Yvonne “D’Alcemiss” Ellis
“Continually vulnerable, continuously indestructible.” (Emil Keliane)
What an incredibly succinct and meaningful description of this remarkable person. After over 40 years in a music business that continues to be unforgiving and narrow for women, Yvonne Ellis has survived and flourished, making her mark and commanding the deepest respect and affection from all the clients she has been involved with. Over the decades Yvonne has worked with an incredible spectrum of artists and musicians – from high profile popstars, through to local young strugglers looking to inch their way into a milieu fraught with obstacles and difficulties. Yvonne’ s knowledge of so many different kinds of music, married to her technological expertise fuels her formidable versatility. She approaches the art and craft of production with all the attributes of a great musician – and after so many years she has gained total command as a producer and engineer of the highest quality. She retains a robust sense of musical community and remains a loyal servant to the many muses and artists that she collaborates with. She is indeed a polymath of the mixing desk, both in the studio and ‘ Live ’ . The sounds and sonics she helps create are true and pure and of a quality that few can match. Whether she is producing or mixing, Yvonne is able to bring out the greatest musicality that is possible from the artist and their work. Yvonne ’ s journey through the years in the music business has also made her a great psychologist and musical social worker; both are invaluable qualities in these psychologically difficult times. If you work with Yvonne you are likely to grow as a human being as well as a musician. The sad truth is that the music business should be full of Yvonne Ellis ’ 50 years into its life, but great and maverick talent tends to be marginalised rather than championed, especially if you ’ re a woman. We should always celebrate such precious human resources and recognise their efforts and dedication beyond the call of duty. We need Yvonne Ellis so badly. Her humanity and talent always shine through and as a colleague and friend for over 30 years I ’ m very honoured to know her and to have worked with someone so consistently special.
-Elliot Rashman (Simply Red manager 1984-1998)
Biography added : 12th April 2022
by Yvonne Ellis