Harnessing the Rational to Illuminate the Transcendental
From an unrelenting curiosity to fuse the magic of high-end psychedelic trance with the versatile bass grooves of nu-skool breaks, Hedflux has developed a distinctive hybrid sound characterized by laser-precision engineering, liquid-tight grooves and a visceral, rampaging energy. Best described as psychedelic tech-funk,
Psychedelic // "Soul Manifesting"
Tech // "Technical"
Funk // "Funky",
the seminal 2010 track "Mindcell" exemplifies the style. Spending 10 weeks at the top of the Beatport breaks chart, and becoming the 3rd top selling tune of the year, Mindcell went on to win the coveted “Best Track” award at the 2011 Breakspoll International Breakbeat Awards. Hedflux has also received nominations for "Best Producer", “Best New Producer”, “Best New DJ” and "Best Remix", with his home label Broken Robot Records nominated for “Best Label” and “Best New Label”.
Steve started deejaying in 1992, and gradually learned music production as a hobby while pursuing an academic interest in physics and mathematics. Graduating in 2004 with a PhD in quantum physics, Steve left academia and spent five years working in industry. During this time, the prospect of a life spent in service to big corporate interests inspired him to focus on music production with a much greater sense of passion and urgency, until finally leaving the corporate world in 2010 to pursue his creative ambitions full-time.
Since then Hedflux has produced a string of ground-breaking original tracks on Broken Robot Records, as well as remixes for Lot49, U&A, Liquid, Aux Technology, Surfer Rosa, Digital Structures and more. With regular performances in the UK, Europe and Asia, Hedflux has also toured Australia, New Zealand and the United States, playing at some of the most legendary underground clubs and festivals in the world.
His pioneering style and energetic performances have been warmly recieved in many different scenes within the electronic dance music community, inspiring like-minded souls to step up and develop their own interpretation of the sound. Now more comitted than ever, Hedflux continues to push the boundaries and diversify his style, forming collaborative relationships with some of the most cutting edge producers on the planet.
In paralell with music production and performance, Steve has worked for over 7 years with leading dance music sound design companies Sample Magic and Sounds/To/Sample, producing dozens of high quality sample packs in various genres of electronic music. This has afforded him the opportunity to learn the techniques common to different styles, and integrate them into his own music.