Flux Pavilion

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Flux Pavilion
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Background information
Birth name Joshua Kierkegaard G. Steele
Born (1989-01-15) 15 January 1989 (age 25)
Towcester, United Kingdom
Genres Dubstep, Drum and Bass, Electronica, Bass, Dance
Occupation(s) Producer, DJ, Singer-Songwriter
Instruments Music Sequencer, Sampler, Synthesiser, Drum Machine, Turntables, Keyboard, Saxophone, Guitar, Drums, Piano
Years active 2008–present
Labels Circus Records, Big Beat, Atlantic Records
Associated acts Doctor P, Guilherme Gouveia, Trolley Snatcha, Datsik, Excision, SKisM, Foreign Beggars, Example, Nero, Major Lazer, dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip
Website soundcloud.com/flux-pavilion


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 and started out replaying jingles he’d heard on TV on his Casio keyboard. His achievements now range from releasing his first vinyl at 19 years old to selling out the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado twice and notching up a UK top 10 hit with UK rapper Sway.

The intervening years have seen Flux headline three 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. Flux has continued to develop his signature sound, retaining the all-important energy that The Prodigy and Rusko inspired him with in the early days and undoubtedly inspiring a generation of electronic music producers of his own in the process.

Career[edit]

Flux Pavilion co-founded Circus Records along with childhood friend Doctor P, in 2009 [1] with the backing of D&B pioneer DJ Swan-E and Earl Falconer of UB40. The label 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.

In 2011 he produced the single "Bass Cannon", which peaked at number 56 on the UK Singles Chart,[2] and was placed on the Radio 1 A-List. Along with Doctor P, Flux Pavilion presented the 2011 compilation album Circus One, to which he contributed four tracks. He is arguably best known for his song "I Can't Stop" from the Lines in Wax EP. In February 2011, Chiddy Bang created a freestyle to the song, which has appeared on their Peanut Butter and Swelly mixtape. In August 2011, the track was sampled by producer Shama "Sak Pase" Joseph for the song "Who Gon Stop Me" by Jay-Z and Kanye West on their collaborative album Watch the Throne.[3] On 5 March 2012, "I Can't Stop" was used in the viral Kony 2012 campaign. It was also featured in the 2012 video game SSX, the 2013 film The Great Gatsby and the trailer for Ron Howard's 2013 film Rush starring Chris Hemsworth.

In December 2011, Flux Pavilion was nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll, as one of only two independent artists on the longlist.[4] Steele has also sung on multiple tracks for both himself and other artists, including "Voscillate", "Starlight" and "The Scientist". On 28 January 2013, he released his new EP, Blow the Roof, which was received generally favorably by critics.[5] One of his songs, "Double Edge", is featured in the 2012 video game Need for Speed: Most Wanted. On 8 September 2013, Steele announced a new EP to be released in October. Released on 11 November 2013, the Freeway EP consists of his big hit "Gold Love", which features the vocals of Rosie Oddie, in addition to other featured artists Steve Aoki and Turin Brakes.

Flux’s own output has gone from strength to strength; first to the top of the dubstep scene, and then to the peak of electronic music the world over, 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 student halls. 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.

In September 2014, reaching new heights, Flux was 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.

Influences[edit]

Influenced by the likes of David Bowie, The Beatles and Frank Zappa in the early years, it was when he heard 90's phenomenon's 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 super club 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 playing the most outrageous music I had ever heard. I loved it.”

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details
Boom EP
(with Datsik & Excision)
  • Released: 15 January 2009[6]
Nuke 'Em EP
(with Datsik, Tom Encore & Redline)
  • Released: 21 April 2009[7]
Lines in Wax
  • Released: 11 October 2010[8]
Blow the Roof
  • Released: 28 January 2013[9]
Freeway
  • Released: 11 November 2013
Freeway Remixes
  • Released 8 October 2014

Compilations[edit]

  • Circus One (presented by Doctor P & Flux Pavilion)[10]
  • Grand Central

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[2]
UK
Dance

[11]
AUS
[12]
CAN
[13]
US
[13]
"I Can't Stop" 2010 115 12 68 105 Lines in Wax
"Bass Cannon" 2011 56 9 Circus One
"Frozen"
[as Joshua Steele]
(with The Freestylers)
The Coming Storm
"Jump Back"
(with SKisM featuring Foreign Beggars)
Non-album single
"Superbad"
(with Doctor P)
61 7
"Daydreamer"
(featuring Example)
2012 39 9
"Jah No Partial"
(with Major Lazer)
Free the Universe
"Do Or Die"
(featuring Childish Gambino)
2013 48 Blow the Roof
"Gold Teeth"
(with dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip)
Repent Replenish Repeat
"Steve French"
(featuring Steve Aoki)
Freeway

Other releases[edit]

Single Year
"Cheap Crisps" / "How Dare You" 2008
"Family Fortunes (with Trolley Snatcha)" / "Steppa" 2009
"Air Raid" (featuring Doctor P)
"F*cking Noise" / "Digital Controller"
"R00R"[a]
"Voscillate" / "Night Goes On" 2010
"How Rude" / "Show Off"
"Voscillate" (Roksonix Remix)[b]
"Meathead"
"Got To Know" / "Normalize"
"Stinkfinger" (with Doctor P)
"Excuse Me"[c]
"Jump Back VIP"[d] (with SKisM featuring Foreign Beggars) 2013
"Come Find Me"[e] (with Cookie Monsta)
"Standing on a Hill"[f]
  1. ^ from All Stars EP
  2. ^ released after Roksonix won remix contest; included in Circus One
  3. ^ from Beats & Pieces
  4. ^ from The Shady Bunch
  5. ^ from Circus Two
  6. ^ Free download in celebration of one million Facebook fans

Remixes[edit]

Song Artist Year
"Streets of Rage" Picto 2009
"Sweet Shop" Doctor P 2010
"Blue Skies" Jamiroquai
"All The Eastern Girls" Chapel Club
"Mishaps Happening" Quantic
"Gold Dust" DJ Fresh featuring Ce'Cile
"Cracks" The Freestylers featuring Belle Humble
"Louder" (with Doctor P) DJ Fresh featuring Sian Evans 2011
"Internet Connection" M.I.A.
"Don't Do That" Culprate
"Midnight Run" Example
"Must Be the Feeling" (with Nero) Nero 2012
"Syndicate Theme" Skrillex
"Without You" (with Doctor P) Dillon Francis featuring Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs 2013
"Recess" Skrillex and Kill the Noise featuring Fatman Scoop and Michael Angelakos 2014

Unreleased[edit]

  • Lift You Higher (featuring Lisa Hart)

Production credits[edit]

Single Year Artist Album
"Level Up" 2012 Sway The Deliverance

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Result
2011 BBC Sound of 2012 Sound of 2012[4] Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ DJ Pdex. "Features: Doctor P Interview". Kmag. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b United Kingdom Chart Appearances:
  3. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (8 July 2011). "Jay-Z Previews 'Watch the Throne' in New York". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 12 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Burgis, Joe (5 December 2011). "BBC's Sound of 2012 list favours mainstream acts". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  5. ^ http://reigningbeats.blogspot.com/2013/02/album-review-flux-pavilion-blow-roof.html
  6. ^ Excision, Datsik & Flux Pavilion – Boom EP Retrieved 2011-12-06.
  7. ^ Nuke 'Em - EP by Datsik, Flux Pavilion, Tom Encore & Redline Retrieved Apr 21, 2009.
  8. ^ Flux Paviilion 'Lines in Wax' - Extended Play Play.com, Retrieved 2011-12-06.
  9. ^ "Twitter / Fluxpavilion: Breaking news: My brand new 8 Track EP 'Blow The Roof' is finished and its coming out December 3rd!". Twitter. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Flux pavilion discography". Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  11. ^ Peak positions for dance singles chart:
  12. ^ http://www.ariacharts.com.au/news/484832/chartifacts
  13. ^ a b "I Can't Stop - Flux Pavilion". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-05-30. 

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