Dana Nielsen


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Grammy-nominated producer, mixer, engineer. I also write songs, play saxophone and other instruments, sing, read, surf. I'm a dad. I love to cook. Married my high school sweetheart. I've worked with Rick Rubin for many years. Bob Dylan once called me a genius. Might put that on my tombstone.

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Dana Nielsen is a Grammy-nominated mixer, engineer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist known for his work with Rihanna, Adele, The Smashing Pumpkins, Neil Young, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, The Avett Brothers, Bob Dylan, and Kanye West. Nielsen also frequently works with music for picture, producing, recording, and mixing film scores and soundtracks, such as Kristen Wiig‘s Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar (Lionsgate), Will Ferrell’s Anchorman 2 (Paramount) and Casa De Mi Padre (NALA), as well as the Sam Rockwell/Olivia Wilde dark comedyBetter Living Through Chemistry.

Based in Los Angeles, Nielsen has amassed credits that run the stylistic gamut from Neil Diamond to Slayer and just about every style in between. Nielsen’s work can be heard on albums by a diverse roster of artists. He worked as an engineer on Kanye West’s Yeezus(Roc-A-Fella) and Rihanna’s Loud (Def Jam), recorded Bob Dylan’s Tempest (Colombia), and recorded Neil Young and Crazy Horse for their latest album Colorado (Reprise).

As a composer, saxophonist, singer and programmer, Nielsen’s own music and/or voice can be heard on countless TV commercials, as well as hit shows like Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, America’s Next Top Model, and the Duplass brothers’ HBO series Room 104.


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Gear Highlights
  • Pro Tools HDX
  • MTRX Studio
  • ATC Monitoring
  • Ableton
  • Maschine
  • lots of mics and outboard gear
  • Neumann
  • Neve
  • Pultec
  • etc
  • and also all of the plugins. And a long-haired chihuahua who looks like Salacious B. Crumb from Star Wars.
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