Less cowbell

Danny Ellis's favorite things

Danny Ellis (Luzer T-shirt) composes for the senses...and for beer.
  • Danny Ellis (Luzer T-shirt) composes for the senses...and for beer.

Daniel Ellis is the Splavender mastermind who utilizes his synesthesia super-power to his creative advantage.

What’s your favorite local band?

“Spooky Cigarette because they showed me a style of music I wasn’t aware of. At first I was, like, ‘WTF am I listening to?’ Now I love it. ‘Spiritual Hypochondriac’ has been my jam since the New Year.”

What’s your favorite local venue?

The Loft

9500 Gilman Drive, UCSD

“The Loft because they give you a sound check and let you pick your mics. Even as a little local opening band.”

Do you have a favorite studio that you like to use?

“Rarefied Recording because of the vintage gear.”

Where is your favorite place to buy gear?

“Craigslist for pedals, Sam Ash for other stuff.”

Do you have a favorite local radio station?

“88.3 — it’s local, commercial-free, and you’ll usually never hear anything familiar. It’s a good way to clean your slate from catchy pop radio.”

Do you have a favorite local DJ?

“Tim Pyles.”

Do you have a favorite local beer or tasting room?

“Helix Brewing because of the atmosphere and West Coast style of brewing. They also have corn hole. Try the Acid Drop if you like light beers or the Galaxy Rye if IPAs are your thing.”

Worst instrument to bring to an acoustic jam?

“Cowbell. It’s almost impossible to play a cowbell on rhythm.”

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