TIMO (TIH-mo) ELLIS (he/him) 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 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, Car Bomb, Gibby Haynes and Maya Azucena, among many others.
Ellis’ extreme versatility has placed him in the company of musical greats of several genres – Traversing the realms of rock, punk, metal, soul, r'n'b, lo-fi, folk/ country, electronics, and beyond, Ellis’ diverse musical sensibility is unified by a few constants: blazing technique, quirky experimentalism, and sheer intensity. His progressive sludge band Netherlands has been active since 2010, and whose songs have been described with phrases like “an absolute, burning blur” (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 Christian Louboutin, MTV, CNN, VICE, Ford Models, Dr. Jart, Harper’s Bazaar, 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.
Prolific, multi-faceted, wildly inventive, Timo Ellis is a machine, creating new music every day.