Flume (musician)

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Flume
Flume ARIA 2013 (cropped).jpg
Flume at the 2013 ARIA Music Awards
Background information
Birth name Harley Edward Streten
Born (1991-11-05) 5 November 1991 (age 25)
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • musician
  • DJ[1]
Years active 2008–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website flumemusic.com

Harley Edward Streten,[2] known professionally as Flume, is an Australian record producer, musician and DJ.[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 has remixed songs from such diverse artists as Lorde, Sam Smith, Arcade Fire, Hermitude and Disclosure. His second studio album, Skin, was released on 27 May 2016, to positive reviews and also topped the ARIA Albums Chart. The album won the Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards.[3] The album gained international recognition from the album's first single, "Never Be like You", which was nominated for Best Dance Recording.[3] After the release of his 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.

Career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Harley Edward Streten was born on 5 November 1991.[4] His father, Glen Streten, is a filmmaker and record producer, and his mother, Lyndall, is a former teacher.[5][6] He grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney with a younger sister, and attended Seaforth Public School for primary school and St. Augustine's College Brookvale for high school.[7][8] He began creating music at about the age of thirteen, with a basic production disc that was packaged in a box of cereal.[9] In 2012, his debut album 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. Once he got back to Australia, the album was on the top of the charts.[10] In 2010, Streten began producing house music under his initials, HEDS.[11] He created two tracks "Flow" and "Fizz", in addition to several remixes.[12]

2011–14: Sleepless and Flume[edit]

Streten was discovered and 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 win 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.[13][14] He opted for the moniker "Flume" after the Bon Iver song of the same name.[15]

Flume's self-titled debut album, was released on 9 November 2012 to favorable reviews.[16] The album's production saw Flume collaborating with vocal artists Moon Holiday, Jezzabell Doran, Chet Faker, and New York rapper T.Shirt. The album reached number one on the Australian iTunes charts.[9] It debuted on the ARIA Albums Chart at number two, behind One Direction's Take Me Home.[17] In December 2012, Flume signed with Mom + Pop Music and announced the North American release of his self-titled debut studio album.[18] 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.[19]

On Australia Day 2013, four of Flume's songs (including a remix) were listed on Triple J Hottest 100 for 2012.[20] His album's breakthrough song "Holdin On" was listed at number four, the highest-charting Australian song.[20][21] 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.[20]

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.[22] Flume's debut studio album reached number one on the ARIA Albums Chart.[23]

In February 2013, Flume announced his first national headlining Australian tour, entitled the "Infinity Prism Tour".[24] It occurred during April and May 2013, and according to a later interview, the tour sold 40,000 tickets.[25] In March 2013, Flume was named one of Fuse TV's 30 "Must-See Acts" at the SXSW festival.[26][27]

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 projects[edit]

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, citing: "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."[28]

2016–present: Skin[edit]

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.[29] 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.[30] The album received positive reviews from critics, with an aggregate score of 75 out of 100 from Metacritic.[31] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2016, Flume won eight awards, including Album of the Year and Best Male Artist.[32] The album won the Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards.[3] The album gained international recognition from the album's first single, "Never Be like You", which was nominated for Best Dance Recording.[3]

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.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

AIR Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated artist/work Result
2013 Best Independent Artist Flume Won[33]
Best Independent Album Flume Won[33]
Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album Won[33]
Best Independent Single/EP "Holdin On" Nominated[34]
Best Independent Dance/Electronica Single Won[33]

APRA Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated artist/work Result
2014 Dance Work of the Year "Holdin On"[35] Won
2017 Dance Work of the Year "Never Be like You" (Harley Streten, Kai, Geoffrey Earley) – Flume featuring Kai[36] Won
"Say It" (Streten, Julian Hamilton, Daniel Johns, Tove Lo) – Flume featuring Tove Lo[36] Nominated
Most Played Australian Work "Never Be like You" (Streten, Kai, Earley) – Flume featuring Kai[37] Won
"Say It" (Streten, Hamilton, Johns, Lo) – Flume featuring Tove Lo[37] Nominated
Songwriter of the Year Harley Streten p.k.a. Flume[38] Won

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated artist/work Result
2013 Album of the Year Flume Nominated[39]
Breakthrough Artist – Release Won[40]
Best Male Artist Flume Won[40]
Best Dance Release Flume Won[40]
Best Australian Live Act Flume Nominated[39]
Best Video Joe Nappa for "Holdin On" Nominated[39]
Producer of the Year Flume Won[40]
2014 Best Dance Release "Drop the Game"
(with Chet Faker)
Nominated
2016 Album of the Year Skin Won[41]
Best Male Artist
Best Dance Release
Best Independent Release
Best Pop Release "Never Be like You"
(featuring Kai)
Song of the Year Nominated
Best Video
Best Australian Live Act Flume
Producer of the Year Won
Engineer of the Year Eric J Dubowsky and Flume for Skin
Best Cover Art Jonathan Zawada for Skin

Billboard Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated artist/work Result
2017 Top Dance/Electronic Album[42] Skin Nominated

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated artist/work Result
2017 Best Dance Recording "Never Be like You" Nominated
Best Dance/Electronic Album Skin Won

iHeartRadio Music Awards[edit]

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome Ref
2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards Dance Artist of the Year Flume Nominated [43]

NRJ Music Awards[edit]

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome Ref
2016 NRJ Music Awards Best New DJ Flume Nominated [44]

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