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Trippy Vibes Tuesday: Episode 41

8 May

It’s Time To Get Funked Up

It’s been a while since my last post, but I’ve been busy exploring that groovin’ fonque, the type of music that when you start listening to it you feel compelled to move every part of your body, not just toe tapping or head nodding, you gotta shake everything you got. It seems like there’s been a resurgence in it’s popularity, at least within certain scenes. While I’m sure many of you are already familiar with the work of bands like P-Funk and Sly and the Family Stone, a lot of the newer bands aren’t fully getting the attention they deserve. So without further ado, I think it’s time we delve into the music that Maceo Parker says is “3% jazz and 97% funky stuff.”

To start this off, a band that I have been listening to for a while now and when I saw them at last years Jazz Festival, thought that they threw down the hardest, the band is of course the one and only Soulive. Every year the trio takes up a ten day residency at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York aptly named, Bowlive. Each night Eric Krasno and brothers Alan and Neal Evans are joined by fantastic special guests ranging from jazz guitar guru John Scofield to ?uestlove from the Roots and almost every night is accompanied by a spectacular section of horns. All of these songs come from this years Bowlive and if you feel like this just isn’t enough for you, you can purchase the shows here.

Soulive – El Ron

Soulive – Too Much

Soulive – Funkify Your Life

Both of the Evans brothers have new albums out as well on Royal Family Records, a label that they help to run along with Krasno and Adam Deitch. Drummer Alan Evans assembled another organ trio, proving with Soulive that this is a format he thrives in bringing the groove, there is no shortage of energy from him. He even plays some guitar, bass and does some vocals on the Alan Evans Trio’s debut album, Drop Hop.

Neal has been hard at work over the last few years writing songs for his long awaited solo album, Bang. I haven’t heard the entire album yet, but he’s got a pretty solid track record for putting out great music, so I’m gonna go out on a limb and assume that the album is awesome. Neal also encourages all DJs/producers to remix his music and has put the stems up on his website for his song Octapus’ for anyone to experiment with.

I don’t know much about basketball, so I don’t know if the Knicks are a good team, but I do know that they are the team with the best taste in music as their games and advertisements are accompanied by the sweet sounds of Lettuce. All year I’ve been anxiously waiting the release of their new album Fly, which is finally set to be released on June 5th. The band was kind enough to release the song ‘Bowler,’ to hold us over until then, but they’ve been dropping new songs at their shows for a while now, so I’ve also got a few live songs for all y’all.

Lettuce – Bowler

Lettuce – Madison Square

Lettuce – Let Us Play

Now it’s time we move to the south to the great city of New Orleans where Ivan Neville’s Dumptaphunk calls home. This group is no stranger to the funk with Ivan and Ian Neville being sons of members of the legendary band The Meters. Dumpastaphunk has one of the fattest sounds around, utilizing not one but two bass players. Listening to the band will quickly leave you saying, “Put it in the dumpsta!”

Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk – In This World

Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk – Put It In The Dumpsta

Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk – Everybody Want Sum

Galactic is another band out of Nawlins, lead by the extraordinary drummer Stanton Moore, these guys know how to bring the funk. But in 2008, they release an album called From the Corner to the Block that shows they can take their grooves and lay down some some filthy hip hop. Just about every song on the album features notable members of the New Orleans music scene like Juvenile and Trombone Shorty.

Galactic – What You Need (with Lyrics Born)

Galactic – Hustle Up (with Boots Riley)

Galactic – From the Corner to the Block (with Juvenile and the Soul Rebels Brass Band)

While I’m on the topic of hip hop, a group called Quakers released their self-titled album. The group consists of 36 members, so there is a huge diversity of voices that you’ll hear on the album and it was produced by Geoff Barrow of Portishead along with 7-Stu-7 and Catalyst. The group is also a testament to the way musicians can come together in the digital age as many of the rappers that are featured on the album were discovered through the now dying, MySpace.

Quakers – Russia With Love

Quakers -Dark City Lights

Quaers – Smoke

Michal Menert, long time friend of Pretty Lights and part of the Pretty Lights Music family has put out a new album recently that like all music off PLM can be downloaded for free on their website. Break Science described Even if it Isn’t Right as being, “vibey, uplifting, golden era hip hop influenced electronic bangers” and I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Michal Menert – Solar Overdrive (Co-Produced by Derek VanScoten)

Michal Menert – The Ride

Michal Menert – New Heights

As a bonus check out this clip of Menert playing along side of everyone on the Pretty Lights Music label.

Finally, I leave you with Tom Caruana‘s mixtape, Black Gold. Mixing together the instrumentals of Jimi Hendrix with the raps of the Wu Tang Clan makes for a helluva combination, two artists who have mastered their crafts, I can only imagine that if Jimi were still around and played with the Clan, this is exactly how it would sound.

- Signed Sincerely, Hooch

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Flux Pavilion AMA (Recap)

8 May

Fellow Flux Fans,

Mr. Steele was nice enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer the questions of his devout fanbase via Reddit yesterday. Since most of you are fans of his music, I figured I might as well gather up as many of the Q&As as I could muster. I love when artists do AMAs because the results are always 1000x more informative than most of the “professional interviews,” as mostly die hard fans get their questions answered (or witty/funny people) and for the most part they asked shit that I/you/Flux would never have expected.

By the end of it I really felt I had learned a lot more about who Flux is on a personal level. Also I fully copypasta’d the questions and answers directly from Reddit, so if the formatting is a little off deal with it sucka.

- Signed Sincerely, The Worst Guy

P.S. if you like AMAs, Shane Smith of VICE did one yesterday as well, and Kevin Smith is doing one right meow.

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            Question (ChemicallyBlind):

             What was your inspiration for superbad?

             Answer (fluxpavilion):

             Doctor P’s Afro


Question (chrrriiisss):

Hey, could you tell me what software and controllers you use? Thanks!

Answer (fluxpavilion):

Cubase Studio 5 and Native Instruments Komplete 8 pretty much covers what i use, i have a little oxygen 25 but i prefer to write with my mouse.


Question (sharvey1):

what’s it like to travel around the world playing your own shit/ which country has the best broads?

Answer (fluxpavilion):

Travelling the world can be absolutely amazing, but sometimes touring is just sitting in airports and rough back stage pits. The day i realised i know exactly what food is available in each different heathrow terminal is the day i realised touring isnt what i thought it would be like, but i still cant get enough of the feeling everytime i jump up on a stage and play my first track, so you have to take the rough with the smooth. personally im a fan of OZ/NZ but i have a girlfriend now so thats all in the past.


Question (poopybrain):

Hey Flux, massive fan! :D

What upcoming producers should we be looking out for? Personally, I’m surprised Dismantle isn’t a household name by now.

In what ways do you think UK bass music, and your own productions, will be changing in the next 5-10 years?

Answer (fluxpavilion):

i LOVE Dismantle, he is an absolute staple in my sets right now. I think UK bass music is all in the hands of what people are writing. I dont think anyone expected the strand of dubstep that i was involved in to blow up like it has, and for that reason i dont want to try and predict anything coming up.


Question (BananaStandDinero):

What would you say to the people who claim dubstep is not music because it ignores chord progression?

And to the people who say dubstep artist aren’t as talented as ‘real’ music artists?

Fianlly, if someone wanted to get into dubstep, what song would you recomend they listen to first?

Thanks for joining us on Reddit. Keep up the good work.

Answer (fluxpavilion):

i would urge those people to listen to a broader selection, personally i dont listen to much dubstep as a hobby due to the excessive amounts i hear when im out, but the reason i keep working with it is because of how diverse and intricate a genre it can be. As far as recommendation goes, i can only tell you something that would be to my tastes but there really is something for everyone, if you go out and look for it. hmmmm still love Nero – Me and You


Question (Daydee):

Why cant you stop??

Answer (fluxpavilion):

ADD


Question (Thelurkingfapper):

How big is your penis in comparison to Doctor P’s?

Answer (fluxpavilion):

we actually share the same Penis, everyone in Circus does its about 6 inches long


Question (Kaiburr):

If you couldn’t produce your music’s current genre, what type of music would you make?

You said in an interview you are a fan of Childish Gambino, any chance for a collaboration?

Answer (fluxpavilion):

strangely enough it would be ambient Sigur Ros/Eno style stuff.

Flux Pavilion – Music For Airports II


Question (Please_be_nice):

I’ve loved Dubstep since I first started listening to it, What’s your view on how it’s changed and where it’s going. Dubstep allstars mixed by N Type is still my fave album, and r00r being one of my favorite tracks from yourself back in the day. Now with every new dj trying to sound like Skrillex i feel as if the genre has lost it’s uniqueness and attracted nothing but people who hear it on all the adverts :/

Answer (fluxpavilion):

I think the change lies in the perception of the music and not the music itself. I do agree there are 10 million and 1 Skrillex rip offs but with every popular artist there will be imitators. For me the genre is still pretty interesting due to the work of people like Nero, Skrillex (original) Dismantle, Brown and Gammon. All very defined styles that have progressed naturally but you can still hear the artistic core that runs through the body of their work.


Question (that_nuisance):

Saw your last Christchurch gig at Double Happy and was lucky enough to have a chat with you outside for a half hour. I doubt you will remember this as it was a good couple years ago now but still one of my most memorious nights.

I would like to know whether yourself and Dr P will be doing any more experiments getting cats into your kitchen? Also, do you often get smashed on stage? We’ve all seen Skream+Benga or Rusko completely ripped off their chops at the tables, how do you feel about doing this?

Answer (fluxpavilion):

Im the kind of drunk that is pretty much the same but i just laugh a bit more, ive been smashed on many occasions but it only tends to hit me in the last 5 minutes of my set.


Question (blackLe):

…..I can’t believe nobody is like…. totally fan-boying out right now. I’m like, giddy inside right now! HI FLUX!!!What are you working on right now?

Answer (fluxpavilion):

a song called ‘Starlight’


Question (Hoodstomp):

Can you tell Doctor P to grow out another afro?

Answer (fluxpavilion):

its literally my life goal to get that afro back in action, but his girlfriend wont let him . . . . . ill get it sorted dont worry


Question (muffinsFTW):

Any tips on balancing university and producing? thanks :)

Answer (fluxpavilion):

tunes come first, uni replaces sleep, eating is replaced by drinking because its easier to do while working on tunes


Question (Keselo):

Who are some of the nice and not-so-nice guys (dj’s) in the industry?

Thanks for doing this AMA :)

Answer (fluxpavilion):

honestly in the slice of the industry that i work in, i havent come accross anyone that struck me as a dick. The beauty of bass music is that all the producers have come from different backgrounds and created a community, rather than building their way up in a ‘scene’ and seeing each other as competition


Question (davidlen):

Hey Josh, I just thought I’d embarrass you a bit, here’s a picture of you and me on our first day in University. Keep up the good work.

Answer (fluxpavilion):

cheers dave


Question (youseen):

he said in an interview that he was asked by someone if they could use it for a video. he accepted and didn’t think much about it. one day he saw this kony video and was pretty surprised. this is all i know, please elaborate further or correct me if i’m wrong, flux. keep up your good work. i look forward to see you this summer!

Answer (fluxpavilion):

yer thats pretty much the jist of it. I know the video has since got some pretty crazy press, but i still think fundamentally it was for a good cause, and thats all i care about. I met one of the guys from invisible children in LA the other week. He struck me as a really honest guy and didnt give me any reason to doubt their work and what they do (even though i was shamefully dubious initially) what i was most interested in was how, what is essentially a charity can generate swathes of hatred from a promotional video.


Question (grachasaurus):

Hey Flux. Fair warning: The only winning move here is not to play…

Answer (fluxpavilion):

haha yes i was thinking that . . . . when i have a strong enough opinion and argument to back my views ill get back at you.

right now its not a debate im mentally capable of getting involved in because i can see it from both sides of the wall.

Ill just keep writing the music.


Question (lazyassman):

  1. Do you ever plan on doing VIP’s of your older songs?For example I Can’t Stop.

2 What DAWs/plugins do you use to produce your music?

Answer (fluxpavilion):

I have actually just started playing a VIP of I Cant Stop in my live sets

about to commence an epic US tour this week so keep your eye on youtube and it’ll surely pop up in some form or another


Question (dugness):

Awww man, a Flux Pavilion and Childish Gambino collaboration would probably make my life.

Answer (fluxpavilion):

we are talking


Question (DralligEkul):

what is the most tempting thing which you shouldn’t do, but you do anyway while on tour?

Answer (fluxpavilion):

eat burgers, loads and loads of burgers


Question (frederiksbrugernavn):

Who’s your favorite artist at the moment?

Answer (fluxpavilion):

Bon Iver i reckon


Question (daaaaaan):

do you really make your music with a cat?

Answer (fluxpavilion):

interestingly a relaxed cat emits a rumble of around 100hz (depending on species) which is perfect for creating a subsonic atmosphere in a breakdown


Question (DrMartinSempa):

  • How long does a track take you on avarage to produce, from scratch to finish?
  • Do you mix & master on your own?
  • How many of the tracks you start get finished?
  • Do you have any advice on getting stuff done, as I always end up with hundreds of projects that I started but never finished?
  • How long did it take you until you really liked your own music?
  • Is a track ever finished or could you come up with things to change forever?

Thanks for doing this, I’m a big fan ever since! :)

Answer (fluxpavilion):

on average i would say 2 months

yer i do it all at home, i dont like the idea of someone else working on my music, especially when the prodcution is such an intricate thing.

haha about 5%

the way i see it, if you dont have the love or energy to finish a track then its not worth it.

ive always liked my own music (the songs that i finish anyway) if you dont like what your making then you cant expect anyone else to!

now this is a good question. Its the hardest thing ever to really finish. Deadlines are worst thing for creativity but they do help, my mate Dillon Francis gives himself a 3 day deadline on every song he writes to kick himself up the arse to get it wrapped up.


Question (PUAskandi):

Hey flux!

  • What was the first “Dubstep” track you heard, what did you immidiatly think of it?
  • If you had to give some one one track that defined your interpritation of dubstep, what would it be? and is there one that you made?
  • Best place to go on tour?
  • And what do you think about dubstep evolution and where its going? (F.ex Justin bieber making a dubstep album is rumoured)
  • Lastly, remember me?, Best gig i have ever been to in my life!

Answer (fluxpavilion):

urm first one i remember is Cockney Thug by Rusko, and if i hadn’t of fallen in love with it i wouldnt be on here today.

right here goes . . . for me Skrillex’s remix of Hey Sexy Lady really reminded me what i love about dubstep when i heard it, firstly the production is incredibly precise which isnt particularly necessary but very effective, but secondly for me its the amalgamation of ridiculous and abrasive sounds with euphoric and clever composition that embodies what i love about this music.

hmmmmmm Earth? apologies for broadness but i cant choose

well the way i look at is, if the music is still good it doesnt matter who is making it. I cant believe im going to write this, but if Bieber makes a decent song then whats the problem. Of course i understand the impact that an artist like him would have on the scene, and i really hope that the two worlds dont collide in such a way making it uncomfortable for everyone to enjoy the music that they love. But look at it like this, even if an artist like Bieber doesnt write something your into, you dont have to listen to it and the music you do want to listen to WILL still exist.


Question (fluxpavilion):

urm first one i remember is Cockney Thug by Rusko, and if i hadn’t of fallen in love with it i wouldnt be on here today.

right here goes . . . for me Skrillex’s remix of Hey Sexy Lady really reminded me what i love about dubstep when i heard it, firstly the production is incredibly precise which isnt particularly necessary but very effective, but secondly for me its the amalgamation of ridiculous and abrasive sounds with euphoric and clever composition that embodies what i love about this music.

hmmmmmm Earth? apologies for broadness but i cant choose

well the way i look at is, if the music is still good it doesnt matter who is making it. I cant believe im going to write this, but if Bieber makes a decent song then whats the problem. Of course i understand the impact that an artist like him would have on the scene, and i really hope that the two worlds dont collide in such a way making it uncomfortable for everyone to enjoy the music that they love. But look at it like this, even if an artist like Bieber doesnt write something your into, you dont have to listen to it and the music you do want to listen to WILL still exist.

Answer (fluxpavilion):

and yes i do remember you

BRITS ABROAD


Question (AlbinoMexicana):

What is your dream collaboration?

Answer (fluxpavilion):

Dream Collab: Frank Zappa Realistic Collab: Julian Casablancas


Question (daBandersnatch):

That Gold Dust remix is purely mindblowing.

Answer (fluxpavilion):

thank you :)


Question (supergingerlol):

  1. Which of your songs/remixes are you personally most proud of?
  2. Do you produce music with other pseudonyms? I know that you are into hip-hop and you said during your BBC Radio1 take-over that you would still being doing it if it wasn’t for dubstep. Why I’m asking is because everything you produce may not fit the fan base of Flux Pavilion, and therefore you don’t want to release it as Flux Pavilion! Do you know what I mean? :P
  3. Who’s you favorite artist and who is your favorite upcoming producer?
  4. Do you get alot of sex when you are on tour?

Thanks for this AmA man… I love you

Answer (fluxpavilion):

  1. Im pretty happy with all of my stuff, i wouldnt let anyone hear it otherwise. Personally pretty proud of I Cant Stop.
  2. Yes i know exactly what you mean, with my new album im trying to bridge the gap between my dubstep and the other styles i like to write.

http://www.myspace.com/joshextravaganza

this is what i was writing when i first started dubstep, i believe i finished Bliss just as i was working on Got 2 Know.

  1. have too many favorites too mention, listening to Bon Iver, Sigur Ros, Vampire Weekend, The Shins right now. Favorite upcoming producer is a new guy we have just signed to Circus called Brown and Gammon.
  2. hahaha i dont sex and tell

Question (kevonw):

A Lannister paying off his debts, one upvote at a time…

Answer (fluxpavilion):

hahaha GOTFTW


Question (KatfishBilly):

Does Doctor P stand for Doctor Penis? And what is his degree in?

Answer (fluxpavilion):

Doctor Picto

type Shaun (his name) into a nokia 3310 and with predictive text it comes with Picto

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