Flux Pavilion is an English dubstep DJ, producer and record label owner whose birth name is Joshua Steele. He started performing in 2008. A year later, he and Doctor P co-founded Circus Records.
In 2010 Flux released his Lines in Wax EP which had one of his most popular tracks titled I Can’t Stop. The song would become one of his most successful to date, and it ended up being sampled by Kanye West and Jay-Z on their song Who Gon Stop Me, which was a part of their joint album Watch the Throne.
I Can’t Stop also appeared in the 2012 SSX video game, the 2013 film version of The Great Gatsby and the trailer for the 2013 movie Rush.
Flux’s 2011 single Bass Cannon hit the UK singles chart and peaked at the number 56 position. The song also got some radio play on BBC Radio 1. That same year he and Doctor P released a compilation album titled Circus One.
He was one of two independent artists to be nominated for the BBC Sound of 2012 poll. He contributed a song to the Freestylerz’s 2014 compilation album The Coming Storm under his birth name Joshua Steele.
He released his official full-length studio album Tesla in September 2015. The project had collaborative tracks with Soulsonic Force, Matthew Koma, Tom Cane, Andrea Martin, BullySongs, Jakk City and American rapper Riff Raff.
As of mid-2018, he has one studio album under his belt. Most of his work has been released in the form of singles, remixes, and EPs. He has also produced music for other artists including Matthew Koma and Sway DaSafo.
The dubstep producer’s studio setup is quite minimalistic as far as hardware is concerned. He’s conversant with the Cubase DAW and FL Studio on the production side. Ableton Live is the DAW he uses in his live DJ sets.
Both a PreSonus AudioBox and an Edirol UA-101 USB audio interface are part of his production setup when he needs to record audio. He’s also known to use a Neve 33609C compressor on some of his production work as well as an Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor analog compression/limiting effects unit.
Flux has been spotted using a Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S49 and M-Audio Oxygen 25 MIDI controller when working on music. He also has a TR-8 drum machine in his studio.
Software instruments in his armory include a copy of Native Instruments Komplete and XLN Audio Addictive Drums. Software effects processors that he uses include FabFilter Pro-Q, the iZotope Ozone suite, the Waves effects suite and a copy of the Camel Audio CamelPhat multi-effects plugin.
For monitoring audio, he uses a pair of AIAIAI TMA-2 headphones. He’s also been spotted using a pair of Beats by Dre headphones as well as Skullcandy Aviator headphones. KRK Rokit 6 monitors are part of his mixing setup. Another monitor model in his arsenal is the Adam Audio S4X-H.