Elijah Wells

mixing/production/instruments

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Hellllo! My name’s Elijah - I mix, record, produce, and play music in my hometown LA. Have a background in studio engineering (Vox Recording Studios, Abbey Road, Air, elsewhere) and studied audio at The Blackbird Academy in Nashville, as well as drums at Berklee (for about 5 minutes). I’m a multi-instrumentalist and mix/produce/record.

Mixing engineer: balance/affect your recorded tracks. After having a chat about sonic ideas and song direction, other song references, and anything else you want me to know, I’ll take a day mixing your song until it sounds like something I would want to listen to again if I had just heard it for the first time.

This is a collaborative process. I like to learn as much about the artist’s desired sonic landscape/what they envision for the song before beginning a mix.

I’ll do revisions for up to a week after you receive the first draft. When the mix is done, I’ll transfer you a printed file of the song in a .wav. If you need an instrumental mix, I can include that for free as well, just let me know about it.

I am a fan of interesting, affected sounds. Not so much pristine "heard-this-a-million-times-before" sounds.

Some of my mixing influences: Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, The Kills, Arctic Monkeys, Gerard Way, Suzanne Vega), Serban Ghenea (The Weeknd, everyone), Shawn Everett (Kacey Musgraves, Brittany Howard, Alabama Shakes), Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Adrienne Lenker), John Congleton (Sharon Van Etten, Vagabon, Angel Olsen).

I charge $200 to mix a song, $100 upfront and $100 after the mix is done and you are happy w it.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

3 Reviews

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  1. Review by juderossotto@gmail.com
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    Elijah is an incredibly dedicated engineer who is super creative with his recording styles. A great hang all around, his work as a producer/engineer is always exciting and energetic and he’s always down to try new things. Definitely recommend him.

  2. Review by Jessica Torrey
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    by Jessica Torrey

    Working with Elijah has been a wonderful experience. I love how he makes the recording process collaborative. It’s so fun to experiment with knew sounds I never would have thought to add to a song, and it’s incredibly refreshing to get input from such a talented and experienced musician. I would definitely recommend working with Elijah to anyone interested in creating music that reflects their own ideas, as well as challenges them to think about sound in new and interesting ways.

  3. Review by Corwin
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    by Corwin

    Elijah's ability as a triple threat Producer/Engineer/Instrumentalist makes him an incomparable collaborator. The production value he provides is invaluable. He knows what makes a song strong, what'll make it even stronger, and how to take it there.

Interview with Elijah Wells

  1. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  2. A: I love that I get to walk into a room full of friendly people and lots of instruments, be creative for hours at a time, and out of thin air create a recording that will last forever. That is pretty special and I don't take it for granted.

  3. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  4. A: That a producer's job is to take reigns over the music and drastically change it and make it more accessible. That is NOT true and should never be true. First of all, it's your music!! Don't let anyone act like you're just "talent" to advance their careers, and tell you that they're going to "do their thing" to your songs and then make it sound super different. That is super toxic. It needs to be a mutually respectful and mutually beneficial relationship or there's no point, especially when anyone can make good recordings on their own. Second of all, the song is the song. No amount of sonic help is going to make it a better song. It can make it sound nicer, sure, but there are tons of pristine recordings that you'll never hear of because the songwriting isn't good. As long as you can hear the vocals and the songs are good, that song will probably spread around because people will connect with the songwriting and the singer.

  5. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  6. A: Don't hire anyone who isn't genuinely excited about the music. If they seem excited about the fact that you might advance their career and not the music, run away. Always keep in mind that you can do this without anyone else's help; Bon Iver's debut record which has over a billion streams on Spotify was mostly recorded in a cabin with one Shure SM57 and an old Avid audio interface. Good collaborators are essential, but only hire people if the experience of working with them is better than doing it yourself.

  7. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  8. A: There are no rules and nothing matters except how it sounds and how it makes a first-time listener feel.

  9. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  10. A: I ""produce"" (which is an over-used term that means too many things) for artists/bands at my studio in Los Angeles, CA. That usually involves playing at least one instrument and coming up with parts, mic'ing and recording, and sometimes mixing. On here, I am just advertising mixing services (because I can't really produce a record or play in a band over the internet).

  11. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  12. A: Whatever sounds better in the moment. Nothing else matters.

  13. Q: How would you describe your style?

  14. A: Sonically irreverent (haha).

  15. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  16. A: Lots of kinds!

  17. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  18. A: Any musicians/producers/engineers who think outside of the box and go about their job with a sense of purposeful uniqueness inspire me. When I hear a record that doesn't sound like something I've heard before, whether because it's unique writing or unique sounds or both, I am inspired.

Terms Of Service

Typical turn-around time is within two weeks. I include unlimited revisions (within reason) for up to a week after you receive the 1st draft of the mix.

GenresSounds Like
  • Bon Iver
  • Clairo
  • Arctic Monkeys
Gear Highlights
  • Adam A77X monitors
  • Universal Audio Apollo
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