Flux Pavilion Interview @ Ultra Music Festival 2014: Talks Music Production, DJing, Ableton Live, and More!

Dubspot caught up with UK dubstep producer and DJ Flux Pavilion at Ultra Music Festival 2014 in Miami.

Joshua Steele a.k.a. Flux Pavilion prolific dubstep producer and DJ from Towcester, UK. He is also the co-founder of Circus Records, along with Doctor P and Swan-E. His 2010 hit “I Can’t Stop” was sampled by Jay-Z and Kanye West on their platinum-selling Watch the Throne LP. In this exclusive video interview with Dubspot at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Flux Pavilion talks about the Circus Records imprint, his approach to DJing and performing live, using Ableton Live and Cubase, mastering the art of presenting music to people, building a music production studio, playing in a live band, collaborating with other producers, working with vocalists, and having one’s own individual voice.

Listen to Flux Pavilion’s latest Freeway EP, out now on Circus Records:

With the ability to sing and play a large variety of instruments it’s obvious that music comes naturally to Flux Pavilion aka Joshua Steele. Since first sitting down at a keyboard at the age of six his dream has been to make music that he loves, and perform it to people who love it just as much.

Influenced by the likes of The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx and dubstep pioneer Rusko, Flux loved the high energy madness that dance music was capable of and set about making some of his own in the form of dubstep. Already adept with production skills he was soon off the starting block and with his tunes swiftly generating interest on the circuit, it was soon clear that what started of as a bit of experimentation had led to Flux landing on his feet with the dubstep sound.


Before long labels were banging at his door itching to release his music so he decided that the world was ready for a bit of Flux Pavilion! Signing tunes to Rottun, Shift, XS Records, Stupid Fly and Dubmented Beats and working with artists such as Datsik and Trolley Snatcha, his tunes were soon dominating the charts and starting to receive a lot more interest from the big boys.

Next Ntype featured his track ‘Fucking Noise’ on his ‘Rinse Mix’ CD, and not content with that then signed Flux’s track ‘Meathead’ to his label Wheel & Deal. This was a massive look for Flux and got his name out there to all the DJs: soon enough no club was safe from one of Flux’s bangers and the bookings came flying in all over the UK and Europe.

While his career flourished Flux and childhood friend Doctor P had also been working on some stuff together. They teamed up with legendary DJ and drum and bass pioneer DJ Swan-e, and Earl Falconer of UB40, and together formed the infamous Circus Records. With this new platform Flux began to imprint the scene with his sound and was quickly becoming one of the main players in the Circus dubstep family. His track ‘Voscillate’, which features his own vocals, received ‘Track of the Week’ on Rusko’s Radio One Takeover, and his single ‘I Can’t Stop’ received ‘World record of the week’ from Radio 1’s Zane Lowe.

Well known for his high energy performances and smashing anthems Flux is now performing all over the globe – watch this space for information of up-coming dates near you.