By Jeevin Johal
The Vogue Theatre
November 20th, 2017
VANCOUVER – A generation of amateur smartphone photographers and filmmakers have flooded the internet with blurry images and shaky, distorted sounding videos of their favourite musicians, disengaging from the opportunity to share in a genuine and unique live experience with the performer…it’s annoying. So how does an artist lure an audience back to the analog way of enjoying shows through eyeballs instead of touchscreens? Slap some 3D glasses on their faces! This past Monday evening, experimental super producer, Flying Lotus, brought his travelling 3D show to the Vogue, transforming the classic theatre into a modern cinematheque.
Having recently made his directorial debut earlier this year with the film Kuso, reviewed by many as “the grossest movie ever made,” Flylo continues to experiment with the fusion of sound and vision, while inadvertently (or blatantly), forcing audience members to leave their phones in their pockets and fully immerse themselves in a full on, trippy as fuck, multimedia experience.
Towering behind a tree trunk of a DJ booth, likely purchased at a garage sale in the Upsidedown world of Stranger Things, Captain Flylo took the crowd on an interstellar space odyssey as floating neon skulls, terrifying baby heads and pulsating orbs jutted out from the screen. The tunes were equally wild and weird. Frantic, disconnected synthesizers and massive beats morphed into funk, jazz and hip hop rhythms, creating a melting pot of sounds that somehow melded into cohesive songs. Or he was straight up just fucking around and the colours hurling towards the crowd were too pretty a distraction to pay attention to the melodies.
Unlike what critics have said about Kuso, no barf bags were required for Flylo’s 3D show. Despite a few nausea inducing moments, it was a pretty wicked time.Flying Lotus, The Vogue Theatre