Introducing The Flux Machine: Punk-infused alt-rock from New York City. Influenced by the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Ramones and The Foo Fighters, this new act is ready to claim its stake in the arena of rock and roll music. Audiofuzz.com called them “Exile on Main Street Revisited”.
With a powerful 5-piece live ensemble, the band has been playing all over NYC with it’s electrifying and energetic stage show. Mesmerizing to watch as they deliver punchy, catchy punk songs repeatedly. Webster Hall, Arlene’s Grocery, The Bowery Electric are just a few of the venues that have repeatedly hosted The Flux Machine.
In this interview spotlight, we chat with Luis and Raphael of The Flux Machine about their newest project, influences, surviving the digitized music age and more.
Full Q&A along with links and streams below.
Let’s dive a little deeper into You, the artist and your music. What attracted you to this genre(s) or style(s)?
LA- There is no thrill like rock music.The guitars just rip at you like rabid dogs, as the spine of the band churns up some fast, thumping, bone shakin’ rhythm. And a voice that could not express itself in any other medium except bathed in this morass of ‘fuck off attitude’, right? That is the clarion call for The Flux Machine.
How long have you been creating and sharing your music with the public?
LA – I have been creating music since way back when I grew up in Venezuela. Got sick of congas and bongos and educated myself to smash the drums as hard as I could. I now yell as loud as I can, feels great!
Who or what influences your playing and/or writing? Also, what motivates you to keep going?
LA – To make music is nothing short of a necessity and a compulsion to drive home that I am alive and ready for a fight, or a really fun time. Through music we achieve separation from the organic cycle were stuck in. Simply said, what else is there to do?
Were you trying to accomplish anything specific on this new project? Creatively or otherwise?
LA – The Flux Machine is a grand effort to craft excellent, heartfelt, powerful and meaningful songs full of excitement and attitude.
What was the last song you listened to?
LA – “Street Fighting Man” – The Rolling Stones
Which do you prefer? Vinyl? CDs? MP3s?
LA – No question it’s vinyl.
How about this one…. Do you prefer Spotify? Apple Music? Bandcamp? Or something else? Why?
LA – Are those dating sites? I’ll take my music live and in my face, preferably as loud as it gets!
Other than the digital era overwhelming us with access to an abundance of music, what are one or two of the biggest challenges you face when trying to attract listeners to your music?
LA – We take an attitude of acceptance that the chances of becoming a world force are remote, what we don’t accept is that we lower our personal standards to acquiesce to a perceived public opinion. This is not a competition truly, its about creating little monsters that will enter the common consciousness and vow for legitimacy in the pleasure of the faces of the listeners.
Do you gig, tour or perform? Do you ever live stream? Where can music lovers see you live?
RS – We perform frequently in the NYC area, about twice a month. We’ve headlined venues such as Webster Hall and Arlene’s Grocery. You can catch us October 14that Blackthorn 51 opening for Michale Graves (singer of the Misfits during the 90s) and October 16th at Bowery Electric as part of the Rocker Stalker fest line up!
Where is the best place to connect with you online? Discover more of your music?
RS – The two best places are:
Any last thoughts? Shout outs? Words of wisdom?
LA – Only one statement comes to me:
“Nothing comes from nothing” (Latin: nihil fit ex nihilo) is a philosophical expression of a thesis first argued by Parmenides – there is no break in-between a world that did not exist and one that did, since it could not be created ex nihilo in the first place.