ellis johnson

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Where are you based?

Manchester Uk

What genre would you describe yourself as?

I always find it quite difficult to answer this question, because there is often a thin line between some genres of music. But if I had to put a label on it, a cocktail of Billy Ocean and Metallica. In all seriousness i'm probably within the Indie/Pop/Rock category.

Who is your main inspiration?

I don't have a 'main' inspiration as it were. I have many, in all walks of life. From a music perspective, (I hear you ask) I grew up loving Rock/Punk and a bit later Soul music. So I've bounced around being inspired by many; I could happily make a playlist full of Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Sam Cooke & Bon Iver.

What is your songwriting process (which bits come first?)

I think it differs, surely thats the same for a lot of artists? Sometimes I'll be walking down the street and a melody just pops in to my head from somewhere, and that usually becomes the foundation of an idea. Other times, I can find inspiration when people are watching (legally). I find it fascinating that you see different faces every single day, some that you'll never see again. I let my imagination do the work sometimes, and create stories based on some girl on a bus or a fella wearing a suit but filthy trainers on. (I just made that up, this is exclusive, I'm writing songs within the interview... I'll scrap it later, for sure)

What made you want to start in music?

My dad has always been crazy in to music. He went to so many gigs as a young lad, and told me amazing stories about his experiences, like walking down the wrong coridor at a venue and ended up bumping into Queen on their way to the stage, or watching Black Sabbath in a park gig, whilst sat on a crate of beer.  I followed suit and carried on the mantle, I grew up going to so many gigs, although my early stories aren't as glamourous as my Dads. My first claim to fame was meeting Gabrielle. In many ways I  lived my dads childhood dream of being a drummer. I picked up the sticks at the age of 10 or 11 and I was hooked on music ever since.

What is on the horizon for you?

Who knows! The only thing i'm sure of, is that I'll continue writing and performing as much as possible. If I can't do that, well maybe this planet isn't for me.

Who would you most like to collaborate with (alive or dead)?

I'd like to collaborate with someone whilst I'm alive, preferably. But yeah, I would've loved to have collaborated with Mac Miller, the guy was super talented and I can't imagine the music we've all missed out on.

What is your ultimate goal?

To go for a pint and a doodle with Banksy. I have trouble answering questions seriously, have you noticed? The ultimate goal is to have a long, successful career in music, giving my family an above comfortable life, and help others along the way.

If you could cover any song, what would it be?

I do cover songs, many songs. And I'll cover many more, just you try and stop me.

Tea making: milk first or last?

Couldn't care less. British or not, I could take or leave the stuff. I love hearing people argue about first world shit like that. I've got a mate that hates it when people put chocolate in the fridge. I love him, but he's a knob 'ed.

Tell us your funniest joke!

Being a massive United fan, I'd say our activity thus far in the transfer window has been a joke. But my favourite joke, I definitely wouldn't say funniest, is as follows,

There's a Sausage and an Egg in a frying pan,

The Sausage says to the Egg, "Fucking hell it's hot in here innit!"

The Egg screams and says "Aggggghhh fuck me, it's a talking Sausage!"

My sisters favourite joke is : "Why did the monkey fall out of the tree? .... Because it was dead."

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