Hellllo! My name’s Elijah - I mix, record, produce, and play music in my hometown LA. Lots of studio experience (Vox Recording Studios, Abbey Road, Air), schooling (Blackbird, Berklee), with a background in playing instruments and songwriting. I mix with a non-formulaic approach and would love to help with your project if it’s a good fit. 🤘
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 transfer you a printed file of the song in a .wav, at the sample/bit rate that the song was recorded at (unless you desire something else). 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, Lana Del Rey).
I charge $200 to mix a song, $100 upfront and $100 after the mix is done and you are happy w it.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
3 ReviewsEndorse Elijah Wells
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.
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.
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
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Whatever sounds better in the moment. Nothing else matters.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love that I get to walk into a room full of friendly people and lots of instruments, be creative for 5 hours or so, and out of thin air create a recording that will last forever. That is pretty special and I don't take it for granted.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That a producer's job is to take reigns over the music and drastically change it and make it more accessible/better. 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.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
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. Only hire people if you think the experience of working with them will definitely be better than doing it yourself.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I get to take 5?? Cool. 1 - my acoustic guitar. 2 - a cardioid ribbon mic (my AEA KU5, until I find an RCA KU3A somewhere). 3 - my iZotope Spire so I could record and mix multitrack sessions. 4 - my 60s Altec mixer, for the best saturated mic pre sounds I've ever heard. 5 - my favorite headphones. Honorable mention: I guess some cabling?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I played music with as many people as I could during middle and high school. I graduated early to attend Berklee College of Music (I'm impatient with that stuff). Realized it wasn't for me, and transferred to the Blackbird Academy, an incredible trade school for audio engineering at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN. After that, I moved back to my hometown LA, worked at Vox Recording Studios for awhile in 2018, and have been recording/mixing/producing at my studio and elsewhere since then. I also got the awesome chance to work at Abbey Road and Air Studios in London during fall 2019 while working on a movie soundtrack.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Sonically irreverent (haha).
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: There are no rules and nothing matters except how it sounds.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Lots of kinds!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a time-shared studio in Hollywood, @iconica_recordings on Instagram. Vintage Trident console, Adams/Barefoots/NS-10s for monitors, outboard gear, tons of real instruments, mics, guitar picks, etc. I also have a home studio setup which is more focus on keyboard and guitar overdubs, as well as mixing when I'm not at my studio.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
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.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I ""produce"" (which is an over-used term that means too many things) for artists/bands at my studio in Hollywood, CA. That usually involves playing at least one instrument and coming up with parts, mic'ing and recording, and mixing the song(s). I also write and perform music myself, and play in a couple groups. On here, I am just advertising mixing services (because I can't produce a record or play in a band over the internet).