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In the stratosphere with Flying Lotus

Flying Lotus is that physical manifestation of a hypnotic drug-fuelled aspiration. The one where you think you can do everything and are invincible. The thing is, Steven Ellison sometimes also known as FlyLo, actually is that in real life. Although we’re not sure if he’s on something or not.

Flying Lotus is a multi-genre musician who can seamlessly chart from creating expansive sonic landscapes as a producer and DJ. He then transitions to trap music while rapping, and even infuse acid jazz and blues into his songs. This weekend, he will perform at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender festival with a staggering number of homegrown and international musicians some of which are AR Rahman, Mark Ronson, Mogwai and SBTRKT.

Here are five things you need to know about Flying Lotus before you catch him live in Pune. And if you can’t make the trip at least give his music a listen.

1. Alter alter ego

He uses an alternate persona called Captain Murphy to release rap music. It’s named after a character in the American animated series Sealab 2021. For a very long time, Flying Lotus didn’t reveal his identity while releasing music for Duality, Captain Murphy’s 2012 debut mixtape.

2. Active on Twitter

He’s incredibly active on Twitter and it’s one of the best ways to get to know him better. FlyLo is known for dropping bombs on the micro blogging website. We’ve learned plenty of personal information about him along with the fact that there will be more Captain Murphy music released in 2016.

3. Desire to write music

In spite of being as talented as he is, Flying Lotus wishes he could write music notation. Not that we think it’s a shortcoming at all. The 32-year-old compares the skill to people’s fondness of doodling in notebooks. He doesn’t actually want to learn to play the music, just simply write it.

4. Has a supergroup

It all started three years ago when Flying Lotus and a few screenwriter friends were working on a film called WOKE . Ellison was going to get members from Seattle-based experimental hip hop group Shabazz Palaces to star in it. Eventually, they got together with multi-genre bass player Thundercat to release a single ‘The Lavishness of Light Looking’. If we’re lucky, they’ll all come to India to perform next year at the festival.

5. An inspiration

FlyLo inspired the theme for Kendrick Lamar’s third album To Pimp a Butterfly. He helped Lamar out on visuals when the latter was opening The Yeezus Tour (with Kanye West). The folder of beats provided to Lamar then formed the basis for his third album. The album has elements of funk, spoken word and jazz.


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