Flume opens up about ‘Hi, this is Flume’ in GQ Australia interview

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Flume opens up about ‘Hi, this is Flume’ in GQ Australia interviewFlume Credit 451Photo Okeechobee 2017

Every aspect of Flume‘s career has been a highly gratifying journey—from his humble beginnings as a pioneering future bass producer to his pivotal Grammy win and of course, his return. However, the burden of that success proved to be more difficult than on the surface, as Flume detailed in a new interview with GQ Australia. While in town to play an exclusive Louis Vuitton party, Flume sat down with GQ Australia and opened up about the process behind Hi, this is Flume.

In regards to the profound success of his 2017 album, Skin, the Aussie artist reflected on the subsequent pressures that it came with specifically his ability to create music of similar growth potential.

“Everything I put out just kept growing exponentially, to the point where I freaked out about putting something out that might not grow,” the artist said during the interview.

Flume also revealed his motivation behind not only the choice of releasing a mixtape, but also the naming of it. A decision influenced by the pressures of an album as well as his inclination for experimentation, Hi, this is Flume poses the question of fluidity in terms of what exactly an album is supposed to represent in the current music scene.

“I mean, Kanye is releasing seven-track albums, people are releasing 20-minute albums. The mixtape is 40 minutes long, which is the length of a typical album, and apart from the remix [of SOPHIE’s ‘Is it cold in the water?’] it’s honestly no different to an album. It’s like, what is anything anymore?” said Flume.

Acutely aware of the necessary business side of the industry, Flume admits the irony assigned to his mixtape’s title—a projection of his hatred towards the mechanical process in radio rotation.

He says, “I’d just sit in this room for hours doing all of these lines for radio stations, like, ‘Hi this is Flume and you’re listening to blah blah blah’ and I hated it. I was like, ‘what the fuck am I doing? What is my life now? It’s like turned into this whole other beast.”

Read the full interview here.

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Flume curates bespoke Future Sounds playlist on Apple Music

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Flume curates bespoke Future Sounds playlist on Apple MusicFlume Credit Tyrone Bradley

Future Sounds is Apple Music‘s hub for groundbreaking new artists and styles in electronic, hip-hop, r&b, and beyond. Ahead of Thanksgiving, its curators handed the keys to Flume, who put together over 100 of his most rinsed pieces for a multifaceted holiday playlist. “These are tracks I’ve been listening to across the last few months. A bunch of favourites in there and some collaborators too,” he explained of his selection process.

The playlist is reflective of Flume’s broad taste; various genres are stitched together for a listening experience that spans from mellow to high-charged. Of course, the artist finds a way to accomplish fluidity with his expansive list, with waves of lo-fi effects, smooth basslines, and airy vocals tying everything together. Alison Wonderland, Ekali, DROELOE, EPROM, SebAstian, Hermitude, and Snakehips are just a few of the names making their way into the mix. Of course, a Flume-led playlist wouldn’t be complete without a couple of his own fresh works; one such tune included is the London Grammar-assisted “Let You Know,” as well as “Rushing Back” with Vera Blue.

Flume’s had a busy second half of 2019, releasing the aforementioned singles in addition to his joint EP with Reo Cragun, Quits. Meanwhile, his Skin single “Never Be Like You” reached the one billion stream club, and he’s most recently been carrying out a heavy tour across Europe. Flume’s touring might be his most notorious development, as his intriguing stage antics have led to widespread attention and admiration for its odd, avant-garde appeal.


Touch Sensitive’s new EP features a stellar track co-produced by Flume

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Touch Sensitive’s new EP features a stellar track co-produced by FlumeTouch Sensitive Marquis Theatre 06.09.18 42006679964

Australian electronic producer Touch Sensitive has just released his new EP, The 36th Level and its first track, “Before U Met My Body,” has a special guest on its credits line.

Creative mastermind and producer Flume co-produced the feel-good track with Michael Di Francesco, who is also from Sydney and has toured with him in the past.

Acoustically, the song includes groovy percussion, synthwave-esque leads and light, airy vocal chops. One can even hear a fluttering synth sound featured in Flume’s free sample pack he released not too long ago. The rest of the EP features sounds inspired from the ’80s, future funk and world of synthwave/vaporwave.

Having remixed songs from aritsts including Rüfüs Du Sol and Hayden James, Michael was also a guitarist on the electro-pop band Van She before switching to his solo project. Check out the rest of the EP for a beautiful blend of electronic influences, both old and new.

NMF Roundup: Madeon reveals ‘Good Faith,’ deadmau5 takes to the skies on ‘SATRN’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Madeon reveals ‘Good Faith,’ deadmau5 takes to the skies on ‘SATRN’ + moreDeadmau5 Cube 3.0

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

At long last, Madeon’s sophomore LP, Good Faith, has arrived. Though it’s been long-anticipated, the electronic music community didn’t have time to anticipate new deadmau5, which dropped out of thin air on Nov. 15. Dillon Francis’ Magic Is Real makes a full appearance alongside these, tapping artists like Vera Hotsauce for “Barely Breathing.” MK and Sonny Fodera link with Raphaella for “One Night,” and Chris Lake and Solardo “Free Your Body” on their latest. GRiZ’s Bangers[4].Zip has arrived, featuring songs like “Tiger Kingdom Space Camp,” and MJ Cole’s remixed Flume and Vera Blue’s “Rushing Back.” Friction delivers some drum ‘n’ bass goodness on “Good To Me,” and Eli Brown puts his own spin on Dom Dolla’s “San Frandisco.” Snails, Kill The Noise, and Sullivan King team up for a new mega-collab, “Front 2 Back,” and NGHTMRE and Gunna bring the heat with “CASH COW.” Gammer returns to Monstercat for “Brostep Strikes Back,” and Klingande releases his long-awaited debut LP, The Album. Oliver Heldens links with Firebeatz, Schella, and Carla Monroe for “Lift Me Up,” and Dirty South and Marion Amira prove a formidable force on “All I Need.” Dillon Nathaniel goes deep on a new tech house heater, “Do It Again,” and R3HAB teams up with ZAYN and Jungleboi on “Flames.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Flume hops back in the graffitied Nissan for ‘Rushing Back’ visual with Vera Blue

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Flume hops back in the graffitied Nissan for ‘Rushing Back’ visual with Vera BlueFlume

Just as this past September was winding down, Flume dropped a surprise single, arguably his biggest in years, “Rushing Back,” featuring vocalist Vera Blue. Alongside the release came news of Flume’s plans for a full-scale fall tour. Now, Flume’s returned to keep listeners satiated well into the new year; the Australian producer has released the music video for the single, which features himself seated alongside Blue.

The video serves as a visual appendage to the relationship reflection inherent in the lyrics. The camera traces circles around the two, each vantage point offering viewers insight into different times in the depicted relationship, which seems to lure and overwhelm each member into something of a revolving staircase of emotions—hence the title.

Incisive viewers will recognize the Nissan in the video as the same one featured in Flume’s visualizer for his explosive mixtape of this year, Hi This Is Flume.

The video is directed by longtime Flume collaborator, Jonathan Zawada. It’s available to stream now on Flume’s YouTube Channel.

Photo Credit: Vera Blue Facebook Page

Petit Biscuit hops on a rare remix of Flume’s ‘Rushing Back’

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At 15 years old, producer Petit Biscuit wrote “Sunset Lover,” his biggest single to date, spurring a quick rise to fame that lead to the release of his debut album, Presence, on his 18th birthday. In 2019, the Frenchman not only had the opportunity to collaborate with English singer/songwriter JP Cooper, but is also the latest to hop on a Flume remix.

As many Biscuit fans know, this is somewhat of a delicacy, being that he rarely hops on the remix train. However, he describes this as “a dream come true.”

For the Australian producer’s latest single “Rushing Back,” Petit Biscuit maintains a mellow tempo and is able to display Vera Blue’s participation in a whole new light. Drawing out her vocals on the opening verse, the remix quickly flips into a combination of deep synths, pitched vocals, and steady electronic drum hits. He’s is able to spin Flume’s catchy leads into some feel-good melodies for the late night drive.

In a recent Facebook post, Petit Biscuit announced that he’ll be “taking a break from social medias,” but eased fans in announcing that he’s finally finished his second studio album. This will likely feature his latest single “We Were Young” with a lot more in the works.

DA’s Supernatural Selections: A Halloween playlist [Best of 2019]

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DA’s Supernatural Selections: A Halloween playlist [Best of 2019]Rezz

Amid the season of spiders, ghosts, and demons (oh, my!) Dancing Astronaut presents some of the most delightfully decadent tracks released solely in 2019. The dastard design of the dark arts is never something to scoff at. Dampened tones, haunting harmonies, and menacing drums take the driver’s seat this year, of course, as our annual harrowing Halloween playlist rears its head yet again. In light of the recent mid-tempo Renaissance—and the formidable sounds that followed—this year’s compilation is fashioned from entirely up-to-the-minute offerings.

Highlights include cult leader, REZZ, in the form of two tracks from her most recent project, Beyond The Senses; a tantalizing taste from fiendish newcomer, Kim Petras‘s horror-themed TURN OFF THE LIGHT studio album; chilling sound design from G-Jones, Eprom, KOAN Sound, and Flume; eerie melodies from Gesaffelstein, deadmau5, NGHTMRE, ZHU, and Wolfgang Gartner; and many more ghoulishly heavy hitters.

Other notable mentions include i_o and Grimes new hit thriller, “Violence,” a remix from Knife Party‘s “Ghost Train” after their first EP in four years, and the monstrous “If My Eyes Are Vampires (Your Body Is My Sunlight)” featuring TYNAN, arriving from Sullivan King‘s debut long play. Play this at your next Halloween party or in your pumpkin-print pajamas. But proceed at your peril: these tracks are not for the feeble-hearted.

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Watch Vera Blue’s acoustic rendition of Flume’s ‘Rushing Back’

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Watch Vera Blue’s acoustic rendition of Flume’s ‘Rushing Back’Vera Blue Flume

2019 has been the year of comebacks and especially so for Flume, whose surprise delivery of mixtape Hi, This is Flume breathed fresh familiarity onto the electronic scene. After nearly three years since his sophomore LP Skin, the Grammy-winning producer has stopped at nothing to catalyze his return with marked artistic growth in the form of new releases, a forthcoming European tour, and astounding live performances. His iconic Skin single, “Never Be Like You” featuring Kai recently joined the 1 billion stream club in a momentous benchmark achievement. Now, Flume shares fellow Aussie-collaborator Vera Blue‘s live rendition of their track, “Rushing Back.”

In the video clip, Blue gives a stripped-down acoustic performance of the track alongside minimal piano accompaniment. The pair released “Rushing Back” in September, after Blue provided vocal features on Flume’s 2016 track, “My Boo.” Blue also performed a captivating live performance of the track at Flume’s Red Rocks show.

Watch Vera Blue’s stunning live rendition of “Rushing Back” below.

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Flume’s ‘Never Be Like You’ joins the 1 billion stream club

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Flume’s ‘Never Be Like You’ joins the 1 billion stream clubFlume Never Be Like You Feat. Kai

Three years after its momentous release, a glittering staple of Flume‘s sonic catalog, “Never Be Like You,” has amassed a staggering one billion streams across major streaming platforms—a watershed waypoint in an already star-spangled career.

The Kai-assisted cut was one of the lead singles from the avant-garde Australian visionary’s sophomore album, Skin. The cohesively constructed tune foregrounds some of Flume’s artistic strengths: inventive song constructions that derive their eccentricity from glitchy beat arrangements and creative chord couplings.

In acknowledgment of the achievement, The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS) have awarded Flume distinction on the 1,000,000,000 list, a running roster of Australian artists who have eclipsed the coveted benchmark. Flume is the third entity to grace the list: predecessors include Dean Lewis (“Be Alright”) and Nat Dunn, who co-wrote Marshmello and Anne-Marie’s “Friends.”

“Flume’s songwriting and production has had a huge influence on how music sounds, and his success has opened doors for his fellow Australian creators,” APRA, AMCOS chief executive, Dean Ormston, said.

Watch Flume perform stirring version of ‘Rushing Back’ with Vera Blue live from Red Rocks

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Watch Flume perform stirring version of ‘Rushing Back’ with Vera Blue live from Red RocksFlume Live David Wolff Patrickredferns

Flume is one of the lucky ones. He’s been able to prove himself as a generational talent, building a momentous catalog of brilliantly experimental work, without ever having to compromise his creative direction or bend towards mainstream appeal. This year might be the culmination of that effort, with the Australian beatsmith delivering his most head-turning works to date and debuting a stirring, visceral live show, both to heavy critical acclaim.

Flume’s live show has taken on a life of its own, wherein the producer makes use of the full stage by demolishing various objects during his sensory stimulating performance. It has become one of the most in-demand live electronic shows of the year, and recently, Flume brought collaborator Vera Blue to Red Rocks Amphitheater for a live rendition of the pair’s single “Rushing Back.” The captivating performance spotlights the Skin producer at the peak moment of what has been a colossal year. Watch “Rushing Back” live below.