Flume works hard to capitalize on his sudden fame
Reporter Allison Stewart talks with Harley Streten about his creative and collaborative processes, revealing details about the making of his sophomore album and how he landed collaborators like Beck.This article originally appeared on Chicago Tribune
Australian EDM star Flume began making music as a teenager, with a starter CD he found in a cereal box. (Cybele Malinowski)
Harley Streten, the Australian producer and artist who records as Flume, started making music when he was 13, with a starter production disc he found in a cereal box. He named himself after a Bon Iver song, landed a deal with Australian label Future Classic in 2011 and released his self-titled debut the next year.
"Flume" sold respectably, but his 2016 sophomore album, "Skin," turned him into an EDM superstar. The disc, which features collaborations with Vic Mensa, Vince Staples, Tove Lo and Beck, is a mix of commercially minded, vocal-centric tracks and more experimental fare.
Streten has toured ceaselessly to promote it: He headlines the first night of the Reaction New Year's Eve extravaganza at the Donald E. Stephens Center in Rosemont on Friday, and phoned in from the airport in Melbourne, Australia, on his way to perform his hundredth show of the year...