It's sort of ridiculous to call a 26-year-old man the godfather of anything, but that's precisely what producer Steven Ellison will be known as: the godfather of LA's beat scene. Following two seminal albums as Flying Lotus, 1983 and Los Angeles, Ellison inspired a mob of young folks worldwide to experiment with making their own wonky rhythms and bass-heavy space jams.
The onslaught brought on a new era for electronic music, as labels and fans proved to have an insatiable hunger for what came next from this genre. Now, with the upcoming release of Flying Lotus' third full-length album, Cosmogramma, Ellison is poised to either separate himself completely from the scene he fostered or create yet another new branch of the ever-changing beat scene. A revealing interview from Dazed Digital explains where the new Flying Lotus style is drawn from.
To hear FlyLo tell it, the progression between Los Angeles and Cosmogramma was a natural one, although a couple life-changing events and an attempt to distance himself from his peers surely had a direct effect on his music. In addition, interviewer Tim Noakes asks about the obvious pride that comes from being a lauded musician at such a young age, and gives us a look into Ellison's brand new apartment in Echo Park.