Name: Flying Lotus (aka FlyLo/ aka Juno Leed/ aka Spacetek/ aka Lunchpail)
Who is this guy?: Born and raised in the greater L.A area (a region whose independent scene has exploded with crazy innovative artists of all genres over the last few years) FlyLo is one of the few that really stands out and makes his own mark.
How long have most of you been sleepin?: He’s been making tracks since age 14, his debut album, 1983, was released on Plug Research Records in 2006, and recently he signed to England's legendary Warp Records (check for the LP coming this march titled Los Angeles). “Tea Leaf Dancers” (His collaboration with U.K singer Andreya Triana ) has enjoyed air-play from very discerning sound selectors like the BBC’s Giles Peterson, and if you watch The Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, you’ve no doubt heard more than a few of his beats during the segues between shows….so yea…GET YA LATE PASS!
Quotable quote: When asked about his musical upbringing (his aunt is the late, great jazz musician Alice Coltrane…married to none other than the also legendary John Coltrane) and if he feels overshadowed by his roots at times, FlyLo replies “People only bring up my fam in interviews and lil small talk, but they don’t know about the memories I hold on to, the conversations I’ve had with my aunt. My aunt was my spiritual guide, which made her my musical mentor, because those things are hand in hand. (I remember,) I was deep in my film studies at the time, and I was asked by my fam to document a trip and performance in Paris. We land and our driver picks us up, he knows a little bit about what’s going on so on the way to the city he asks...''So, are you all musicians?”. I JUST STAYED QUIET…they answer 'Yes'. Then my aunt says to the driver, about me..."This guy thinks he's a filmmaker but he's a musician, a good one" I just stayed quiet, but it was hard to shake the grin off….I miss auntie…”
Influences: “Videogames, weed…my auntie…I (also) get inspired by new sounds and things I can't do…or better yet, haven’t done. Going to Europe was a trip hearing all that stuff they're on over there: all that new disco/house, dub- step…I’m feeling it”
What makes him DXnext worthy: “Flying Lotus”, a moniker Steven Ellison has no clue how or why he thought of, is most often identified as a Hip Hop producer, but his unique style draws from many genres, including jazz, house and Brazilian music. His offbeat, futuristic sounds draw flattering comparisons to Madlib, J Dilla, and Dabyre, and his past works have gotten great reviews pretty much across the board. But quite frankly, he doesn’t get caught up in impressing others or trying to mimic sounds. He’s on a mission to get to that higher plateau, and he’s well on his way already. “Some of these cats are pretty emotional; get all hurt…I don’t think people are searching in their sound, they're just trying to please their homies or whatever,” he says. “I’m trying to get higher up on the mountain through sound…just letting go of ego, expressing myself fully and honestly…(People like me are) trying to go to the future, (other) people still stuck in the 90s…strange mentality. People get stuck on stuff, which can be difficult to deal with. People in the street holler at me like "'Yo man, I got that old beat tape u did in 04' when u gonna do more stuff like that???' I say 'hopefully never.'"
Check out Flying Lotus on Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/flyinglotus