FACT TV’s “Against the Clock” series presents producers with the daunting task of creating an original track in ten minutes. Joshua Steele, or Flux Pavilion, is the latest artist to undertake the challenge, which is certainly no easy feat, given the maturity of composition fans have come to expect from him. Though Steel laments how nightmarish the notion of creating a track in such a limited time frame is to him, his execution is stunning.
Steele provides some insights into his creative process along the way. “My general start is going for instrumentation, rather than synthesis,” the producer notes after commencing the hasty composition with his signature organ-like, Massive-produced synths and subs. Steele proffers a simple, but powerful lead melody before venturing into the rhythmic section. In the second step of his process, Steele pulls his drums from Loudpvck’s sound pack, managing to program a flawless rhythm without even listening. Evading monotony, Flux Pavilion conceives percussive variations and melodic transitions with as much thought as the layman dedicates to breathing. He even has the audacity to record vocals which he instantly modulates past recognition through Fabfilter.
After ten minutes, Flux Pavilion manages to put together a simplistic, yet audibly rich track, the likes of which would take most producers several hours in the studio to complete.