AN INTERVIEW WITH FLUME FOR WETHEURBAN 6
WeTheUrban: Where did the moniker Flume come from, does it have any specific meaning?
Flume: It actually came from the track by Bon Iver, Flume.
WTU: When did you start making beats/get into music?
Flume: What happened was one day I was walking to the supermarket with my dad and I came across this cereal box with a music making program inside of it. So I thought it sounded kind of cool, got the cereal, took it home and installed the program. It really was amazing to me how a song works and is put together with layers and everything, it really blew my mind at the time. Then I decided I wanted to make music and got better programs and practiced and it was a hobby for a long time. It never was really like a job or a serious thing until the last year or two.
WTU: What is the standard routine for composing a song? With what type of equipment?
Flume: My equipment is quite basic! These days, an ideal work day consists of me waking up early, going to the beach in Sydney for a surf, get a bit of coffee, and then go and write music. I find that surfing really helps clear the head and bring about positive energy when I’m creating. I’m still in my bedroom too! Haven’t moved out. I’ve got a great set of speaks, mini keyboard, laptop, and that’s it.
WTU: Do you love performing live? What’s your show like?
Flume: I quite like it! Production is obviously something I love, but actually performing is a very new thing for me. At the start it was quite difficult as being in front of a crowd is so much different than when you’re alone creating, but I’ve grown used to it and quite like it now!
WTU: Many of your remixes have had a lot of success. what do you look for to bring out in a track when you re-create it?
Flume: I look for a track that I love initially but I feel like I could take it in a different direction. If it’s a slow ballad of a song, and I love it, and I feel like it’d sound cool in a Hip-Hop direction or more of a dance beat kind of direction, that’s when I jump on it. When I think the song can be taken to a different place.
WTU: Any mainstream people you’d love to connect and make music with?
Flume: I get asked this question a lot, but the two main people I’d love to collaborate with are Oliver from the xx (probably one of my favorite male singers out right now) and Frank Ocean - he’s a genius at coming out with great melodies.
WTU: 2012 was a big year for you. Do you have any specific musical goals for 2013?
Flume: My first musical goal was to make a living doing what I love. Now that that’s happened and the album is done, I’m working more on the live show and might even get a bit of a band together as well!