Moir Entertainment | Talent | Mike Elizondo | Click here for AllMusic.com Discography A musician, songwriter, and Grammy-nominated producer, Mike Elizondo is a triple threat. He is known for his 11-year collaboration with hip-hop producer Dr. Dre, as well as for co-writing Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady,” Carrie Underwood’s No. 1 single “Cowboy Casanova,” and 50 Cent’s smash “In Da Club,” which he also co-produced. Over the course of his career, Elizondo has played on records by, written songs for, or produced albums for artists across musical genres, including Avenged Sevenfold, Fiona Apple, Maroon 5, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Rob Thomas, Eric Clapton, Natasha Bedingfield, Switchfoot, Pink, Eve, Ry Cooder, Snoop Dogg, and Rilo Kiley, among many others. Now he brings his many talents, including an impeccable ear, to his position as Staff Producer and Senior VP of A&R for Warner Bros. Records.
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Mike Elizondo

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A musician, songwriter, and Grammy-nominated producer, Mike Elizondo is a triple threat. He is known for his 11-year collaboration with hip-hop producer Dr. Dre, as well as for co-writing Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady,” Carrie Underwood’s No. 1 single “Cowboy Casanova,” and 50 Cent’s smash “In Da Club,” which he also co-produced. Over the course of his career, Elizondo has played on records by, written songs for, or produced albums for artists across musical genres, including Avenged Sevenfold, Fiona Apple, Maroon 5, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Rob Thomas, Eric Clapton, Natasha Bedingfield, Switchfoot, Pink, Eve, Ry Cooder, Snoop Dogg, and Rilo Kiley, among many others. Now he brings his many talents, including an impeccable ear, to his position as Staff Producer and Senior VP of A&R for Warner Bros. Records.

 

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Not surprisingly, Elizondo fell in love with music at a young age. His father is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who built the first home recording studio in Elizondo’s neighborhood in the Pacoima area of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. Young Mike began playing piano and accordion at age 9, learned tenor saxophone at age 12, and, at 13, took up bass guitar, which ignited his interest in becoming a professional musician. He immersed himself in his father’s record collection, which included albums by The Beatles, Al Green, Parliament-Funkadelic, Black Sabbath, John Coltrane, The Police, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin, and learned that good music had no stylistic boundary. 

Elizondo attended the prestigious Academy of Music at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, where he played in the school jazz band with his friend, drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. (who went on to play with Paul McCartney), as well as in the orchestra. After graduating, Elizondo enrolled at Cal State Northridge where one of his instructors encouraged him to learn string bass and inspired an even greater affection for orchestral music. He also played in a band called Budahat, which was signed to Atlantic Records by Craig Kallman, giving Elizondo his first experience working with a producer and making a record. The project coordinator on the album also worked with several major producers, including T-Bone Burnett, Matt Wallace, and Matthew Wilder, who each began hiring Elizondo as a session bassist.  

In 1996, a high-school friend recommended Elizondo to play bass in a session run by Dr. Dre, which eventually evolved into Elizondo making songwriting contributions to several cuts on Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP (2000), including “The Real Slim Shady,” “Family Affair,” from Mary J. Blige’s 2001 album No More Drama, as well as several tracks on 50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (2003), including co-producing “In Da Club,” which put Elizondo on the map. He also continued doing sessions with T-Bone Burnett and producer Glen Ballard, played on records by Nelly Furtado, Eve, Shelby Lynne, Sheryl Crow, Christina Aguilera, and Ry Cooder, and toured as a bassist with Rickie Lee Jones.

Through Jones, Elizondo met producer Jon Brion, who asked Elizondo to meet with his friend Fiona Apple. Apple was looking for a producer to help her re-work her third album, Extraordinary Machine. The album was released in 2005 to rave reviews and earned Apple a 2006 Grammy nomination for “Best Pop Vocal Album.” The credit led the music industry community to see Elizondo not only as a stellar session bassist and Dr. Dre’s right-hand man, but as someone with diverse abilities who could tackle various musical styles. 

Elizondo’s next big project was production work on Maroon 5’s second album, 2007’s It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, selling nearly half a million copies its first week. The Grammy-nominated album featured several hits and further burnished Elizondo’s reputation as an artist-friendly producer. He followed up his work with Maroon 5 by taking another 180-degree turn and producing several tracks on indie-rock darlings Rilo Kiley’s 2007 debut for Warner Bros. Records, Under the Blacklight, which earned the band its highest chart position yet when it debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at No. 22. In 2008, Elizondo was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Producer of the Year.” 

In 2009, Elizondo was brought in to produce several tracks on Hello Hurricane, the well-received seventh studio album from San Diego quintet Switchfoot. After its completion, the album found its way into the hands of Cavallo, who, as the newly appointed Chief Creative Officer for Warner Music Group, signed Switchfoot to a deal with Atlantic Records based on the quality of Hello Hurricane, which earned the band and Mike a Grammy for “Best Rock Gospel Album.” 

Later that year, Elizondo retained a new manager, Steve Moir, who also represented such heavyweight rock producers as Rob Cavallo and Brendan O’Brien. Moir encouraged Elizondo to continue to pursue his desire to work with hard rock bands by meeting with the members of Southern California’s Avenged Sevenfold. Recording of the band’s fifth album began in October, just two months before the band’s drummer, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, passed away from a drug overdose. Nightmare, the highly personal collection that Avenged made with Elizondo in the wake of that tragedy, was the band’s first No. 1 album.  

During the recording of Nightmare, Cavallo and veteran record producer and legendary A&R executive Lenny Waronker (who was back in the Warner Bros. Records fold after 14 years) approached Elizondo about joining the company as a Staff Producer and Senior VP or A&R. Although he enjoyed being independent, Elizondo relished the idea of being part of the A&R team and learning more about the day-to-day business of a major record label. Also signed to Universal Music Publishing, Elizondo has the ability to introduce projects he believes in and serve as an advocate on behalf of the artists as they navigate the machinery of a major record company. Currently in 2012, Mike is producing Eli “Paperboy” Reed and Echosmith.  In addition, he is producing and co-writing with Keith Urban. It’s the perfect next step in the ever-evolving career of Mike Elizondo.

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Discography
Artist
Album
Label
Credit
21 Pilots
"Blurryface"

Produced 5 tracks, including "Stressed Out"

Atlantic Records
Co-Writer
Raleigh Ritchie
Boy, You're Now a Man

Co-Wrote "Keep It Simple"

Columbia
The Hunger Games
OST

Produced "Hanging Tree"

Phases
For Life

Producer

Warner Brothers Records
Echosmith
Talking Dreams
Warner Bros Records
Produced
Shelby Lynne
Love Shelby

"Ain't It The Truth" 

Universal
Writer
Poe
Haunted

"Haunted", "Not A Virgin", "Terrible Thought", & "Wild" 

Atlantic Records
Writer
The Rolling Stones
Austin Powers (OST)

"Miss You" (remix), (Co-Produced w/ Dr. Dre)

Maverick Records
Co-Producer
P!NK
I'm Not Dead

"I've Got Money Now" *Platinum 

Jive Records
Produced, Writer
Busta Rhymes
Genesis

"Break Ya Neck", "Bounce", "Truck Volume" & "Holla" 

J Records
Produced
Eric Clapton
Back Home

"Piece Of My Heart" 

Warner Bros. Records
Writer
Nelly Furtado
Folklore

"The Grass Is Green" 

DreamWorks Records
Produced, Writer
Macy Gray
8 Mile (OST)

"Time Of My Life", -4X Platinum LP-

Maverick Records
Writer
Macy Gray
Miss Match TV Theme

"Love Is Gonna Get You"

NBC
Writer
G-Unit
Beg For Mercy

"Poppin' Them Thangs" & "G'd Up" 

Interscope Records
Writer
Eve
Eve-Olution

"Satisfaction" & "What" 

Interscope Records
Writer
Eve
Scorpion

"Let Me Blow Your Mind" (f. Gwen Stefani), -Grammy Award Winner-, -Gold LP-, #1 Billboard Pop Single 

Interscope Records
Writer
The Game
The Documentary

"How We Do" (f. 50 Cent), "Don't Worry" (f. Mary J. Blige), "Higher", -#1 Billboard Album

Interscope Records
Produced, Writer
Gin Wigmore
Holy Smoke
Universal Australia
Produced, Co-Writer
Fiona Apple
Extraordinary Machine

#1 Billboard Top Digital Album 

Sony Music
Produced
Eminem
Relapse

"3 a.m.", "Insane", "Bagpipes From Baghdad", "Same Song & Dance", "Stay Wide Awake", #1 Billboard Album 

Aftermath Records
Co-Writer
Eminem
The Eminem Show

"Business", "My Dad's Gone Crazy", "Say Goodbye To Hollywood" & "Say What You Say", -9X Platinum LP-

Aftermath Records
Writer
Eminem
The Marshall Mathers LP

"The Real Slim Shady", "Who Knew", "Bitch Please II" & "I'm Black", #1 Billboard Album, -Grammy Award Winner-, -9X Platinum LP- 

Aftermath Records
Writer
Eminem
Encore

"Just Lose It", "Never Enough" & "Ass Like That", "Just Lose It" -2005 Grammy Nominee-, "Evil Deeds", "Mosh", "Rain Man", "Big Weenie" & "Encore", #1 Billboard Album 

Aftermath Records
Produced, Writer
Snoop Dogg
Last Meal

"Lay Low", "Hennessy N Buddah" & "True Lies", -Platinum LP-

Priority Records
Produced, Writer
Alanis Morrissette
Havoc and Bright Lights

Gold, #1 Billboard Rock Album 

Collective Sounds
Composed, Lyricist
Alanis Morrissette
Chronicles of Narnia (OST)

"Wunderkind", -Golden Globe Nominee- 

Hollywood Records
Produced
50 Cent
Get Rich or Die Tryin'

"In Da Club" & "Patiently Waiting" (f. Eminem), #1 Billboard Single, "Backdown" & "Heat" -4X Platinum-

Interscope Records
Co-Producer, Writer
50 Cent
The Massacre

"Outta Control" & "Gunz Come Out" 

Interscope Records
Co-Producer, Writer
Maroon 5
It Wont Be Soon Before Long

"If I Never See Your Face Again", "Wake Up Call", "Won't Go Home Without You", "Nothing Lasts Forever", "Goodnight Goodnight", "Not Falling Apart", "Kiwi", "Better That We Break", 2X Platinum *Including singles "Wake Up Call" & "Wont Go Home Without You" 

Octone / J Records
Produced
Jay-Z
The Blueprint 2

"The Watcher 2", #1 Billboard Album 

Island Records
Writer
Sheryl Crow
Detours

"Peace Be Upon Us" & "Love Is All There Is" 

A&M Records
Co-Writer
Natasha Bedingfield
Pocketful Of Sunshine

*Including "Say It Again" w/ Adam Levine, #1 Dance Billboard single

Epic Records
Produced, Co-Writer
Gwen Stefani
Love.Angel.Music.Baby.

"Rich Girl" (f. Eve) 

Interscope Records
Co-Writer
Mastodon
The Hunter
Reprise
Produced
Switchfoot
Vice Verses

#1 Billboard Christian Album 

lowercase people records/Atlantic
Executive Producer
Switchfoot
Hello Hurricane

*Grammy Award Winner 2011, Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album 

ATO Records
Produced
Eli 'Paperboy' Reed
Come And Get It
Capitol Records
Produced
Carrie Underwood
Play On

"Cowboy Casanova", #1 Country Single *Sold over 2 million copies. 

Arista Nashville
Co-Writer
Keith Urban
Fuse

#1 Billboard Album 

Hit Red/ Capitol Nashville
Produced
Avenged Sevenfold
Hail to The King

#1 Billboard Album 

Warner Bros Records
Produced
Avenged Sevenfold
Nightmare

#1 Billboard Album, *Three Number One Active Rock Singles 

Warner Bros Records
Produced
Kimbra
Vows

"Settle Down", "Cameo Lover", "Sally I Can See You" 

Warner Bros Records
Produced, Co-Writer
Rilo Kiley
Under The Blacklight
Brute / Beauty Records / Warner Bros.
Produced
Regina Spektor
What We Saw from the Cheap Seats

#1 Billboard Alternative Album 

Sire Records
Produced
Regina Spektor
Far

"Man of a Thousand Face", "The Calculation", "Eet", "Machine" & "Time Is All Around" 

Sire Records
Produced
Kate Voegele
A Fine Mess
Interscope Records
Produced
Kris Allen
Kris Allen

"Can't Stay Away", "Is It Over", "Lifetime" & "Send Me All Your Angels" 

Jive Records
Co-Writer
Gary Clark Jr.
Blak and Blu
Warner Bros Records
Composed, Produced