As musician, Ellis first public performance was playing Spinet aged seven with The Avonside Trio. The school years were reluctant, missing most maths lessons to enjoy the soundproof rooms where the band took shape and being mid 1970’s the rural punk agitator came out!
Leaving school as soon as possible age 16, Ellis only further education was at the National Film & Television School in Beaconsfield where he studied Composing for Moving Image. This foundation led to many live multimedia and music performance projects over the years including concerts beyond the Iron Curtain and John Peel sessions on Radio 1. “The guitarist plays magnificent slide and shred” Thurston Moore, Sonic Youth.
Ellis is a prolific composer across experimental electronic, contemporary world music and dub reggae. “This ain’t no white guy from Warwick” Jah Shaka, Kiss FM
His latest output Plucking the Spectrum is abstract electronic music, where he finds a new means of expression and the ability to conjure mood swings. Also, ongoing collaborative project liquidsonicabstraction.net – manipulated bass frequencies disrupt paint on water at the moment of printing. Through photography he deploys double exposure techniques to pose, capture and invent new architectures.
Ellis founded one of the first Alternative Education facilities to use creative technology in the West Midlands in 1999. He is currently founding Director at Leamington LAMP, a multi award winning school for young neurodiverse people. Named Arts Champion of the West Midlands for the Cultural Olympiad in 2011 and elected a fellow of the RSA in 2008.