a relatively short time, Joshua Steele has become something of a Dance
Pop/Dubstep poster boy in his native England and is well on his way to
similar status in the U.S. The renowned DJ, producer and co-founder of
Circus Records, better known by his flashier marquee name Flux Pavilion,
came to prominence last year with his big UK hit “Bass Cannon,” and
again when producer Shama Joseph sampled his song “I Can’t Stop” for
Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne album, a sample that raised Steele’s profile to an unimaginable level.
This year, Steele was
shortlisted in the BBC’s Sound Poll for 2012, “I Can’t Stop” was used in
the controversial KONY 2012 video (exposing the deplorable acts of
Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, the video has nearly 90 million views on
YouTube) and his new single, “Daydreamer,” featuring Pop sensation
Example, is a huge hit after its release just a couple of weeks ago.
In the wild world of Electronic
genre identification, Grime begat Sublow which begat Dubstep, which
Flux Pavilion has ridden to a rabid cult following and a fair amount of
subsequent commercial acceptance.
Flux’s chart success has made his
current American tour possible, allowing him to work out the logistics
necessary to reproduce his Electronic wizardry in the live arena.
Flux has said that he would
love to collaborate with The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas and
musician/actor/writer/comedian Donald Glover, better known as Childish
Gambino, and he’s stated that his greatest desire is to make his fans
cry and dance simultaneously. So bring your sturdiest dancing kicks and
lots of tissues; Flux Pavilion is looking for your moves and your tears.
FLUX PAVILION performs Saturday, May 19 at Bogart's. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.