DANA NIELSEN

PRODUCER | ENGINEER | MIXER

Dana Nielsen is a Grammy-nominated mixer, engineer, producer, and saxophonist known for his work with Damien Rice, The Smashing Pumpkins, Neil Young, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Adele, The Avett Brothers, Bob Dylan, and Kanye West. Nielsen also frequently works with music for picture, producing, recording, and mixing a growing number of film scores and soundtracks, such as Will Ferrell’s Anchorman 2 (Paramount) and Casa De Mi Padre (NALA), as well as the Sam Rockwell/Olivia Wilde dark comedy Better Living Through Chemistry.

Biography

 Based in Los Angeles, Nielsen has amassed credits that run the stylistic gamut from Neil Diamond to Slayer and just about every style in between. Nielsen’s work can be heard on albums by a diverse roster of artists. He worked as an engineer on Kanye West’s Yeezus (Roc-A-Fella) and Rihanna’s Loud (Def Jam), recorded Bob Dylan’s Tempest (Colombia), and recorded Neil Young and Promise of The Real for their latest album The Visitor (Reprise).

 

 As a composer, saxophonist, singer and programmer, Nielsen’s own music and/or voice can be heard on countless TV commercials, as well as hit shows like Queer Eye for the Straight GuyAmerica’s Next Top Model, and the Duplass brothers’ HBO series Room 104.

 

 Throughout his career, legendary producer Rick Rubin has frequently tapped Nielsen’s skills for various projects including Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Stadium Arcadium, and Madison Ward’s debut single “Mirror” (American), which Nielsen recorded and mixed.  In 2008 he mixed Neil Diamond’s #1 selling album, Home Before Dark, and in 2013 Nielsen worked as an engineer on Black Sabbath’s Rick Rubin-produced 13, the band’s first album to top the UK charts in 43 years.  Nielsen can be seen on screen working as an engineer alongside Rick Rubin and David Letterman in episode 4 (feat. Jay Z) of Letterman’s Netflix series “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”  Nielsen is also featured in the Judd Apatow/Michael Bonfiglio HBO documentary, “May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers.”

 

Recently, Nielsen mixed and engineered Santana’s new album Africa Speaks (Concord), as well as The Smashing Pumpkins anticipated reunion album Shiny and Oh So Bright (Napalm), engineered William Patrick Corgan’s debut solo album Ogilala (BMG), and engineered sessions for Shawn Mendes and Keith Urban.

Selected Discography

ARTIST

ALBUM

CREDITS

ARTIST

Santana

ALBUM

Africa Speaks (Concord)

CREDITS

E, M

ARTIST

The Avett Brothers

ALBUM

True Sadness (Republic)

CREDITS

E, M

ARTIST

William Patrick Corgan

ALBUM

Ogilala (BMG)

CREDITS

E

ARTIST

Crown & the M.O.B.

ALBUM

All Rise (Fasho)

CREDITS

Co-P, E, M

ARTIST

Ruen Brothers

ALBUM

Point Dume (Republic)

CREDITS

M

ARTIST

Damien Rice

ALBUM

My Favourite Faded Fantasy (Vector/Warner Bros)

CREDITS

M

ARTIST

Noah Gundersen

ALBUM

Ledges (DualTone)

CREDITS

M

ARTIST

Anchorman 2

ALBUM

O.F.S. (Paramount)

CREDITS

Co-P, E, M

ARTIST

Jake Bugg

ALBUM

Shangri La (Mercury)

CREDITS

E, Ed

ARTIST

Kanye West

ALBUM

Yeezus (Roc-A-Fella)

CREDITS

E

ARTIST

Johnnyswim

ALBUM

Heart Beats EP (Big Picnic Records)

CREDITS

M

ARTIST

Black Sabbath

ALBUM

13! (Vertigo/Republic)

CREDITS

E

*Credit Key: P – Producer, E – Engineer, M – Mixer

Featured Audio

1. Pom Poms "Go Go" (Make Records)- P, E, M

3:09

2. Ruen Brothers "Summer Sun" (Republic) - M

3:22

3. William Patrick Corgan "Aeronaut" (BMG) - E

3:40

4. Christina Aguilera "Casa De Mi Padre" (Paramount) - E, M

2:52

5. Damien Rice "Trusty and True" (Vector/ Warner Bros) - M

8:11

6. DRAM "Check Ya Fabrics"(Atlantic) -E, M

4:42

7. Jake Bugg "What Doesn't Kill You" (Mercury) - E, Ed.

2:08

8. Damien Rice "My Favourite Faded Fantasy" (Vector/ Warner Bros.) - M

6:12

9. Noah Gundersen "Ledges" (Dualtone) - M

4:19

10. Ruen Brothers "Motor City" (Republic) - M

2:38

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