I am the best kept secret in the industry.
I am now a Buddhist.
This year the music goddess smiled on me once again and brought KALI UCHIS into my life. FINALLY one of the songs we worked on CAME OUT LISTEN HERE
ALSO I DEVELOPED A NEW YOUTUBE SERIES CALLED "PROMINENT PRODUCER PROFILES" WITH THE HELP OF MY 2 NEW INTERNS CALVIN AND ART.
2017 has been so busy that I have not been able to update this wonderful blog in sometime. More people these days want me to mix their tunes than ever and this has created a situation where I am having to learn how to balance my time more strategically. It is unfortunate that humans have only so many hours of creativity per month and once that is drained what remains is akin to a sad panda raisin.
One of the unfortunate side effects of being a raisin panda is that I no longer had the energy to invest into this blog and my live stream freestyle show that I was doing every week. The balance between ambition and reality is real.
I am in the process of working on some infrastructure upgrades that will soon allow me the time to get back to doing streaming and blogging. 2017 is all about OPTIMIZING the FLOW.
I've been working on some supermassive albums that I will announce once they come out but you can probably figure it all out if you're an intrepid twitter or Instagram warrior.
I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH SOME INSTAX PHOTOS:
Was blessed to have worked with Arizona's finest rap troupe, INJURY RESERVE. They played me their not yet finished album and I have to say that it is beyond epic. We were able to finish one song, however. (see video below)
Having grown up in Arizona, I found it easy to relate to these fine chaps, sharing stories of cactus related injuries and our first snake kisses.
Wowie, 4 videos that featured my mixes came out all around the same day. WE TALKING SERIOUS CONTENT HERE PEOPLE. CHECK EM ALL OUT.
Hey kids, SWMRS released a sick new music video for their song Hannah, Mixed by MEEEEE
FREE MIX CONTEST ALERT!
I have teamed up with SOUNDBETTER to do a little mix contest. The winner will be selected by me and once I make my selection I will mix the song for the winner. WOO HOO. Sounds fun. Soundbetter is amazing by the way and is a tool I have used to meet a lot of great people. Check it out sometime. It's away that creative types can connect all over the world and work together.
Hey Sports fans!!
Turns out I am terrible at keeping this updated. SO many things have happened since the last blog post so I'll try to cover some of the major things that have gone down.
THE BIGGEST THING: FRANK OCEAN RELEASES "BLONDE" or "BLOND" You decide!
Words can not express how amazing it feels to have something you worked on over the span of nearly 4 years finally get released. I wrote this the day the album came out, I'm gonna refer back to that to save time:
"Working on this album took me from LA to Miami to NYC to London and Back. The last 4 years or so feel like a dream. I was 28 when it started, now I'm 32.
I decided to take a huge risk leaving Arizona in 2009 to try and enter a failing music industry where almost everyone said what I was trying to do was impossible.
Thanks to my amazing parents and friends and dog that have helped me through all the stress that comes with trying to live outside the box.
To Frank Ocean: I don't know why you chose me to be your engineer for 2 albums and 5 years, it does not feel real. It would take a poet as gifted as you to describe how amazing it makes me feel.
Malay & Om'Mas Keith My entire aesthetic is based off of observing your genius.
To all my friends who worked on the album, congratulations. You know who you are."
And there you have it. There's not much more I can say about that. Below I will attach some photos that document my journey through this album. I aged 4 years and had various "looks" throughout the production. Sorry it's just photos of me. I don't take photos with Frank out of respect for his privacy.
NOW THAT WE GOT THAT OUT OF THE WAY:
SOUND ON SOUND INVADES THE STUDIO
I was lucky enough to be interviewed by SOUND ON SOUND (the greatest magazine in audio) recently. 3 salty Brits came to my studio and did a little video interview. It's crazy to think I was an intern in 2009 and 7 years later people actually want to hear my opinion on engineering. It was a grand honor. Hopefully I don't come off like an IDIOT. ( I will)
Things are getting really crazy with technology. Over the last few months I thought it would be fun to set up my studio so I could live stream anything happening in here in real time to the INTERNETS. Somehow I managed to figure this all out and I've been doing some really fun live streams. I plan to do some LIVE MIXES, Writing sessions, LIVE IN STUDIO SHOWS and all sorts of fun stuff. HOWEVER, so far I have mostly been streaming our new WEEKLY live FREESTYLE show titled "ELEPHANT WORLDWIDE FREESTYLE THURSDAYS" we go live every Thursday 9 PM PST (Assuming I don't get lazy) We kicked it off with a FREESTYLE COMPETITION for BEDROCKTOBER FEST which took place at the building that my studio is in. I made a youtube video which showcased the best moments of the EVENT. It was a HUGE SUCCESS (~8 viewers lol) and a LOT OF FUN. Follow me on twitch www.twitch.tv/jeffellisworldwide ALSO SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE FOR ALL THE LATEST CONTENT.
PMC (the best speakers in the world) asked me to give a presentation at AES 2016. It was REALLY REALLY FUN. Met a lot of great people and had a blast. Was my first presentation at an AUDIO convention. FILLED EVERY SEAT BABY.
THATS IT FOR NOW. ILL UPDATE THIS ALL THE TIME STARTING NOW I SWEAR.
Blog post #2. Exciting right? So I have some really great news, over the last 6 months, I've been secretly developing a youtube show with the help of some friends from Bedrock (JDVVC and KAMRANV / Granty) I just released the first episode this week. I set up Brandon from FIDLAR with a celebrity astrologist named FARAN. Check it out below.
Nick Jonas - Testify
Been working on a lot of great music lately and some of it is starting to come out. It seems on average it takes at least 6 months after I finish a mix to where it finally comes. If you're in the UK check out Nick Jonas's new album. The song i mixed is called testify and it is on the deluxe edition. It's blocked out in the US (annoying) so that makes it really hard to listen to here but if you're in the UK enjoy.
Sometimes in life, the music gods smile upon you like a sultry mountain goat... Recently, I was enjoying my dinner at the local Echo Park culinary institution "TAIX" when 2 of crazy Australian dudes sat next to me. As it would turn out, they were the band Lime Cordiale. They were in town to write songs for their new album and I invited them back to my studio for a little hang sesh. What would come out of this session was one of the greatest songs ever written in the modern era and god willing, I will get to share this with you at some point.
Though I spend most my time mixing records, as I find writing and production less appealing generally. However, every so often i will gift my talents to deserving musicians and create musical fire.
LIPHEMRA MUSIC VIDEO SHOOT
When you mix songs for a living you end up being in the background of many music videos. I mixed this dope song by LIPHEMRA called "Feel Nothing" Here's a little photo from the video shoot. The song will be out soon. The video features 2 professional female boxing champions.
Recent Show PICS
Thats all for now!! more to come!
Welcome to the first Jeff Ellis Worldwide BLOG entry EVER. So much of what I do gets lost in a sea of NDA's and sleepless nights, so I've decided to chronicle my adventures in a BLOG so when I'm 92 years old I can remember some of the amazing stuff I have done. As it stands now I have already forgotten most of it.
March 16, 2016 I boarded a flight on Norwegian Airlines with the goal of finishing the mixing of the album by my return date of March 26. The album was set to be 12 songs and we had about 3 of them done before I left LA. so 9 songs in 10 days. Considering I was going to be facing some serious jet lag and working in a studio that I was not familiar with, this was no small task.
Depending on the genre of music and the arrangement of a song it can take anywhere from 2 hours to 3 days to mix a song. Luckily, the quality of Søren Vestergaard's productions made it possible that we could mix the entire album in ~8 work days. (I hoped)
~6 months ago, I met Pernille Rosendahl on Skype after having been awake for 26 hours straight engineering a marathon Frank Ocean session. In my delirium, I decided to do the Skype meeting instead of sleeping. After hearing a few of her demos I told her exactly how I wanted to mix her album. I wanted to be aggressive and forage our own unique sound. The aesthetic would be a dark sonic landscape with a thick bottom that mirrored the emotional content of the album. We did not want to go for a safe or traditional sound. My vision mirrored her desires, we hit it off over Skype and the rest is history.
I documented most of my journey on a bunch of really tiny Polaroid photos and a Kodak disposable camera. Unfortunately, in my travels I somehow lost the disposable camera so we are left with a few Polaroids and some terrible iPhone 5s Photos. Perhaps someone in Denmark will find the missing camera and leak all of those photos to the internet someday, luckily, I took very few selfie nudes.
SIDEBAR: Pernille has most the good Polaroid photos, these are only the ones I could sneak out of the country. If I can ever get some of her's ill post them in a separate blog.
Here is an example of a terrible iPhone photo taken in Denmark:
I would be staying at the Historic Hotel Guldsmeden in the Vesterbro neighborhood of Copenhagen. This establishment is noted for their fine breakfast spread and was a very short walk from the studio. I would recommend this hotel as the accommodations were superb.
I had a fantastic photo of the room on my lost camera so instead enjoy this photograph from the street on which the hotel resides.
I woke up each morning at 6am. That is way earlier than I usually wakeup, however, with jet lag I just went with it and it lasted the entire trip. Waking up this early gave me the privilege of enjoying the Hotel Guldsmeden breakfast buffet in relative solidarity.
The studio where I would be mixing was located in the same building as Søren Vestergaard's studio and was perfect because I could walk there and be close to the producer of the album.
We repurposed a danish producers personal studio into a mixing room and it worked out great! I've designed my entire mixing gear / workflow around being mobile for just this type of situation, so I was well prepared to integrate into any studio situation that I would be facing. Also, I've been using this software called Sonarworks.com - Sonarworks™ Reference 3 which allows me to take sonic measurements of any room and calibrate my speakers to sound right in any sonic environment. Very helpful and I would highly recommend this software to anyone.
One great constant throughout the entire trip was each morning at 8:30am we would take a trip to "The Littlest Coffee Shop" which was just down the street from the studio. This was a time to gather our thoughts and form a strategy for the day. It was also a time to relax and enjoy some fine Americano's.
Many days progressed in a similar routine, Buffet > Studio > Coffee > Studio > Lunch > Studio > asleep by 6pm. We set a very aggressive deadline that we could not slack on because the finishline was actually an album screening at the Denmark Hifi Club. (Talk about pressure!!)
Somehow we actually finished in time and here are some pictures of the event. It was a smashing success and the reception was wonderful.
Anyway, somehow we managed to finish the album on time and it just came out in Denmark today. I'll post some more pictures and more info about the album when it's out in the US. I loved the way it turned out. Sorry for the purple text but I'm never changing it.
I have a bunch of cool stuff coming out soon... LOTS of new songs I've mixed and even a new Jeff Ellis Worldwide Youtube Show!