NATICK, MA, April 20, 2021 — Louis Bell is an American record producer, vocal producer, songwriter, and mixing engineer. Bell's work includes record/vocal production for Mike Stud, 5 Seconds of Summer, Post Malone, Camila Cabello, DJ Snake, Steve Angello, Halsey, Selena Gomez, Lorde, Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers and Taylor Swift. Earlier this year, he was nominated in the GRAMMY® Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year for his work with Post Malone. He is a loyal user of active monitors from Genelec, the global leader in professional loudspeakers, and his use of Genelecs (specifically the 8351B Smart Active Monitor™) is front-and-center in a new dedicated feature, part of Genelec’s “Pro at Home” series. The Genelec “Pro at Home” global initiative – a series of online video discussions and profiles with some of music’s top creators – recognizes the increasing importance of Genelec loudspeakers as tools for powering creativity at home.
Louis Bell has become the go-to guy in L.A., serving a roster of A-list musical clients. Bell had more #1 singles in 2019 than any other producer or songwriter, including Post Malone’s “Wow” and “Sunflower,” Halsey’s “Without Me,” and “Sucker” by the Jonas Brothers. That same year he produced eight Top 10 hits, staying atop the Hot 100 Producers chart for weeks. And in September, he equaled Taylor Swift’s record for the most production credits – 18 – in a single week on the?Billboard?Hot 100. In his exclusive Pro at Home video, Bell talks about the early days recording in his parents’ basement in Boston, and how even now he still relies on the same basic setup of mic, interface, laptop – and monitors!
He recalls his first session at Electric Feel, a studio that has been the home of much of his hitmaking over the last seven years: “So my first session at EF was with [songwriter] Brian Lee and this artist Mike Stud at the time. There was a lot of people in the studio going in and out, and Brian's on acoustic guitar and he's just playing all these different guitars and I'm playing him a bunch of ideas. And I think that was definitely a good learning experience, but that was the first time I'd ever really heard my beats on the big Genelecs [1035A] in the A room.”
Genelec monitors are fundamental to Bell’s process, whether he’s home or in a mobile rig. He notes, “The mobile studio rig that went from being the tour rig to then Post’s living room in Utah – it had the Genelecs available. It allowed me to kind of just reposition the studio to his living room and then adjust to the high ceilings and the wide open room, which was much different. And then he kind of had like a little wine refrigerator that we used as a vocal booth towards the end. It was definitely an interesting experience, a little bit of an adjustment, a little bit of a learning curve, because I'd never worked in such a wide open room before, but at least having the Genelecs there gave me some type of starting point and I could kind of work around that.”
To view Louis Bell’s Genelec “Pro at Home” feature, visit https://www.genelec.com/-/reference/genelec-visits-hitmaker-louis-bell.