Flux Pavilion

January 30, 2013

I am Flux Pavilion! AMA


Iam music producer Flux Pavilion, rather than give you a full bio i'll let my music do the talking: https://soundcloud.com/flux-pavilion

Just released my first proper album/EP called 'Blow the Roof' you can grab a copy here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/blow-the-roof/id591839604 or im sure there is a torrent somewhere by now if you dont have the money.

So, yeah . . . . . AMA! Gonna let a few questions roll in then ill get started.

PROOF: http://t.co/khY9byVO

update (22:55): ok guys im gonna have to make a move. But before i go i wanna say i love doing these things so
much. Its a great (and rare) opportunity to speak directly to the people who are listening to and enjoying the music that i write. Reddit is a great thing. P.S nobody asked me but THIS is my (current) favourite gif.

                     VIVA GALACTACUS 

Can you stop?

I've never tried

Then how do you know you can't stop if you've never tried? I want some answers.

EDIT: Was gonna say something witty to bring in more karma, but I've got nothing.

Flux Pavilion - Maybe i could stop but ive got a feeling that i wont. doesnt quite have the same ring to it I dont reckon. Maybe i'll do another remix and call it that. . . . .

The next EP will have have a song I probably can't stop

ha! yes!

What is your opinion of the trap movement?

I'm really into it. I was always a fan of the sound but this recent resurgence has acted as the catalyst to the creation of some pretty unique stuff. Further bridging the gap between hip hop and dance music, which is pretty exciting i reckon.

FYI Transgender women are sometimes refered to as "Traps" on the Internet.


TIL Transgender women are sometimes refered to as "Traps" on the Internet.

Whats the origin of your name?

there are many different explanations i have come up with over the years. But quite simply it just popped up out of a conversation i had with Doctor P when i was 14. and it just stuck. I was told a few times when i first started that no one would ever remember it and i should change it. But im pretty glad i didn't.

im sure there is a torrent somewhere by now if you dont have the money

I love you. Buying your album because of this and because your music is awesome

thanks, that means alot to me :)

Hey flux,

What has been your favorite show that you have performed?

also, best/funniest travel experience?

picking a favourite show is like picking a favourite gif, they are all special for different reasons. alot of the time the bus is parked right next to the que of people waiting outside a show, its pretty funny serenading them with speakers out of the window. Vengaboys and Rick Astley are tour favourites

*Queue :)


did you really get banned from twitter? or what actually happened?

nah i think i just got put in twitter jail for a bit. I made a promise to retweet anyone with my album art as their (i hope this is the right spelling for this context) profile picture. I kept to my promise and a hundred or so retweets later i was blocked. I'll have to admit i was pretty drunk at the time.

Favourite non-dubstep artist?

according to my Itunes most played its Bon Iver.

List your favorite:

That'd be all.

i cant commit to these being my absolute favourites, by they are well and truly up there.

Edit: general cleanliness

How did you meet Dillon Francis? And could you convince him to do an AMA?

We pretty much met through mutual love for music, you always run into everyone eventually at a festival, and he gave me a T shirt with cats on it so i knew we were gonna be friends. regarding the AMA ill mention it to him.

Also- is Dillon Francis funny all the time irl?

yes he is

Did an agent of Kanye West or Jay-z ask you for permission to sample "I Can't Stop?" If so, did you receive any of the song's profits?

Yer, they spoke to me about it before they wrote their version, i gave them all the samples they needed to work on it. I think to divulge too much into this kinda information would be bad form, I didn't get ripped off, but i also dont own a fluxcopter.

EDIT: . . . . . . yet

Flux, how did you link up with Childish Gambino? Was the track "Do or Die" originally created for Gambino's mixtape, "Royalty"? I ask because of the lyrics, "Royalty is Do or Die".

I was actually talking to him about doing a remix at first. Once i started working on the tune it really felt like we could do something more with it, if we worked together.

He felt the same and we went to work on the beat from scratch, Royalty is a self appointed hip hop title as far as i know

What has been your biggest inspiration through your musical journey?

I've never really felt like i've fit in anywhere since when i was a kid, I always kinda floated about and just hung out with people who were interested in writing music. I suppose i've never really worked out my identity other than in my music.

It gave me a reason to be proud of myself, and even though its nothing tangible, self worth has been a big inspiration for getting myself out there and putting all that ive got into my work.

I have always thought, if im creating something, even if it isn't good, as long as im happy with it i have a reason to exist.

More of a life journey than a musical journey i suppose, but in my current life i think it counts for the same.

What is your favorite venue/festival to perform at?

i think Red Rocks has been the best so far.

Have you ever put your dick in a subwoofer?

thats how i made Bass Cannon

Who are YOUR favourite artists?

Would you rather fight one horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses?

Listening to some chilled stuff at the minute

Bonobo (doing a new album!) Tired Arms, Cinematic Orchestra, Sigur Ros kinda stuff.

Its actually a hard question, am i doing it for fun or am i choosing for a realistic upper hand? Probably the horse sized duck, easier to implement stealth tactics and get the upper hand.

Hey! I need a suggestion on headphones! What's your recommendation??

i use these


Who would you consider your biggest influence?

I have found myself thinking 'Would Frank Zappa do this if he were alive today?' and i think that influences my process quite alot. As far as musical influence goes id have to work on a track by track process really.

Which DAW do you use?

What's your favorite part of the producing process?

Where's your favorite place to tour?

i use Cubase.

Writing the actual music over trying to make it sound good.

Everywhere has its own charm, but im working tonnes in the US at the minute and loving it.

What drugs do you take?

ive been known to take the odd 5htp in my time

What names in EDM do we have to look out for in the near future?

Im gonna be cheeky and refer you to our Circus Records rosta. When we sign someone its because we love their stuff and predict wondrous things for the future.

Brown and Gammon, Roksonix and Mizuki are the ones to look out for from us.

Savant, whom is not extremely popular, but does get some love on the front page sometimes. Regardless, everyone of his songs is good.

Savant is awesome! as is Kill Paris

Hey Josh Extravaganza, what ever happend to the eyebrow piercing? :P

It actually just fell out one day, i looked in the mirror and noticed it wasn't there any more.

Josh Extravaganza is still alive and well.

Would you ever consider a livestream of you working on a track?

I've actually thought about doing this, could be a pretty cool thing.

I'll keep you informed via twitter if i get it together

Hey Flux!

I'm glad that Blow the Roof was on Spotify from day 1! What's your opinion on Spotify and other music streaming applications?

I think the best thing about Spotify is the ability to share playlist's. Ive found tonnes of awesome music by listening to playlists that include some artists that im into at the time.

Spotify gets an upvote from me, as will anything that makes good music accesible to anyone and everyone who wants to listen to it.

As a kid, did you ever have beats going through your head similar to your style today? Or did you come up with it later on when you found the inspiration?

Thats a really interesting question. My music has always retained the same compositional elements, i suppose thats just the way that i lean naturally when im writing.

But i dont think i could ever have predicted how my music was going to sound, in the same way i have no idea what my music will wound like in 5 years time.

I can't imagine what a 13 year old me would think hearing my new EP.

Can't think of a question, just wanted to say thank you for the great music!

anything can be a question?

Do you even lift?


How was it working with Childish Gambino?

An absolute pleasure, we started working on a new track a few weeks back.

Hey Flux! I'll be opening for you at Ultimate Music Experience Festival in South Padre Island Texas in March, super stoked!

As an established artist, can you share any horrible stories of openers? Also what would you consider a proper opening for one of your concerts?

I like to hear opening acts play there own stuff and have their own style. Obviously i never wanna be upstaged, but you should be trying to upstage me. No matter when you are playing you gotta try and play the best set of the night.

One piece of advice though, if you are playing before an act, dont rinse all of their music. Once a guy played 'Jump Back' as his closing track, and at the time i was opening my set with the same track. Not the end of the world but its general DJ etiquette to avoid doing that.

How do you feel about the undeniable relationship between EDM and drugs? How about the fact that most people are on ecstasy at your concerts?

This is quite a popular question and i've never been able to come up with a decent answer to it.

Personally i neither condone nor condemn people for the choices they make concerning drugs in or out of shows, I've never thought of the music as being a direct catalyst. Throughout history there has always been a strong connection between drugs and music. I'm not convinced the connection to dance music is any different to what happened in the 60's with 'rock' but statistically i could completely wrong.

maybe it's because they are both fundamentally created for entertainment purposes they attract likend minds?

If I send you a photo of my butt, will you sign it?

yes, but i leave you with the challenge of working out how to get it to me. (must be A3 on glossy paper)

It would totally make my study abroad experience (in London) if i could see you tomorrow. Hook me up?

Added you plus 1 to the guest list

Do you like cats?


I'd give gold for this. But I feel it is not going to be used more than a few times.

its one of my go to gifs, save your gold for someone who deserves it

What software did you get started on, and what background do you have in music?

I started on a Playstation game called 'Music' funnily enough, it was actually a pretty decent introduction to electronic music production.

My background was purely as a music fan, i started playing guitar so i could learn my favourite songs. I wasn't working in music before this, just hanging out with my friends and writing music in my spare time

You might be interested in his AMA last year on /r/edmproduction.

Here's a summary of the questions/answers and the original thread.

Also that subreddit is an awesome community of producers of all levels from beginner to professional.

yer i covered alot of stuff in that production ama!

chances are ill be back on there to do another at some point soon, its nice to get geeky, but now isn't the time!

Hey Flux, big fan, I almost saw you at WEMF 2011 but you missed your flight with Doctor P! I forgive you. My question is,

What is your take on the whole "brostep" "dubstep" beef?

thanks for the forgiveness!

I just keep my head out of most debates regarding music. Anyone has the right to debate something that is important to them, but personally i've always found myself drawn to the music itself rather than the culture surrounding it.

Hey! I want to tell you your remix of "Cracks" is the song that got me into dubstep and EDM in general, which is now my favorite genre! And your new EP is awesome, I love "The Scientist." And that brings me into my question, do you write the lyrics for your tracks?

yes i do!

Either by you or any other producer, what is your all time favorite drop?

woo boost by rusko is in the top 3

What would you be doing for a living if you weren't a musician?

i think i would probably be a chef.

It's one of my dreams to own a cafe that serves breakfast 24/7

Whats your favorite Flux Pavilion track?


Was it intentional in "Bass Cannon" to have the repeated chorus sound like "cannabis?" For those who don't get it, say "bass cannon" five times and listen to yourself.

It was completely unintentional!

someone brought to my attention the other day that 'I cant stop' sounds identical to 'i catch dogs' . . . .

Have you ever intentionally released an album or song even though you felt like it was missing something?

nah i never let a track go that im not happy with, part of the reason why its taken me nearly 16 month to get 'blow the roof' together.

He uses Microsoft Paint.


Just wanted to say I fucking love your music!!!! Your new Ep is absolutely amazing and I am so stoked for you and the future of your career.

One question: How often did you and dillon hook up when he slept on your couch???

he always had a headache

How do you feel about all the travel involved with being in the music industry? Do you do anything to reduce stress while on the road?

travel is by far the hardest part of touring, it can get really numbing.

I read shit loads of comics and graphic novels, I can be anywhere in the world with anything around me but when im lost in a book, i feel relaxed.

What is your favourite of your own songs to play live ? Blow the roof is awesome best 5 pounds i've spent !

Probably one of the new ones called 'I Feel It'

This interview was transcribed from an "ask me anything" question and answer session with Flux Pavilion conducted on Reddit on 2013-01-30. The Reddit AMA can be found here.