Flume's Harley Streten on Dance Music: "It's Like a Golden Age Right Now"
If ever there was a poster child for the humble bedroom producer, it's Harley Streten.
Better known as Flume, he is the Austrialian wunderkind whose hypnotic blend of soulful pop and electronic dance music recently spread to all corners of the world, almost faster than you could've snidely said, "EDM." And he only just turned 22.
Uploading his musical visions onto the vast world wide web with the flick of his wrist and the tap of a button, Streten became an embodiment of what it means to make music in the Internet age.
But now, with practically a whole year of touring under his belt, he returns to Miami as a veteran of Winter Music Conference for the purpose of headlining his own night at Grand Central.
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He's also recently become a multiple award winner. In December, up against much of Australia's finest, Streten won four of his five ARIA nominations. But does all that really matter to him?
"I guess getting awards is really cool, because, basically, it means that this kind of music is working on a major level," he tells New Times. "At the same time, I don't need it. I try not to place too much value on them. It's a nice thing, but I don't get too carried away with it."
Of course, Streten isn't the only one making dance music in the land down under. In fact, he says, the Aussie scene seems to be experiencing a sweeping musical shift.
"In Australia, there's a bit of a movement happening at the moment. And the national radio station back home, called Triple J, essentially like BBC Radio -- it's being super-supportive of that movement, and it's really starting to spread to the international audience."
But why is this dance music surge taking place there at this particular time? "When you've got a big broadcasting company like that," Streten suggests, "I guess it has a lot of impact on a lot of producers and musicians in general. It's almost like a tastemaker kind of thing, where they tailor the nation's sound.
"It's just all happening," he adds. "It's like a golden age right now."
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