Born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1990, Dylan Elise started drumming at age 6. At age 9 he was the resident drummer for Artsplash at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington and in an adult band accompanying massed Wellington school choirs.
By age 11 he began performing publicly, playing solo, and with bands, and appearing on TV.
He has performed drum clinics since 2003, and opened for internationally renowned New York drummer Tommy Igoe in Wellington, Napier, and Auckland in 2006.
Elise featured as a solo artist at the National Tauranga Jazz Festival in the Baycourt Theatre in 2007, 2008, and 2009. A video of his 2007 performance has had over 7 million hits on YouTube.