Dave Ellesmere

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Dave Ellesmere (born 28 November 1960) is a drummer, born in Southport, England and who played during the 1980s in UK punk bands such as The Insane, Discharge, Doctor and the Crippens and Disgust. He has also drummed with Gaz Sumner in Hylas and the Nymphs.


In the late 1970s, he played drums with The Insane, a UK punk band formed in Wigan. In the 1980s, he played in several UK 82-style groups. After Discharge founding member Terry Roberts (drums) departed (later joining UK Subs) Ellesmere took the drum chair for the Why EP.,[1] a recording which gave the band their first number one on the UK indie charts.[1] Ellesmere did not stay long, and the band replaced him with Gary Maloney.

Shortly after he recorded an album as a guitarist for the infamous Earache imprint, he became immersed in the electronic genre. He was inspired by the electronic music coming from Detroit, Berlin and Chicago that were infiltrating the UK in the early 1990s and began his career as an electronic DJ. His music has been categorized as minimal, techno, tech house, minimal techno, he's produced many albums, collaborated with countless other DJs, and performed at numerous festivals around the world.


  1. ^ a b Glasper, Ian (2004). Burning Britain: The History of Punk 1980-1984. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 1-901447-24-3.