Hi, this is Eli. I am a producer and engineer based in Brooklyn, NY. Although I mostly work out of Shahzad Ismaily's Figure 8 Recording in Prospect Heights, I co-own New, Improved Recording, a studio in Oakland, CA, where I sometimes still travel to work. People and bands I have had the enormous fortune to work with include tUnE-yArDs, ?uestlove, Yoko Ono, Lorde, Yoni Wolf/WHY?, Yo La Tengo, Laurie Anderson, Cibo Matto, Kathleen Hanna/The Julie Ruin, Beth Orton, Marc Ribot, Sean Ono Lennon/The GOASST, Thao & Mirah, Beulah/Miles Kurosky, Deerhoof, Geographer, Colin Stetson, Beep!, Mike Watt, Meklit, Sean Hayes, Erase Errata, ROVA, Thee More Shallows, Scott Amendola, Jeff Parker (Tortoise), Tin Hat, Fred Frith, Joan Jeanrenaud, Ben Goldberg, Nels Cline (Wilco), Greg Cohen (Masada/Tom Waits), Maria Muldaur, and many others. I have been able to track and mix records in such great studios as Electric Lady, Fantasy, Oscilloscope, the Bunker, Tiny Telephone, and High Bias Recordings. For a discography and some samples of my work as an engineer and producer, go here.
I play music as well, primarily on the upright bass and bass guitar. I spent years playing in small clubs in the Bay Area, and then more years touring the US and Europe as a musician. I even got to play on Conan O'Brien's old television program. I was the bass player for a number of years in Beulah, and I also did time in Optimist International, the Roofies, Spezza Rotto, Shinola, Los Super Elegantes, and the Loins. Sometimes I'm still able to play on a record or onstage with a band here and there, most recently with Chris Cohen (of Deerhoof and the Curtains). For a full list of my musical associations check here.
I also compose music for film and theater. If you'd like a taste of what I can do saunter over here.
In addition, I have a BA from UC Berkeley in Linguistics, an MFA from Mills College in Electronic Music and Recording Media, regularly write product reviews and articles for Tape Op magazine, was a regular panelist at the PotLuckCon/TapeOpCon recording conventions, and taught analog recording and studio maintenance at a recording college for six years. I also have a son and a wife.
August 2014: A two-day session with my good friend Yoni Wolf (WHY?) and, um, LORDE at Rivington 66 went well. I was already a fan of hers, but she is an absolutely amazing person, an incredible singer, and by far the most together 17-year-old I have ever met. Wow. Looking forward to hearing what Yoni does with the song.
This video shows the behind-the-scenes of a session I engineered and mixed in 2012. Recording Merrill and Nate of tUnE-yArDs doing a Fela Kuti cover with ?uestlove of the Roots will forever rank highly on my list of favorite things I've done.
Hey, there's an interview with me in the March 2012 issue of Tape Op's online magazine. I interviewed Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs for the print version. Extra stuff that didn't make it into the mag is here.
Here are a few other links to various press items about me or my cohorts:
tUnE-yArDs' "Nikki Nack" hits No.27 on the Billboard Charts!
Big Tree's EP gets some kind words in the East Bay Express.
tUnE-yArDs' "w h o k i l l" gets stellar review on P-fork.
tUnE-yArDs in the New Yorker.
Nice words about Beep's most recent album.
Pitchfork likes Thao & Mirah record.
Hella old article about my old band, the Roofies.
NY Times article about Beth, with an appearance by Hank IV.