We had the good fortune of connecting with Andy Ellis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Andy, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
My background and upbringing impacted me a lot in the sense that all my life I’ve felt like I’m a “man from nowhere”. My parents both grew up, met, and married in Massachusetts, but by the time I was born they had lived in the UK for over a decade. So I was an American born in England in the late 70’s. By the time I was four we moved to Belgium where I went to a French speaking school and when I turned 6 we moved back to the US to Chicago where I spent first grade through high school. When I turned 18 I moved out to Southern California where I had no family and after a year, my family moved back to Boston, and I never went back to Chicago afterwards. I lived the first 25 years of my adult life in SoCal where I built my music career. and recently during the pandemic my wife and I moved to Austin, Texas where she grew up. So I feel like I’m from LA more than anywhere else but if you’ve lived for any length of time there you understand that to most people there, it’s not a place or a culture you are really from. All my life I feel like I’ve lived in foreign lands and that creates a certain specific psychology, I think, that involves a certain self-reliance on one hand but also a nagging loneliness asking “where do I belong?”

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m proud that I’ve been able to survive and at times prosper simply by making music my entire adult life. It was never easy and many times I’ve felt extremely nihilistic about it, as in why do I keep doing this? It takes more and more work for less and less reward mainly due to the state of the industry…but it’s in my blood so I never stop.

I play many musical instruments, I’m an audio engineer, I know my way around computers very well, and I also write. But in service of all these things, I think my greatest talent has ultimately been an intuition on how to realize the goal of any creative endeavor, not necessarily the worldly result like if something will be successful, but the realization of the work itself. I find myself instinctively intuiting what something that simply doesn’t exist yet should be, make decisions, and then find the practice and the ritual that moves closer to realizing it. This process has always been there for me whether I’m songwriting, composing, producing, or mixing music. Perhaps this can be best described as the practical application of vision. I seem to find a vision and then get there. What people think or do with it in the end though is another story.

Recently I released a song called “Flower Punk Girl” that is a throwback in all kinds of ways to the 80’s. I wrote it, played all the instruments, sang it, produced, recorded, and mixed it all in my studio in Austin.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I only recently moved to Austin so I’m still discovering this city myself, as well as Texas in general.

It’s outside the city, but Krauss Springs is pretty amazing. No one could possibly imagine that a place like that exists in Texas with trees the size of the redwoods in California right next to a natural spring.

Also I don’t think you can come to Texas and not try the BBQ (vegetarians aside). It’s truly its own art form and there are some serious artists here!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m dedicating my shoutout to Susan Padilla. Without her support I wouldn’t have been able to move to Southern California to start my career.

Website: www.theandyellis.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theandyellis/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/theandyellis

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theandyellis

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@the_andy_ellis

Other: https://andyellis.bandcamp.com

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