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Flying Lotus

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  • Born: Los Angeles, CA
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Website: http://flying-lotus.com
  • Recent Activity: 07.03.15 Yooo @eliroth when is 'knock knock' coming to VOD in 🇺🇸
  • Flying Lotus

  • Flying Lotus

  • Flying Lotus


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Experimental electronic music producer Flying Lotus, born Steven Ellison, is a grandson of songwriter Marilyn McLeod (the co-writer of Diana Ross' "Love Hangover"), as well as a great-nephew of pianist Alice Coltrane, and therefore a cousin of saxophonist Ravi Coltrane. Ellison made beats for the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim network before releasing his debut full-length, 1983, which resembled the work of fellow avant-garde hip-hop producers Madlib, J Dilla, and Ammoncontact on Plug Research in 2006. Following the six-song EP Reset, he released his second full-length, Los Angeles, on Warp in 2008. A three-part series of satellite EPs consisting of remixes and additional productions trailed through the next year. Cosmogramma, his third and most complex album, was issued on the same label in 2010, while the relatively pared-down Until the Quiet Comes followed in 2012. The suite-like You're Dead!, on which he was joined by Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, and Snoop Dogg, and Captain Murphy (Ellison's rapping alias), among others, came two years later. Ellison's considerable quantity of additional production and remix work is scattered across dozens of releases on revered labels such as Tectonic, Hyperdub, Ghostly International, and Ninja Tune -- the last of which is the distributor of his Brainfeeder label, home to releases by the likes of the Gaslamp Killer, Austin Peralta, Martyn, frequent collaborator Thundercat, and Taylor McFerrin.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
07.31.15 Grant Park Chicago, IL US
08.08.15 Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds Los Angeles, CA US
08.08.15 Shrine Expo Hall Los Angeles, CA US
08.12.15 Toyenparken Oslo, Norway
08.12.15 Vega (with Neutral Milk Hotel) Copenhagen, 147 Denmark
08.20.15 Pioneer Park Salt Lake City, UT US
09.05.15 Seattle Center Seattle, WA US
09.05.15 Seattle Center Seattle, WA US
09.10.15 Robin Hill Country Park Newport, Iow UK

eMusic Features


Interview: Flying Lotus

By Michael Tedder, Contributor

Flying Lotus has Brilliant Young Iconoclast written all over him, which is part of his problem. He's one of the buzziest young artists on one of the buzziest labels around (electronic music and art-rock tastemakers Warp); he's tight with Thom Yorke; he's the nephew of avant-jazz icon Alice Coltrane. But even more importantly, he made Cosmogramma, a head-rush of layered bass rumbles and mournful synth ripples that slowly became a word-of-mouth phenomena beyond the Warp… more »


25 Bands to See at Coachella 2012

By Wondering Sound Staff, Contributor

There is every other music festival and then there is Coachella, the California-desert weekend that, in many ways, set the template for all that followed. The first U.S. festival to boast big-ticket reunions and all-over-the-map booking, Coachella continues to maintain its distinctive, idiosyncratic personality. Needless to say, navigating such a wide array of music can be tricky. We've picked 25 acts worth making time for. more »


  • 07.03.15 Yooo @eliroth when is 'knock knock' coming to VOD in 🇺🇸
  • 07.02.15 Allison Road is picking up where P.T left off. Excited. http://t.co/qfGMtlm2qn
  • 07.02.15 RT @thes0larbear: So when is @flyinglotus getting a show on @Beats1? That’s inevitable right?
  • 07.01.15 On the @AppleMusic thang thang https://t.co/CuVn04Mrdp
  • 06.28.15 Glastonbury / west holts / 10pm
  • 06.28.15 RT @WarpRecords: Headlining West Holts today, @flyinglotus makes his @GlastoFest appearance from 10PM
  • 06.26.15 🇺🇸
  • 06.26.15 Down the rabbit hole / Netherlands
  • 06.26.15 RT @pitchfork: Thundercat's (@Thundercat) The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam is named Best New Music http://t.co/cFYOzhMee4 http://t.co/8Yd…
  • 06.25.15 RT @kodenine: Just uploaded that Rinse show with @flyinglotus from 2007 to my soundcloud https://t.co/tuxpcQ1rC9
  • 06.25.15 RT @pulsefilms: Pulse Director @youngreplicant's work: OUTSTANDING http://t.co/0St6R8tCZL #SaatchiNDS25 #CannesLions http://t.co/kA9e3YiQFk
  • 06.25.15 RT @BRAINFEEDER: | @Thundercat - "The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam" | Mini-Album available now: https://t.co/rRy5briiHZ https://t.co/r4m1…