Los Angelino Steven Ellison, known to most people as Flying Lotus, is heavily responsible for the new school hip-hop movement, although he also incorporates old-school influences into his sound.
FlyLo is the great-nephew of famed jazz saxophonist John Coltrane and his wife, pianist Alice Coltrane, and that family background filters into the producer, DJ and rapper's new release Until the Quiet Comes.
"Every time I make a record I kind of forget how to make a record," Ellison said.
"I am always learning new things and I obviously try to develop with each release.
"It's always been about experimenting for me and for this one I went back to taking piano lessons and got more into the mixing side of things. It was really cool spending time in what I call 'the chamber'.
"I really wanted to create something with a bit of childlike innocence.
"My last album, Cosmogramma, was heavier and so with this one I wanted more melody.
"I also wanted it to be like you are experiencing a new world, waking up to something new.
"On top of that, I wanted to collaborate with some of the people in the music industry that I really respect, which is how I got together with Thom Yorke and Erykah Badu.
"With Erykah, she wanted me to produce her album but we didn't make much stuff and so we basically ended up with the one song (See Thru to U)."
Los Angeles has become a haven for the modern hip-hop and electronic scene, something Ellison is proud of.
"I'm happy," he said. "We're doing well and our night, The Low End Theory, is going really well. Despite doing my own personal stuff, I try to bring other people on board and get them into the game.
"I go out of my way to extend my arm to up-and-coming acts. When I was coming up I got a lot of assistance and I want to return that as much as possible."
Coming over for the Origin Festival for the second time, which is again taking on Sunday and New Year's Eve, Ellison admits he was a bit hesitant to accept the first offer.
"The last time I came over I was a bit sad that I missed out on the celebrations with my friends in LA, but this time my man, the Gaslamp Killer, is heading over with me and that will make things a bit more comfortable," he said.
"It'll also be the first time that Australia is going to witness the new audiovisual set which we developed here in California. I'd always imagined a visual component to go with my music and I have a few people that help me out with it.
"It's completely live - nothing is programmed. There are things we know that work well together but we don't stick to a strict routine. I think of it as a jam session."
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