Concert Reviews

Flying Lotus at the Ogden Theatre, 10/18/12

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Flying Lotus, at least on his last appearance in Colorado for the Bassnectar Red Rocks run, didn't play anything remotely similar. This night was dedicated simply to his skills, dedicated to showcasing who and what Flying Lotus really is and showing Denver what real live production is in its finest form. Steven Ellison is birth name of the artist, and although Denver is the proverbial hot-bed of EDM right now, we were all taught a serious lesson in just what should go into an EDM show.

Ellison approached his projection screen sandwiched table rocking a studded medieval balaclava, like something straight out of Robin Hood. Two projectors sat on the stage pointed directly at a large white translucent screen that essentially acted as the perspective of the visuals. A back screen provided the depth of the projections, and the illusion at times was that we were zooming down rocky well before slamming into an organic flowing wall of seaweed. In its subtlety, the visuals were the perfect balance of the music, which, of course, was the reason we were all there to begin with. Flying Lotus's production proved that less is more in an era in which artists can't get enough moving cans, lasers and smoke machines.

The defining characteristic of this set, the thing that definitively set it apart from almost every other show we've seen this year, is the fact that it was entirely produced on the fly. There was no pre-arranged set, and there was no pressing play and letting the tracks fall in place. There was only Flying Lotus, with his extensive catalog and the tools of the trade he uses to create his masterpieces. He teased multitudes of tracks, notably "Ni**gas In Paris," "Intergalactic," a little sample from "Mortal Kombat," and a wealth of Weezy.

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Britt Chester is a writer and video producer living in Denver, Colorado. He's covered breaking news, music, arts and cannabis for Westword since 2010. His work has appeared in GQ Magazine, Village Voice, YES! Weekly, Inman News and the Winston-Salem Journal. He likes running, cycling, and interviewing people.
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