Joshua Steele aka Flux Pavilion is about to embark on a big tour and we’ve got some tickets to his show in NYC on May 10. For your chance to win a pair of tickets, head over to our Facebook page and look for this image. The person that comes up with the most popular caption (meaning whom ever gets the most likes) will win a pair of tickets. Winners will be announced on Wednesday morning. Good luck!
We caught up with Joshua Steele for a quick chat about what life is like touring and being on the road. Here's what he had to say...
Are there any cities or club nights you’re looking forward to playing most?
Chicago last year was really special, I had the worst toothache ever and the show gave me so much adrenaline it disappeared until I got back home! Its right at the end of the tour this year so I’m sure ill have many ailments that will need curing.
Travel probably takes up more of your time than it does the common man. Do you have any tales of extreme excitement or extreme boredom that the average person might enjoy reading?
There was this one time we were flying in a small prop plane, me and Doctor P, and our tour manager poked me in the back and pointed out the window. Outside there was the biggest blackest cloud I have ever seen in my life with electricity rippling through it. We were flying straight towards it for a good 10-minutes until the plane started shifting, took us an hour to fly around it. The rippling electricity is like nothing I have ever seen before, magnificent but pretty scary when you are in an 8-seat propeller plane. The blackness was intense, I’m gonna write a song about it one day.
What is the most colorful/memorable incident you have involving a fan?
Once in Philly I was at the front doing some high fives at the end of the show but the stage had a weird slant on it, which was covered in sweat from the crowd…I slipped down…it hurt. Also the other day I had a girl say I was like John Lennon about 5 or 6 times, got into the minibus to go home, every other DJ said the same thing. That girl must have met John Lennon 10 times that night.
Do you have any pre-gig routines or green room rituals?
I like to have a cigarette on my own before I go on, just to conduct myself and think about what I’m about to do. The worst thing is getting up there and not being mentally prepared to start your show.
Do you work on music while touring?
I try to make music but with the constant travelling and hanging out at shows, it’s hard to get settled enough. Even though I essentially live on the road right now, I’m a lot more of a settled person than I am crazy. I love getting comfortable and getting packs of smokes a pack of water and camping out at my studio for days. But finding time to do that on the road is pretty tough.
How much of your set changes from gig to gig?
Well the core of the songs tend to stay the same I just play them in a variety of different ways, I take it in blocks of touring. Before a tour, at shows I try outrageous things and see what works. Then when I hit the tour I tend to use what I’ve learnt to build up a set. It’s like playing with building blocks, I start prepared with loads of sections and it’s up to the vibe to see how they come together.
What’s on your Rider?
Right now it’s only a bottle of Rum some Diet Coke and a selection of meats and cheese—pretty boring really I think I need to up the game. Datsik told me him and Steve Aoki have underpants and socks on theirs, so after a show they can get fresh. I’m gonna try and sort it out actually, haha.
If you were the biggest musician in the world, what would be on your Rider?
urrmmmmm that’s actually a really hard question, just more extravagant food probably. I’m there to do a show so fundamentally that’s what’s gonna make me happy, everything else is a bonus.
Do you have a favorite airline?
Currently Air New Zealand.
What’s your drink of choice?
Havana Club 7 and Pepsi Max.
First class or coach?
Well…First, who wouldn’t!?
What items do you always take with you on the road?
I always take my own shower gel, there is nothing worse than being stuck somewhere without shower gel. Other than that I like to buy stuff on the road, there are pretty interesting things that can be found in service stations in the middle of Texas, most commonly extensive amounts of beef jerky.
What’s the most memorable time you’ve had on the road outside of the club?
I love downtime; it’s when the most ridiculous things happen. Once in Santa Monica at the Shangri La me and Skrillex got our palms read but a homeless lady who had set up shop in a stairwell. She wasn’t wearing shoes and had books around her with strange symbols in it, she told me to “Go to Church.” I never made it.
What the first thing you do when you wake up?
Eat and then smoke. If I smoke first then my day is doomed to chain smoking.
What the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
It all depends on what’s happened—I either have one last drink, or I just watch films until I fall asleep.
You probably shake a lot of hands on the road, if people were really to listen after you shook their hand for the first time, what would you say to them?
How would you describe your sound to a deaf person?
It’s like a cake with lots of layers all mixed into one think slice. I try to create a wall of sound when I produce.
Describe a moment of what may or may not have been “paranoia” in your life. In the end, what was “true?”
In my experience paranoia is always unfounded, you got to listen to your heart and not your head sometimes.
Talk about the most hectic conflict that you’ve been involved in.
I was once jumped in a bar with a few of my friends. We were definitely the underdogs, it was me with bleach blonde hair, my Italian friend Sasha (Be HopClick) wearing luminous green trousers and my mate Jack (saxophonist with a big curly afro)…in hindsight we were easy targets. It was a standard fistfight until I got smashed in the face with a pool ball and then they ran away. All I remember is someone asking me if I was all right, and I replied, “of course not, I’ve just been smashed in the face with a pool ball, can you take a picture?”
Do you read books on the road? What are you reading right now?
I subscribe to Wired magazine so I tend to be reading that most of the time, other than that I’m reading Stewart Lee's books, which are essentially transcripts from his stand up with footnotes.
Do you have an adventurous palette?
Not really, I go for comfort food when I’m touring. Had some crocodile in Australia, which was pretty nice. Also in Australia I was out at dinner and we ended up at one of those restaurants where you pick your own fish, I just went for chicken chow mein because I’m boring.
What do you look forward to most when the tour is over?
Do you remember the first time you had a live audience’s complete attention?
I started off playing at my university and no one was playing dubstep so I used to get that feeling then, it always went from a regular party to all of a sudden a full-blown rave in the kitchen with everyone cheering when a tune dropped. It’s that energy that has stuck with me and I’m always trying to capture it at every show I play.