Flux Pavilion Stereo Live May 31, 2012
Bass, a sold-out show and Flux Pavilion. I smell trouble, or maybe just a cannon?
What better way than to end the month of May with some bass cannon to get your ears wet and ringing? Having said that, I sure hope you took the month of May seriously.
Joshua Steele, a.k.a. Flux Pavilion, did not grace the stage with his presence until 12:45 a.m. That tends to be a bit later than when Stereo normally has the headliners on, but he showed up.
Prior to Flux, Cookie Monsta contained the crowd. But his style is filthy dubstep, and he sure got that crowd raunchy. Some did not let the anxious feeling of Flux's impending appearance prevent them from having a blast. Others grew aggravated and started a chant for Flux while Cookie Monsta was still tearing things apart. In a good way.
Having seen Flux Pavilion three times before, I was sure that the fourth would be an awesome ride. Right before he hit the stage, an announcement was made that the show would be recorded and a video would be available for purchase at the T-shirt stand.
Finally, the crowd was on their journey. Flux Pavilion came out with his ever-so-noted bleach-blond hair, introduced himself (as if we didn't know who he was) and then stated, "Houston, we have a problem...there's no music!"
The bass, and the crowd, were soon off the walls.
Things started out with a moombahton sound that just isn't entirely like the Flux P I know. He sure pulled it off, however, slipping in his latest hit, "Daydreamer." But over the course of the show, he brought out the Flux I love. He is the main reason I stepped into the dubstep world, after all.
Before some of his hits were blasting, the sound cut off. I immediately yelled in a sarcastic manner [don't get mad!], "Get me the fucking sound engineer; bring him to me!"
No worries, the problem was quickly resolved and there was no Rusko-style freak-out. Things were back into motion. Flux threw down his hits "Louder" and "Cracks" and even tossed out his own version of "Blue Skies" by Jamiroquai. Many other DJs spin their own version to "Blue Skies," but it sure is nothing how Flux puts it down, drops it and so on.
DJ and producer has been Flux Pavilion's occupation since 2008. He is best known for his 2011 single "Bass Cannon." The song's lyrics clearly state, "Let the bass cannon kick it." During the buildup to where the bass drops, a.k.a. when Flux's bass cannon kicks in, the crowd grew anxious to be hit by some bass.
Between the crowd being showered with confetti, smoke blasting into the air and lights going off one way and another, I figured Flux Pavilion's first show in Houston ought to call for a special night. It was.
The night ended with Flux throwing down his one and only rendition of DJ Fresh's "Gold Dust." It's just too bad the confetti wasn't gold. It would have been astonishing.
Personal Bias: Uhh, you caught that Flux Pavilion is my favorite. Glad I got to see him for a fourth time. His new moombahton sounds were awesome; my mind just wasn't mentally prepared for those tunes, but hell, it sounded great.
The Crowd: Sold-out show. Sweaty as can be, with all different levels of dubstep lovers, or EDM in general.
Overheard in the Crowd: "Did the bass cannon just kick you in the face?"
Random Notebook Dump: I dance way too much!
Other Random Notebook Dump: I know it's sold out, but Stereo, you have got to get moving with the a/c. (I was appreciative to have water.)
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.