Flume’s mellow EDM attracts diverse fans

The Southerner

By Jack Weatherby


The atmosphere was electric, to say the least, as the 2,600-person sold-out crowd at the Tabernacle eagerly awaited what they came to see. Fans had been waiting for over two hours, standing through warm-up acts that were only child’s play compared to what they were about to witness.

Just as many people began to feel the fatigue of standing in the crowded space, the stage lit up with a flash. All of a sudden, the crowd came to life again, as fans knew they were about to have an amazing time.

Harley Edward Streten, better known by his stage name Flume, is an Australian record producer and musician. His first debut album, simply named “Flume,’’ was released in 2012 to critical acclaim.

Flume’s unique downtempo electronic sound is influenced by the genres of trip hop, electronica, hip hop, and even jazz. He has also released many popular remixes of artists such as Lorde, Arcade Fire, and Disclosure. His sound is much more mellow than many other Electronic Dance Music (EDM) artists, which has attracted a different crowd to his music.

On May 27, Flume released his second studio album, “Skin.’’ This featured many more songs with collaborations with other artists, including Tove Lo, Vic Mensa and Beck. His hit song “Never Be Like You” reached the top of the charts in Australia, and many critics praised his second album.

During his performance at the Tabernacle on Sept. 14, Flume did a stellar job of performing his hits while adding personal touches throughout his performance. He began with the first song off “Skin,’’ “Helix.” A black drape hung across the stage, blocking the view of him as he walked onto the stage. All that could be seen was his silhouette from the flashing of the stage lights behind, which were in sync with the music. As the song built up, the flashes became more and more constant, until finally the beat dropped.

As the crowd exploded into a frenzy, the drape fell as Flume mixed his track while rhythmically bouncing his head. The bass shook you to your core, and no one in the crowd could help but move to the rhythm of the beat. It was nearly hypnotizing, combined with the intense psychedelic visuals that were showing on a large screen behind him.

As the first song ended, he screamed at the crowd, “Hello Atlanta!” and was greeted by a roar of approval. As the set continued, Flume performed additional hits such as the mind-numbing anthem “Sleepless,” the head-thumping “Insane,” and the catchy “Drop the Game.” Every song was just as powerful as the last, and by the end of the concert the many concert-goers felt drained from the astounding performance they witnessed.

At first glance, Flume may just seem like any other electronic artist, but with a more mellow sound. His concert, though, is anything but mellow, as the crowd was jumping and cheering practically through his entire 2-hour set. If Flume comes back to Atlanta anytime in the future, just know that investing some of your money into seeing him live will most certainly not be a waste.