In addition to being an award winning multi-instrumentalist (acoustic/electric guitars, pedal steel, banjo, mandolin and keys) and songwriter, John MacArthur Ellis, is also one of Canada's top record producers known for capturing the hottest sounds in the Americana, Alt Country, Folk, Singer/Songwriter and Roots Rock genres.
Born in the small Vancouver Island town of Port Alberni, BC at a time when the town was booming and the music scene was thriving, John set out on his path as a professional
musician with focus and determination.
From playing $25 gigs at the age of twelve, to touring auditorium shows and major festivals around the world with artists such as Ferron, Aaron Pritchett, Ridley Bent, Bruce Cockburn, Doc Walker, Chad Brownlee, Barney Bentall, Chris Ronald, Leeroy Stagger and Colin James, John has made a name for himself both on the stage and in the studio as a session player.
While making his mark as a player, John also took to the studio to record all kinds of music for all kinds of artists leading him to becoming a highly sought out world class record producer. Over the past decade, John’s productions have appeared in the top ten on Canadian charts and his playing can be heard on award-winning television and films including the hit series Da Vinci’s Inquest, The Handler, and Intelligence.
With a focus on authenticity, John's approach to producing records involves intuitively capitalizing on the unique musical qualities of the artists that he works with, bringing their sound recordings to a point of to cutting through the noise. This is evident in the work he did for The Be Good Tanyas (Chinatown, 2003), Jeremy Fisher (High School, 2004), Ridley Bent (2009 Buckles & Boots), Barney Bentall (2006 Gift Horse & 2011 The Inside Passage) and Dustin Bentall (2007 Streets With No Lights & 2009 Six Shooter) as well as his most recent productions with Taylor James (2018 Backbone) and Angela Harris (2018 A Woman Like Me).