Ellis Dee

Friday | Warehouse Stage

Ellis Dee was only 15 years old when he first DJd at parties and small venues. In 1987 the UK woke up to find Acid House was the new music for the underground club scene in London. At first, the young DJ hated it but he went to a club called Future one night and saw the effect the music (and other things) were having on people and was totally won over. Soon after, he and his friends were running their own warehouse in a garage in South London (The Rave @ The Cave) until it became one of the Metropolitan Police forces first acid house raid’s, Codenamed Operation Dica (Acid backwards).

During that year he had assumed the DJ name “Ellis Dee” and was gaining a huge reputation as a floor-filling DJ. It was about this time that he met up with the Ratpack and guest Dj’d at their legendary “Trip City” underground warehouse parties in central London. Ellis Dee was here to stay, and played at Rage (Charing Cross) in London on a Thursday night alongside Grooverider & Fabio, Trevor Fung, Carl Cox, Colin Favor, Colin Dale, Paul Okenfold, the list goes on.

The same year, he began a 2-year career as a pirate radio DJ on Sunrise Radio.
Another legendary Thursday night was the Fridge in Brixton that Ellis Dee was resident alongside Jumping Jack Frost, Paul Trouble Anderson & Evil Eddie Richards.

The Dungeons in London was a night that was part run by Ellis Dee that came to be known as one of London’s underground venues. In 1989, he made his first production with future Breaks label boss Rennie Pilgrem, Nick Newton & Richard Thake, as “Rhythm Section”. In the early 90s, he was headlining at all of the major events like Telepathy, Raindance, Fantazia, Perception,World Dance and every club up and down the country in between and was standing equally alongside DJs like Carl Cox and Grooverider. His mix tapes from those events are sought-after classics.

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