Get 2 Know A DJ - Flux Pavillion
I was cruising around some blogs a couple months ago and I happened to pick up a remix of DJ Fresh’s track ‘Gold Dust’ by someone named Flux Pavilion. That night as I was getting ready to go out, I hooked up my sound system and played some of the new music I had found that week. When ‘Gold Dust’ came on I was immediately forced to stop what I was doing. The song began with a penetrating dubstep hop which makes me feel much cooler at that moment than I was. Then some reverbed lyrics wrapped around the slow but driving bassline, getting me even more fired up. And then before I know it the build was happening and I was face-to-face with what can only be described as a face-melting, soul-crushing, ear-spliting wall of sound.
Most people take awhile to figure out how to dance at dubstep concerts. If you’re still struggling, have one listen to this song and all your problems will be resolved. ‘Gold Dust’ forces your hands into the air and begin directing your body in the “dubstep thrash”. Everytime Flux Pavillion drops his signature sound, your body is forced to obey to the sound’s deafening might and convulse to the beat. This is dubstep.
Aptly named, the UK DJ/producer, Flux Pavillion, has risen to the top of the dubstep charts for pumping energy into entertainment arenas. Top artists in the genre such as Rusko, Caspa, Nero, and Emalkay tip their hats to the artist, regularly using his mammoth dub anthems in their sets. Dubstep is a difficult genre that I feel has suffered occasionally from a lot of repetitiveness both in available sounds and in composition. I feel like a lot of the dubstep I’m exposed to has the same 140 bpm build, crescendoing to noisy drop with some random and often unnecessary accoutrements to add spice to the music. But therein lies the issue, the only slightly captivating part of the entire song is the little additives, not the song itself. I can’t deny that there isn’t a time and place where, regardless of the music, if it is dubstep, I’m going to have fun and start headbangin’. But if the genre [at least in its “mainstream” venture] wants to move forward, some more creativity is warranted.
Flux Pavillion, I believe, has the imagination for such a reinvigoration. To be certain his tracks are at their best when they are played to a writhing crowd of fans, uncontrollably oscillating in a nightclub. Yet, this artist has brought a fantastically visceral and emotional element to his music that cannot be denied. In an interview with Beatportal he describes his musical process: “I compose and write quite a lot of music generally and I suppose my main interst is capturing physical feeling and giving the music the ability to make you move and fgive you goose bumps at the same time… Sometimes when I’m listening to music that I personally love and I get that warm tingling feeling when something is really moving, I rey to hold onto that feeling and replicate when I’m making a track. To be honest, being able to hold onto that feeling is pretty important in general life, music is one of those crazy things that can change your whole perspective on things and at the same time make you forget about everything.” Well he’s true to his words. I’m often more chilled by Flux’s hooks than his uber drops. However, the two elements definitely work together in a beautiful marriage of heart-exploding love.
Give his stuff a listen, but make sure to, “hide yo kids, hide yo wife, hide your husband,” cause this is Flux Pavillion.