Flying Lotus' stage presence is the evolution of The Birth of Cool. He has a hipness that is accented by his connection to Alice Coltrane — jazz pianist and John Coltrane's wife. When FlyLo steps from behind his table and the projection screen, he points to the crowd, as if they were equalizers on his board, and turns one section of the crowd up loud, demanding energy and hype; then he blends in the other sections. Like his graphics, the audience becomes a mechanism, an extension of the amalgamation of sound and style, hypnotized like cobras from snake charmers.
Now I know some of that might be a bit nerdy, but let's face it — behind all the hipness, FlyLo is a bit of a nerd, too. And that's okay, because in today's hipsterized world, the nerd is kind of the cool guy now. Take for instance the break towards the middle of show when FlyLo sampled, “Get over here,” a famous quote from Scorpion, a character in the video-game Mortal Kombat. Also, in many of the tracks he played on Friday night, I could hear samples from video games — 8-bit sounds from Nintendo or arcade games. Plus, the graphics themselves make FlyLo look like he's in the future — as if Blade Runner is his favorite movie (which would be awesome). At one point, FlyLo said, “I sampled that shit from Killer Instinct. Don't tell anybody.” It's a classic Super Nintendo game. Sorry, FlyLo, it just makes me want to write it more when you say not to.