If you’ve never heard of Ari Levine, it’s almost guaranteed you’ve heard his work. Recording with renowned artists like Bruno Mars, CeeLo Green and Snoop Dogg, Ari’s record production and composition work landed him two Grammy® wins and several Grammy nominations during his time as part of the songwriting and record producing team, The Smeezingtons. Levine began his music production work out of a small recording studio in Los Angeles, Levcon Studios, in 2005. In 2008, he began working with Bruno Mars and Philip Lawrence as part of The Smeezingtons, eventually producing hits like Grenade, Gorilla, and The Lazy Song with Bruno Mars.
“As a kid, I had a very very simple plan—it had two parts. Meet Dr. Dre and make beats for Dr. Dre.”
Levine produced, alongside Bruno Mars and Philip Lawrence, the Grammy-winning single Just the Way You Are, which won the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance category in 2011 as well as Song of the Year at the 2012 ASCAP Pop Music Awards ceremony. In 2013, Levine and The Smeezingtons were rewarded again with a Grammy for Best Vocal Pop Album for their work on Unorthodox Jukebox, which was popularized by songs like Locked Out of Heaven, and Gorilla.