Apr 18, 2014

It’s hard to talk about rising electronic music superstars without bringing up Flume, the breakthrough Australian DJ who has carved a style all his own and amassed a devoted fan base in the process. We spoke with him at Coachella about the “golden age” of Aussie EDM, working with Adult Swim, and his favorite remixes of his own tracks.

Flume & Chet Faker - Drop The Game [Future Classic]
LessThan3: When did you get to SoCal?
Harley: I got in yesterday, actually. I’ve been in South America touring with Lollapalooza. I was down there for about two weeks working on music and performing in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. This was my first time doing shows in South America.
LessThan3: How was the reaction to your music?
Harley: It was pretty full-on in Brazil; I was surprised how many people knew my songs.
LessThan3: You are a part of What So Not as well. What is, in your opinion, the main difference between the Flume sound and the What So Not sound?
Harley: Flume is about freedom to whatever I want. The only thing I don’t do with Flume is I don’t make straight-out bangers with drops that have no melody. I save that for What So Not. With Flume I can write orchestral score or even do remixes that have no drums. With What So Not, it’s more focused on the club. I love heavy music as well, so it’s my release for that side of things.
LessThan3: What’s the dynamic like between you and the other Future Classic artists?
Harley: It’s good because you have access to all these dudes with their various skills and projects. We all help each other out. Touch Sensitive and I have studio sessions together every so often. A lot of ideas start from those studio sessions and from swapping samples with Mikey (Touch Sensitive).
LessThan3: We really like the Space Cadet video. What’s the story behind the video concept and how Adult Swim come to be involved?
Harley: Adult Swim used my track Insane on one of their ads. They’re fans of my work and I like what they do as well. We got hit up by the guy who does Bob’s Burgers and he was keen to do something for the video, and it all fell into place after that.
LessThan3: When you released the deluxe version of your album you added a lot of new remixes. What was the process behind selecting who you worked with?
Harley: It was more people I met over the past year. I wasn’t laying out a plan and selecting people. It was never intended to be a serious deal. I was quite hesitant when Future Classic wanted to do a deluxe version because deluxe versions of records usually suck. So I was like, if we’re going to do one then we need to do it right. Besides the remixes, I threw in some introductory production lessons, some of the stems to my songs, and some video footage of my shows around the world.
LessThan3: What’s your favorite remix of one of your songs?
Harley: Probably the Ta-ku remix of Left Alone. He’s another Australian dude from Perth. I also really like the Shlohmo remix of Sleepless.
LessThan3: Who is your favorite up-and-coming Australian producer?
Harley: I like this guy named Kilter and some of the new Wave Racer stuff. There’s this girl George Mabel who is getting a record together that has a lot of good tracks on it.
LessThan3: What do you think is the reason there’s been such a huge leap in popularity for Australian producers and DJs around the world?
Harley: Australian music is just really good right now. I find myself listening to more music from Australia, and not even on purpose. We’re in a bit of a golden age. My label buddies Jagwar Ma just played the Gobi tent, The Preatures were on the mainstage earlier, Wave Racer is playing Mad Decent Block Party. It’s amazing.
LessThan3: What are you currently listening to?
Harley: There’s this label called Soulection that I really like. Also the Mr. Carmack stuff, GANZ, Kaytranada and the whole HW&W Recordings crew… the list goes on.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Harley: Porcelain by Moby.
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