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Mike Elizondo is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer.

Mike Elizondo
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Bass
  • guitar
  • keyboards
  • sitar
  • drums
  • saxophone
Years active 1995–present
Labels Aftermath Entertainment[citation needed]


Musical careerEdit

Elizondo is especially known for his collaborations with hip hop record producer Dr. Dre and rapper Eminem. He has played the bass for many of Dr. Dre's productions and has co-written some of Eminem's songs, including the hit single "The Real Slim Shady". He co-produced several songs on Eminem's Encore with Dr. Dre, Bryan Lennen and co-produced 50 Cent's hit single "In Da Club", again, with Dr. Dre. Elizondo has also co-written songs for many other notable artists, including Jay Z, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, D12, Xzibit, Nate Dogg and Obie Trice.[2]

Aside from hip-hop, Elizondo has worked with singer-songwriter Fiona Apple, producing her 2005 album Extraordinary Machine. He was also involved in album tracks for artists such as Nelly Furtado, Lisa Marie Presley, and Pink (one track was "To Love Me Now", which didn't make the final cut for her "I'm Not Dead" album, but another song "I Got Money Now" did make the cut). He writes songs and plays the bass, guitar, and keyboards himself.[citation needed]

Elizondo and three other high-profile musicians formed an experimental rock group called Shogun Warrior. The group frequently plays at the famed Baked Potato bar & club in Hollywood, California.[citation needed]

Elizondo produced the song "Wunderkind" with Maverick artist Alanis Morissette. The song appeared on the soundtrack to the film-version of The Chronicles of Narnia and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the category of Best Song. He was set to be in the studio with Morissette as co-producer on Alanis' forthcoming fifth studio album, the follow-up to her 2004 record So-Called Chaos, until she announced her hiatus. Finally she decided to choose Guy Sigsworth as a producer for her 2008 album Flavors of Entanglement.[citation needed]

In 2010, Elizondo produced the song "I Remain" written by Morissette for the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time soundtrack. In 2007, Elizondo played bass with Doyle Bramhall II during the concert "Doyle Bramhall II:Live At The Great Wall Of China". The DVD of the concert includes an interview with Elizondo.[citation needed]

He produced several tracks on Maroon 5's It Won't Be Soon Before Long, Natasha Bedingfield's NB, Rilo Kiley's Under the Blacklight and American Idol runner-up Blake Lewis's debut album A.D.D.. He also produced One Tree Hill star Kate Voegele's second album, A Fine Mess.[citation needed]

Elizondo has also produced for Danger Radio. They recorded the group's debut album in early 2008. He featured on the cover of Bass Player magazine alongside Maroon 5 bassist Mickey Madden. Elizondo was nominated for Producer of the Year at the 2008 Grammy Awards alongside Mark Ronson, Timbaland and Joe Chiccarelli.[citation needed]

He has also helped produce the Grammy Award-winning Hello Hurricane, the seventh album from alternative rock band Switchfoot and is credited as a producer on Switchfoot's eighth album, Vice Verses. Elizondo contributed to the composition of Carrie Underwood's single, "Cowboy Casanova", for the album Play On. He also co-wrote "Can't Stay Away", "Is It Over", and "Send Me All Your Angels" for Kris Allen's self-titled debut album.[citation needed]

He co-wrote hits like 50 Cent's "In Da Club", The Game's "Higher", and Eminem's "Just Lose It". He produced both of heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold's #1 albums, 2010's Nightmare, and 2013's Hail to the King.[citation needed]

In 2011, he produced Mastodon's new album The Hunter at Doppler Studios in Atlanta. The same year, the popular Lowe's TV commercial featured "Don't Stop" a song he co-wrote and produced two years before from Gin Wigmore's album Holy Smoke. That November, Regina Spektor announced via Facebook that she had been recording a new album with Elizondo during Summer. He worked with Tegan and Sara on their seventh studio album, 2013's Heartthrob.[3]

As of 2012, Elizondo collaborated with Keith Urban, Maroon 5, Avenged Sevenfold, Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, and Marissa Jack. He was in the studio starting productions for Gary Clark Jr. and Tegan & Sara. He had just completed production for Regina Spektor's upcoming release.[4] He also worked with New Zealand artist Kimbra on new tracks for the US edition of her album Vows.[5]

In 2015, with an interview, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park revealed of Elizondo's decision of becoming an official member of the band but he decided to work with Dr. Dre and Eminem instead, and all of was at the time of Linkin Park's bandname being Hybrid Theory. The creation of the decision was after the departure of the bass player, Dave Farrell, which open up Elizondo's chance.[6]

Elizondo produced Raleigh Ritchie's 2016 single "Keep it Simple", which also features a verse from Stormzy, from his debut album, You're a Man Now, Boy (2016). He produced American singer/songwriter Skylar Grey's album "Natural Causes". Created Galway Girl with Ed Sheeran for his third album Divide

In 2017, Elizondo worked with Muse, producing their single Dig Down.


With Floratone


  1. ^ Kawashima, Dale (2004-12-01). "Mike Elizondo Interview - Writing Hits for Eminem and 50 Cent". Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  2. ^ Kawashima, Dale (2004-12-01). "Mike Elizondo Interview - Writing Hits for Eminem and 50 Cent". Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  3. ^ "Carpool Confessional: Episode 3!". Tegan and Sara. 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  4. ^ "Universal Music Publishing Group Signs Hit-Maker Mike Elizondo To World-Wide Publishing Agreement". Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  5. ^ "Kimbra on Gotye, "Somebody That I Used to Know" - SXSW". YouTube. 2012-02-21. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  6. ^ "Linkin Park's Unknown Bass Player: Mike Elizondo - Newswire". Linkin Park Live. Retrieved 2016-02-21. 

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