Flume’s meteoric rise to fame has been nothing short of spectacular. He has more than just turn heads with his incredible music. It has been some ride for this extremely gifted DJ and record producer. He burst on to the music scene with his debut record that went multi-platinum in no time and needless to say, he has not looked back since.
Flume is always experimenting, always trying to come up with something new to stay one step ahead of the competition. This is how he rolls. Now the Australian is on tour and rocking venues all around the country. If you are into electronic music, then grab your Flume tickets to see him play live.
Early Life and Influences
It was the sound of trance music that got Flume hooked to music in the first place. And that happened when he was very young. He also looks up to some other stars for inspiration. That list includes names like Flying Lotus, Moby and J Dilla. This is what he has to say about his inspiration and idols,
“I think its forward thinking-ness. And of course, uniqueness. I love the whole idea: ‘imperfection is perfection.’ That’s a bit of a rule I live by when writing music.”
This basically is Flume and his music in a nutshell.
Flume’s real name is Harley Edward Streten and he was born in Sydney, Australia on November 5, 1991. His father was a record producer and a filmmaker himself. Flume credits a neighbor’s elder brother for getting him hooked to music. He was about seven years old or so when he first heard his neighbor’s brother blast trance music. The fact Flume had not heard something like that ever, intrigued him even more. He got into trance and began to give his neighbor CD’s so that he could burn new music for him.
Flume then began to create his own music when he was just eleven years old, thanks to a cereal box. The cereal box had a disc in it which was called Andrew G’s Music Maker. He started to listen to it and that led to him playing around with it. Then in 2010, he started to produce house music under the name HEDS. “Fizz” and “Flow” were two tracks that he created. He also came up with multiple mixtapes.
The Big Breakthrough
Flume’s big break came when he entered a competition in 2011, arranged by Future Classic, a record company from Australia. The three tracks he presented for the competition were “Paper Thin,” “Over You” and “Sleepless.” Flume won the competition and also impressed a lot of people. One of them was Nathan McLay, the founder of Future Classic. McLay is also Flume’s manager now. McLay agreed to help the young star release “Sleepless,” his debut EP which had three original tracks by Flume.
Sleepless did relatively well and Flume followed that up by coming out with his debut self-titled album on November 9, 2012. He did all the work on the record on his laptop. He also collaborated with T-Shirt, Chet Faker, Jezzabell Doran and Moon Holiday for the record’s production.
The album turned out to be a massive hit in Australia. It peaked at the top of the Australia iTunes charts and also went to the second spot on the ARIA Albums Chart. “Flume” was certified two times platinum in Australia and went gold in New Zealand. The record’s success opened more avenues for Flume and he went on to sign with Mom + Pop Music.
That was followed by a tour of North America to promote the album. It’s US debut came on February 21, 2013, and it did very well on the critical front. The record received three and a half stars out of five from AllMusic and received a seven out of ten rating from NME. It also received four stars out of five from Q.
Flume then hit the road for his first big tour of Australia. Named “Infinity Prism Tour,” the road trip saw him perform all across the country during April and May of 2013.
The Star Shines
Flume then spent the early part of 2014 expanding his fan base by going on an international tour. As part of that touring schedule, he also stepped on to the stage to perform at Coachella and Lollapalooza. Then in 2015, he came out with another original track “Some Minds.”
In January of 2016, Flume released a preview of “Skin,” his upcoming studio record. That was followed by the release of “Never Be like You,” the first single from the album. Vocals on that track were from Kai and it reached the number one spot in Australia. Flume then released “Say It,” the second track from the album shortly afterwards.
Skin hit the music stores on May 27, 2016, and was a big critical success. It received four stars out of five from AllMusic, London Evening Standard and The Sydney Morning Herald. Skin also earned five stars out of five from The Independent. It did not do too badly on the commercial front either.
The record went to the first spot on the Australian Album Chart on debut and also peaked at the eighth position on the Billboard 200 in the United States. Skin won eight Aria Music Awards including one for the “Best Male Artist” and the “Album of the Year.” While over in the United States, the record brought Flume his first Grammy Award for the “Best Dance/Electronic Albums.” The record also went gold in the US.
Flume Tour Tickets
Flume is without a doubt one of the most sought-after DJs today. He has performed before thousands all around the world and his current touring schedule will see him perform in Asia and Australia. He will also be making his way to the SnowGlobe Music Festival in 2017. Who knows, he might just add a few more dates to his touring schedule for his fans in the US and North America. So, get your Flame tour tickets here and watch the young sensation light up arenas.