When you think of legendary pop engineers who are simply the absolute best at what they do, the list is a very short one. A single handful at best.
The inhabitants who populate that list not only take great pride in their work; they define what magnificent recordings should sound like. You can hear their craft embedded in digital code, or if you’re lucky, 180 gram vinyl, on such seminal works as Van Morrison’s Moondance, Steely Dan’s Aja, Gaucho and The Royal Scam, Chaka Khan’s I Feel For You, Rickie Lee Jones’ Pirates, Bruce Hornsby’s The Way It Is and The Eagles’ Hell Freezes Over.
From the early days at A&R Studios, Elliot has gone on to produce, engineer and mix an eclectic selection of talented artists such as Foo Fighters, Beck, Nine Inch Nails, Faith Hill, Steely Dan, Van Morrison, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Sting, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Aerosmith, Phish and many others. On the film side, Elliot’s worked on such films as The Godfather, The Godfather II, Tarzan and Meet The Robinsons.
Elliot produced Ben Folds and yMusic’s So There CD which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Charts the week of 3 October 2015! NPR exclaims “For many musicians, So There could have played like an indulgent diversion, frustrating those hungry for another rock album. For Folds, who constantly hones his craft by taking unexpected paths, it extends a career-long flirtation with modern orchestral composition to its logical next step.”
Elliot has 25 Grammy noms and 8 Grammy wins with his latest win coming this past 8 February 2015 for Beyonce’s eponymous album for Best Surround Sound Album. Additionally, Elliot has an Emmy, 3 TEC Awards as well as membership in the TEC Hall of Fame alongside George Lucas.
Elliot’s previous Best Surround Sound Album Grammys are for Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek and the Dominos and Morph The Cat by Donald Fagen. Additionally, he won for Album of the Year/Best Pop Vocal Album/Best Engineered Album for Steely Dan’s Two Against Nature as well as two Engineer of the Year Grammys for two of the most recognized Pop albums in rock history: Aja and Gaucho by Steely Dan.
He also won an Emmy as Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming as Music Mixer for History of The Eagles Showtime special.
—#1 Album on the Billboard Classical Charts with Ben Fold and yMusic’s So There CD week of 3 October 2015.
—Mixing the Showtime special The History of the Eagles
—Won his 8th Grammy for Beyonce’s eponymous album mixed in 5.1 surround sound.
—Mixed Beck’s extraordinary rendition of David Bowie’s “Sound and Vision”;
—Recorded new music for Paul McCartney;
—Recorded and mixed Sting’s Live In Berlin DVD and Sting’s Symphonicities album;
—Mixed the final Glenn Frey release, After Hours;
—Mixed Trey Anastasio’s Paper Wheels CD.