Flux Pavilion talks the “very loud sub” theme of new album
When inthemix got on the phone to UK bass-bender Flux Pavilion this morning, he was enjoying a rare moment of downtime. The peace and quiet will be short-lived, though, with the producer ticking off gargantuan festivals Pukkelpop, Zurich Openair, Creamfields and South West Four in August alone. However the big news of the moment is the completion, just last week, of his debut album. Having proven his studio skills with a run of big tunes – Bass Cannon, Superbad with Doctor P, I Can’t Stop (sampled by Jay-Z and Kanye West for their Watch The Throne album) and Example-assisted Daydreamer – Flux has committed to the long-player format by keeping things varied.
“I’ve been intensive in the studio and just finished my album,” he told us. “I handed it in last week to get mastered, so I’m waiting to get the masters back. I tried to stay true to my original sound, but at the same time to steer away from it. It’s a mix of everything. I’m singing on three of the tracks, plus playing drums and guitar. It sounds like a Flux Pavilion album, though. It’s got everything that you’d hope would be on there. Bass Cannon is on there. I think that’s a given. It’s been a fundamental track in my career. I kind of didn’t want to put it on there because it didn’t quite fit with the musicality of what I wanted to produce. But it’s got such an edge to it, and there’s a place for it in the album. There are probably four or five ‘big’ tracks. Basically all of them have very loud sub, which is the fundamental Flux Pavilion thing. It’s bassy and loud.”
We’ll be sure to hear some of those album tracks aired when Flux hits Stereosonic this summer with like-minded acts Excision, Bassnectar, Caspa and his occasional studio partner Datsik. While he’ll be DJing at the festival, he’s been finessing a new live band set-up. It’s be a condensed version of what fans saw in the broadcast from the BBC’s hallowed Maida Vale studios (watch the rendition of Daydreamer below).
“Have you seen The Prodigy live? It’s just a bunch of guys smashing it out,” Flux enthused to inthemix. “We’re creating live remixes, half-planned and half-unplanned. We’re able to improvise, which is a very hard thing to do with dance music.” Stay tuned for the full interview with the bass star in coming weeks.