There’s electronic music and then there’s Flying Lotus. Opening up with his Great Aunt, Alice Coltrane’s, “Galaxy in Turiya” the Los Angeles born, experimental producer showcases his pragmatic approach to sound design throughout his allotted 2 hours on Radio 1′s iconic show. Dubbbed California’s answer to Aphex Twin by Pete Tong himself, Flying Lotus’s 2008 outing has long been heralded as one of the best Essential Mixes of all time, a sterling example of electronic music’s deep roots in jazz and blues and its potential to be much more than a few sawtooth synthesizers and gut wrenching drops. Taking the lead as that of a composer rather than a simple DJ, FlyLo moves through countless classics including “Robertaflack, “Dissecto” and “Breathe” as well as cuts from Burial, Hudson Mohawke, Daedalus, Portishead and Zomby — rounding out the 2 hour mix with 70 tracks across a broad swath of electronic soundscapes. If you’re looking for something a bit more cerebral for your morning consumption then look no further, this is electronic music with a brain.
Moments before Flying Lotus’s set on Saturday of HARD Summer, a man was transported to the nearby LAC+USC Medical Center for what has been reported as cardiac distress. According to SPIN Magazine, who were on the ground at the event, paramedics were unable to resuscitate the man on site. LA Weekly reports that; “A 25-year-old male was found unresponsive, pulseless and non-breathing at the venue by a team of veteran LAFD paramedics. He was transported in grave condition to L.A. County-USC Medical Center.”
Flying Lotus, who also witnessed the tragic event, expressed his shock on Twitter.
Damn. I saw a guy die before I played my set. Heavy.
— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) August 4, 2013
In response Live Nation, who currently owns a portion of HARD, has issued an official statement.
HARD Summer Saturday: Disclosure, Dog Blood, TNGHT, and Flying Lotus galvanize tenants of quality dance music
LA electronic music fans descended upon downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, ready to experience the sights and sounds of HARD Summer. Providing music that could attract ears of all types, from deep house to techno to electro to dubstep and back, the twelve hour event provided a well-curated display of the current pulse of dance music. Click through to read more about the moments that will be cemented in our minds.
In our first installment of Before the Beats we showed off shots from artists including Brodinski, Dillon Francis, and Sebastian Ingrosso. For the second edition, we’ve collected even more photos which run the gamut from cute and cuddly to funny and predictive of their musical futures. New additions to the baby photo retrospective include Ferry Corsten, Hardwell, Laidback Luke, and Sander van Doorn, but we also have new pictures from artists previously featured in our first installment; repeat offenders include Steve Angello, Chuckie, and A-Trak. Click below the break to find out what your favorite artists looked like before they were big stars.
With support from the Red Bull Music Academy and inspiration from Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Flying Lotus has created Layer 3, a stunning, avant-garde stage setup. The project derives its name from its tri-layered organization, with a front transparent screen, an intermediate space for FlyLo to perform, and a back transparent screen. Psychedelic and cosmic imagery, or “epiphanies” as FlyLo calls them, pervade the paralleling visualizers. The cumulative experience is quite breathtaking. Layer 3 will serve as the audiovisual production for FlyLo’s ‘Until the Quiet Comes’ Tour.