Music Mondays has a deep history with rare underground creatives and sometimes after long periods of time its good to catch up with creatives that we haven't spoken to in some time. This week we sat down with Hyper-Punk veteran Flux to discuss everything you'd want and more, dive into this MM exclusive article and uncover what makes Flux a special underground creative.
Jay: Good day and welcome to The Flux interview! Today, we have the pleasure of chatting with a prominent Hyper Punk musician. Can you please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your musical journey so far? Where did music start for you?
Flux: Yo, I'm Flux. I'm from B.C. Canada. I started off mainly doing music videos and that led into me making beats. That's been my main focus for the last five years. I've also been doing my own song releases and music videos on the side as well. I've been having a blast with it.
Jay: Where did the name Flux come from?
Flux: In the beginning, I kept changing my name for everything. From a crypto name, to a gaming name, so I wanted to choose a name that I stuck with forever. So I ended up choosing "flux" because it means to "go with the flow" kind of.
Jay: Who are some of your biggest influences?
Flux: Definitely lil peep. Both musically and style wise. More musically, heylog. I'm also very influenced by GRIMES in terms of aesthetics. Thats the main three right now.
Jay: So Young Visionaries have known about you since 2018. We've had the pleasure of seeing you grow from just the emo rap style to a more versatile style within the Hyper realm. Can you share with us what draws you to this genre and why you chose it as your musical focus?
Flux: When I first started out in this music journey, I was just into the party scene more, into the skateboard scene, smoked a ton of pot. As I got more into music and the scene of music, and into the year 2020, I got into just spending every day on the computer. Without even realizing it, I started to change in so many ways. My music just started to change with me. From the skatepark to my room on the computer, made a huge difference.
Jay: Now, your songwriting and production are always shining starts in your songs. How do you approach the songwriting and production process?
Flux: So it's evolved with time, but right now I'm in a Freestyle type zone. Basically I'll make a bunch of beats, gather them, then I'll try to record over them. From there it either gets deleted or I finish the idea. So it's experimenting. I used to plan and write for a large portion of time.
Jay: Collaboration undoubtedly plays a significant role in music. Speaking of which, are there any particular artists or producers in the Hyper pop scene or punk scene that you admire or draw inspiration from?
Flux: I love just about anyone who has worked with Overcastas. Brakence, Eric Doa. I'd love to work with them if I get the chance. Same with Heylog. That whole kind of scene. I love the people I work with now too. Misfit Clique has been sick to collaborate with. Shoutout Misfit Clique.
Jay: Can you talk about any personal or collective experiences that have significantly shaped your musical style and message?