The Push is a solo project, written and produced by Shane Eli. An artist/producer without any formal music training, Shane is self-taught and crafts every element of his music on his own. Shane recorded, produced and engineered the album in his Los Angeles apartment, using Reason, Pro tools, Roland V-drums, a Shure mic, a Fender bass, a 25 key M-Audio keyboard and a pair of Bose headphones. The Push includes a variety of innovative hip-hop beats infused with influences from old school soul to rock.
All 15 tracks on The Push are original – created without sampling other artists’ works. The album was mixed by Damien Lewis, assistant engineer to the legendary Phil Tan at Atlanta’s Soapbox Studios, and it was mastered by Jermaine Dupri’s go-to mastering engineer Johnny Horesco, whose recent credits include Usher, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Bow Wow. “The upside to producing, recording and engineering an album on your own, are limitless creative control and a flexible time line,” said Shane. “But there are huge downsides as far as recording quality and promotion are concerned — recording your lyrics in a linen closet is not a good look. I put my soul, and everything I could afford into this, so I’m going to throw it out there and see if it sticks