David Ellefson David Ellefson

From humble farm roots in rural Minnesota, David Ellefson has come a long way, literally and figuratively, to conquering stages around the World as bassist of thrash metal titans Megadeth. Revered for his unique, hard-hitting playing style, and unwavering dedication to his musical craft, Ellefson has woven a vast professional tapestry as a bassist, songwriter, record producer, clinician and author. As a member of Megadeth, he has been awarded 10 Grammy nominations, countless gold & platinum records and toured the world for the better part of three decades.

Side Projects:

In addition to Megadeth, Ellefson has lent his playing and writing abilities to several other recording and touring projects including Soulfly, F5, Temple of Brutality, Altitudes and Attitude (With Frank Bello of Anthrax) and Metal Allegiance, the "supergroup" formed by Mark Menghi with Ellefson, Mike Portnoy, and Alex Skolnick who released their eponymous debut in 2015 on Nuclear Blast.

Did You Know?

Ellefson is also president of his own record label EMP Label Group (Ellefson Music Productions).

Fun Facts

A coffee connoisseur, Ellefson started his own brew, offering four blends — Roast in Peace, Kenya Thrash, She Wolf and Urban Legend. Ellefson also added his very first Ellefson Coffee Co. Café back in his hometown of Jackson, Minn.


"This might sound very immature, but when a bass looks cool, you want to play it. It's been like that since I was a kid and when I walk in and I see these Jackson basses, I'm, like, 'I wanna play that bass.' That feeling just resonates throughout and I think most musicians are like that." - Ellefson