Flying Lotus


Steven Ellison (born October 7, 1983), better known by his stage name as “Flying Lotus”, is an experimental, multi-genre music producer and rapper from Los Angeles, California. Ellison is the grandnephew of the late jazz pianist Alice Coltrane and her husband saxophonist John Coltrane. Additionally, He is also the cousin of musician Ravi Coltrane.

Ellison began his career by sending listeners through a journey of experimental fused electronic music with his first release 1983 (the year of his birth) in October 2006. After this release, he revealed that he would be signing with the label Warp Records, an independent British record label based out of Sheffield, England. In 2007, Ellison released a six-track EP Reset, which earned him a spot as one of Warp’s most prominent artists.

Since then, Ellison released several albums, including Los Angeles in 2008, Cosmogramma in 2010, Until the Quiet Comes in 2012, and is set to release another album in 2014. In January 2011, Cosmogramma won in the Dance/Electronica Album category in the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards. Flying Lotus continues to impress audiences around the world, collaborating with such artists as Erykah Badu, Earl Sweatshirt and Mac Miller. Additionally, FlyLo (his most used nickname by fans) has made music that’s played on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, created an entire “radio station” for Grand Theft Auto V and announced in July 2013 that his song “Tiny Tortures” was nominated for a VMA.


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