tree Hill star Kate Voegele's second album, A Fine Mess.[9] 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 was nominated for Producer of the Year at the 2008 Grammy Awards alongside Mark Ronson, Timbaland and Joe Chiccarelli.[10] He has also helped produce the Grammy Award-winning Hello Hurricane, the seventh album from alternative rock band Switchfoot and is credited as a producer on Switchfoot's eighth album, Vice Verses.[11] Elizondo contributed to the composition of Carrie Underwood's single, "Cowboy Casanova", for the album Play On.[12] 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.[13] He produced both of heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold's #1 albums, 2010's Nightmare, and 2013's Hail to the King.[14]

In 2011, he produced Mastodon's new album The Hunter at Doppler Studios in Atlanta. The same year, the popular Lowe's TV commercial featured "Don't Stop" a song he co-wrote and produced two years before from Gin Wigmore's album Holy Smoke. That November, Regina Spektor announced via Facebook that she had been recording a new album with Elizondo during Summer. He worked with Tegan and Sara on their seventh studio album, 2013's Heartthrob.[15] Elizondo produced Raleigh Ritchie's 2016 single "Keep it Simple", which also features a verse from Stormzy, from his debut album, You're a Man Now, Boy (2016). He also worked with Twenty One Pilots on their album Blurryface which he produced several tracks. He produced American singer/songwriter Skylar Grey's album "Natural Causes". Created Galway Girl with Ed Sheeran for his third album Divide. In 2017, Elizondo worked with Muse, producing their single Dig Down.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kawashima, Dale (2004-12-01). "Mike Elizondo Interview - Writing Hits for Eminem and 50 Cent". Songwriteruniverse.com. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  2. ^ "Mike Elizondo Joins Warner Bros. as Staff Producer and A&R Exec". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-12-03. 
  3. ^ Kawashima, Dale (2004-12-01). "Mike Elizondo Interview - Writing Hits for Eminem and 50 Cent". Songwriteruniverse.com. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  4. ^ "Shogun Warrior at the Baked Potato". 
  5. ^ "Producing Eminem & Fiona Apple". www.soundonsound.com. Retrieved 2017-12-03. 
  6. ^ "UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP SIGNS HIT-MAKER MIKE ELIZONDO TO WORLD-WIDE PUBLISHING AGREEMENT - UMG". UMG. 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2017-12-03. 
  7. ^ "I Remain by Alanis Morissette Songfacts". www.songfacts.com. Retrieved 2017-12-03. 
  8. ^ Doyle Bramhall II Live at the Great Wall of China (2006), retrieved 2017-12-03 
  9. ^ "Mike Elizondo | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-12-03. 
  10. ^ "Mike Elizondo | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-12-03. 
  11. ^ Tomada, Nathalie. "Switch foot's newfound independence". philstar.com. Retrieved 2017-12-03. 
  12. ^ "Carrie Underwood Celebrates 11th Trip to the Top". BMI.com. 2010-01-22. Retrieved 2017-12-03. 
  13. ^ "Kris Allen - Kris Allen". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-12-03. 
  14. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold Unveil Details on New Album 'Hail to the King'". Loudwire. Retrieved 2017-12-03. 
  15. ^ "Carpool Confessional: Episode 3!". Tegan and Sara. 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  16. ^ "Mike Elizondo | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-12-03. 

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