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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. His 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 the likes of the Gaslamp Killer, Austin Peralta, Martyn, and Thundercat.


Steven Ellison (born October 7, 1983), known by his stage name Flying Lotus, is an experimental multi-genre music producer and rapper from Los Angeles, California.

Flying Lotus has released four studio albums—1983 (2006), Los Angeles (2008), Cosmogramma (2010), and Until the Quiet Comes (2012)—to increasing critical acclaim. He has produced much of the bumper music on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block. He also contributed remixes for fellow Plug Research artists including Mia Doi Todd. He is often referred to as FlyLo by fans and critics.

In 2012, Ellison began rapping under the persona Captain Murphy. Ellison kept this fact a secret for several months, finally revealing his identity several weeks after the release of his first rap mixtape, Duality.Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).

Early life[edit]

Flying Lotus was born Steven Ellison on October 7, 1983, in Los Angeles, California. He is the great-nephew of the late jazz pianist Alice Coltrane, and her husband saxophonist John Coltrane. He is also the cousin of musician Ravi Coltrane. Additionally, he is the grandson of singer/songwriter Marilyn McLeod, who is notable for having written Diana Ross's "Love Hangover" and Freda Payne's "I Get High (On Your Memory)".Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).

Music career[edit]

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

In 2010, 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. In a post-viewing interview with the audience, Flying Lotus said that 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-curated in December 2011 in Minehead, England, UK.

In January 2011, Flying Lotus won the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards for his video "MmmHmm" in the Short-Form Video category. 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.

Flying Lotus produced rapper Mac Miller's song “SDS’” for his album Watching Movies with the Sound Off. He also created a song for the Cartoon Network series Adventure Time entitled “About that time//A glitch is a glitch”.

It was reported in 2011 that Flying Lotus would be collaborating with R&B singer Erykah Badu on new material for her next album, and planned to remix one of Radiohead's songs from The King of Limbs.

In April 2013, Flying Lotus announced that he has his own radio station in the video game Grand Theft Auto V, saying there would be "a ton of new songs and information, including rapping a new Captain Murphy song produced by Hudson Mohawke".

On July 17, 2013, Flying Lotus announced on Twitter that he had been nominated for a VMA (Video Music Award) for the song "Tiny Tortures".Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).

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05.29.14 Alcatraz Milan, CA Italy
06.01.14 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Bru Belgium
06.03.14 Paradiso Amsterdam, Nhl Netherlands
06.05.14 Le Trianon Paris, Ile France
06.07.14 Heaton Park Manchester, Lancashire UK
06.19.14 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO US
06.26.14 Dancity Festival Foligno, Italy
06.26.14 Double JJ Ranch Rothbury, MI US
06.26.14 Double JJ Ranch Rothbury, MI US
06.26.14 Double JJ Ranch Rothbury, MI US

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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 »


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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 »

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