This past weekend at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, KROQ caught up with 23-year old British DJ sensation Flux Pavilion, who was getting ready to help close down the show early Monday morning on the Neon Garden stage.
Sitting in his hotel room at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, the DJ (whose real name is Joshua Steele) spoke about who he would like to work with in the future, what it’s like playing large venues instead of small clubs, and what to expect on his new forthcoming album.
WORKING WITH JULIAN CASABLANCAS
“The people I’d love to work with would be like Julian Casablancas from The Strokes or Jónsi, the singer from Sigur Rós or something like that. Just something that you wouldn’t really quite expect to really fit,” says Steele.
Continuing on Casablancas, Steele states, “As time goes on I’m starting to think there’s a possibility we may be able to get in contact. I don’t know if he’d be up for it, but I’m trying to get my album done. If a project like that came up I’d just forget about everything else in my life.”
“I’m talking to Childish Gambino at the minute about doing something,” he continues. “He’s really cool.”
PLAYING BIGGER VENUES
“Before, the stereotype was you go to a club to see a DJ, and you go to an arena or venue to see a band,” says Flux. “I’m nearing the end of a 5 and a half week tour – I haven’t played in one club. It’s all just been venues. One of them we were playing the night before Nickelback. They played there. And I was like ‘I’m playing on the same stage, same place.’ No difference, even though it’s a completely different world of music.”
“I like playing venues. Clubs are good for an afterparty. But from a performance aspect, you’re kind of just tucked in the corner in a little booth. As a DJ, as a performer, you concentrate on what you’re doing and what you’re having fun with. I think in a venue there’s a part of your performance where you connect with the crowd and see what they’re in to.”
“The new album is coming out next year, hopefully. We were thinking of maybe this year but I was thinking about spending more time on it getting it right,” syas Steele when asked about his forthcoming album coming out on Atlantic/Circus Records.
When asked what to expect on the new album, he explained, “Expect my sound I suppose, but I’m singing on a whole bunch of the tracks, playing guitar and playing drums and I’ve got some more instrumentation and stuff like that. I started writing electronic music as backing tracks for me to sing on, that was the whole kind of idea”
“I thought ‘play my guitar, then record my guitar’ then use Reason to make a drum beat and a bass line and pretend I had a full band in my bedroom. That’s how it all kind of started. Then it got all out of hand and that’s how I started doing dubstep.”
“I really want to see if I can take what I’m doing now and go back to that idea of writing a song and instead of me just sampling something for the hook, I’ll just sing the hook. So I’m giving that a go. I’ve already got a band together, I’m just waiting to finish the album, then spend a couple of months rehearsing that and hopefully next year we’ll come back over and do all these festivals with a band.”
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