Ellis John



DREAM DETECTIVES formed with German collage artist/film maker Moi. Moser. Live film soundtrack improvisations.

Creates CHANOYU RECORDS and releases WABI SABI 21© as handmade CDR and downloads on Amazon and iTunes

Working on new Songstory with JUDGE SMITH.

Writing and performing more one-man show material. Working on documentary soundtrack for film maker Luke Pretzlik.

2008. Commenced live performances of LOOPROVISATION one-man show. 

Masterclasses in Europe and improvisation project with Mr Averell and Hugh Banton.

Sessions for Judge Smith and MR AVERELL. 

SOUNDBEAM work with special needs students.

Music workshop delivery on behalf of THE LUMA GROUP. Collaborations with MICHAEL WARD-BERGEMAN and SKITZBEATZ.

2007. More workshops for THE LUMA GROUP. 

Album and CD for JUDGE SMITH. 

Working on new solo project.

2006. Private Guitar tuition, workshop development and delivery (GUITAR ACCESS ).

Composer in Residence for KC Mind.

Composed soundtrack for documentary "With Nature in Mind"

March 2004. Founded arts organisation, THE LUMA GROUP. Started work on ROOTWORKS project with American musician, Michael Ward-Bergeman.

2002. Started working with BARRIER BREAKERS, a charity that delivers "Creative Composition" course to young people in London.

April 2000. Left THE STRANGLERS to work on Music & Arts

based internet site.

1990-2000: Became permanent member of THE STRANGLERS.

Extensive touring and recording.

Released "Acrylic" compilation.

Art Gallery series released by Voiceprint Records.

Worked on JUDGE SMITH "Curly's Airships" song story.

Released "Spic & Span" limited edition, hand made CD.

1980-1990: Started recording and touring with PETER HAMMILL.

THE VIBRATORS reformed to tour and record.

Released mini-album "Microgroove".

Started writing instrumental electronic music for

exhibitions of paintings. 

Played 2nd guitar on THE STRANGLERS "10" tour.

1980: Stood in for Hugh Cornwell at Rainbow gig.

1979: Left THE VIBRATORS for solo career.

Released "Babies in Jars" and "Hit Man".

Formed music/dance group Rapid Eye Movement.

Played in J.J.Burnel's Euroband.

Joined PETER GABRIEL Band for "China" tour.

1976: Vibrators release "We Vibrate" on RAK.

Release "Pogo Dancing" with Chris Spedding.

1974: Formed THE VIBRATORS.

1973: Tree surgeon. 

Started Graphic Design Degree course

at Middlesex Polytechnic.

1972: Warehouseman.

1971: Film Librarian for British Film Institute.

1970: Foundation Course at Chelsea College of Art.


Primary & Secondary Education in North London.

Born: London 1952.