Exclusive Interview with Electronic Music Legend, Flux Pavilion

Joshua Steele, better known as Flux Pavilion, has become a staple in the bass music genre. Whether it is running his own record label (Circus), collaborating with the next hottest thing (Childish Gambino, NGHTMRE, the list goes on) or creating the latest genre defying track; the man has asserted himself in the high ranks of electronic music. Oh and did I mention that his track “I Can’t Stop” was sampled by Hip-Hop legends Jay-Z and Kanye West off their Watch The Throne album. This all being accomplished before the age of 28. Now, Flux is currently embarking on his largest headlining tour yet. 80 stops across the world ranging from the biggest cities in North America all the way to Australia. I was lucky enough to catch up with Flux Pavilion before he captivated the Fillmore Philadelphia with an electrifying set this past weekend. Needless to say this man does not really need much more of an introduction.

Where does such a unique name like Flux Pavilion come from?

A mixture of not really knowing how to choose a good name and not really caring how to choose a good name. I guess it just stuck and it felt right.

To someone who hasn’t heard your music before, how would you briefly describe it?

If I was to be brief, I would say epic and wild.

What happened/when did you realize that you could turn DJing into a full-time job/living?

I still don’t really look at it like a job.  DJing is more of a way to perform my music, I never grew up wanting to be a DJ, I just wanted to write music and be as experimental with music as possible and that led me to electronic music.

You have worked with quite a few notable Hip-Hop/Rap artists over the years, why that genre, where does the love for it stem from?

I got into dub step because of the groove and the ability to make a loop of music so infectious that you can repeat it over and over again, and I love hip hop for the same reason.

Joshua Steele, better known as Flux Pavilion, has become a staple in the bass music genre.  Whether it is running his own record label  I know you have dabbled in different genres throughout your career, which would you say is your favorite to produce?

I don’t really look at genres when I am writing, I just sketch an idea and let it be what its meant to be. So each song to me is as special as the next one.

Who are your influences, the people who inspired you to make the music you make today?

Frank Zappa, David Bowie, The Prodigy

What is your favorite city in the world to play and why?

Tokyo, because the energy just speaks to me and feels like that’s where Flux Pavilion belongs.

If you could play any festival in the world, which one would be it and why?

I am lucky enough to play loads of amazing festivals, so I don’t have many on my bucket list but EDC is always a special one!

Joshua Steele, better known as Flux Pavilion, has become a staple in the bass music genre.  Whether it is running his own record label

What was the best show you ever attend as a fan?

I never really went to see live music before I started performing as I started performing quite young but seeing Rusko at Fabric in London changed my life.

Who is your dream collaborator, someone who you haven’t worked with yet and would love to?

Julian Casablancas, because he looks at chords and melodies in a way that no one else does that I have ever experienced.

Who are some DJs we should know about who are about to break onto the scene (label or non label)?

On Circus records Standard and Push, Diskord, Craymak and Cyran are exciting and I am buzzed about putting out. Outside of Circus, Herobust is my favorite right now.

What does the rest of 2017 hold you for (new music, festivals, etc.)?

We just started a world tour, already ten dates in with another 70 to go and new music which I can’t talk about yet but its great.
Joshua Steele, better known as Flux Pavilion, has become a staple in the bass music genre.  Whether it is running his own record label

Tell me a little bit about this tour, where the name comes from, the stage set up, what fans can expect?

I love the music that I make and the music that I play and I am proud to represent and be a part of this sound. So with the tour I want to take the world of Flux Pavilion to every corner of the planet.

That being said, what do you have in store for Philly?

I am touring with G-Buck right now and its his home town, so we are all gonna go super hard to celebrate….get ready!

You’ve played the Fillmore before, what do you remember about it, the atmosphere, the crowd?

Every time I play in Philly, I leave buzzing and can’t wait to come back…the Fillmore was no exception….I cannot wait!

Lastly, I got to ask the stereotypical Philly question, favorite cheesesteak spot?

Woodrows

Indeed it was an epic performance and a memorable night at the Fillmore in Philly. A big thank you to Flux and his management for making this interview happen. Stay tuned for more new music from Josh coming soon!

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