Interview With Flux’s Owen Howells

When I Googled Owen Howells many months ago, the first thing I found was the phrase ‘genre agnostic and forward thinking’. Not a bad description for the Adelaide expat who now calls London home.

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When I Googled Owen Howells many months ago, the first thing I found was the phrase genre agnostic and forward thinking. Not a bad description for the Adelaide expat who now calls London home.

"The music I've put out and play could loosely be pigeon holed as underground/left-field house and techno, but I like all sorts!" says Owen.

"I think with me it just took a little while to figure out exactly what sort of sound I like and once I found it I stuck with it. Obviously at the moment, there's a huge influx of chart music with what people might think is 'dance music', but for me, the bulk of it couldn't be further away from what underground house and techno are about."

"I just really enjoy music that makes you want to dance and is stripped of as much ego as possible and I guess that's where I am now," he adds.

Heading back home in April, Howells hopes to bring these left-field house and techno beats to quirky dance music haunt Cuckoo for the launch of Flux. Think of Flux as the anti-thesis to Adelaide's current club residencies; having performed at some of Britain's biggest hotspots and with Ministry of Sound, Pacha and a slew of Brixton club residencies under his belt, Adelaide club-goers are in safe hands.

"It seems like there's some great events in Adelaide, and I'm not ignorant enough to think no one is doing parties like this there but hopefully we'll be able to make it something special," says Howells.

Special it should be. Cuckoo, located on Hindley St. is a less than obvious choice for a club residency, but all the more fitting for what Owen plans to bring to Adelaide with Flux.

"I think a small intimate space is essential for what we're trying to do and cuckoo is just that".

"The venue has a great sound system, which is one of the most important factors for me. They seem to be consistently hosting cutting edge electronic music; in the past year or two they've seen the likes of Space Dimension Controller, Steve Bug, Lucy, Rick Wade and Robert Hood, so it just seems they're on the same page musically and atmospherically".

And with another Flux installment already underway (a tracksuit party, no less!), Owen's knack for not going down the predictable dance party/club route is certainly evident.

"I think we'll definitely be back at Cuckoo at some point, and we're looking for spaces! Places that are open unconventional hours such as Sunday mornings or interesting locations such as rooftops and warehouses. If you're reading this and know somewhere, get in touch!"

Flux Launch
Saturday, April 14 at Cuckoo, 137 Hindley St. Adelaide, 5000
Tickets available from Venuetix
Visit
www.facebook.com/fluxpartyoz and www.facebook.com/owenhowellsmusic for more information

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