Dana Nielsen is an American mix engineer, audio engineer, record producer and saxophonist based in Los Angeles. Nielsen has worked with The Avett Brothers, Ruen Brothers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Justin Timberlake, Adele, Neil Diamond, Linkin Park, System of a Down, Bob Dylan, Weezer, Rihanna, Sheryl Crow, and Christina Aguilera, among others. Nielsen has also composed music for TV commercials and TV shows including the hit shows Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and America's Next Top Model.
Dana Nielsen grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and attended Loyola University of New Orleans, where he majored in Jazz. During his time in New Orleans, Nielsen gigged as a saxophonist while also engineering local jazz legends and hip-hop artists, working extensively for upstart label Renaissance Records. In the summer of 2000 Nielsen moved to Los Angeles where he currently works as a record producer, audio engineer and musician. In 2006 Nielsen mixed a full length, limited edition of Neil Diamond's 12 Songs album, and in 2008 Dana mixed Neil Diamond's #1 selling album, Home Before Dark.
Recently, Nielsen mixed and engineered the score and original music to Will Ferrell's "Casa di Mi Padre", including mixing the title song performed by Christina Aguilera. Nielsen also worked as additional Engineer on Grammy winning recordings by Justin Timberlake and Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well on Rihanna's Grammy nominated Loud. Nielsen has worked on a number of records produced by Rick Rubin including Metallica's Death Magnetic, Adele's 21, Slayer's World Painted Blood, Red Hot Chili Peppers's Stadium Arcadium, and System of a Down's Hypnotize and Mezmerize.
Dana Nielsen is represented exclusively by Jerimaya Grabher at Global Positioning Services Management in Santa Monica.