Flying Lotus (Foto: Eric Coleman) Zur deutschen Version des Interviews geht’s hier lang. Electronic wunderkind, workaholic and consolero Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus returns to his roots. Two years after the release of Flamagra, with guests such as George Clinton, Shabazz Palaces and Solange, he used the lockdown period to devote himself intensively to the story of black samurai Yasuke.  For the 6-episodeNetflix show, Ellison serves as executive producer and provides the epic soundtrack to the genre-defining anime-series. In the interview our writer Lutz Vössing, Ellison discusses how the anime format has inspired him throughout his career and how he approached the task to compose a score. What feelings did anime and manga trigger in you as a child?  The thing with anime that struck me as a kid is just the fact that there were no limitations in terms of ideas. It just felt like a space where lots of ideas and things would intersect with beautiful imagery and surrealism. And as well as it was just adult. It was taken very seriously. There was something about that that was very attractive. Especially growing up, watching saturday morning cartoons like Batman The Animated Series. While that was great, it was still aimed for kids. Nothing too crazy happened here. And then once you see this anime stuff that was for adults, you say „Oh my god! These are crazy stories.” A few are actually getting killed, blood, guts, nudity and stuff. It was intense for a kid to see. And also very inspiring to know there was this other art form to express cinematic ideas. You criticised that there were no black people in the anime series you watched. How did this affect you as a child and what does it mean for you to re-adapt the story of Yasuke, the Black Samurai? You know, I am one of those people who understand that Japan and its culture is very exclusive. The artists there work in that kind of bubble which is beautiful. You almost don’t wanna mess with what they’re doing. Because: “You guys are great at this. I don’t wanna disturb that.” But, that being said, we’re in a world now which has become a huge melting pot. And, unfortunately, a lot of work doesn’t reflect that. I guess, maybe, Japan is not a huge melting pot. But there are so many black kids who love anime all over the world, the community is growing so much and it was really sad for me to just not see any black characters that kids could dress up as. There are no black characters kids could look up to as heroes. There are no black characters in Dragon Ball Z, there are no black characters who power up and do crazy stuff. And I think part of what we wanted for Yasuke was that moment. We wanted to see him do some things a bit different. And tell a different story. So it was an opportunity to step out of the normal things. How did you come across the story in the first place? I heard about it in a passing before. But not much. And you never know what things are rumours and what not. But I think at the time there wasn’t really much out there on […]

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