MICHAEL BRAUER

Biography

My career began at MediaSound Studios in New York City in 1976. I worked my way up from the Shipping Department to staff engineer by 1978. The staff engineers that I assisted were all the hottest guys in town including; Bob Clearmountain, Mike Barbiero, Ron St. Germain, Michael DeLugg, Ed Stasium, Godfrey Diamond, Tony Bongiovi and Harvey Goldberg.

My first big break came when I was asked to record and mix two songs with singer Luther Vandross for an R&B record called Change. Soon after, Luther approached me to record his upcoming solo album Never too Much which went on to become a Gold Record. I became Luther’s engineer and recorded all his music for the next four years including two Aretha Franklin albums.

In 1984 I flew over to London where the music scene was exploding. I met some A&R people that were willing to give me a shot at production and remixing. I soon became in demand and worked for all the major London labels until 1990 when I decided to focus on the American scene.

I went on to mix such records as the Stones’ Steelwheels, New Radicals, Tony Bennett’s Grammy® Album of the Year Unplugged. I’ve received 4 Grammys® including ColdPlay’s Alternative Album of the Year Parachutes, John Mayer’s Best Pop Vocal Album, Continuum, Coldplay’s Best Rock Album, Viva la Vida and John Mayer – Best Engineer in Non-Classical, Battle Studies. Recent projects include John Mayer, Bleachers, Birdy, and Christina Perri.

“If there is one word to sum up mix master Michael Brauer’s list of credits, it is ‘eclectic.’ That impression would be fine by Brauer, who has made a point of constantly expanding into new musical territories. Along the way, Brauer’s work has enjoyed commercial and critical success in genres as diverse as urban, R&B, country, alternative, rock, mainstream, rock and pop, thanks to his knack for creating mixes that capture the intent of the songs. Unlike some mixers and producers, Brauer doesn’t leave an identifiable sonic stamp on his work. That anonymity keeps him from being pigeonholed into a particular category. However, one element Brauer has worked on tirelessly – and which has set his mixes apart from the pack – is his sophisticated application of compression. While many mixers may throw an entire mix through a compressor to even out the overall dynamics, Brauer refines the final sound with a multilevel approach that keeps the compression of one part of the mix from inflicting itself on another area of the soundscape.” — (Billboard ProFile interview by Rick Clark ‘94)

Selected Discography Save or Print Discography

Niia

"Prelude," "Hurt You First," "Sideline," "Last Night In Los Feliz," "Nobody," "Day & Night," "Constantly Dissatisfied," "All I Need" and "Mulholland" from I

Atlantic

Mixer

Phoenix

"J-Boy" - Single

Glassnote

Mixer

Lea Michele

"Heavy Love", "Proud", "Run To You", "Heavenly", "Sentimental Memories", "Tornado", and "Hey You" from Places

Columbia

Mixer

Big Boi

"Mic Jack" - Single

Epic

Mixer

Hurray For The Riff Raff

"Rican Beach" - Single

ATO Records

Mixer

Bobby Bazini

Summer Is Gone (Deluxe)

Universal Canada

Mixer

Vancouver Sleep Clinic

"Someone To Stay"- Single

Sony

Mixer

Robbie Williams

"I Love My Life" and "Pretty Woman" from The Heavy Entertainment Show (Deluxe)

Columbia

Mixer

Bon Jovi

This House Is Not For Sale

Island Records

Mixer

Bobby Bazini

"C'est La Vie" and "Where The Sun Shines" - Singles

Universal Canada

Mixer

Max Frost

"Adderall"- Single

Atlantic/WEA

Mixer

Muddy Magnolias

"It Ain't Easy" from Broken People

Third Generation Records

Mixer

The Wind and The Wave

Happiness Is Not A Place

Island Records

Mixer

She & Him

Columbia

Mixer

Crystal Fighters

"Yellow Sun" and "Lay Low" form Everything Is My Family

Play It Again Sam

Mixer

Roy English

"Worldstop" - Single

Canary Dynasty

Mixer

Aufgang

Turbulences

Decca Records France

Mixer

Bon Jovi

"Knockout" and "Labor Of Love" - Singles

Island

Mixer

Ward Thomas

"Guilty Flowers" from Cartwheels

WTW

Mixer

Clean Cut Kid

"We Used To Be In Love"

Polydor UK

Mixer

Michael Kiwanuka

"Love & Hate" and "One More Night" from Love & Hate

Polydor

Mixer

Wrabel

"11 Blocks" - Single

Epic

Mixer

Butch Walker

Stay Gold

Dangerbird Records

Mixer

Caveman

Otero War

Relativity Entertainment

Mixer

Tom Odell

Wrong Crowd

Sony UK

Mixer

Ward Thomas

"Carry You Home"

Sony Music

Mixer

The Wind and The Wave

"Grand Canyon

Island Records

Mixer

Foy Vance

"Burden" & "Ziggy Looked Me in the Eye" from The Wild Swan

Gingerbread Man Records

Mixer

Mumford & Sons

"There Will Be Time" - Single

Island

Mixer

Aquilo

"Silhouette"

Island

Mixer

Angélique Kidjo With The Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg

"Kelele", Otishe", and "Nanae" from Sings

429 Records

Mixer

The Wild Wild

"When We Were Young" from Kids EP

Descendant Records

Mixer

Brian Fallon

Painkillers

Island

Mixer

The Struts

"The Ol' Switcheroo" from Everybody Wants

Mixer

M. Ward

"Confessions", "Girl From Conejo Valley", "Temptation", "You're So Good to Me" from More Rain

Merge Records

Mixer

Foy Vance

"She Burns" - Single

Gingerbread Man Records

Mixer

Brian Fallon

"Nobody Wins"

Island

Mixer

Panic! At The Disco

"Hallelujah" from Death Of A Bachelor

Fueled By Ramen

Mixer

The Rubens

Hoops

Ivy League Records

Mixer

The Bohicas

"Girlfriend" from album "The Making Of"

Domino Recording Co.

Mixer

Marc Scibilia

'Out of Style' EP

I.R.S. Nashville Records

Mixer

Jovanotti

"Sabato", "Ragazza magica", "L'estate addosso" & "È la scienza, bellezza!" from Lorenzo 2015 CC

Universal Music Italia

Mixer

Yael Naim

Older

Mixer

Halestorm

"Dear Daughter"

Atlantic

Mixer

Allen Stone

Radius

Capitol

Mixer

Panic! At the Disco

"Halleujah" - Single

Fueled By Ramen

Mixer

James Bay

Chaos and the Calm

Republic Records

Mixer

Laura Marling

"False Hope," “Gurdjieff’s Daughter,” “Short Movie” from Short Movie

Virgin

Mixer

Elle King

Love Stuff

RCA

Mixer

Max Frost

"Let Me Down Easy" - Single

Atlantic

Mixer

Aquilo

Human - EP

B3SCI Records

Mixer

James Bay

"Hold Back the River" from Hold Back the River - EP

Republic

Mixer

Copeland

Ixora

Tooth & Nail

Mixer

Rumer

Into Colour

Atlantic

Mixer

Nick Jonas

"Santa Barbara" from Nick Jonas (Deluxe)

Island

Mixer

Max Frost

"Paranoia" - Single

Atlantic

Mixer

HAERTS

Haerts

Columbia

Mixer

Elle King

"Ex's & Oh's" - Single

RCA

Mixer

Alex & Sierra

It's About Us (5 tracks)

Columbia

Mixer

Marmozets

The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets

Roadrunner

Mixer

Colbie Caillat

"Land Called Far Away" & "Wish You Were Here" from Gypsy Heart

Republic

Mixer

Tennis

Ritual in Repeat

Communion

Mixer

HAERTS

"Giving Up" & "Call My Name"

Columbia

Mixer

Rubblebucket

"Carousel Ride" from Survival Sounds

Communion

Mixer

Josh Record

"Bed of Thorns" & "The War" from Pillars

Virgin

Mixer

Manchester Orchestra

"Opposite Sides" from Earth to Echo (Music from the Motion Picture)

Relativity Music

Mixer

Cee Lo Green

"Horny" from Begin Again (Official Soundtrack)

Interscope

Mixer

Adam Levine

"Lost Stars," No One Else Like You," "Lost Stars (Into the Night Mix) from Begin Again (Official Soundtrack)

Interscope

Mixer

Bleachers

Strange Desire

RCA

Mixer

PHOX

PHOX

Partisan Records

Mixer

Birdy & Jaymes Young

"Best Shot" from The Fault In Our Stars (Soundtrack)

Atlantic

Mixer

Jaded Incorporated

The Big Knock

Casablanca

Mixer

Bleachers

"I Wanna Get Better" - Single

RCA

Mixer

Dylan Gardner

Adventures in Real Time

Bingo Masters

Mixer

Kelis

Food

Ninja Tune

Mixer

Martina McBride

Everlasting (4 tracks)

Republic Nashville

Mixer

Christina Perri

"Burning Gold" & "I Don't Wanna Break" from Head or Heart

Atlantic

Mixer

Kaiser Chiefs

Education, Education, Education & War (#1 UK)

ATO

Mixer

Calle 13

Multiviral

El Abismo

Mixer

Angelique Kidjo

Eve

429 Records

Mixer

Colbie Caillat

"Hold On" - Single

Universal Republic

Mixer

Yuna

"Falling," "Rescue," & "Light and Camera" from Nocturnal

Verve

Mixer

Haerts

Hemiplegia - EP

Columbia

Mixer

Yoko Ono

Take Me to the Land of Hell

Chimera Music

Mixer

Birdy

"All You Never Say," "Wings," & "Words As Weapons" from Fire Within (US Version)

Atlantic

Mixer

Phoenix

"Trying to Be Cool (feat. R Kelly)" - Single

Glassnote

Mixer

Birdy

"Wings" - Single

Warner Brothers UK

Mixer

Dani Martin

Dani Martin

Sony Music Espana

Mixer

Tom Odell

Long Way Down (3 tracks)

Sony Music UK

Mixer

Tom Odell

"Another Love" - Single

Sony Music UK

Mixer

Keith Urban

"Come Back to Me" from Fuse

Capitol Nashville

Mixer

John Mayer

"I Will Be Found (Lost at Sea)" from Paradise Valley

Columbia

Mixer

Ben Rector

The Walking In Between

Independent

Mixer

Mayer Hawthorne

Where Does This Door Go (Deluxe Edition) (6 tracks)

Universal Republic

Mixer

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

That's It!

Sony Legacy

Mixer

Pacific Air

Stop Talking

Universal Republic

Mixer

Natalie Maines

Mother

Columbia

Mixer

Atlas Genius

When It Was Now (2 tracks)

Warner Brothers

Mixer

Kodaline

"High Hopes" - Single

ATO

Mixer

Jim James

"Know Till Now" - Single

ATO

Mixer

Zucchero

La Sesion Cubana (#1 Italy)

Universal

Mixer

Dave Matthews Band

Away From the World

RCA

Mixer

Anita Baker

Only Forever

Blue Note

Mixer

Grizzly Bear

Shields

Warp Records

Mixer

Of Monsters and Men

"Little Talks" - Single

Universal Republic

Mixer

Martha Wainwright

Come Home to Mama

V2

Mixer

The Tragically Hip

Now For Plan A

Maple Music

Mixer

Twin Shadow

Confess

4AD

Mixer

John Mayer

Born and Raised (6 tracks)

Columbia

Mixer

Rumer

Boys Don't Cry

Atlantic

Mixer

Florence + The Machine

Live MTV Unplugged

Universal Republic

Mixer

Elvis Presley

Live at MSG 1972

Legacy

Mixer

Tomas Torres

Decide Hoy

Warner Music Latina

Mixer

Flying Colors

Flying Colors

Mascot Records

Mixer

Washington

I Believe Your Liar

Universal Records

Mixer

Manolo Garcia

Los Dias Intactos (6 tracks)

BMG Records

Mixer

Daryl Hall

Laughing Down Crying

Verve

Mixer

The Kooks

Junk of the Heart

Virgin UK

Mixer

Grouplove

Grouplove

Canvasback/Atlantic

Mixer

Grouplove

"Tongue Tied" - Single

Canvasback/Atlantic

Mixer

Christina Perri

Lovestrong

Atlantic

Mixer

Herbert Groenemeyer

Schiffsverkehr (#1 Germany)

EMI Germany

Mixer

Colbie Caillat

All of You

Universal Republic

Mixer

Colbie Caillat

"Brighter Than the Sun" - Single

Universal Republic

Mixer

The Vaccines

What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? (#1 UK)

Columbia UK

Mixer

Brett Dennen

Loverboy

Dualtone

Mixer

Young the Giant

Young the Giant

Roadrunner

Mixer

Young the Giant

"Cough Syrup" - Single

Roadrunner

Mixer

Belle Brigade

Belle Brigade

Warner Brothers

Mixer

Birds of Tokyo

Birds of Tokyo (#1 Australia)

EMI Australia

Mixer

Chase Coy

Pitcturesque

Universal Republic

Mixer

Stars

The Five Ghosts

Vagrant/Universal

Mixer

John Mayer

Battle Studies (#1 US)

Columbia

Mixer

The Bravery

Stir the Blood

Island

Mixer

Colbie Caillat

Breakthrough (#1 US)

Universal Republic

Mixer

Colbie Caillat

"Fallin' For You" - Single

Universal Republic

Mixer

Regina Spektor

Far (6 tracks)

Warner Brothers

Mixer

Natalie Imbruglia

Come to Life (3 tracks)

White Lillies Island

Mixer

Hall & Oates

Live in London

Legacy

Mixer

Karima Francis

The Author

Kitchenware Records

Mixer

Coldplay

Prospekt's March - EP

EMI/Parlophone

Mixer

Yusuf Islam

Roadsinger: To Warm You Through the Night

Ya Records

Mixer

The Doves

Kingdom of Rust

Heavenly Records

Mixer

Mat Kearney

City of Black and White

Sony

Mixer

The Fray

The Fray

Epic

Mixer

The Fray

"You Found Me" - Single

Epic

Mixer

Leonard Cohen

Live in London

Columbia

Mixer

TSOP Love Train

Live in Concert

Legacy

Mixer

Brazilian Girls

New York City

Verve

Mixer

Ben Folds

Way to Normal

Columbia

Mixer

Coldplay

Viva la Vida (#1 worldwide) (2008 Grammy Award winner, Best Rock album)

EMI/Parlophone

Mixer

Coldplay

"Life in Technicolor II" - Single

EMI/Parlophone

Mixer

Coldplay

"Viva La Vida" - Single

EMI/Parlophone

Mixer

Pete Murray

Summer at Eureka

EMI Australia

Mixer

My Morning Jacket

Evil Urges

ATO

Mixer

Martha Wainwright

I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too

Indie Rec.

Mixer

Gavin Degraw

Gavin Degraw

Sony/BMG

Mixer

Tristan Prettyman

Hello…X

Virgin

Mixer

A Fine Frenzy

One Cell in the Sea

Virgin

Mixer

KT Tunstall

Drastic Fantastic

Virgin UK

Mixer

Ash

Twilight of the Innocents

Warner Brothers UK

Mixer

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

This is Somewhere

Hollywood Records

Mixer

K-OS

Atlantis: Hymns for Disco

EMI Music Canada

Mixer

Travis

The Boy With No Name

Independiente

Mixer

Ben Folds

Superspeedgraphic

SonyBMG

Mixer

John Mayer

Continuum (2007 Grammy Award winner, Best Male Vocal Pop album)

Columbia

Mixer

John Mayer

Who Says - Single

Columbia

Mixer

Dream Theater

Score

Rhino Records

Mixer

My Morning Jacket

Live at Fillmore

Sony BMG

Mixer

James Morrison

Undiscovered (2007 BRIT Awards Winner, British Male Solo Artist)

Polydor

Mixer

James Morrison

"You Give Me Something" - Single

Polydor

Mixer

Ben Folds

Live in Perth

Sony BMG

Mixer

Gemma Hayes

The Roads Don't Like You (3 tracks)

EMI/Virgin UK

Mixer

Beth Orton

Comfort of Strangers (4 tracks)

EMI

Mixer

Bob Dylan

No Direction Home (4 tracks)

Sony BMG

Mixer

The Kooks

Inside In Inside Out (#1 UK) (3x Platinum)

Virgin UK

Mixer

Dream Theater

Octavarium

Atlantic

Mixer

Mat Kearney

Nothing Left to Lose

Sony

Mixer

Mat Kearney

"Nothing Left to Lose" - Single

Sony

Mixer

Coldplay

X&Y

EMI Records

Mixer

Ben Folds

Songs for Silverman

Epic

Mixer

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney in Russia

Parlophone

Mixer

Idlewild

Warnings and Promises

Parlophone

Mixer

Tunde

Tunde

BMG UK

Mixer

Athlete

Tourist (#1 UK)

Parlophone

Mixer

Simon & Garfunkel

Old Friend's Tour

Warner/Sony

Mixer

Bob Dylan

Carnegie Hall (Live)

Universal

Mixer

Lucy Silvas

Breathe In

Mercury Records

Mixer

My Morning Jacket

Acoustic Citsuoca

ATO/RCA

Mixer

Ron Sexsmith

Retriever

Nettwerk

Mixer

West Indian Girl

West Indian Girl

Astralwerks/Virgin

Mixer

The Mavericks

The Mavericks

Sanctuary

Mixer

Rachel Yamagata

EP

Victor/Artista

Mixer

Starsalior

Silence Is Easy

EMI

Mixer

Bob Dylan

Bringing It All Back Home

Legacy/Sony

Mixer

Bob Dylan

Another Side of Bob Dylan

Legacy/Sony

Mixer

Grandaddy

Sumday

V2 Records

Mixer

Jeff Buckley

Live at Sine

Legacy/Sony

Mixer

A-Ha

How Can I Sleep (Live)

EMI Germany

Mixer

Delta Goodrem

Innocent Eyes (#1 AUS)

Sony/New Zealand

Mixer

Anouk

Graduated Fool

Dino Music/EMI

Mixer

Bob Dylan

Rolling Thunder Revue

Legacy/Sony

Mixer

Paul McCartney

Driving Rain Tour

Capitol Records

Mixer

Aimee Mann

Lost in Space

Super Ego Records

Mixer

Bic Runga

Beautiful Collision

Sony/New Zealand

Mixer

David Poe

Late Song

Epic

Mixer

A-Ha

Lifelines

EMI Germany

Mixer

Pet Shop Boys

Release

EMI UK

Mixer

Leonna Ness

I Tried to Rock You

MCA

Mixer

Tony Bennett

Classic Collection

Legacy/Sony

Mixer

Coldplay

Parachutes (#1 UK) (2002 Grammy Award winner, Best Alternative Album)

Paralophone

Mixer

Coldplay

"Yellow" - Single

Paralophone

Mixer

Meatloaf

Bat Outta Hell (Live)

Legacy/Sony

Mixer

Bob Dylan

Blonde on Blonde (Remixed)

Legacy/Sony

Mixer

Bob Dylan

Street Legal (Remixed)

Sony

Mixer

Bob Dylan

Manchester '86

Legacy/Sony

Mixer

New Radicals

"You Get What You Give" and 3 others from Brainwashed

MCA

Mixer

Gladys Knight

Live at The Roxy

Legacy/Sony

Mixer

Isley Brothers

It's Your Thing, The Story Of

Legacy/Sony

Mixer

Billy Joel

The Complete Hits Collection '73-97

Sony

Mixer

Grover Washington

Soulful Strutt (6 tracks)

Sony

Mixer

Eric Clapton

Live at The Fillmore

PBS

Mixer

Superjunky Monkey

Screw Up

Sony/Epic

Mixer

Big Audio Dynamite

Big Audio (4 songs)

Sony

Mixer

Tony Bennett

MTV Unplugged (1994 Grammy Winner - Best Album)

Sony

Mixer

David Byrne

David Byrne

Warner Brothers

Mixer

Booker T & The M.G.'s

That's The Way It Should Be (1994 Grammy Winner - Best Instrumental Performance)

Sony

Mixer

Shawn Colvin

Cover Girl (4 tracks)

Sony

Mixer

Jeff Buckley

Live at Sin-E - EP

Sony

Mixer

Ocean Blue

Rhythm and Sound

Sire

Mixer

Manic Street Preachers

Generation Terrorists (4 tracks)

Sony

Mixer

James Brown

Love Over Due

Scotti Bros.

Mixer

Rolling Stones

Steel Wheels

CBS

Mixer

Robbie Nevil

Day 1

EMI

Mixer

Fishbone

The Reality of My Surroundings

Sony

Mixer

Escape Club

Dollars and Sex

Atlantic

Mixer

Prefab Sprout

Protest Songs

CBS

Mixer

Madness

Complete Madness

Virgin

Mixer

Morris Day

Colour of Success

Warner Brothers

Mixer

Kid Creole and the Coconuts

Dappelganger

Sire

Mixer

Aretha Franklin

Get It Right

Artista

Mixer

Aretha Franklin

Jump to It

Artista

Mixer

Luther Vandross

For Ever, For Always, For Love

Epic

Mixer

The Main Ingredients

I Only Have Eyes For You

RCA

Mixer

Change

Miracles

Atlantic

Mixer

Odyssey

Back to My Roots

RCA

Mixer

Change

Glow of Love

Atlantic

Mixer

Celi Bee

Blow My Mind

TK Productions

Mixer