In the hotseat this week we have dubstep don Flux Pavilion. Co-founder of Circus, his career has gone from strength to strength and his uncompromising beats have taken him interstellar! With A-list support for his smash Bass Cannon and Jay-Z & Kanye sampling his beats we couldn't wait to speak to him on the eve of his album release...
Thanks very much for taking time out to speak to us! Can you tell the readers where you are in the world today and what you’ve been up to over the last 7 days?
I am actually in the UK! I have been in Sydney working on some new stuff for the past week and I've come back to celebrate the launch of 'Blow The Roof'.
How did you get your big break and what have been your personal 3 career highlights since you stepped up to the main stage!?
I think my big break was starting Circus, we had no idea what it was going to turn into but its been amazing having the crew with me the whole time. Its all a big long highlight really, here are a few off the top of my head . . . 1. Having a track on Watch the Throne. 2. Playing at Red Rocks in Denver. 3. done some pretty awesome back to backs, (Skrillex, Knife Party, Kill The Noise) (Example, Datsik, Foreign Beggars) (Feed Me, Zedd, Alvin Risk).
Production is clearly the key to superstardom for anyone coming into the scene. How do you manage to keep on top of making beats when you’re constantly touring? Is it sometimes hard when you’re shattered from the weekend?
I've been doing a lot of my writing on the road, producing is pretty much what I'm in the business for. Writing music doesn't have to be stressful, most of the time it's just little ideas hear and there, and then I get myself in the studio for a few weeks to finish them off.
Many of our readers will be young producers thirsty for knowledge! Could you kindly share with us one tip or trick that you’ve found useful when working in the studio please?
If it's getting stressful, take a break, go for a walk or eat some fruit or something. Ideas aren't guaranteed, so if you don't have one, don't force it.
It’s all about the bass full stop. Can you tell us what your most essential piece of studio kit is for some full frequency punishment?
Bass is pretty important, I don't know if punishment is generally what I go for. I like my music to be listenable and memorable, I'm more of a sucker for something catchy rather than something brutal.
You’re part of the Circus crew and that must bring a lot to the table. Do you want to give a shout out to any of the crew in the office and tell us what they do so we can get an overview of what it takes to run such a tight and successful operation and they can get some much deserved props!?
Circus is Awesome! Our partners Simon and Earl pretty much keep the whole thing running and manage all of the artists alongside my Manager Lanval 'Tuff Daddy' (street name) and the label manager Andy (who also owns the best shirt collection in Dalston). Without those guys we would all be wandering the streets without any general direction. Like unherded cows, grazing and not really sure whats going on. Can't forget about Jules and Paul who run all our bookings and Laurence who works on events. Plus Defstar (chief of Transport), he is the foundation for all of our success.
From a promotional point of view, obviously social media and other platforms are an essential way to build up fans and keep them hyped. How hands on are you and do you have any recommendations to young DJs and producers reading this about how to keep on top and make the most out of services like Soundcloud, Twitter, Youtube and Facebook?
I'm not sure you can really give any advice, other than just own them and use them . . . . I don't think there is a formula to it. I just post stuff when I have something to say to everyone!
Your amazing album contains the spectrum of rave sounds that are hot right now. From some trap vibes to rolling glitch hop grooves. Do you see these sounds splitting into their own scene this year like house and electro or hardcore and DNB have done historically? If this did happen, what style might you choose to follow?
I feel like genre's are becoming more defined in terms of artist style, but in a way all meeting in the middle under the umbrella of general 'Bass'. I'll just follow my heart and write music that makes me feel good. If I was going to give any answer to this question i'd probably say this next year I'm gonna be thinking a little bit more about hip hop.
It must have been mind blowing to hear your beats crop up on the Jay-Z and Kanye album. Did this open any doors for you to produce for other major acts and who would be your dream collab if you could pick one and why?
In this day and age I feel like the doors are open for everyone and anyone who wants to write music, being 'Unknown' isn't a damning title if anything it's quite exciting. I really want to write something with Julian Casablancas or Jonsi from Sigur Ros. As song writers they have changed the way I think about music, and I think a collaboration with artists outside of dance music would help me grow.
Finally, we hear that it gets pretty crazy on tour on the bass planet!? What’s the most rock and roll thing Flux Pavilion has done on the road that’s legal for us to print!?
Hmmmm I'm not a super rock and roll guy most of the time. I caused a riot in LA last year . . . I suppose thats pretty rock and roll?
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Flux Pavilion's Recommended Tracks:
The amount of groove Dillon Francis can get out of a synth to me is incredible. this track is essentially just one sound playing one note, but its so expertly crafted that the groove on it is phenomenal. Major fan of Dillon Francis here. Been Playing this in my sets since we toured together, I would even play it after he had already played it because I love it so much.
Now then, did I mention that I loved groove? Well if i haven't mentioned it enough then listen to this track and you will know exactly what I'm talking about. This track is a full on party track, I feel great when I hear it, i'd love to know how Savant felt when he was making it. Probably like a boss.
I know it's a bit weird choosing my own track, but if I didn't like it I wouldn't make it! This choice for me is more to show my love for Childish Gambino. I have loved his style since I first heard it and i'm so excited by what he did with this record. I love to listen to it! This track is probably my favourite to play right now.
Another Circus crew member here, and since we started the label this guy has not only perfected his sound, he has created something very unique that I havent heard anyone else pull off. This track is like a hacksaw to the brain, which i'm honestly not a huge fan of as a concept, but its actually quite pleasant when it's Funtcase in control. Amazing tune by an amazing producer.
I'm a big fan of Hip Hop and this track has something to it that reminds of more of Hip Hop than Dubstep, maybe it is Hip Hop, who knows? Whatever you call it, it's like liquid, throwing around relatively abrasive sounds but in a very indecisive but delicate way. This track creates an atmosphere and makes me feel like i'm in a film when I hear it, keep your eyes out for these guys.
Well it seems the whole world has gone crazy for Trap, including myself. I have no idea what this track could/should be categorised as, but to me it embodies what i'm loving about the new wave of Trap stuff. Attitude and groove. First heard it getting dropped about 5 times in one night, loved it ever since
Skism is the king of the Tempo shift. He is probably one of the best DJ's i've had the good fortune to watch perform. You can really hear in his music that he knows what to do with energy and where it can be placed. He is one of those producers that makes it sound effortless with his production but there is so much going on, this track is no exception.
I'm a huge fan of Kill The Noise. The musicality of this track gets me every time, the chords and the flow is absolutely incredible, I take my hat off to him. KTN for me has created something really special with this track. Its proof that inspired composition has a place within dance music.