One of the highlights of this year's South by Southwest festival was Harley Streten, the 21-year-old Australian producer who, under the name Flume, blends a love of soulful, Dilla-esque melodies with fractured beats that wouldn't be out of place at a Brainfeeder DJ set.
Live, though, Streten ratchets it up, turning bedroom compositions—he recorded last year's eponymous debut in his parents' house—into arena-worthy anthems. At the tiny Latitude 30 in Austin, Streten alternated between hands-in-the-air big-room club music and reflective, moody compositions. His tracks keep the grandiosity of EDM while forsaking the fist-pumping lunkheadedness of some of his peers.
The producer/DJ, who found his first music production program in a cereal box, announced a string of European and U.S. dates starting July 3 in London, stopping in Australia for the Splendour in the Grass festival and landing stateside in August and September. You should see him is what I'm saying.
Flume U.S. tour dates:
Aug. 24 - Mezzanine, San Francisco
Aug. 25 - FYF Festival, Los Angeles
Aug. 29 - Neumos, Seattle
Aug. 30 - Sugar Nightclub, Victoria
Aug. 31 - Vancouver, Vogue Theatre
Sept. 3 - First Avenue, Minneapolis
Sept. 4- Metro, Chicago
Sept. 5 - Opera House, Toronto
Sept. 6 - Music Fest North West, Portland
Sept. 7 - Fox Theatre, Boulder
Sept. 9 - Telus Theater, Montreal
Sept. 11 - Webster Hall, New York
Sept. 12 - Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia
Sept. 13 - Altar, Pittsburgh
Sept. 14 - Laneway Festival, Rochester Hills