Early influences: Cereal box software, saxophone & artistic upbringing
Upbringing & Early Exposure
Everything wasn’t easy
When Flume signed on Future Classic he released a couple of singles. “Paper Thin” was one of his earliest tracks, already containing an addictive recipe.
Willingness to experiment
A Defining Self-Titled Debut
Scarily close to perfect
The Flume Sound: Bridging Hip-Hop & Electronic Music
Nonetheless, what boggles us even today is how Streten manages to deliver hooking melodies with every track he produces. To find an explanation to the artist’s seemingly unlimited creativity, one has to understand Flume’s very peculiar view on creation, “never writing unless feeling inspired” and starting each creative project with a solid foundation, either a chord progression or a drumbeat. Another important part of the process is to get his ideas out quickly, confessing that the quickest projects often happen to be the best.
Post 2012 | Finding A New Niche
2013 was also the year when Streten sat down in the studio with another Australian high-profile artist, Chet Faker, to wrap up the “Lockjaw EP”, a short EP which sublimed the soulful musical strengths of both artists. This collaboration produced “Drop the Game” which remains up to this day, one of Flume’s most recognized songs.
Skin, recognition and international fame
Flume’s successful “You & Me” remix was subject to numerous copying attempts.
An overwhelming tone-setting opening track.
A highly emotional track that symbolizes really well the struggles Flume went through in his creative process.
What The Future Holds For Flume
At the end of 2017, through his youtube channel several (8 to be precise) “Road to” cinematic teaser videos were revealed. All of these took place somewhere in urban Asia and each one was named after a South-East Asian hub. Through them Flume exposed possible excerpts of his future EP’s or Albums. In any case, these brief snippets gave us the impression that Streten is working on unprecedented soundscapes and sound design, which are all very different in the emotions they convey.
Skin Companion EP1
Skin Companion EP2
The short snippets uploaded through Flume’s youtube account last year makes us excited about what’s to come.
What’s striking in Flume’s example is this new generation of music producers, who go from jamming in their bedrooms to performing in front of gigantic crowds. A common happening in our times? Streten’s story and that of other successful producers will surely pave the way (if it already hasn’t) for a new wave of music producers who will want to take music production and electronic music even further or surely in a different direction than the Australian prodigy’s hazy beats. In a recent interview, Harley Streten declared that “there’s never been a better time for music”. We agree, especially if Flume continues to transcend our conception of electronic music.
The Gear Flume Uses
Flume gear essentials
1. Dave Smith Instruments Mopho x4 Synthesizer Keyboard
2. Roland Juno-106
3. Teenage Engineering OP-1
1. Lennar Digital Sylenth 1
2. Sugarbytes Turnado Action Multi FX VST
3. Sonic Charge Synplant
1. Focal Spirit Professional Studio Headphones
2. Sennheiser HD 600 Headphones
3. Sennheiser HD 650 Headphones
1. Barefoot Sound MicroMain27 Gen2
2. Event Opal Studio Monitor
3. KRK VXT6 & VXT8 Active Studio Monitors