Flume (musician)

Harley Edward Streten[2] (born 5 November 1991), known professionally as Flume, is an Australian musician, DJ and record producer.[1] His self-titled debut studio album, Flume, was released on 9 November 2012 to positive reviews, topping the ARIA Albums Chart and reaching double-platinum accreditation in Australia. Flume is regarded as the pioneer of future bass who helped popularize the genre.[2][3][4][5]

Flume
Flume performing in 2014
Flume performing in 2014
Background information
Birth nameHarley Edward Streten
Born (1991-11-05) 5 November 1991 (age 29)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • DJ[1]
  • record producer
Years active2010–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websiteflumemusic.com Edit this at Wikidata

Flume has remixed songs from such artists as Lorde, Sam Smith, Arcade Fire, Hermitude and Disclosure. His second studio album, Skin, was released on 27 May 2016, to positive reviews, again topping the ARIA Albums Chart. The album won the Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards.[6] The album gained international recognition from the album's first single, "Never Be like You", which was nominated for Best Dance Recording.[6] After the release of Skin, Flume released Skin Companion EP 1 on 25 November 2016 and Skin Companion EP 2 on 17 February 2017 as the album's B-side EPs. On 20 March 2019, he released a mixtape, Hi This Is Flume, to positive reviews.

CareerEdit

Early lifeEdit

Harley Edward Streten was born on 5 November 1991 in Sydney, Australia.[7] His father, Glen Streten, is a filmmaker and record producer, and his mother, Lyndall, is a horticulturist and former teacher.[8][9][10] He grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney with a younger sister and brother, and attended Seaforth Public School for primary school and St Augustine's College, Brookvale and Mosman High School for secondary school.[11][12][13] He began composing music at the age of 11, with a basic production disc[clarification needed] that was packaged in a box of cereal.[14] The disk showed how music was layered and gave Flume a new perspective that jumpstarted his music production.[14] In 2010, Streten began producing house music under his initials, HEDS.[15] He created two tracks "Flow" and "Fizz", in addition to several remixes.[16]

 
Flume at ARIA Awards 2013

2011–14: Sleepless and FlumeEdit

Streten had his first radio play with the song "Possum" which had been uploaded to Triple J Unearthed, and was signed in 2011 through an original artists competition managed by the Australian record company Future Classic. He submitted the tracks "Sleepless", "Over You" and "Paper Thin" to finish second in the competition. Nathan McLay, founder of Future Classic and now Flume's manager, assisted with the release of his first EP, titled Sleepless, which contained the three original tracks.[17][18] He opted for the moniker "Flume" after the Bon Iver song of the same name.[19]

Flume's self-titled debut album, was released on 9 November 2012.[20] The album has 15 songs and is 49 minutes long.[21] It was done on his first laptop that he had ever purchased. He finished the album on this laptop while he was on a low-budget trip to London.[22] The album's production saw Flume collaborating with vocal artists Moon Holiday, Jezzabell Doran, Chet Faker, and New York rapper T-shirt. It debuted on the ARIA Albums Chart at number two, behind One Direction's Take Me Home.[23] In December 2012, Flume signed with Mom + Pop Music and announced the North American release of his self-titled debut studio album.[24] The album was released in the US on 21 February 2013 and received strong support from American critics, averaging a score of 73 out of 100 on review aggregate site Metacritic.[25]

On Australia Day 2013, four of Flume's songs (including a remix) were listed on Triple J Hottest 100 for 2012.[26] His album's breakthrough song "Holdin On" was listed at number four, the highest-charting Australian song.[26][27] Other inclusions were "Sleepless" and his remix of "Hyperparadise" by Hermitude, both in the top 20 (numbers 12 and 18, respectively), and "On Top" at number 67.[26] Flume's voted songs placed higher on the ARIA Singles Chart. "Holdin On" returned to the top 50 chart in the spot of number 17, its highest-ever placement. His "Hyperparadise" remix also debuted in the top 50 at number 38. "Sleepless" and "On Top" debuted at numbers 53 and 75, respectively.[28] Flume's debut studio album reached number one on the ARIA Albums Chart.[29]

In February 2013, Flume announced his first national headlining Australian tour, entitled the "Infinity Prism Tour".[30] It occurred during April and May 2013, and according to a later interview, the tour sold 40,000 tickets.[31] In March 2013, Flume was named one of Fuse TV's 30 "Must-See Acts" at the SXSW festival.[32][33]

Flume spent the beginning of 2014 touring internationally, including stops at Lollapalooza in South America and Coachella where he debuted his remix of Lorde's "Tennis Court".

In 2015, Flume released his first original track since his debut studio album, "Some Minds", featuring vocals from Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt.

Side projectsEdit

With Sydney DJ and record producer Emoh Instead, Flume formed the duo What So Not in 2011. On 21 February 2015, Streten announced that he had left the project, saying: "Emoh and I have been moving in different directions creatively, we haven't made any music together in quite a while. Our final joint project is a soon-to-be-released EP that we completed last year. That will be the last What So Not project I'll be creatively involved with."[34]

2016–2018: SkinEdit

In early January 2016, Flume released a four-and-a-half-minute preview of his second studio album, Skin. The following month, the first single, "Never Be like You", featuring vocals from Canadian singer Kai, reached number one in Australia, making it Flume's first chart-topping song.[35] In April, Flume released his second official single, "Say It", featuring the Swedish singer and songwriter Tove Lo.

Later in May 2016, the track list for the album was unveiled, revealing that Vic Mensa, Allan Kingdom, Raekwon, Little Dragon, AlunaGeorge, MNDR and Beck were among the other collaborators to be featured on Skin.

On 27 May 2016, Flume released his second studio album, Skin.[36] The album is one hour long and has 16 songs.[37]  The album received positive reviews from critics, with an aggregate score of 75 out of 100 from Metacritic.[38] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2016, Flume won eight awards, including Album of the Year and Best Male Artist.[39] The album won the Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards.[6] The album gained international recognition from the album's first single, "Never Be like You", which was nominated for Best Dance Recording.[6]

Flume has released two B-side EPs for Skin titled Skin Companion EP 1 and Skin Companion EP 2 released in November 2016 and February 2017 respectively.

On 26 January 2017, it was announced that his single "Never Be Like You" was Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2016, taking the number one spot. It received a total of 2.2 million votes, the most votes in a Triple J's Hottest 100 so far. Flume also became the first electronic producer to top the list. Also featured in the list were his songs "Say It", coming in at number eight, "Smoke & Retribution", coming in at number 37 and "Lose It" at number 95. On 5 May 2017, Flume released a bonus single of his Skin Companion EP 2 titled "Hyperreal".

Flume contributed productions for Lorde and Vince Staples' albums Melodrama and Big Fish Theory respectively. Melodrama was released on 16 June 2017 while Staples' Big Fish Theory was released the following week on 23 June 2017. Flume helped Lorde produce the track The Louvre in the New Zealander's second album.

On 28 November 2017, Flume was a presenter at the ARIA Music Awards of 2017.[40]

2019–present: Hi This Is FlumeEdit

On 19 March 2019, Flume announced the release of new music on his Twitter page. His mixtape premiered on YouTube only a day after via a livestream. Hi This Is Flume consists of 17 songs, featuring collaborations with Kyčka, Eprom, JPEGMafia, Sophie, HWLS and Slowthai. It was his first solo project since the release of Skin Companion EP 2 in 2017. The mixtape is 38 minutes long and is accompanied by a visualiser from Australian artist Jonathan Zawada. The experimental mixtape was released to generally positive reviews from critics, debuted at number 9 on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart and peaked at number 185 on the Billboard 200.[41] The mixtape was nominated at the 62 Annual Grammy Awards for the Best Dance/Electronic Album, becoming Flume's second nomination in the category.[42] On 11 March 2020 Flume released a new single called "The Difference" featuring Toro y Moi.[43] On 3 July 2020, Flume released a remix of Eiffel 65's "Blue (Da Ba Dee)".[44]

Personal lifeEdit

A viral Instagram video shared by Streten's girlfriend actress Paige Elkington on 2 September 2019 with the caption 'Sorry Mom' showed Streten performing anilingus on her during a performance at Burning Man Festival in Black Rock City, Nevada. Although quickly removed from the platform, the post was circulated widely on social media and shared by a range of news outlets.[45][46][47] Despite the many reactions from the video and how it was negatively portrayed in tabloids, the publicity had a positive influence on his career. In an interview about the incident hosted by Elkington, he said "I got the opposite of being canceled."[48] As of May 2019, Flume was living in Los Angeles, California.[49]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albums
Mixtapes

Awards and nominationsEdit

AIR AwardsEdit

The Australian Independent Record Awards (commonly known informally as AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector.

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
AIR Awards of 2012 Best Independent Dance/Electronic or Club Song or EP "Sleepless" Nominated [50]
AIR Awards of 2013 Best Independent Artist Flume Won [51]
Best Independent Album Flume Won
Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album Won
Best Independent Single/EP "Holdin On" Nominated [52]
Best Independent Dance/Electronica Single Won [51]
AIR Awards of 2017 Best Independent Artist himself Nominated [53]
Best Independent Dance/Electronic or Club Song or EP "Never Be Like You" (featuring Kai) Nominated
Best Independent Dance/Electronic Club Song or EP Nominated
Best Independent Dance/Electronic Album Skin Nominated
AIR Awards of 2020[54] Best Independent Dance or Electronica Album or EP Hi This is Flume Nominated [54][55]
Best Independent Dance, Electronica or Club Single "Rushing Back" (with Vera Blue) Nominated

APRA Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 Dance Work of the Year "Holdin On" Won [56]
2017 "Never Be like You" (Harley Streten, Kai, Geoffrey Earley) – Flume featuring Kai Won [57]
"Say It" (Streten, Julian Hamilton, Daniel Johns, Tove Lo) – Flume featuring Tove Lo Nominated
Most Played Australian Work "Never Be like You" (Streten, Kai, Earley) – Flume featuring Kai Won [58]
"Say It" (Streten, Hamilton, Johns, Lo) – Flume featuring Tove Lo Nominated
Songwriter of the Year Flume Won [59]

ARIA Music AwardsEdit

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music.

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 Album of the Year Flume Nominated [60]
Breakthrough Artist – Release Won
Best Male Artist Flume Won
Best Dance Release Flume Won
Producer of the Year Flume Won
Best Australian Live Act Nominated
Best Video "Holdin On" – Joe Nappa Nominated
Song of the Year "Holdin On" Nominated
2014 Best Dance Release "Drop the Game" (with Chet Faker) Nominated [61]
2015 Best Video "Some Minds" featuring Andrew Wyatt – Clemens Habicht Nominated [62]
2016 Album of the Year Skin Won [63]
Best Male Artist Won
Best Dance Release Won
Best Independent Release Won
Best Pop Release "Never Be like You" (featuring Kai) Won
Song of the Year Nominated
Best Video "Never Be Like You" featuring Kai – Clemens Habicht Nominated
Best Australian Live Act Flume Nominated
Producer of the Year Won
Engineer of the Year Eric J Dubowsky and Flume for Skin Won
Best Cover Art Jonathan Zawada for Flume – Skin Won
2017 Best Australian Live Act Flume: Australian Tour 2016 Nominated [64]
2019 Best Cover Art Jonathan Zawada for Hi This is Flume Nominated
2020 ARIA Award for Best Dance Release "Rushing Back" (featuring Vera Blue) Nominated [65][66]
Song of the Year Nominated

Billboard Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2017 Top Dance/Electronic Album Skin Nominated [67]

BreakTudo AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2017 Best DJ Album Skin Nominated [68]

Electronic Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2017 Live Act of the Year Flume Nominated

Grammy AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2017 Best Dance Recording "Never Be Like You" Nominated
Best Dance/Electronic Album Skin Won
2020 Hi This Is Flume Nominated [69]
2021 Best Dance Recording "The Difference" Pending [70]

iHeartRadio Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2017 Dance Artist of the Year Flume Nominated [71]

MTV Europe Music AwardsEdit

The MTV Europe Music Awards is an award presented by Viacom International Media Networks to honour artists and music in pop culture. They commenced in 2013.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2013[72] himself Best Australian Act Nominated
2016 himself Best Australian Act Nominated

National Live Music AwardsEdit

The National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) are a broad recognition of Australia's diverse live industry, celebrating the success of the Australian live scene. The awards commenced in 2016.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
National Live Music Awards of 2016[73] Flume Live Electronic Act (or DJ) of the Year Won
National Live Music Awards of 2017[74][75] Flume International Live Achievement (Solo) Nominated

NRJ Music AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 Best New DJ Flume Nominated [76]

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