Flux Pavilion’s polymath-like ability to involve himself in all aspects of music cannot be understated. Known as Joshua Steele to friends and family, Flux is a singer-songwriter, record producer and label owner who plays the drums, guitar, saxophone and piano. His achievements range from releasing his first vinyl at 19 years old to selling out the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado twice, notching up a UK top 10 hit with Sway and having Kanye West & Jay Z sample his dance floor anthem ‘I Can’t Stop’ in addition to featuring in DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJ’s 2015. Not bad for a guy who started out replaying jingles he’d heard on TV on his Casio keyboard.
Influenced by the likes of David Bowie, The Beatles and Frank Zappa in the early years, it was when he heard The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers that Flux Pavilion knew he had found a musical direction he truly wanted to explore for himself. A deluge of musical projects followed, writing instrumental hip hop and dirty drum & bass, joining local bands and producing for other acts all while studying at university. But the major turning point for this unquestionably talented musician was a visit to London superclub Fabric:
“I never went to clubs because I didn’t feel accepted into that scene; it felt too showy, too well-groomed. Then I saw Rusko play at Fabric and it changed my perception of everything. He was jumping around wearing a big cardboard hat shaped like a bird playing the most outrageous music I had ever heard. I loved it.”
From that day forth Flux Pavilion was destined to rise, first to the top of the dubstep scene, and then to the peak of electronic music the world over. His own label, Circus Records, started alongside childhood friend Doctor P with the backing of D&B pioneer DJ Swan-e and Earl Falconer of UB40, has been responsible for unleashing some of the most successful electronic music that the underground has to offer, launching the careers of scores of new talent in the process.
Meanwhile Flux’s own output has gone from strength to strength, having worked on a diverse selection of original tracks and collaborations with Childish Gambino, Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki and Turin Brakes plus remixing for the likes of Skrillex, Jamiroquai, MIA and DJ Fresh. While most students are thinking about where to go on their gap year, Flux Pavilion was celebrating ‘I Can’t Stop’ being picked as Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’ when at the time he was still living in student halls. Ever since, Flux’s music can now be found regularly cropping up in the playlists of MistaJam, Fearne Cotton and Eddy Temple Morris as well as drawing attention from Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, Prodigy, Fat boy Slim and Christina Aguilera to name a few. Reaching new heights, Flux has recently been the first producer ever to be officially asked to remix the Star Wars theme song in what will surely be a highlight of his career to date.
The intervening years have seen Flux notch up three headline US tours, two headline UK tours, DJ sets at every festival worth mentioning – from Glastonbury to Reading, Coachella to EDC Vegas and beyond – plus live performances with Example, Foreign Beggars and Chiddy Bang. In that time Flux has continued to develop his signature sound, retaining the all-important energy that The Prodigy and Rusko inspired him with in the early days and undoubtedly inspiring a generation of electronic music producers of his own in the process.
Flux Pavilion’s debut album, “Tesla” is out now on Circus Records.
With his flawless technique and signature style behind the decks, DJ Nightstalker is a name that has become synonymous with dancefloor mayhem and West Coast junglism. Having earned his stripes in the underground drum & bass scene of Los Angeles in the late 1990s, DJ Nightstalker’s role as a journalist and editor-at-large for Bassrush and Insomniac's ever-expanding empire continues to earn him immeasurable recognition and respect worldwide.
It was his early success as a music journalist for legendary mags like Knowledge (UK), URB, XLR8R, Rinse, ATM, Lotus, and even Vice that DJ Nightstalker credits with helping launch his own career as a heavy-hitting DJ in his own right. In the same way that the name Chris Muniz came to be seen as an expert in global bass culture, his pseudonym as DJ Nightstalker soon came to represent an unparalleled dancefloor experience that would soon propel him onto the national and international stage.
Originally paying his dues in the Los Angeles rave scene, DJ Nightstalker has fond memories of legendary L.A. underground venues like the Masterdome, La Casa, Shaolin Temple and the Stillwater Hotel. Even more important during these early years was the creation of his infamous Thursday night rinse-out Primordial on the now-defunct vibeflow.com. While it was definitely a space for local talent to represent, most heads tuned in to catch sets from the all-start cast of VIP players who would often drop by unannounced. Heavy-hitters like Pendulum, Klute, Photek, Panacea, DJ Rap, E-Sassin, and even non-d&b artists like John Tejada, Ron D. Core and Omar Santana would regularly roll through and flex their skills for the internet massive.
It wasn’t long until DJ Nightstalker found his own skills as a DJ in high demand, unleashing his infectious energy and signature blend of high intensity drum & bass on dancefloors as varied as the legendary Desert Sound Coalition parties in the Mojave Desert on through to Club Yellow in Tokyo, Japan. Having headlined all across the United States as well as rocked crowds alongside the likes of Goldie, Ed Rush & Optical, Tech Itch, Dylan, SS, Dillinja, Lemon D, Roni Size, Marcus Intalex, Trace, Paradox, Jumping Jack Frost, Black Sun Empire, Mampi Swift, Friction, Hive, and Gridlok, DJ Nightstalker continues to be remembered for pushing audiences to the breaking point and transforming an average night out into a high-energy, mind-bending journey.
Fast-forward to 2015 and DJ Nightstalker is in top form even as he balances his alter-ego as a doctoral candidate in a demanding PhD program. While he continues to seek out and profile the most talented artists across the planet in his role as scholar, writer, editor and journalist, the time has come for DJ Nightstalker to once again transform into that dark figure of the night, ready to unleash the beats that will have crowds bouncing off the walls and climbing up the speakers begging for more...
Mikey Klingman AKA Kid Nappa, currently residing in Los Angeles, CA has been working his way across the country rocking the dance floors of many clubs, venues, warehouses, performing with acts such as Figure, Vaski, NGTMRE, 4B, Reid Speed, Ill Gates, Riot Ten, and Dack Janiels, just to name a few.
As a child Mikey was fascinated by the UNDERGROUND scene, he found interest in things such as Break Dancing, Graffiti/Urban Art, Skate Boarding, and practically anything creative or outside of the mainstream. His early music influences were Punk, Hardcore, Underground Hiphop, and similar genres. After expanding his musical perception as a young teen he explored other genres such as Indie Rock, Experimental, Dance, and eventually expanded to EDM.
At the age of 14 he was enticed to enter the rave/underground dance scene and was exposed to artist such as Diesel Boy, Ak1200, Freaky Flow and many more. In fact the first big underground dance event was Flux at a dance hall across from the historical Madison Theater in Covington, KY. During the show he was invited backstage for the headliners DnB/Jungle turntablist set (Freaky Flow). With that experience and the influence of a close friend who got his first set of turntables gifted from Indianapolis DJ Cool Hand Lex he started to DJ. Currently Mikey is following his music career traveling the US and working out of his current city of Los Angeles.