Jeremy "Ayro" Ellis (US)
Detroit’s Jeremy Ellis (Ayro) is sonic chef who mixes ingredients from across the musical spectrum. He first rose to fame as a member of various musical fusion projects, utilizing his classical, jazz, and percussion training. Becoming a frequent collaborator with Detroit producers, he has worked with such luminaries as Carl Craig, John Beltran, Recloose, and Alton Miller, providing a combination of vocals and keyboard.
Even with all of the praise provided for Jeremy Ellis’ production, it is his electrifying live show that has solidified his dedicated fanbase. He dubs his sets “freestyle,” as they are improvised using only a combination of live gear, most notably keyboards and an MPC, with Ellis providing vocals.
His one-man show (with John Arnold) has sent him globe-trotting, entertaining thousands at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, “freestyling” in Puerto Rico, and bringing the future funk to Japan. Along the way he’s picked up more bits and pieces to include in his output, ensuring that his musical breadth will grow, along with his reputation.