The Flux Machine
One listen to the sound behind the duo of Raphael Sepulveda and Luis Accorsi (better know as the alternative punk rock outfit The Flux Machine), and you probably would call bullshit upon learning the band has only just started playing live. While the two are taking on the eclectic and ultra-competitive NYC scene, and have much more experience playing with other bands (especially Sepulveda), it’s still damn impressive that they’re able to pump out such kick-ass tunes in such a brief time together. It really speaks to the duo’s relationship, one that allows for fantastic creativity while remaining on a strict and loyal path to alternative rock glory.
We had a chance to sit down with The Flux Machine to discuss their latest record, a collection titled Louder! along with their latest single, “Toxic Love”. The new record is due out on February 26 – the two rockers told us that “Listeners can expect a wide variety of rock influences: punk, post-hardcore, alternative, blues, pop. We have songs that are fast and others that are cinematic. Some that will make you dance and others that will make you start a pit!” Luis continues, “It’s like refining a piece of coal to diamond. It’s amazing to watch how it takes place when an idea is evolved by Mr. Sepulveda. If you don’t believe me, just listen to the record.” That’s advice we at PEV can fully endorse – click to http://thefluxmachine.com
XXQs: The Flux Machine
PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out from others in your genre?
Raphael Sepulveda (RS): The best way to describe it would be punk-infused alternative rock. Our sound is modern but based in the roots of the blues. For example, we have a post-hardcore song called “Mess You Up” with screamo and a breakdown, all based in the 12-bar blues. I think that’s what makes us unique among the other acts in the scene.
PEV: What kind of music were you all into growing up?
Luis Accorsi (LA): I was into The Police, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Joe Cocker, The Rolling Stones, John Mayall, lots of blues, some prog rock and later glam rock. T-Rex and more recently Nirvana. There’s enough music in me that I’m at a saturation point. Time to regurgitate some and make a kaleidoscope of new sounds and songs.
PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene in your hometown, when you first started out as a band? What was your first show like together as a band?
LA: We are just breaking it – have played seven shows, and everyone is bowled over. The comments are all positive and we know we have a real professional show to offer.
RS: Yeah, we’ve just started playing shows this year. We completed our first album during the summer and we’ve been hitting as many stages as we can here in NYC. Our first show was really great; we played at The Shop in Brooklyn and everyone had a blast!
LA: Sheer raw energy. Power all the way, dynamism and excitement. We are a thrill to watch live.
RS: No time is wasted at our shows. Once we start playing, it’s rock and roll all the way till the end.
PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?
LA: I’m home! This is the place I belong and need to be in order to survive.
PEV: How has playing in The Flux Machine been different from working with other artists or projects in the past?
LA: There is tremendous discipline working with Raphael Sepulveda. Nothing is left to chance and we’re not allowed any “artistic” notes that do not actually add to the reality of the song but rather are imperfections that need to be weeded out. Listening to our debut album you will feel the power of all we do. We want to make a perfect song, both in spirit and in musicianship.
RS: We have a great relationship together. We are quick to agree on ideas, therefore we write and record songs very fast. Every song on the record was written and recorded in 2-3 days from start to finish.
PEV: What is the underlying inspiration for your music? Where do you get your best ideas for songs?
LA: We can’t print these things!
PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?
LA: For sure. In my case, I am a true veteran. The truth be told, knowledge of musical styles is incredibly important to visualize and interpret any idea. You only get this with time. I have had incredibly inspired bands that were complete works of art, but nothing like The Flux Machine. We simply are a great rock band. I wouldn’t say it if I was bolstering, it’s just the truth.
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of The Flux Machine?
LA: We’re nice human beings that care about life and bringing good to the world through music that inspires and improves our daily life, especially when you want to rock out!
PEV: What can fans expect from your latest single, “Toxic Love”, off of your forthcoming album, Louder! set for a February 26th release? Tell us about the writing process behind this work.
RS: Listeners can expect a wide variety of rock influences: punk, post-hardcore, alternative, blues, pop. We have songs that are fast and others that are cinematic. Some that will make you dance and others that will make you start a pit!
LA: Working with Raphael is a thrill. You know that what you go in with is not what you will come out listening to. It will be that much better. It’s like refining a piece of coal to diamond. It’s amazing to watch how it takes place when an idea is evolved by Mr. Sepulveda. If you don’t believe me, just listen to the record.
PEV: What is the feeling you get after a song or album is complete and you can sit back and listen to it in full?
LA: A cathartic moment. A completion of a mission of love. A conquest of an unknown territory.
PEV: What would you say is the biggest challenge for musicians trying to make a name for themselves these days?
LA: How to really not be something out of a shopping catalogue.
PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?
LA: We want to play the entire world.
RS: Since we’re just starting out, we’ve only played locally in NYC – trying to conquer our scene. We’re definitely expanding to the tristate area and if everything goes as planned then, we’ll be in your hometown pretty soon!
PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?
LA: I’m a painter, so that’s what I do. I have an art gallery: doriangreygallery.com.
RS: I’m a music producer. When I’m not busy with The Flux Machine, I’m producing more records (raphaelsepulveda.com)!
PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?
LA: Jimi Hendrix? Alive would be The Rolling Stones.
RS: My dream collaboration is already happening in The Flux Machine!
PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal), what do you think each of you would be doing for a career?
RS: I would probably work at NASA (laughing).
PEV: So, what is next for The Flux Machine?
LA: We have in store for the world about 4-6 albums worth of material that will be fresh every time you play them. Nothing less than our entire hearts will be laid out on each and every song.
For more information, click to http://thefluxmachine.com/.