Ellis van der Does


Ellis van der Does is a Dutch illustrator based in London

What role does music play in your day-to-day life as a creative?

Music plays a big part in my everyday life – even if I go for a quick supermarket run I bring my headphones along. However, when I’m coming up with ideas and making sketches I can’t listen to music as I find it too distracting. But once I start bringing ideas to life I put music on straight away. It’s a nice way to lift my mood and keep me focussed on the work.

Tell us about your playlist:

Most of the tracks featured on this playlists are tracks that I’ve loved for a long time. Sometimes I don’t listen to them for a while, but I know I’ll always like them when they resurface during a random shuffle. It’s a combination of old & new, but all the tracks have a certain rhythm or melody that keeps me in the work mood.

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Work hard, Play loud

  1. Time of the Season – The Zombies
  2. Use Me – 2014 Remaster – Grace Jones
  3. Strangers (Remastered) – The Kinks
  4. Sutphin Boulevard – Blood Orange
  5. Goodnight Moon – Shivaree
  6. Remember Me – Original Mix – Blue Boy
  7. Why Can’t We Live Together – Timmy Thomas
  8. Right – 2016 Remastered Version – David Bowie
  9. The Look – Metronomy
  10. PIMP – Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
  11. The Passenger – Iggy Pop
  12. Needy Girl – Radio Edit – Chromeo
  13. Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey
  14. Make It Wit Chu – Queens of the Stone Age
  15. Country House – Blur
  16. 7 Days, 7 Weeks – dEUS
  17. Lucky I Got What I Want – Jungle
  18. Last Train – Remastered Version – Allen Toussaint
  19. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free – Nina Simone
  20. Jamil Jamal – Yazz Ahmed