An alternative rock band from New York City, The Flux Machine have seen their fan-base grow considerably thanks to their impressive cover of Billy Idol's classic "Rebel Yell." With a new EP coming in the near future, the band kindly agreed to this interview to talk musical influences, a dislike of social media and future performances.
TFM: Pleased to meet you! You won’t you guess my name.. I was round when Jesus Christ...ok, we are The Flux Machine.
PW: How would you sum up the band and your music in a couple of sentences?
TFM: Unadulterated, untwiterable, uninstagramable, uncompromising full on balls to the walls rock and roll.
PW: When did you first realise you wanted to be part of the music industry?
TFM: We are not part of any industry, we are actually fairly unknown, and will probably remain that way, but we’re going down fighting and you never quit on something you need and that is rock and roll.
PW: Which bands and artists did you grow up listening to and how did they influence you? Have such influences changed over the years?
TFM: I grew up on a mountain top in Venezuela, and had at most 10 albums, mostly British fossil rock bands.
PW: Is there a band or artist out there you might say you're similar to?
TFM: We assimilate all shades of different important artists, hard to put my finger on it, except I always wanted to be that guy…the one with the cool hair, and the wickedly original voice…Michael Jackson, oh wait I meant Michael Jagger.
PW: What made you decide to cover Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell?"
TFM: This was Raphael’s decision. He is the producer, and I’m from that period, and he just knew that I could kill it.
PW: How easy/hard do you find the song-writing process and who/what most inspires you?
TFM: The inspiration starts with an attitude, we have been working as a threesome - not that kind – and it’s the funnest, most natural evolutionary development since Darwin’s book. The Origin Of Species…that’s what it’s called right?!
PW: Which song, in your opinion, is the greatest ever written and why?
TFM: It’s got to be “Paint It Black”, but that’s not fair to all the others that are right there next to it…however it just crystalized my angst growing up.
PW: If you could play one venue anywhere in the world, which would it be and why?
TFM: Yankee stadium.
PW: If you could share a stage with four other bands or artists, who can be living or dead, who would they be and why?
TFM: I’ll do the Stones, Jimmy Hendrix, Sex pistols, and dang, this is hard…The Monkeys, or The Archies.
PW: What are your touring/performance plans for the rest of the year?
TFM: Play anywhere, anytime that anyone wants to see us. Not ramming this shit down anyones throats, you have to like it. I will put my money where my mouth is and i can categorically tell you that our upcoming EP is a "tour de force."
PW: What are your thoughts on social media and do you agree that it's necessary for bands and artists today?
TFM: Social media is just another way to make you be one step removed from reality. Can you taste food in a photo? How can you judge something via some bullshit that pops up on your idiot/smart phone?
PW: What does the rest of the year have in store for you?
TFM: If you still like us after all the garbage I wrote, I promise you an incredible EP that will provide you with an antidote to the drabness of real life.
PW: Finally then, what's your ultimate ambition as a band and at what point would you be happy to call it a day?
TFM: I will never call it a day. I was born to do music, i have done it since my first Kazoo made me cry, and I will go till the plug gets pulled. The Flux Machine loves everyone, and we thank you for taking the initiative to reach out to us!