50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: Flying Lotus – #24

Posted on 20 March 2012 by admin




Flying Lotus (born Steven Ellison) is an experimental multi-genre music producer from ailment California” href=”,_California”>Winnetka, California. His debut album, 1983, was released on Plug Research Records in 2006.[1] He produced much of the bumper music on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block,[2] for which he is uncredited, and he also contributed remixes for fellow Plug Research artists including Mia Doi Todd. He is often referred to as “FlyLo” by fans and critics. His grandmother is songwriter Marilyn McLeod. He is the great-nephew of the late Alice Coltrane, whose husband was John Coltrane. He is also the cousin of musician Ravi Coltrane.[3]

Music career

In 2007, he announced that he signed with Warp Records.[4] Following his Warp debut, the six-track Reset EP, he became one of the label’s cornerstone artists and released his second album, titled Los Angeles, on June 10, 2008. In 2008, Flying Lotus also remixed “Reckoner” from Radiohead’s album In Rainbows.[5] His third album, Cosmogramma, was released on May 3, 2010, in the UK and May 4, 2010, in the US.[6] In January 2011, Cosmogramma won in the Dance/Electronica Album category in The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards.[7]

Recently, Flying Lotus collaborated with the Ann Arbor Film Festival in the performance of a live scoring of the 1962 avant-garde film Heaven and Earth Magic.[8] In a post-viewing interview with the audience, Flying Lotus said he was unsure whether or not a recording of the performance (or a recreation of it) would be publicly released, but he would be enthusiastic toward similar projects in the future. He was chosen by Battles to perform at the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival that it co-curates in December 2011 in Minehead, England.[9]

In January 2011, Flying Lotus won The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards for his video “MmmHmm” in the Video, Short Form category.[10] Flying Lotus will be collaborating with R&B singer Erykah Badu on new material for her next album.[11] In August 2011, Flying Lotus announced a multimedia project with filmmaker Miwa Matreyek, which is to be titled The Mapping of Countries Yet to Come.[12] It is currently rumored that Flying Lotus plans to remix one of Radiohead’s songs from The King of Limbs.[13]




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