Joshua Steele, otherwise known as Flux Pavilion, is a 27-year-old, seriously groovy EDM producer from the UK. He began performing live sets back in 2008, and since then has rocketed to global stardom. He’s amassed a substantial fanbase in the U.S., which is evident at his shows.
Steele’s initial musical venture was playing in a guitar-based band with Doctor P, his current label mate. However, not long after acquiring music production software it became clear to them both that their future was in electronic music. Since then, his production has not strayed far from the dubstep category.
Flux has associated himself with acts such as Dillon Francis, Foreign Beggars, Childish Gambino, Steve Aoki and several more. With five headlining tours and countless festival appearances under his belt, Flux has found his groove in the past few years, and from our perspective things appear to be looking up for him.
Just recently he made his annual Spring Awakening rounds this year and we got lucky enough to sit down and chop it up with him following his (bangin’) performance. Recap below:
[CM]: When I watch you and all these other DJs up on stage, it looks like you’re having a blast from down in the audience, and personally I think, “man, if only.” Are there any artists who you see doing their thing that make you think “man, if only?”
[Flux P.]: Not really, because I quite like being an individual. I think everyone should be the best version of yourself, so I just try to be the best Flux Pavilion I can be. But, that being said, Diplo is probably one of my general heroes. Not because of how big or famous he is, but because anything that he touches, ever since he started, has been of consistently good quality. It’s always really good and always has this edge that he brings. I mean, he did a Justin Bieber record, which you think would be suicide, but when he does it, he doesn’t make a bad Diplo record, he makes a great Justin Bieber record. That to me is awesome.
[CM]: So I’d have to imagine there’s a big difference between playing here in the states versus playing at home in the UK, or anywhere else really. What’s your favorite place you’ve performed here in the states?
[Flux P.]: Well, Chicago definitely has a place in my heart. The first big show I played with more than a couple thousand people was in Chicago and was absolutely wild. I always come back and do Spring Awakening. Here and Atlanta are two places I know will always be good. You know, I connect with Atlanta because I love groove; music to me is all about groove and repetition. I don’t really look at dance music for repetition, I look at acts like Jurassic 5 and Tribe Called Quest, who have all these beats where it’s like, if you make a beat, or a groove that’s so good, then you can repeat it for five minutes and people will still listen to it. That’s what I really like about dubstep. If you get a drop and it works, you can keep it rolling.
[CM]: So there are obviously difference between crowds, but aside from just “this place is different than that place”, do you necessarily prefer certain crowds or places over others?
[Flux P.]: Well, it’s funny, I’ve been asked that question before, and I think it’s quite rude to say you prefer one crowd over another. But, in truth, everyone experiences music in a different way, and everyone experiences life in a different way. You get that with different cultures. To me, I am English, and I like England – that’s me as a person. Flux Pavilion is a global thing, but it doesn’t really matter how it’s perceived. Flux Pavilion will always be Flux Pavilion even if there’s one person that’s not enjoying it and 10,000 people who are really enjoying it, it’s always still going to be the same thing. So I try not to pay too much attention to people’s response. It’s good to make music and have people really like it, but I try not to focus on that; I don’t really look at the crowd’s reaction. I try not to notice how different it is. I just try to put on the best show that I possibly can and really enjoy it myself and make sure it’s coming from a real place. If that connects in different ways in different places then that’s a really fun thing to experience, but I don’t look at it as a good thing or a bad thing. It is what it is.
We’re very excited to catch Flux next year at Spring Awakening, but in the meantime checkout his Sound Cloud below to hear his latest heat.