Brainfeeder is a L.A.-based record label, founded by Steven Ellison (Flying Lotus) and specializes in hip hop and electronica. Named after one of his tracks, Brainfeeder has always been more than a record label. Brainfeeder is, as well as an artist collective, also a club event and a creative melting pot for electronic music. It celebrates a highly specialized music that goes beyond any borders – musically, culturally and nationally. It is an openness that Flying Lotus (who is the nephew of Alice Coltrane) might have adapted from the jazz world and that openness is reflected in the label’s roster: Samiyam, Daedelus, Gaslamp Killer, Tokimonsta, Teebs, Ras G, Mono/Poly, Lorn. »I think the most important thing to mention is the fact that nobody gives a shit about the LA beat community and we just did our own thing for many, many years, and didn’t even think about what the world is going to think«, explains Gaslamp Killer the free development of the beat scene at the West Coast. In this way Brainfeeder managed to become an institution for intelligent beats in a very short space of time.