Peter Elman has produced over 35 commercially released albums, among them pop, rock, folk, Americana, blues, r&b, roots rock, alternative, Latin, jazz and instrumental. As a studio musician he has played on countless others. In that time, he has absorbed not only the experience needed to make records, but also the intuitive skills required to conceive, supervise and shepherd the creation of a record that will stand the test of time.

His philosophy is simple, in five steps:

  • Find out what makes an artist or band unique
  • Help that artist come up with the absolute best material for their project
  • Get to the heart of the songs in the pre-production phase
  • Strive for a fresh, spontaneous approach when it’s time to track the master
  • Allow the creative process to develop organically, but always within the framework of a budget, a schedule and a goal.

In the current environment, large labels are not investing the kind of megabucks in albums they used to, and are not paying to develop new artists or help them through the difficult process of writing and recording their music. Pete produces albums swiftly, efficiently and at a reasonable cost without sacrificing the quality of the music.

Real Dream has a comfortable, professional pro-tools based studio, equipped with Neumann mikes, ART pre amps, Urei compressors and an entire band’s worth of vintage instruments: Steinway, Wurlitzer, Roland, Korg, Fender, Vox, etc....


(click below each artist to listen to a song sample)

MICHAEL DEWALL was a Spanish teacher in the Albany, California district for over 20 years, and although his students and peers knew all about his musicianship, they never heard the depth of his songwriting and singing in this kind of setting. His recent release, simply titled "Dream", was a labor of love for Mike and Pete and showcases Mike's vast knowledge of Latin culture and music that he acquired living in Argentina as a youth.

"Dream" features some of the finest musicians on the West Coast, among them the legendary John Santos (percussion), Keith Brown and Nikita Germaine (vocals), Dave Rokeach (drums--Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin), Ara Tokatlian, (sax, flute). With everything from pop, rock and folk to samba, bossa nova and reggae, this album will turn some heads.

One World (Michael DeWall)


EDDY KLEINHANS is known to Bay Area sports fans as the voice of the Cal Bears men's basketball team. What most people don't know is that this Southern California native is a gifted singer-pianist who has quietly been writing and recording terrific pop songs lately. Inspired by his wife, kids, long-lost relatives, social issues and his beloved Cal sports teams, Eddy released an original album people will take notice of. Working with producer Pete Elman (bass, guitar and keyboards), Willy Elman (drums, engineer) Lisa Goulder (vocals) and guitar wizard Kevin Cadogan (Third Eye Blind) Eddy has crafted a body of intelligent contemporary pop-rock tunes that will stick in your head. Eddy approaches music like everything else he does--with intensity, focus, precision and passion.

Find A Way (Eddy Kleinhans)


LILY ELISE is an accomplished pop singer who is climbing the ladder of success. She appeared on the debut season of The VOICE and is currently on the road with Don Henley. When she's not on the road, Lily is a studio singer, recording artist and songwriter living in LA. Her very first composition, the modern rock ballad "Silent Observer", was produced and arranged by Pete, who played all the instruments.The sky is the limit for Lily--remember her name.

Silent Observer (Lily Elise)


TOM McCORD's story is remarkable. Born and raised in Texas, Tom is a psychotherapist who went back to college at the age of 40 to play quarterback and wrote a book about it. He also sang and picked guitar--by himself--all his life until last year, when he asked Pete to listen to him singing a song. Longtime friends, Pete had no idea that his buddy sounded like a cross between Johnny Cash and Gordon Lightfoot, with soul to match. Now he's got two wonderful albums consisting of 21 of his favorite folk songs, from the pens of Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Jerry Jeff Walker, Tim Hardin, Steve Goodman, Ian Tyson, Shel Silverstein, Bill Staines and others. Tom's rich and expressive baritone does justice to these timeless classics.

Silver Threads and Golden Needles (Tom McCord)

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