Roy Reid was only 15 years old when he first DJd at parties and small venues. A couple of years later, in 1987, the UK woke up to find Acid House was the new music on the block. At first, the young DJ hated it but he went to a rave 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 rave in a garage in South London, which lasted for 6 months until it was closed down by the police.

By the next year, Roy had assumed the DJ name Ellis Dee and was gaining a huge reputation as a floor-filling DJ. The same year, he began a 2 year career as a pirate radio DJ on Sunrise Radio.

In 1989, he made his first production with future Breaks label boss Rennie Pilgrem (and Nick Newton) as Rhythm Section. He was also only one of two resident DJ’s with the legendary World Dance Organisation (the other was an ex-DMC champion and drum n’bass legend, DJ Hype). In the early 90s, he was headlining at raves like Telepathy, Raindance and Fantazia and was standing equally alongside DJs like Carl Cox and Grooverider and his mix tapes from those events are sought-after classics. He also had the band identity Ellis Dee Project which produced classic rave tracks like Rock To The Max and Desire.

The Criminal Justice Act of 1994 effectively finished off the UK rave scene. Roy was touring Florida with Breaks guru Rennie Pilgrem at this time but his career in Breakbeat had to wait for a few years because the demise of rave music left the field open for the other big music scene of the time, Drum n Bass, and Roy was set to slip seamlessly into becoming one of the UKs best-known Drum n Bass DJs, as well as running his own D n B label, Collusion Records, with DJ Swan-E. Also in this time (1995), he produced/remixed Where Did I Go Wrong for UB40.

By the late 90s, Ellis Dee had shifted his interest to Breakbeat and had launched a Breaks label ‘Point Breaks’ with his partner Syrus (while still running the Collusion label). He had also teamed up again with Westbury stablemate Rennie Pilgrem and was releasing product on Rennies TCR (Thursday Club Recordings) label, including (2003) remixing the critically-acclaimed Hedonizm album (the third in TCRs izm series).

From Acid House to Hardcore to Drum n Bass and, most recently, Breakbeat, Ellis Dee has ridden each club wave. He currently divides his time between DJing, working in the studio and running a course teaching DJ and production skills.

Always an adept at working the crowds, he knows what makes good club music: "I ve seen what happens when the music goes too hard and changes crowds. We dont want to end up just playing to a bunch of hardcore male ravers. With the breaks scene were starting to see older clubbers coming back out and enjoying themselves... People are looking for something thats good and trouble-free, somewhere they can really enjoy themselves..."

In Ellis Dee, the rave spirit still lives.


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