David Ellefson is not only the bass player of thrash metal icons Megadeth, he is also is the president of EMP Label Group a relatively new record label that was created by Ellefson to launch new talent, one of those new talents is Doll Skin, a teenage punk band that David discovered in Scottsdale, AZ while being a judge at a local battle of the bands.
On top of that, David is also part owner of the Ellefson Coffee Co an independent coffee company that he created along with his business partner Thom Hazaert (EMP Label Group), the company has three coffee brands (Roast In Peace, Kenya Thrash, She-Wolf) in the market and it recently opened a brick and mortar store at Ellefson‘s hometown in Jackson, MN.
Besides EMP Label Group and Ellefson Coffee Co, David is one of the architects of the all-star metal project Metal Allegiance along with Mark Menghi, Mike Portnoy (Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater) and Alex Skonick (Testament). If that wasn’t enough for him, David Ellefson also spends a significative amount of time on the road promoting his autobiography My Life With Deth when he is not playing arenas around the world with Megadeth.
The Age of Metal had the chance to caught up with David Ellefson for a brief chat while at NAMM 2017, we talked about EMP Label Group, Ellefson Coffee Co, Metal Allegiance and Megadeth‘s 2017 Grammy nomination in the best metal performance category