What's the deal with… Flume?
Here's everything you need to know about the Australian electronic wunderkind
Tue Nov 19 2013
Is this guy a big fan of water parks?
Probably not, since this beat-driven Sydneysider grew up by the beach, with all the natural surf he could want. The real inspiration behind Harley Edward Streten’s nom de boom is the wistful Bon Iver song of the same name.
That’s a sweet story.
Here’s another one: he began making music at the age of 13, after he got a simple music production program free with a box of Nutri-Grain cereal. It set him on his way to forging an already-signature sound (you could call it flumestep): a scattershot, poppy take on electronica.
Bloody hell. All I get from my morning muesli is a vague feeling of disappointment.
That’s not all. Future Classic – pioneering label of the burgeoning Sydney electronic music scene – signed him at the depression-inducingly young age of 20. Now the 22-year-old is on his way to cracking the US, after having wowed crowds at SXSW festival. It’s the UK, however, where people seem to be most attuned to Flume’s hypnotic beats. He’s currently touring the country with fellow fast-rising electronicists Disclosure.
So he’s on his way up…
You could say that’s his One Direction, yes.
That tortured joke sounds like it’s seguing into another story.
You’re quite right. Specifically the tale of how Flume began last year as a waiter, serving drinks to ‘The X Factor’s teeny-bop boy band at Sydney’s Hard Rock Café, and then went on to beat Harry Styles and co to the number one slot in the Australian album charts.
Does anything ever go wrong for Flume?
Recently, his dog Sam died at the age of 13. But that’s like 91 dog years, so you shouldn’t feel too sad…
The Bottom Line: If James Blake had been brought up in Bondi Bay.
Listen to Flume's debut album on Spotify
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