Twenty year-old Australian producer Flume just returned to Sydney after playing his first US shows last month at CMJ to an overwhelmingly positive response. Before diving into all that’s happening now for this young beatmaker, let’s go back to Flume at age 13, when he got his first taste of production by finding a music production program in a cereal box. This discovery began his obsessions with all things synthetic, and started his addiction for plug-ins, sample packs, and vintage analogue hardware. Taking a no-holds-barred attitude to music creation, Flume learned to find inspiration in a wide variety of sources and scenes, distilling his sound into a melodic bass heavy style that is uniquely his own.
Now, 7 years later and a mere 20 years of age, Flume’s soulful blend of lush beats, chopped vocals, saw synths, and intricate percussion is garnering mass amounts of attention at home and in the UK, and that excitement is quickly spreading to North America. The New York Times recognized Flume as one of “Six Hopefuls Worth Watching at the CMJ Music Marathon” and last month, he premiered the “Sleepless feat. Jezzabell Doran” video on The FADER and “Holdin On” stream via RollingStone.com. In Australia, Flume is receiving huge support from radio, and has landed a #1 single on iTunes. He’s sold out two national Australian tours, toured with The xx, played to huge crowds at several prestigious Australian festivals, and even performed at the Sydney Opera House.
Flume’s self-titled debut, Flume, will be out digitally on November 9th via Future Classic with an official physical release slated for early next year. You can listen to an album teaser below.
FLUME “HOLDIN ON” STREAM.
FLUME “SLEEPLESS FEAT. JEZZABELL DORAN” VIDEO:
FLUME ALBUM TEASER:
“20-year-old Sydney producer Flume’s bubbly “Sleepless” now has a video as lush as the song.” — The FADER
“‘Holdin On’ features a soulful blend of synth stabs and big bass accompanied by an Otis Redding vocal sample resulting in a huge sound which adds to the much deserved hype surrounding this project.” — Discobelle
“”Sleepless’ moves at a steady chillwave-ish pace with no shortage of lush chords or skillfully pitched vocal glitches (chops of Anthony For Cleopatra we presume) to float alongside the irresistible bassline and head-nod-worthy drum programming. The young Australian essentially manipulates the same handful of sounds throughout the course of the tune, building up and breaking down the elements to keep things moving-and we’re just fine with that.” — XLR8R
“electronic music’s popularity has never been higher and there are only a handful of artists that can appease electronic and ‘traditional’ music fans. Australian producer Flume is bound to become one of them. . . His musicianship is unquestionable and his ability to make a relaxing, upbeat, and groovy track is something to admire.” — WXRT
Flume iTunes pre-order.
Flume at Splendour in the Grass: