David Ellis


Monday 15th July 2019

Name, where are you from?
David Ellis. London. I have also lived in New York.

Describe your style in three words?
Amorphous Dalinian Effeminacy.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Neil Young in a town square somewhere near Pisa in Italy. He played an acoustic set which included Heart of Gold. Devendra Banhart also played and there was free champagne.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Donovan & T.Rex.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
The UK underground scene in the '60s. There were lots of groovy club nights like Middle Earth in Covent Garden which hosted early incarnations of David Bowie and Pink Floyd.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Joseph Campbell. He was a wonderful gentleman with a macrocosmic perspective of humanity. He worked in comparative mythology, where he would study different cultures, tribes and religions from around the world and find common themes and patterns which united their stories. He has had a slight resurgence in popularity recently which is great as the world needs him now more than ever.

Of all the venues you’ve been to, which is your favourite?
Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. A couple of months ago I saw Spiritualised perform there with a choir and string section. The venue was built in the '20s as a movie theatre and was recently renovated after being closed for 40 years. The interior is stunning and it sounds mammoth.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Connie Converse - A Brilliantly witty and thoughtful American Songwriter. She was active in New York in the '50s and unfortunately mysteriously disappeared and was never seen again. Listen to 'Talkin Like You'.

David Ellis's debut solo album 'Misty Heights' was recorded near the Byrdcliffe Colony in Woodstock. The largely acoustic songs channel and reinterpret artists such as Donovan, Joni Mitchell and Marc Bolan.

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