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Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles resident Steven Ellison, better known as Flying Lotus, is a producer of electronic music and hip-hop beats, known for his abstract and sometimes jazz-tinted style. Flying Lotus, often abbreviated to FlyLo, is the founder and leader of the Brainfeeder collective, which includes such artists as Samiyam, Teebs and Daedelus. He is also often seen as being at the forefront of the new wave of beatmakers and musicians who fuse IDM and electronica with hip-hop and .

Flying Lotus released his first album, 1983 on Plug Research Records in 2006. His June 2008 release, Los Angeles, released on Warp with cover art designed by Build & Timothy Saccenti, was released to positive critical reviews. His third album, Cosmogramma, was released on Warp in 2010 to further critical acclaim. His fourth album, Until the Quiet Comes, has been released through Warp in October 2012.

As well as serious album work, remixes and production for artists such as Blu, Hodgy Beats, Gonjasufi, Oddisee and John Robinson, FlyLo is also responsible for many of the musical loops heard during the ‘bumps’ on Adult Swim, as well as being a casual filmmaker.

Being the great-nephew of Alice Coltrane, John Coltrane’s wife, Ellison comes from a musical heritage about which he says: “My greatest influences are my family, I’m lucky to have been around so many accomplished musicians.” When discussing the sources of his imagination and inspiration, he explains that : “I see these tracks as little short films that play in my head… I have this beautiful lemon tree in my backyard, and on a sunny day the light shines through.


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  • AmoRoden

    His music is really interesting, very hard to describe.

    23 Dec 12:33am Reply
  • last_nickname

    Dude just can't hide his smile

    16 Dec 5:32pm Reply
  • luen05

    You're Dead is the only album of him i've heard and i can't think of anything that good done by him.

    16 Dec 4:34am Reply
  • donuthoes

    crying because you're dead soooo good

    15 Dec 3:28pm Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    You're Dead > everything

    15 Dec 6:00am Reply
  • titvn

    Ill agree, but Turtles is the best track on that album.

    13 Dec 2:20am Reply
  • MissLovelyNora

    Still dissapointed with You're Dead! Which sucks since all his other albums are so amazing.

    12 Dec 2:29pm Reply
  • hashtagbluejay

    Is FlyLo even real?

    11 Dec 10:33pm Reply
  • jestem-chujem

    I wasn't suggesting that my opinion on Steven's personality affects my enjoyment of listening to his music, in fact it doesn't. still I like his earlier albums more than you're dead

    10 Dec 8:12pm Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    I'll bet that stuff was from a while ago; he seemed to have some epiphany and appears way more humble in the last year's round of interviews. Definitely went off the rails a bit around UTQC. Oh well, who gives a shit if an artist is full of himself so long as the art delivers?

    10 Dec 3:22pm Reply
  • jestem-chujem

    I kinda liked him until I read couple of interviews and stuff he posts on the Internet, dude's so full of himself it's just gross

    8 Dec 7:07pm Reply
  • Kilgorer

    Good god, this stuff is incredible.

    5 Dec 12:36pm Reply

    Dead Man's Tetris (Instrumental) damn much betta than noninstrumental version JUST DAAAAAAAAAAAMn

    2 Dec 3:54pm Reply
  • Asomatica

    Back to GTAV with you.

    2 Dec 2:57am Reply
  • last_nickname

    Hate FlyLo. His music sounds like a dumpster rolling down 5 flights of stairs.

    29 Nov 2:39pm Reply
  • mechamugen

    You're Dead is one of the strongest growers I've come across all year

    25 Nov 8:23pm Reply
  • dylangraves1993

    To be able to top albums as fantastic Cosmogramma and Until the Quiet Comes is truly special. He's making his best music right now, and there's very few artists that you can say that about.

    21 Nov 11:08pm Reply
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  • NovalisZero

    Lookin' down on my soul now, tell me I'm in control now!

    19 Nov 8:29am Reply
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