Posted On 08 Sep 2015
Tag: All Access, All Access Music, All Access Music Group, allaccessmusicnicole, Bjork, Blow The Roof, Boom, Chiddy Bang, Childish Gambino, Circus Records, Dillon Francis, Diskord, Disney, Doctor P, Example, Flux Pavilion, Freeway Remixes, Jamiroquai, Julian Casablancas, Jungle, Lines In Wax, M.I.A, Nuke ‘Em, Pharrell, Riff Raff, sci-fi, Skrillex, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Steve Aoki, Tesla, The Walt Disney Company, Turin Brakes, Walt Disney, Walt Disney Company, Who Wants To Rock
Joshua Kierkegaard G. 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 plays the drums, guitar, saxophone and piano.FLUX PAVILION has headlined three US tours, two UK tours, and several festival DJ sets, including Glastonbury, Reading, Coachella, and EDC Vegas.
This September will not only see the exciting release of Flux Pavilion’s much awaited debut album, TELSA, but the bass sensation will then take his new show on the road with a staggering two month fall tour of North America. He’ll be joined by a selection of headliners on selected dates including 12TH Planet, Loudpvck, Wilkinson, NGHTMRE and DISKORD.
TESLA, which was released on September 4th on Circus Records, features major guests including collaborations with 80’s Hip hop pioneers Soul Sonic Force from the eminent Afrikaa Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force crew plus Wilkinson’s “Half Light” vocalist Tom Cane, among many others. The album TESLA, is named after the electrifying measurement of magnetic flux that is so often injected into his live shows. Expect loud and bright excitement for the Tesla Tour this fall!
All Access Music writer, Nicole DeRosa recently got to catch up with the talented artist. Enjoy their interview below!
Hey there Joshua! How are you today? What’s on the agenda today besides our interview?
Been doing some session with a hip hop group working on their album, so I’m just bouncing out ideas this morning.
So, first things first, how’s your summer been so far?
Largely busy but wholly enjoyable. Been playing shows noon stop and finishing my album, so it’s been pretty intense, but I’m looking forward to the TESLA tour now.
You are a record producer, singer-songwriter, DJ and label owner (Circus Records) and have been performing since 2008. You also play a variety of instruments like the drums, guitar, saxophone and piano. For those that are not familiar with FLUX PAVILION and your other work, who or what was the catalyst for you to want to live the life of a musical gypsy?
Well the catalyst for everything is just the joy of creating stuff. In music, I find a voice that I didn’t really have elsewhere in my life and I have just grown up with it being that way. I like listening to music that makes me feel something and I wanted to try and give that to other people.
You have worked with so many talented artists including: Childish Gambino, Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki, Turin Brakes, Example, Chiddy Bang, and Doctor P plus remixing for the likes of: Skrillex, Jamiroquai, and M.I.A. to name a few. Who would you love to collaborate with next? I’m talking dream/bucket list…
Dream bucket list would be Julian Casablancas, Bjork, Pharrell . . . for now.
Who have been your inspirations growing up that also inspire you today?
My Mum is one of the biggest inspirations to me, she taught me to make the best out of anything and helped me to focus on the more important things in life.
What did you learn between your previous releases: Boom EP (2009), Nuke ‘Em EP (2009), Lines in Wax (2010), Blow the Roof (2013), Freeway (2013), Freeway Remixes (2014), collaborations and playing live, that you felt you wanted to infuse into your upcoming album, TESLA (out September 4th via Circus Records)?
I learned that you have to trust yourself, with no exceptions. It’s easy to think/hope something is gonna work, but the best stuff is when you just know. Don’t squash that voice, let it speak.
What was the inspiration for your new single, “Who Wants To Rock” (featuring RiFF RAFF)? How did that collaboration come about? Did you come up with the treatment for the video as well?
I love Riff. It may be surprising because for anyone who knows me, it’s quite an unexpected thing to hear, but I do. To me, he represents something that can get lost in music; fun and not ‘bouncy castle’ fun but ‘I don’t give a fuck’ kind of fun. He has style and it resonated with me.
Fun fact: last year, you were asked by The Walt Disney Company to remix the theme to Star Wars Rebels. That’s pretty damn cool to be a part of said franchise. What was that experience like?
“Yeah amazing! I’m a sci-fi fantasy fanboy for sure so it was quite daunting. I figured this is something so special to everyone and I’m gonna piss some people off no matter what I do, so fuck it! I’m gonna get sacrilegious with it and do something wild. I’m really happy with my remix for that reason.”
Who is in your current playlist? What artists or bands are in current rotation for you?
Too much to write, one band I’m loving is Jungle and our new signing Diskord are smashing.
What’s on tap next for you? What are you most excited about for this year?
TOUR and writing more music. I’m gonna have my next release ready to go as soon as I can, no rest for the wicked!
To learn more about FLUX PAVILION visit his social avenues below:
Facebook / Twitter / Soundcloud / Tumblr