Dylan Ely has worked with some of the biggest and most eclectic artists around including: Linkin Park, Ludacris, Jennifer Lopez, R. Kelly, Ministry, …Trail of Dead, and Ginger Baker. Dylan started his music-recording career before his high school diploma was in hand. He caught the engineering bug his senior year when he enrolled in an audio engineering class. After graduation in 1996, Dylan decided to further his education in the audio world and pursue a Recording Arts degree from the renowned Full Sail University.
After receiving his Associates degree, Dylan began an internship at the premier Colorado Sound Studios. Here he cut his teeth assisting on sessions with Hot Rize, The Samples, D’Angelo, and The Steve Miller Band.
Wanting to take his career to the next level, Dylan headed to Chicago. He found a job working as a second engineer at the astounding Chicago Trax. He quickly proved his ability and was offered a position as personal engineer / programmer for the infamous R. Kelly. As his skills and demand grew, Dylan decided to go freelance. One notable client was industrial music legends, Ministry. Ministry was working with Steven Spielberg for the soundtrack of the epic film A.I. and Dylan was offered his first major surround mix.
Dylan’s Chicago credits were recognized, and he was offered a staff engineer gig at Battery Studios NYC. While making a name for himself on the New York scene, Dylan presented his consultation services to The Source Sound Labs (The Source magazine). He worked along side studio design great, Frank Comentale (The Hit Factory NYC). But finally making, the vintage gear “Mecca” PIE studios in Long Island, his home base.
Again Dylan wanted to push the envelope, exploring another facet of the music industry, touring. Dylan’s touring resume includes: R. Kelly, Bob Seger, Disturbed, Back Street Boys and Linkin Park. Mix magazine (May 2010) featured Dylan, along side Linkin Park’s FOH engineer, Ken “Pooch” Van Druten for their pioneering of live “bootlegs” in the article titled “Linkin Park Live”. http://mixonline.com/live/tourprofiles/linkin_park_tour_profile//index.html
Dylan’s hard work and knack for evolving landed him 5.1 surround mixes for Backstreet Boys (Live at Budokan) and Linkin Park (Live at Milton Keynes). The Live at Milton Keynes DVD garnered him a Grammy nomination as mixing engineer for best rock song, “What I’ve Done” in 2009. He has also netted a Grammy win as recording engineer for Best Rap Album, Ludacris’ Release Therapy in 2008.
Most recently Dylan’s time is spent producing and developing up and coming acts at his recording and music production facility, The Loop, in Corpus Christi, TX. Dylan has walked through almost every facet of the recording industry but still believes he learns something new everyday. From his start in high school to making records in untouchable facilities to doing everything at home, the result is always the same: an exciting sonic creation with great feel. “I can have the best gear in the world, but it won’t make me a better engineer. The real trick comes in knowing how to capture the artist’s performance while achieving a distinctive recording with what you have to work with.” (Dylan Ely)