Flux Pavilion?s ?Around The World In 80 Raves? Tour Lands at Republic Tonight
Jun 07 2017

Flux Pavilion’s ‘Around The World In 80 Raves’ Tour Lands at Republic Tonight

By: Carolyn Heneghan

When his hit single “I Can’t Stop” became an EDM anthem in 2010, UK dubstep DJ/producer Flux Pavilion was delivering to the music world more than just a catchy hook and zany bass drops—he was sharing a career promise that remains in full force seven years later. Flux Pavilion returns to New Orleans to headline a midweek set of bass-forward bangers when he takes the stage at Republic NOLA tonight, Wed., June 7, alongside support from Kayzo, Fransis Derelle and Klutch.

Flux Pavilion, stage alias for Joshua Steele, has been immersed in the EDM scene since 2008, coming up under the inspiration of UK dubstep pioneer Rusko and EDM legends The Prodigy. But Flux, also a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, wasn’t one to coast the success of early releases. In 2009, Flux Pavilion cofounded Circus Records with his childhood friend and fellow early dubstep mainstay Doctor P, and that label has gone on to foster a number of renowned acts in the dubstep community.

In the following years, Flux went on to top both global festival lineups and worldwide music charts, including singles like “Bass Cannon” (2011), which peaked at No. 56 on the UK Singles Chart and his collaboration with Doctor P, “Superbad” (2011), which hit No. 61 on the same chart. Kanye West and Jay-Z also sampled “I Can’t Stop” from Flux’s Lines in Wax EP (2010) in the track “Who Gon Stop Me” off the two hip-hop artists’ collaboration, Watch the Throne (2011).

In addition to his full-lengths Blow the Roof (2013) and Tesla (2015), Flux Pavilion continues to release a handful of original and collaborative singles each year. In 2016 alone, these included “Savage,” a taste of Flux’s melodic and tempo range with Whethan and MAX; headbanger bait “Feel Your Love” with NGHTMRE and Jamie Lewis; and “Cannonball,” a massive stadium grime production with Snails, among others. So far this year, Flux Pavilion has already released vocally-driven singles like “Pull the Trigger” with Cammie Robinson and “Cut Me Out” with Turin Brakes, and most recently “Fly Away”—all three notably softer and airier tracks compared to Flux’s most well-known dubstep releases.

Riding the momentum of his global success, Flux Pavilion launched his “Around The World In 80 Raves” tour this past April. New Orleans is one of Flux’s final stops after dozens of dates across North America and a kickoff leg of appearances in Australia and New Zealand. Flux has been backed by a variety of other artists throughout this tour, with Kayzo and Fransis Derelle joining him onstage at Republic NOLA this evening. And don’t miss local support from Klutch, hot off his most recent Elevate EP released this past April.

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