Mike Ellis (UK)

Paiste Artist Since Jan 2008


15" 2002 Medium Hi-Hat
18" 2002 Medium
10" 3000 Splash
20" 2002 Power Ride
20" 2002 Medium
18" 2002 Medium
18" 2002 China


Mike began playing drums after seeing Cozy Powell on TV, a few years later he was playing in semi pro covers and originals bands in his native Manchester. Before leaving school he was recording with Arthur Kadmon from Ludus and he joined NWOBHM band Aragorn in 1980. Aragorn toured the UK including supports of Iron Maiden, Angelwitch, Saxon and others. As well as extensive session work in Manchester, including The Distractions, Simply Red and many others, he toured Europe, completed sessions in Frankfurt in 1984/5, returned to the UK in 1987 where he sessioned and produced in Manchester and London and in 1988 endured a short stint with PJ Proby. Since then he has gigged regularly with many bands, pop, rock, big band, and free form jazz including supports of Wilko Johnson, Jah Wobble, Charles Hayward, Pete Doherty, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Lauren Harris, Sex Gang Children and many others.

His recording and production credits include various CDs with No Leader, The Coming, Linchpin, Meggido, Snake Eyes, Deezil, Avoidance of Doubt and he completed the Aragorn Anthology for Sanctuary Records in 2003. His live CV includes dates with Glorious, Bridgefield, No Leader, The Coming, Sean Webster, Meggido, In Shadow, Planet of Women, Deezil, Alike Cooper and Avoidance of Doubt.

In July 2012 he joined Cambridge based rock band Derecho, playing live dates throughout the UK and recording the bandís 2nd album, due for release in 2013.

Mike has also acted as drum tech for Mitch Mitchell, Ndugu Chancler, Thomas Lang, Billy Cobham, Craig Blundell, Benny Greb, Jerry Brown, Geoff Dugmore, Chuck Sabo, Damon Wilson, Aaron Spears, Gavin Harrison and many others. Mike has also teched for the UK's Young Drummer of the Year Show since 2005, Drummer Live, Rhythm Course, Rhythmfest, Club Antichrist, The UK Custom Drum Show, The London Drum Show, London International Music Show and Dark Elf Event Services. Mike has also performed at drum clinics alongside Craig Blundell, Billy Cobham, Adrian Erlandsson, James Birt, Robin Guy and Dan Foord.