Timo Ellis is a musician, composer, and producer. He lives and works in New York City, where he was born and raised.
A vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Ellis has appeared on almost 100 albums in total over the past twenty years. He has recorded and toured with such artists as Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Cibo Matto, Joan As Police Woman, and Spacehog, and has variously performed and collaborated with Mark Ronson, John Zorn, The Melvins, Ween, The Lemonheads, Money Mark, White Hills and Gibby Haynes.
Ellis’ extreme versatility has placed him in the company of musical greats of several genres – within his solo work exists an equally vast range of styles. Since the early ‘90s, he has composed and recorded more than twenty-five solo albums under his own name and with his main band, Netherlands. Traversing the realms of rock, metal, funk, soul, and beyond, Ellis’ diverse music is unified by a few constants: impeccable songcraft, blazing technique, quirky experimentalism, and sheer intensity. His solo works have been described with phrases like “an absolute, burning blur of a song” (CMJ), “overridden-in-the-red propulsion” (Noisey), and “gritty, high energy… rambunctious” (BrooklynVegan).
Ellis also composes, produces and licenses music for TV, web, and film. Clients have included MTV, CNN, VICE, Comedy Central, Ford Models, Revlon, Hanes, and Becks. With extensive audio engineering experience from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, he offers his production services to other artists as well – a recent production credit is Domino Kirke, daughter of Bad Company’s Simon Kirke and sister of Girls’ Jemima Kirke.
Prolific, multi-faceted, wildly inventive, Timo Ellis is a machine, creating new music every day.