[Interview] Flux Pavilion Gets Real
This year I celebrated my birthday with Flux Pavilion! I had never seen Flux before. For a while, Nashville has been pretty off the map with EDM events. Almost no one will come to Nashville, and for good reason. Our venues hate EDM, our city is out to get it, and the culture here has squandered most of the greats.
Every now and then the Global Event Center in Antioch will pull through, but to be completely honest attendance probably isn't phenomenal because it's Antioch. This time, as far as I'm aware, everything ran relatively smoothly, other than the regular whiners you get at a show.
We made the hour-long to Antioch to the most confusingly hidden venue ever where Souljunk, a local DJ was killing it with a drum and bass set. Souljunk was doing a great job; fans were grooving along to the beat as he played mixes of Ed Sheeran and Twenty One Pilots.
One thing I noticed, though, were the "frat" boys. I somehow found myself back in freshman year of college, surrounded by theta beta underage zeta.
MOKSI, a DJ duo from Holland, was sort of my discovery of the night. I had no idea who they were until about an hour before the show, but I give them a Kendrick Lamar "Damn." They absolutely threw down. I think about half of my flailing, dancing, and head banging was during their set.
I would see them if they performed alone in a monastery in Tibet. I truly believe they could throw down in any setting, and I know I wasn't the only one who agreed. They also helped me burn the calories I've been avoiding all week.
Kayzo, from my perspective, was also spectacular, but a lot of people had mixed comments about it. He threw down and I, unfortunately, had thrown down a little much for MOKSI. The result was more of an attempt at dancing and jumping, except for the crazy drops where I couldn't help but convulse with the music. I would love to experience a Kayzo solo set.
Mid-Kayzo I had the opportunity to go meet up with Joshua Steele AKA Flux Pavilion, the man behind the madness. I entered the green room right as Josh arrived, and we attempted to yell back and forth over the extremely loud set all happening a few feet from us.
You’ve come to Nashville several times before, what’s your favorite thing about the city?
This is actually the first time I’ve gotten to see the city. I think tomorrow I’m going to get to check it out. Most of my experiences are really like this.
Tell us what inspired the Around the World in 80 Raves tour.
It’s probably going to end up being more than eighty. I think a lot of times there are bubbles of where the same DJs play the same mixes. I feel like we have this sound then when and if we have luck in America most of the artists stop touring the rest of the world. I’ve been traveling around the world. I’m going to these places where no one ever plays dubstep anymore. It’s really sad to me because the music is so good.
I love it and it still connects to people all over the world. It’s an outlet that relates to people when they hear it. A lot of times with brand new music, I find I like music through seeing it live. I’m sharing the sounds and putting the legwork in and making sure that no matter where you are you still have an opportunity to hear dubstep. That’s important.
What is your favorite thing about your show?
That’s a hard question. This is definitely the best time because we’ve got a visuals team from India. They make some really amazing stuff. It’s different and comes from a different space. It feels like it's from outside electronic music and dance music. I’ve never tried to be a part of dance music. I’ve got a team of people put together that are really passionate about their art. The show has come from a more organic place. Instead of people like this thing so let’s give them that, we’re just doing what we think is really good. It’s come together really well.
I need to know about The Flying Spaghetti Monsters. What is that?
Well, this actually has nothing to do with me. It’s Doctor P, my partner. There’s actually a religion called the Pastafarians where they worship a Flying Spaghetti Monster. I think it started up as a joke. It’s the idea of something that you can worship whatever you want. Some people just think let’s worship this thing why not. So that’s the idea. I’m not Pastafarian though.
Once Flux Pavilion began his set, the building was crowded and we were so ready. I somehow made it to the rail and starting with the first second of the first song everyone was going absolutely wild. By this time, most people were pretty intoxicated, and I would say the true veterans had outlasted the stragglers.
Everyone was finally at the point of being friendly. We raged on into the night until my friend disappeared into the 3 AM abyss of people laying against the wall. If you miss this tour, you will regret it.
Get tickets for the remaining dates of the Around the World in 80 Raves tour here. Watch out for new dates to be added as well.
Photos by Garry Walden for Bullet Music.