Flux Pavilion rides the crest of the EDM craze

By Jake Krzeczowski March 28, 2013 6:16PM

For the Chicago Sun Times

Most 24-year-olds spend their time wallowing in dirty laundry and worrying about rent money.

Jeremy Steele, better known as electronic dance wunderkind Flux Pavilion, spends his time routinely rocking crowds of 5,000-plus with the likes of fellow EDM artists Skrillex and Knife Party. He performs Friday in an 18-and-older show at the Congress Theater.

To be sure, Steele’s life is far from typical.

“It’s been like this for about four or five years now, so it doesn’t seem that odd,” he said. “Slowly, over the past couple of years, things have gotten more intense, but it’s never really been too much.”

Flux Pavilion, whose has worked with the likes of Kanye West and is co-founder of Circus Records, got his start at the age of 19. The English native is furthering the legacy of British dance music.

If nothing else, Flux Pavilion, with his dubstep-infused take on EDM, represents another chapter in the illustrious history of the genre traveling from overseas.

“I do think about it, but the conclusion I always come to is that no one predicted that this was going to happen,” he said. “Dubstep was something very new, and the whole world got excited about it, I’m glad to be a part of it.”

Flux Pavilion, who appeared at Lollapalooza last year and will return this summer, has fond memories of playing in Chicago on previous tours.

“I had a toothache last time I came to the Congress and was in a lot of pain,” he said. “I walked out, and it was the biggest crowd I had ever played in front of before, and the pain went away and never came back.”

Since hitting the scene five years ago with the hit “Cheap Crisps,” he has been living a life only a select few of his peers will ever realize, but for him the stop in Chicago is just another day in an atypical life.

“I only get home for a couple months of the year, and I’m on tour most of the rest of the time,” he said. “But I have a good relationship with Chicago and look forward to another good set.”

Jake Krzeczowski is a locally based free-lance writer. Follow him on Twitter: @jakekrez

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