Engineer and producer Russell Elevado was born in the Philippines and his family immigrated to New York City at the age of five. He started his studio career in 1986 interning at Shakedown Studios owned by producer Arthur Baker. He’s widely recognized for the sound he created for D’Angelo’s “Voodoo” album which he recorded and mixed which earned him a Grammy Award for “Best R&B Album” in 2000. 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. And in 2015 he won another Grammy for "Best R&B Album" for D'Angelo's "Black Messiah album, the long awaited follow up to Voodoo. His work with Questlove and the Roots is also notable, pushing the limits of organic hip hop with 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”. Elevado has mixed albums for some of pop, R&B and Hip Hop’s most influential artist’s and producers of this era like Erykah Badu, Jay Z, Rick Rubin, Tony Visconti and Jay Dilla to name a few.
The interesting thing about Elevado is his commitment to analogue. 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 uses analog equipment exclusively for processing. 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.