Real Name:
Russell Elevado
Profile:
Engineer and producer Russell Elevado started his career in 1986 in New York City. He’s widely recognized for the sound he created for D’Angelo’s “Voodoo” album which he recorded and mixed and earned him a Grammy Award for “Best R&B Album” in 2000. And in 2015 he won another Grammy for "Best R&B Album" on D'Angelo's "Black Messiah album, the long awaited follow up to Voodoo. His use of vintage recording equipment and analog tape gave the album an “old school” sound but with a modern approach inspired by hip hop and sampling. In the same period he mixed albums for some of pop, R&B and Hip Hop’s most influential artist’s and producers of era like Erykah Badu, Jay Z, Rick Rubin, Tony Visconti and Jay Dilla to name a few. His work with ?uestlove and the Roots is also notable, pushing the limits of organic hip hop and creative mixing. Elevado mixed the hugely successful debut single “Fallen” for superstar Alicia Keys. And in 2009, he was nominated for Best Engineered Album (non classical) for his recording of Al Green’s “Lay it Down”.

The interesting thing about Elevado is that he’s one of a few engineer’s who continue using analog tape from the initial recording to the mix. He’s been quoted in many interviews about his dissatisfaction with the digital recording medium and the way it has changed the industry and the creative process of artists and production. Elevado doesn’t use any plug-ins (digital effects and processing) and still uses large analog consoles for his mixing automation. His dedication to analog has defined his career attracting a wide range of artists from different genres like rock, jazz, hip hop, soul and world music.
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Remix

662388 2 Russell Elevado - Tell Me album art Groove Theory Tell Me (BKNY R&B Mix) and 2 more… Groove Theory - Tell Me (Single, Maxi) Epic 662388 2 UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version

Vocals

75021 5331 4 The Wooten Brothers Looks The Wooten Brothers - Try My Love (Album) A&M Records 75021 5331 4 US 1990 Sell This Version
BEC5772465 Russell Elevado - Circles album art Krystle Warren & The Faculty Krystle Warren & The Faculty - Circles (Album) Because Music BEC5772465 France 2009 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

7567-82360-2 YS, 7567-82360-2 Russell Elevado - Ah...Bas Noir album art Bas Noir Yearn'n Bas Noir - Ah...Bas Noir(CD, Album) Atlantic, Atlantic 7567-82360-2 YS, 7567-82360-2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
10124-2 Russell Elevado - I Like It album art Jomanda I Like It (Kenny Smoove Remix) and 2 more… Jomanda - I Like It(CD, Maxi) Big Beat 10124-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
7 82504-2, 82504-2 Russell Elevado - Nubia Soul album art Jomanda I Like It (Kenny Smoove Remix) (as Russ Elevado) Jomanda - Nubia Soul(CD, Album) Big Beat, Atlantic 7 82504-2, 82504-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
153 259-4 Russell Elevado - Mama's Gun album art eryKahBadu* Kiss Me On My Neck (Hesi) eryKahBadu* - Mama's Gun (Album) Motown 153 259-4 Poland 2000 Sell This Version
7243 8833472 5 Russell Elevado - Beautiful Emilie album art Keziah Jones Keziah Jones - Beautiful Emilie(CD, Single, Copy Prot.) Delabel 7243 8833472 5 France 2003 Sell This Version
BEC5772465 Russell Elevado - Circles album art Krystle Warren & The Faculty Krystle Warren & The Faculty - Circles (Album) Because Music BEC5772465 France 2009 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

HAL 12187 Russell Elevado - Right Here And Now album art Clinton Daniel Clinton Daniel - Right Here And Now(12") Loose Leaf Records HAL 12187 US 1990 Sell This Version
none Russell Elevado - Various Assets - Not For Sale: Red Bull Music Academy Barcelona 2008 album art Various Just Words! (as Russ Elevado) Various - Various Assets - Not For Sale: Red Bull Music Academy Barcelona 2008 (Comp) Red Bull Music Academy none Europe 2009 Sell This Version

Production

Y 0777 7 15929 6 6 Russell Elevado - Nice "N" Sleazy album art Full Force Full Force - Nice "N" Sleazy(12") Capitol Records Y 0777 7 15929 6 6 US 1992 Sell This Version
487471 1 Russell Elevado - Presents The Marquis Club album art Roey Marquis II.* Tell Me (6 Karat Hip Hop Mix) Roey Marquis II.* - Presents The Marquis Club(2xLP) Columbia 487471 1 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
74321 53514 1 Russell Elevado - Everyday album art Angie Stone For Devox Everyday (Version With Acapella Intro) Angie Stone For Devox - Everyday (Single, Maxi) DeVox, Arista, BMG 74321 53514 1 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
AL-8975 Russell Elevado - Money Talks - The Album album art Various Everyday (as Russ Elando) Various - Money Talks - The Album (Comp, Album) Arista AL-8975 US 1997 Sell This Version
ADP-3421 Russell Elevado - Everyday / Keep It Bubblin' album art Angie Stone And Devox / Brand Nubian Angie Stone And Devox / Brand Nubian - Everyday / Keep It Bubblin'(12", Promo) Arista ADP-3421 US 1997 Sell This Version
74321 78744 2 Russell Elevado - Black Diamond album art Angie Stone Everyday Angie Stone - Black Diamond (Album) Arista, DeVox 74321 78744 2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
74321 75892 4 Angie Stone Everyday Angie Stone - Black Diamond (Album Sampler)(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Arista 74321 75892 4 UK & Ireland 2000 Sell This Version
7243 8833472 5 Russell Elevado - Beautiful Emilie album art Keziah Jones Keziah Jones - Beautiful Emilie(CD, Single, Copy Prot.) Delabel 7243 8833472 5 France 2003 Sell This Version
440 065 192-1 Russell Elevado - Hard Groove album art Roy Hargrove Presents The RH Factor Roy Hargrove Presents The RH Factor - Hard Groove (Album) Verve Records 440 065 192-1 US 2003 Sell This Version
VERR 01253-2 Russell Elevado - The RH Factor EP album art The RH Factor The RH Factor - The RH Factor EP(CD, EP, Ltd, Promo) Verve Records VERR 01253-2 US 2003 Sell This Version
VERR 01362-2 Russell Elevado - Strength EP album art The RH Factor The RH Factor - Strength EP (EP) Verve Records VERR 01362-2 US 2004 Sell This Version
82876-68513-2 Russell Elevado - Stone Hits - The Very Best Of Angie Stone album art Angie Stone Everyday Angie Stone - Stone Hits - The Very Best Of Angie Stone (Comp) J Records 82876-68513-2 US 2005 Sell This Version
VERF 01481-2 The RH Factor The RH Factor - Distractions(CD, Album, Promo) Verve Records VERF 01481-2 US 2006 Sell This Version
BEC5772368 Russell Elevado - Nigerian Wood album art Keziah Jones Keziah Jones - Nigerian Wood(CD, Album, Enh) Because Music BEC5772368 Europe 2008 Sell This Version