Ezoo Interview With Flux Pavilion

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ezoo2016_0902_193526-6406_dlgJoshua Steele, better known by his stage name Flux Pavilion, is an English dance music record producer, singer-songwriter, DJ and label owner who has been performing since 2008. He co-founded Circus Records with Doctor P in 2009 and currently have young artists like Cookie Monsta and Funtcase. Last year Flux released his debut album “Telsa” and he just recently released his newest collaboration single with NGHTMRE called “Feel Your Love.” The first time we got introduced to Flux Pavillion’s tunes was back in 2010 in Leeds, England. We heard “I Can’t Stop” and were hooked. So, this year at Electric Zoo, when we learned we had the opportunity to interview Flux, we were thrilled! Check out the interview below. EDMNYC: How did you get involved in DJ’ing? Flux: I made some songs and I had no way to play them for people, so I became a DJ. I was always interested in DJ’ing and drum & bass. I grew up playing in bands, writing hip hop & electronic music and then got into dub step, which is when people wanted me to play my music. There was no way to play it unless I played it off a laptop

so I invested more time into DJing. EDMNYC: Did you never imagine yourself where you are today as an artist? Flux: Not totally. It’s not like I never knew where my music was going to take me, but being a touring DJ was never really my intention. To me being a DJ is a means of performance and I guess the best way to put it is, I don’t write music to be a DJ. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it though! EDMNYC: Is performing in the US different from than performing in the UK? Flux: The major difference is the US is bigger. In the UK there are one or two large major festivals, such as, Glastonbury & Creamfields, that everyone attends. Here in the US, it’s so big. Each state has two or three big cities and each one of those cities has a big festival. EDMNYC: What’s one of your favorite festivals in the US? Flux: I really enjoy EDC Las Vegas. This festival is very concentrated on the production aspect. It’s outrageous and very theatrical. I could walk out in a head to toe full glitter suit if I wanted to lol. Well actually, I was thinking about this. Imagine I played my whole performance with a headset on that had a camera on it and the camera was streaming to the screen. Everyone would be able to see me play on the screen behind me, but then as I walk off stage I would leave the camera on and then I switch over to a video. The video would be of the camera walking into the toilet and while everyone is thinking I’m going to the toilet, I’ll be dressing up as a massive flamingo and then I walk back out on stage and I play my last song. I’ve never done that, but that idea of being outrageous and not giving a f*ck is great. That’s why I like with EDC. They put a lot of emphasis on you can be whatever you want to be attitude, which I think connects with electronic music really well. It’s the expression of self and not caring what others think. EDMNYC: You recently just collaborated with NGHTMRE on “Feel Your Love.” How was collaborating with NGHTMRE? Flux: It was awesome. He signed to my label with some of his early records and since I first heard his music I knew this guy was amazing. I really love listening to new artists because they make me feel that I’m not very good, I guess. I know that sounds worse than it is, but it’s something that is really important. It’s like, I enjoy hearing someone else’s music when their ideas are fresh and innovative because it makes me have to find that within myself. The biggest idea for me is that I’d rather go off on a weird tangent and try to find something new and innovate a certain sound than just keep doing the same thing over and over again. I’d rather Flux Pavillion disappear than still be here and table his skills and make the same sh*t. I have no interest in that as an artist. With new artists they haven’t been around for ages and they have something to prove and several ideas to give. I want the newer artists tracks to be bigger and better than mine because then my stuff has to be bigger and better too. So being with the new artists helps me have an understanding of the newness that is going on and it keeps my mind fresh and thinking about new ideas. When I have tours, the supporting artists typically ask, “What do you want me to play for my set?” My answer is always, “I want you to play the best possible set always.” When 12th Planet opened for me once his opening set was so insane that I rewrote my entire set before I went on. That’s how I stay fresh and keep progressing because I’m not making people around me sensor themselves. I want everyone to be the best versions of themselves and that’s the only way I can be the best version of myself. EDMNYC: What else do you have coming up in 2016? Flux: I just did a collaboration with Snails which is probably coming out next month. Me and Doctor P are working on some more stuff, but that won’t be coming out until next year. I’ve also got about 5 or 6 original tracks written that will be coming out over the end of this year and beginning of next. I’m just writing loads of music. Also, Cookie Monsta, Funtcase and all the Circus label guys, are working on loads of new music, so we have a few projects coming out from those guys as well. Thanks for the interview Flux! It was a pleasure chatting with you and we are excited for all the new stuff. ~Michelle for EDMNYC

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