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Flux Pavilion opens up about his hobbies, his focus on great music, and his fair English skin.
Matt from EDM Boutique grabbed Flux Pavilion just as he came off stage last month at Ever After Festival in Ontario, Canada. He was running on two hours of sleep and completely full of energy. The two talk about his fair English skin, his passion for dubstep, and a secret about himself that he has never before exposed.
Matt: How was it? How was the energy?
Flux Pavilion: Yeah, awesome. Can I say fuckin’ awesome?
M: You can say whatever you want.
FP: It was fuckin’ awesome. Yeah, we literally just got in, I got no sleep last night. We were in Milwaukee last night. It was one of those one’s [shows] where you’re running on, it’s kind of strange, you’re running on fumes and you just take it from the crowd. It rarely happens, you usually get real tired, but tonight it was literally like I could have not slept for two days and still had so much energy. It’s like in the air.
M: Did you throw anything out there, new, unreleased, maybe some IDs, anything like that?
FP: Yeah, quite a lot in this set. I’ve got a collab with Snails and a collab with NGHTMRE and a whole bunch more, I probably played five or six new tracks of mine and a new track for FuntCase, new track with Rusko, new track with Doctor P, there’s guys like Cyran and Standard & Push, some new guys on the label, brand new tracks from them as well. So yeah, I’d say about 40% of my set is brand new stuff.
M: You’re going to be all over the festival circuit all year, is there anyone you haven’t seen in a while you’re looking forward to catching up with?
FP: I’m really looking forward to Bass Center in Denver with Bassnectar, I love catching up with him. I was with him in Ibiza, I got horrendously sunburnt. Everyone was sitting by the pool, an I’m there with the umbrella, with a towel over me and a face mask on.
M: Did you have white sunblock on your nose?
FP: Yeah, that’s it, that’s the English style. I had a handkerchief on my head, with knots. Also, EDC, that’s happening in like two weeks as well, looking forward to that.
M: You and Doctor P have been running Circus Records for seven years now, how have you adapted to the changing landscape of dance music?
FP: For us, we didn’t want to start a dubstep label, we just both love dubstep, so that’s where we kind of started. From the very first day we were trying to find musicians that want to have the freedom to write the music they want. So rather than try to go and say “Oh we’ve got to make this and it’s got to be popular”, you know, I’ll sign an act that if they’re not popular, but their music is great, to me that’s a perfect signing. If I get their music, and I get it on vinyl, and I listen to it all the time, and I show it to people and they love it to bits, that’s the music I want to sign. I just think if you do that you’ll be putting yourself in a position to have some stuff that goes huge, and have some stuff that doesn’t, and have some stuff that’s weird over here. None of that matters, because as long as the core is good then you’ll continue to have a happy musical life. It’s just about the music. That’s the simplest way to put it. If the music’s good and it makes you feel something then that’s a good spot to be in.
M: You just wrapped up the biggest tour of your life, what’s next for you?
FP: I’ve got quite a lot of stuff planned, like next year I’m going to put out as much music as I can, really. After doing tours, I’ve wanted to write an album for so long, and it felt like such a breath, it wasn’t relief, because I was so proud that I’ve done that. I was like “I’ve achieved this thing now” and then there was a period that I was like “now what do I do?” I was like “why don’t I just go back and write a dance floor dubstep track?” and I put it out two months later. But when you’re writing an album it’s years of preparation. Having that freedom, it’s been a little while since I’ve had that, so that’s what this year’s been about. I just put out an EP with Doctor P like three weeks ago, and the NGHTMRE thing is out, so yeah I’m just gonna keep on writing music and keep on letting people hear it. There was a point where I kind of started off just putting music out and I put it up on Myspace and then all of a sudden when things became more serious you have to hold your music and wait for that time. Then it gets sort of stuck, it’s such a weird thing. In ten years’ time no one’s gonna remember a little poem I wrote up. In general all of that stuff it makes an impact for the moment, but if you’re thinking about your music lasting forever, the thought should be on how to make the best music possible rather than try to make something famous.