Flying Lotus: Midnight Chats Podcast – Episode 17

The Los Angeles musician, Brainfeeder label boss, and now movie director, talks about his work on films Royal and Kuso, and why his family are responsible for his dark sense of humour

This episode of the podcast comes with a kind of warning. Not because the content is offensive in any way, more in that, it’ll probably point you in the direction of Flying Lotus’ latest short film Royal. In Steven Ellison’s own words his creation is a “nightmare”. It’s hard to disagree, Royal is a 15 minute visual overload of sweating, vomiting and sticky gunk. Watch it, and it won’t leave your slightly distressed mind for a while.

Of course, to date, Flying Lotus is well know for his music, albums like ‘Los Angeles’ and ‘You’re Dead’ alongside collaborations with the likes of Thom Yorke and Kendrick Lamar. But he also runs Brainfeeder Records, home to the likes of The Gaslamp Killer and Thundercat.

FlyLo’s first artistic love, though, was film. He studied it at university. Ten or so years into his career now he’s extended his label to launch Brainfeeder Films.

A couple of weeks ago the Los Angeles artist was in London to screen Royal alongside new work from people like animator David Firth (Salad Fingers). This episode of the podcast was recorded in front of the big screen at Regents Street cinema, London.