Artist of The Day: Flying Lotus

posted by Shane German on 06/05/2019

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Wednesday, June 5th: FLYING LOTUS

Steven Ellison known by his stage name Flying Lotus, is an American record producer, musician, DJ, filmmaker, and rapper from Los Angeles, California. He is also the founder of the record label Brainfeeder.

Flying Lotus has released six studio albums‍—‌“1983” (2006), “Los Angeles” (2008), “Cosmogramma” (2010), “Until the Quiet Comes” (2012), “You're Dead!” (2014), and most recently “Flamagra" (2019)‍—all ‌to critical acclaim. He has collaborated with many artists such as Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, Thom Yorke, Solange, Erykah Badu, and David Lynch.

Ellison has worked on several film-related projects, including his debut feature film, “Kuso,” a grotesque horror movie that premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, as well as scoring various independent films. Ellison has received two Grammy Award nominations, one for Best Dance Recording for his song "Never Catch Me" and one for Album of the Year for his credits as producer on Kendrick Lamar's “To Pimp a Butterfly.”

He is the grand-nephew of the late jazz pianist Alice Coltrane, whose husband was saxophonist John 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)".

His newest album “Flamagra" was recently added to WYCE's library.


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