Ben Ely

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Ben Ely
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Ely performing with Regurgitator in 2013
Background information
Birth nameBenjamin Ely
Born (1970-09-13) 13 September 1970 (age 48)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
GenresRock, alternative rock, hip hop, electronica
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, animator, producer
InstrumentsBass guitar, vocals, synthesizer
Years active1993–present
LabelsValve, Warner Bros.
Associated actsRegurgitator, Pangaea, Decoder Ring

Ben Ely (born 13 September 1970) is an Australian musician and artist best known for his work with Brisbane indie/alternative rock band Regurgitator, a multi-ARIA Music Award winning group which formed in Brisbane, Australia in December 1993.

Early life[edit]

Born in Brisbane, Ely's family moved to the outer suburb of Cleveland. During his high school years he became friends with musicians members Dave Atkins and Jim Sinclair, with whom he would later form Pangaea.[1] He met guitarist Quan Yeomans in 1993, with whom he formed Regurgitator. He claims that meeting Yeomans is the most important thing that has ever happened to him, stating that "I am a big fan of his work. I guess that helps when you play in a band with them".[2] With regard to his musical influences, Ely has previously stated "Metallica and Black Sabbath made me who I am today".[3]


Aside his tenure in Regurgitator, Ely has worked on other music projects:[4]

  • Pangaea is a punk and metal band from Brisbane, Australia that Ely fronted since the early 1990s.
  • Jump 2 Light Speed released a self-titled album in 2006 and featured Ben Ely on bass and vocals, Graeme Kent on guitar (later replaced by former Channel V presenter Steve Bourke), Keita Tarlinton on keyboards and Stella Mozgawa on drums (later replaced by Tim Browning).
  • Broken Head is a dub band featuring Skritch and Guy Webster and formerly Ely.
  • The Stalkers is a punk band with Regurgitator member Peter Kostic along with Ray Ahn and Raymond Lalotoa.
  • Ouch My Face is an experimental punk band from Melbourne, Australia featuring Ben Ely on Bass, Celeste Potter on guitar and vocals and Ben Wundersitz on drums.
  • Pow Pow Wow
  • Ben Ely's Radio 5 released his first official solo album, Transcending Reality, in 2008. The band is unusual for its set-up where Ely performs lead vocals while standing up and drumming a simple drum kit made up of flat-lying kick drums, cymbals and snare.
  • Solo album "Goodbye Machine" was released in 2015. The back of the album cover states: "Over the last 2 years Ben collected many lyrical ideas in a strange kind of therapy that reflects his discomfort with the current government, state of the environment, and our place as human beings in this world." A different musical direction once again for the highly versatile Ely.

Ely also co-wrote, (together with Decoder Ring), the music to the 2004 Australian film Somersault, starring Abbie Cornish. The soundtrack won an AFI Award for Best Original Music Score and the song 'Somersault' won the 2004 Best Original Song Composed for a Feature Film, Telemovie, TV Series or Mini-Series Award at the Australian Screen Music Awards.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Ely is also a successful practising artist and has exhibited work at The TAP Gallery in Darlinghurst, Sydney, and Flipbook Gallery in Brisbane as well as an exhibition in Fitzroy, Melbourne with his female Ouch My Face band mate.

Game Over! art exhibition.[6]

Ely was the partner of Yumi Stynes from 2001. They separated after eight years, in 2008. They have two daughters, Anouk and Dee Dee.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Brisbane - Ben Ely - The Collapse Board Interview - COLLAPSE BOARD". COLLAPSE BOARD. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Kotori Magazine - Explosions by Regurgitator - An Interview". Retrieved 9 August 2015.
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  5. ^ Awards for Somersault on IMDb
  6. ^[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Miller, Megan (22 January 2011). "Yumi a wild child no longer". Herald Sun. Retrieved 1 March 2012.[dead link]
  8. ^ O'Brien, Kerrie (23 March 2018). "'I hope our boys can be taught that they're allowed to cry': Yumi Stynes". Retrieved 1 February 2019.

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