Blogaroo: Day 2: Flying Lotus

4 Jun

Steven Ellison, aka Flying Lotus, is an experimental multi-genre music producer from Winnetka, California whose debut album, 1983, was released on Plug Research Records in 2006.

While he’s uncredited, Ellison has produced bumper music for the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. He’s also remixed songs for fellow Plug Research artists, including Mia Doi Todd.

In January 2011 FlyLo won the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards in the short-form video category for MmmHmm. He will be collaborating with R&B singer Erykah Badu on new material for her next album and he is working on a  multimedia project with filmmaker Miwa Matreyek,  titled The Mapping of Countries Yet to Come. It is also rumored that Flying Lotus will remix one of Radiohead’s songs from The King of Limbs.

Like many Bonnaroo artists, I didn’t know much about FlyLo until I saw his name on the lineup. That being said, I’ve listened to him a lot in the past few weeks and can’t wait to check out his set.

I’m including the video MmmHmm, as it helped him skyrocket to stardom.

Flying Lotus is playing at 2 a.m. on Friday night (or Saturday morning — depending on how you choose to look at it). Unfortunately, he’s up against the great Umphrey’s McGee. Since both sets are long (about an hour and a half to two hours), I’m sure Addam and I will be able to catch part of both acts.


  • 1983 (2006)
  • Reset EP (2007)
  • Los Angeles (2008)
  • L.A. EP 1X3 (2008)
  • Shhh! EP (2008)
  • L.A. EP 2X3 (2008)
  • L.A. EP 3X3 (2009)
  • Cosmogramma (2010)
  • Pattern + Grid World (2010)
  • Cosmogramma Alt Takes (2011)
  • Until the Quiet Comes (2012)

Sounds Like:

Songs to Listen For:

  1. Zodiac Shit
  2. 1983
  3. Nose Art
  4. Pickled
  5. Beautiful Accidents

Times at Roo: 0

Times I’ve Seen Them: 0

“If you want to stay then you can be here with me, but I can’t let go of all this love, oh no, so easily.” — Flying Lotus, Tea Leaf Dancers, Reset (2007).

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