Flux Pavilion Reclaims his Dubstep Roots with New EP
Out now on Circus Records
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Circus Records co-founder and dubstep pioneer Flux Pavilion has been on a journey like no other. Through the bass music galaxy he’s traveled, finally reaching the Fluxiverse!
Landing November 16th, ‘Fluxiverse’ pays homage to the roots of electronic music while catapulting listeners into the future of bass-heavy sounds. A love letter to rave and the bangers that rule the dancefloor, from his studio in North London he’s captured that center-of-the-crowd feeling that made us all fall in love with it.
Bringing a host of friends along for the ride, label co-founder Doctor P joins Flux Pavilion on floor-shaking banger ‘24/7’, UK rap legend PAV4N co-hosts the hard-as-steel ‘Heavy Metal’, with turbo house producer LINK and Terror Jr’s Lisa Vitale on board for the achingly beautiful ‘The Ones You Loved’. The thundering but stripped-back ‘Where You At’ with Circus Records label legend Conrank also appears, pushing the envelope while hitting like a track, and recent smash ‘Paradise’ adds some extra bittersweet sparkle.
The EP draws to a close with a bigger moment than anyone could imagine. Taking the rousing melody of Samuel Barber’s ‘Adagio for Strings’ – turned into a timeless trance classic in the 90s by William Orbit and Tiësto – and updating it for a new era and a new generation with his ‘Adagio for Bass’
On the release of the EP, Flux Pavilion shares; “It’s a long time since I’ve done an EP, but especially one that’s so rave banger focused. I think dubstep is like an open book. It can be so many things, but I think at its core to me, it’s always been rave music. I think it speaks its clearest on the dance floor and on a massive system, so I’ve really been zoning in on that aspect and just bringing the energy and making bangers.”
Fluxiverse is available November 16th on Circus Records
1. Flux Pavilion x Conrank – Where You At
2. Flux Pavilion x Doctor P – 24/7
3. Flux Pavilion x LINK – The Ones You Loved feat. Lisa Vitale
4. Flux Pavilion x PAV4N – Heavy Metal
5. Flux Pavilion – Paradise
6. Flux Pavilion – Adagio for Bass
About Flux Pavilion:
Flux Pavilion’s polymath-like ability to involve himself in all aspects of music cannot be understated. Known as Joshua Steele to friends and family, Flux is a singer-songwriter, record producer, and label owner who plays the drums, guitar, saxophone and piano. His achievements range from releasing his first vinyl at 19 years old to selling out the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado twice, notching up a UK top 10 hit with Sway and having Kanye West & Jay Z sample his dance floor anthem ‘I Can’t Stop’ in addition to featuring in DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJ’s 2015. Not bad for a guy who started out replaying jingles he’d heard on TV on his Casio keyboard.
Influenced by the likes of David Bowie, The Beatles and Frank Zappa in the early years, it was when he heard The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers that Flux Pavilion knew he had found a musical direction he truly wanted to explore for himself. A deluge of musical projects followed, writing instrumental hip hop and dirty drum & bass, joining local bands and producing for other acts all while studying at university. But the major turning point for this unquestionably talented musician was a visit to London superclub Fabric: “I never went to clubs because I didn’t feel accepted into that scene; it felt too showy, too well-groomed. Then I saw Rusko play at Fabric and it changed my perception of everything. He was jumping around wearing a big cardboard hat shaped like a bird and playing the most outrageous music I had ever heard. I loved it.”
From that day forth Flux Pavilion was destined to rise, first to the top of the dubstep scene, and then to the peak of electronic music the world over. His own label, Circus Records, started alongside childhood friend Doctor P with the backing of D&B pioneer DJ Swan-e and Earl Falconer of UB40, has been responsible for unleashing some of the most successful electronic music that the underground has to offer, launching the careers of scores of new talent in the process.
Meanwhile, Flux’s own output has gone from strength to strength, having worked on a diverse selection of original tracks and collaborations with Childish Gambino, Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki and Turin Brakes plus remixing for the likes of Skrillex, Jamiroquai, MIA, and DJ Fresh. While most students are thinking about where to go on their gap year, Flux Pavilion was celebrating ‘I Can’t Stop’ being picked as Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’ when at the time he was still living in a student hall. Ever since, Flux’s music can now be found regularly cropping up in the playlists of MistaJam, Fearne Cotton, and Eddy Temple Morris as well as drawing attention from Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, Prodigy, Fat Boy Slim, and Christina Aguilera to name a few. Reaching new heights, Flux has recently been the first producer ever to be officially asked to remix the Star Wars theme song in what will surely be a highlight of his career to date.
The intervening years have seen Flux notch up three headline US tours, two headline UK tours, DJ sets at every festival worth mentioning – from Glastonbury to Reading, Coachella to EDC Vegas and beyond, plus live performances with Example, Foreign Beggars and Chiddy Bang. In that time Flux has continued to develop his signature sound, retaining the all-important energy that The Prodigy and Rusko inspired him within the early days and undoubtedly inspiring a generation of electronic music producers of his own in the process.
Flux Pavilion’s debut album, “Tesla” was released back in 2015, over the 5 years following. He built out his live experience performing live guitar, synth, and singing; Flux Pavilion brought this musical element to his follow-up album “.wav” out on Circus Records, maintaining his trailblazing and innovative spirit, with an array of modular synths, .wav returned us to analogue.
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