Interview with Flying Lotus

by Jonathan on May 19, 2010

Flying Lotus

Steve Ellison, aka Flying Lotus, recently sat down with The Quietus to talk about his latest album, Cosmogramma. Also talked about was Thom Yorke’s involvement on one of the songs:

So. Thom Yorke is on Cosmogramma – guess I’d better ask, how did that come about?

SE: He had heard some stuff from a while back, and Radiohead commissioned me to do a remix for their Reckoning thing. I met up with Thom once after that. It was brief but really cool. We didn’t speak much about continuing the work, but I remember thinking how cool it would be if I could get him on the record. Mary-Anne Hobbs is a friend of his, and I think she encouraged it – so he hit me up, got in touch that day and asked me to send some tunes. I sent him a folder, and two days later I had the song in my email, with all these parts to work with. It was really cool, super-chilled out, considering what a big star he is. I’m really thankful, because the universe he’s created is a very special one, and he doesn’t invite many people into it.

What is the song about? Did you discuss with him what the lyrics might be about?

SE: He used the title I gave him [‘…And The World Laughs With You’]– that was another super-crazy thing. It meant a lot to me, the song title. That tune comes from a fucking tough time in my life. It’s like, as the song says, laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry, and you cry alone. At the time I was really feeling that. People don’t really care to be around when you’re going through tough times. No–one really know what you’re going through.

To read the full interview, head on over to The Quietus.

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  • P T R S
  • I really enjoyed reading that. A lot of the things he had to say I’ve kind of been thinking about the last year. It’s nice to hear this kind of stuff from another human being, it’s very motivating and inspiring.

  • jdr

    i agree, good to hear other humans out there (especially an American these days)… is thinking/believing this way. oh why oh why is everyone so dumb… or is it they just choose to be dumb!? hmmm…. answers we’ll never receive in this life, sigh.

  • BuT what

    But what are the lyrics anyone knows?

  • LaurieD

    NPR did a great interview with Steve, and when the album came out several songs could be heard on their First Listen Series. Really great stuff, infectious. I really enjoyed the jazz inspired tracks, too. Thom’s was very beautiful of course! Flying Lotus did the theme song for Aqua Teen Hunger Force too – a regular show me son’s and I indulge in…..that meatball….

  • oh wow he did that hah, that’s awesome. I used to love that show when ever i somehow caught it on tv. And the main lyrics “And the world laughs with you” are, i think, “Need to know you’re out there, just need to know you’re out there, need to know you’re out there, listening” Don’t know the other parts. For some reason when i first heard it, I almost thought of it as most of the people on the internet. Just those weird chat rooms, and the ways people, miles away from each other, commute. A lonely person on the internet who just needs someone to connect with… “just need to know you’re out there listening”. Or something like that anyway.

    But yes, I’m glad to have someone like flying lotus in this world, definitely not doing any harm!

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