CONTACT 

- Elliott Lanam -

Owner / CEO

 

Call or Text: 650.454.5459
924 Chapala Street

 

Email:

HiddenCityStudios@Gmail.com

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Testimonials

- Zoë Guess -

Realizing my dream was kind of a frightening experience in the beginning. The emotions that arise and the progress to be witnessed is quite something. When I think about my journey at Hidden City Studios and my relationship with Elliott Lanam, I think about the big picture; for myself it was accomplishment.

I came in with the desire to make something great, something raw and honest, something I would be proud of. I achieved this and so much more.

Elliott Lanam is by far one of the most all-around talented people I have had the privalege of collaborating with. Besides his musical mastery, he is friendly, approachable, professional, and has an incredible amount of pure, intelligent energy. He get's things done quickly and efficiently. I really appreciate those skills, and mostly that he was so encouraging. Elliott was totally supportive of my process (and fears); he made sure I stayed commited to my project and to accomplishing my goal. In under 6months we produced a full-length album and booked the live release party to follow. Since then I have performed many shows and Elliott continues to support me with rehearsals and accompaniment. 

The whole experince was transformational really. I am a different person because of Elliott and his studio. I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to work with such a good person, who kept me focused, authentic, and connected to my dream.

I appreciate you so much Elliott! I recommend Hidden City Studios to anyone who is passionate about music and wants to embody more of who they are as a musician and creative being....and who needs that extra push!

with love and gratitude,

Zoë Guess

- Dave Fortman -

(Evanescence, Godsmack, Slipknot)

Elliott Lanam is going to be successful! I had a blast working with him at Hidden City Studios, can't wait to get back in here again!

- Elliot    Spechler - 

I speak on behalf off my band "Last Call" how grateful we are for everything that Elliott Lanam and Hidden City Studios has done for our debut EP "Till The Stars Fall". This guy is a genius at what he does and is amazing to work with. His positivity and energy in the studio shows he really is doing what he loves for a living. I'm glad to call you my friend and can't wait for what the future holds for you and your studio and the future of our recordings. I can finally say that we have finally finished our EP.  The future of "Last Call" is looking amazing and I can't believe this shit is actually happening.

- Ian Putnam -

I have had the great pleasure of working with Elliott at Hidden City Studios for two jazz projects.  He went out of his way to make sure I was always taken care of, comfortable, and getting the best out of my recording sessions.  He went above and beyond to give extra attention to all of my detailed requests, and ensure that I had the best possible results.  He is extremely knowledgeable, professional, and has a personality that will light up any room.  A huge perk is that he is a very talented musician, and he can lend his ears not only as an engineer, but one who understands what it is like to be performing and writing music himself.  I would recommend him without pause to anyone interested in a superb recording environment, and look forward to working with him on another project in the future. 

I have had the great pleasure of working with Elliott at Hidden City Studios for two jazz projects.  He went out of his way to make sure I was always taken care of, comfortable, and getting the best out of my recording sessions.  He went above and beyond to give extra attention to all of my detailed requests, and ensure that I had the best possible results.  He is extremely knowledgeable, professional, and has a personality that will light up any room.  A huge perk is that he is a very talented musician, and he can lend his ears not only as an engineer, but one who understands what it is like to be performing and writing music himself.  I would recommend him without pause to anyone interested in a superb recording environment, and look forward to working with him on another project in the future. 

- Andre Rhodes -

(Enyukay)

My favorite and #1 recording studio in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara. Every experience has gotten better, and for the professional equipment, service, and price - it's THE BEST!

- Justin Ward -

I love this place! Elliott is super easy to work with and rocks it with his engineering skills! All of my tracks sound incredible!

- Jason Lehman -

(Acefree)

Elliott is a bad mother f*****, you wanna bust out a bad jam then he is the man. Hidden City is the best studio on Earth! Get there, but be ready for your song to climb the charts! 

- Vanessa Garcia-

(Nessie G)

My name is Nessie G Of OWL ENT... a new up coming artist. My very first experience in a studio and with a producer has been with Elliot and hidden city studios. He has made me feel very comfortable and now I look forward to every studio session. I tell everyone about my hot producer,  he is very talented and I feel very lucky to be able to work with him. I know my songs are gonna be fire with his skills!

- Mitch King -

We recorded our album at the legendary “Sun Studio” in Memphis TN.  However, we needed it mixed and mastered, so we chose the soon to be legendary studio “Hidden City Studios.”  Elliot is a master at pro tools and “nailed” the vintage sound we were looking for!  In fact, one of our songs is “charting” right now.  If you want a sub-par studio with a bunch of ego’s running your sound, don’t go to “Hidden City Studios.”  If you are looking for a knowledgeable, creative, and intuitive person recording your music seek Elliot Lanam at Hidden City Studios in Santa Barbara!

- Haddon Cord -

Hidden City is my go-to studio in Santa Barbara! Great vibes, great quality and ideal location. Elliott is extremely good at what he does and always a blast to work with!

- Palmer Jackson -

(Doublewide Kings)

Elliott is a lot more than just a studio engineer. He's become part of our band's extended family. We look to Elliott for advice on sound, equipment, personnel and anything music related.

- Erich Tomkinson -

(Dot Plaza)

I've worked with Elliott for several years now on a variety of music projects. I have also seen him work with many other clients on their projects. I can easily say that Elliott is one of the hardest-working people i've ever met. He is diligent in his craft and will work himself into the ground before he gives up. To put it simply, he has the ability to take someone's musical idea and quickly turn it into something tangible. He understands what his clients want and finds a way to make it happen; no matter what. If that wasn't enough, he is also an amazing musician and brings so much more to the table than your average producer. Big future for Elliott, for sure!

- Patrick Smitley -

(Heebie Jeebies)

Working with you was an amazing experience! Your knowledge, innovative thinking, and direction helped us to be more creative and helped us create an awesome cd.  You had all of us dig deep and helped us be better musicians.  Hidden city studios is modern, comfortable, and has some of the best instruments, and recording gear you could hope for.  Thanks Elliot!!

- Ethan Davis -

(Dropout, Candyland)

Everything from the location to the equipment and hospitality exceeded my expectation (which were set really high). 10/10 would absolutely recommend. Any time at Hidden City Studios is time well spent in my book. 

- Crystal G. -

Such a professional recording studio and Elliott is a joy to work with. The tracks sound fantastic. Would highly recommend Hidden City to any band out there.

- Adam Melvin -

(Savv)

I go by savv of owl entertainment and have been working with Elliott on my new album he is very skilled at what he does and creates a unique sound to my music he corrects me when I'm off beat and even though he ain't a artist knows exactly where notes need to b hit or dubbed he has molded me into the artist I am today and since working w him my career has taking off I've since been reached out to by other studios and producers but pass on the opportunity cuz hidden city is my home 

- Lindsay Hutchinson-

I walked into Elliott’s studio with my Taylor acoustic and immediately felt at home. My vocals, my six string and Elliott triangulated into a creative and learning experience. I benefited greatly from Elliott’s informed comments and direction. Quick, easy and affordable. Hidden City is my go to place for recording and expanding my musical experience.

- Cord Periera -

(Doublewide Kings)

We think of Elliott as an at-large member of the Doublewide Kings.  We have a creative and efficient system for making music in an always happy environment.

- Mo Mahjoub -

I'm not doing this for marketing purposes, if you don't believe me, try it yourself. Elliott has the ability to take your vision and bring it to life. He doesn't just create music, he invents it! If you want to take your music to the next level, you know where to go!

- Collin Daniels -

Elliot is a phenomenal pianist with a great ear. He is willing to give advice and even offer his skills to enhance your music. Hidden city has a great atmosphere with an amazing location right downtown in SB. I love recording here and will be back to do more music soon!

- Bobby Musgrave -

Hidden City is a fantastic place for all your professional audio production needs- Elliott is equipped to record any and every instrument with top of the line equipment and mics, and can expertly mix and master your tracks across a wide variety of genres. Recording at Hidden City is affordable, convenient, flexible and of unquestionably professional quality. If you're looking to take your sound to the next level you've found the right place.

- John Allton -

Recording with Elliot has been a great  experience!! Really dig his input and chops on instruments. Can't wait to get back in there!!

- Tova Morrison -

(Slanted Land)

Elliott is the most skilled and professional engineer I've worked with. He's got a great ear for getting the perfect performance out of a player, and is super quick at engineering, editing  and mixing. Plus, he can throw down bodacious keyboard tracks. Hidden City Studios, for sure, is where it's at in town. 

- Sean McClure -

(Me & Dinosaur)

Our band, Me & Dinosaur, has been coming to Hidden City Studios for a couple of years now and at this point we would not consider going anywhere else! Elliott, the owner, really knows what he is doing and how to take our push our recordings from good to great. In addition, he is really easy to work with and has always been extremely kind and respectful. The professional, relaxed atmosphere allows us to get down to business and make great music! I would highly recommend Hidden City to even my closest friends and family because of the great experiences I have had there.

- Dave Christie -

(Doublewide Kings)

Elliot and hidden city studios has been a 100% positive experience for me and the band. His ability to manage live sound as well as mixing & engineering in the studio have been quick, easy, and have made great results! This is a place you go!