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Ellis Dee

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DJ Ellis Dee, whose real name is Roy Sydney Reid has been DJ-ing since the start of the acid house scene in 1988. After staging his own party which was a big success, Ellis Dee was booked to play at “The Dungeon”. After this, the bookings flooded in. Ellis Dee’s name was firmly established when he headlined for Fantazia throughout 1992 and beyond, including performing as a PA under the name “Rhythm Section” along with Newton & Rennie Pilgrem. His mix tapes from this era are regarded as classics. Ellis Dee released several big tunes at the time under the name “Ellis Dee Project” including “Rock to the Max” on the Fantazia: The First Taste & “Desire” on Fantazia: Twice as Nice.

It was back in the early days of rave that he really made his name and Ellis Dee became a headliner at many of the big events like Telepathy, Raindance and Fantazia. As well as DJ-ing, he also began to make his own music as part of Rhythm Section with Rennie Pilgrem, Richard Thake and Nick Newton. From acid house to hardcore to drum & bass and most recently breakbeat, Ellis Dee has always managed to stamp his own style on whatever he turns his hand to.

It’s breakbeat that he’s most involved with these days and his forthcoming mix album, ‘Hedonizm’, shows he’s clearly got his finger firmly on the pulse.

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