Flying Lotus Bringing Avant-Hop Beats to Ultra Music Festival on March 24

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Flying Lotus isn't like most

acts you'll encounter at Ultra Music Festival. The Los Angeles native, born Steven Ellison and

known as "FlyLo" to his fans, doesn't make dance music -- at least not in the traditional sense.

The acclaimed knob fiddler (Pitchfork

named his Cosmogramma the 14th

best album of 2010, while renowned BBC Radio DJ Gilles Peterson put it at No. 1)

is the clear leader of a wave of instrumental hip-hop purveyors whose glitchy, ethereal

beats have in recent years built a nameless new genre centered around LA's Low End Theory showcase and Ellison's Brainfeeder label.

Recreating avant-hop

instrumentals on stage for inebriated revelers fiending for four-on-the-floor

bliss may strike some as a treacherous endeavor, but Ellison is surely up to the

task. A distant relation of John Coltrane's (his great aunt is Alice Coltrane,

the late sax icon's wife), he brings charisma and a playful sense of

improvisation to his live performances, having won over audiences on big stages

like Coachella, and as an opening act for Thom Yorke (who collaborated with

FlyLo on Cosmogramma's "...And the World Laughs with You,"

later featured on season four of True Blood.)

For someone who didn't technically release his first record until 2006, Ellison, whose resume also includes crafting instrumental interludes heard during commercial breaks on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, has an extensive catalog--three LPs (with one more due out this year) and nearly a dozen EPs. And recently he's begun to spread his wings further into outside production, crafting beats for rappers Blu, Killer Mike and Hodgy Beats and Mike G. of Odd Future. Erykah Badu has tapped him to produce tracks for her next album. While that's all well and good, Ellison's complex, alien beats speak loudest untainted by the human voice.

Ultra Music Festival 2012. Friday, March 23, to Sunday, March 25. Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets are sold out. Visit ultramusicfestival.com.

Follow Crossfade on Facebook and Twitter @Crossfade_SFL

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.