Flume (musician)


Harley Edward Streten,[2] better known by his stage name Flume, is an Australian record producer and musician. His self-titled debut studio album, Flume, was released on 9 November 2012 to critical acclaim, peaking at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart and reaching double-platinum accreditation in Australia.

Flume has remixed songs by artists such as Lorde, Sam Smith, Arcade Fire and Disclosure. His second studio album, Skin, was released on 27 May 2016, to positive reviews and also topped the ARIA Albums Chart.


Early life

Harley Edward Streten was born on 5 November 1991,[3] to filmmaker and record producer Glen Streten and his wife Lyndall, a teacher.[4][6] He grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, together with a younger sister and attended St. Augustine College.[7][8] He began creating music at about the age of thirteen, with a basic production disc that was packaged in a box of cereal.[9] In 2012, his debut album was done on his first laptop that he had ever purchased. He finished the album on this laptop while he was on a low-budget trip to London. Once he got back to Australia the album was on the top of the charts. In 2010, Streten began producing house music under his initials, HEDS.[10] He created two tracks "Flow" and "Fizz", in addition to several remixes.[11]

Flume Performing Live
Flume Performing Live

2011–14: Sleepless and Flume

Streten was discovered and signed in 2011 through an original artists competition managed by the Australian record company Future Classic. He submitted the tracks "Sleepless", "Over You" and "Paper Thin" to win the competition. Nathan McLay, founder of Future Classic and now Flume's manager, assisted with the release of his first EP, titled Sleepless, which contained the three original tracks.[12][2] He opted for the moniker "Flume" after the Bon Iver song of the same name.[2]

Flume's self-titled debut studio album, was released on 9 November 2012 to favorable reviews.[15] The album's production saw Flume collaborating with vocal artists Moon Holiday, Jezzabell Doran, Chet Faker, and New York rapper T.Shirt. The album reached number one on the Australian iTunes charts.[9] It debuted on the ARIA Albums Chart at number 2, behind of One Direction's Take Me Home.[16] In December 2012, Flume signed with Mom + Pop Music and announced the North American release of his self-titled debut studio album.[17] The album was released in the US on 21 February 2013 and received strong support from American critics, averaging a score of 73 out of 100 on review aggregate site Metacritic.[18]

On Australia Day 2013, four of Flume's songs (including a remix) were listed on Triple J Hottest 100 for 2012.[19] His album's breakthrough song "Holdin On" was listed at number 4, the highest-charting Australian song.[19][20] Other inclusions were "Sleepless" and his remix of "Hyperparadise" by Hermitude, both in the top 20 (numbers 12 and 18, respectively), and "On Top" at number 67.[19]

Flume's voted songs placed higher on the ARIA Singles Chart. "Holdin On" returned to the top 50 chart in the spot of number 17, its highest-ever placement. His "Hyperparadise" remix also debuted in the top 50 at number 38. "Sleepless" and "On Top" debuted at numbers 53 and 75, respectively.[21] Flume's debut studio album reached number one on the ARIA Albums Chart.[22]

Flume Live
Flume Live

In February 2013, Flume announced his first national headlining Australian tour, entitled the "Infinity Prism Tour".[3] It occurred during April and May 2013, and according to a later interview, the tour sold 40,000 tickets.[3] In March 2013, Flume was named one of Fuse TV's 30 "Must-See Acts" at the SXSW festival.[3][3]

Flume spent the beginning of 2014 touring internationally, including stops at Lollapalooza in South America and Coachella where he debuted his remix of Lorde's "Tennis Court".

In 2015, Flume released his first original track since his debut studio album, "Some Minds", featuring vocals from Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt.

Side projects

With Sydney DJ and record producer Emoh Instead, Flume formed the duo What So Not in 2011. On 21 February 2015, Streten announced that he had left the project, citing: "Emoh and I have been moving in different directions creatively, we haven't made any music together in quite a while. Our final joint project is a soon-to-be-released EP that we completed last year. That will be the last What So Not project I'll be creatively involved with."[3]

2016–present: Skin

In early January 2016, Flume released a four-and-a-half-minute preview of his second studio album, Skin. The following month, the second single, "Never Be Like You", featuring vocals from Canadian singer Kai reached number one in Australia, making it Flume's first chart-topping song.[28] In April, Flume released his second official single, "Say It", featuring the Swedish singer and songwriter Tove Lo.

Later in May 2016, the track list for the album was unveiled, revealing that Vic Mensa, Allan Kingdom, Raekwon, Little Dragon, AlunaGeorge, MNDR and Beck were among the other collaborators to be featured on Skin.

On 27 May 2016, Flume released his second studio album, Skin.[3] The album received positive reviews from critics, with an aggregate score of 76 out of 100 from Metacritic.[3]

In 2016, Flume headlined the third day of Splendour in the Grass.


Studio albums

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications



  • Released: 27 May 2016
  • Label: Future Classic
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download

Extended plays

TitleAlbum details
(Flume and Chet Faker)
  • Released: 22 November 2013[6]
  • Label: Future Classic
  • Format: CD, 12", digital download


TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum




(featuring Anthony for Cleopatra)
2011 Sleepless
"On Top"
(featuring T.Shirt)
(featuring Jezzabell Doran)
"Holdin On"17122
"Drop the Game"
(with Chet Faker)
"Some Minds"
(featuring Andrew Wyatt)
201527219 non-album single
"Never Be Like You"
(featuring Kai)
"Smoke & Retribution"
(featuring Vince Staples and Kučka)
"Say It"
(featuring Tove Lo)
  • ARIA: Platinum[64]
  • RMNZ: Platinum[8]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs

TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum

"Lose It"
(featuring Vic Mensa)
"Wall Fuck"29
"Take a Chance"
(featuring Little Dragon)
"Tiny Cities"
(featuring Beck)

Other appearances

"I Met You" (Anna Lunoe and Flume)2012Real Talk EP
"Tropical Sun"Future Classic DJs Compilation


TitleYearPeak chart positionsArtist


"Back and Forth" (Flume vs. Mr. V)2010Fedde le Grand
"The Anthem"2011Onra
"Zimbabwe"New Navy
"Gravel Pit"2012Matt Miller x Kilter
"Won't Get Lost"The Aston Shuffle
"Every Little Step"Junior Boys
"A Baru in New York" (Flume Soundtrack Version)2013Yolanda Be Cool
"Slasherr" (Flume Edit)Rustie
"You & Me"4917Disclosure
"Woman of the Ghetto" (Flume's Jackin House Mix)Marlena Shaw
"Tennis Court"2014Lorde
"Gold" (Flume Re-work)Chet Faker
"Test & Recognise" (Flume Re-work)Seekae
"Afterlife"Arcade Fire
"Lay Me Down"2015Sam Smith
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Production and writing

  • 2013: Touch Sensitive – "Pizza Guy"
  • 2014: George Maple – "Vacant Space"
  • 2014: George Maple – "Talk Talk"
  • 2016: AlunaGeorge – "I Remember"
  • 2016: DJ Snake – "Talk" (featuring George Maple)

Music videos

"I Met You" (Anna Lunoe and Flume)2012Melvin J. Montalban[8]
"Sleepless" (featuring Jezzabell Doran)Damon Cameron[8]
"Left Alone" (featuring Chet Faker)2013Rhett Wade-Ferrell[8]
"Holdin On"Joe Nappa[8]
"More Than You Thought"Angus Lee Forbes[8]
"On Top" (featuring T.Shirt)Angus Lee Forbes[75]
"Insane" (featuring Moon Holiday)Angus Lee Forbes[76]
"Drop the Game" (Flume and Chet Faker)Lorin Askill[77]
"Some Minds" (featuring Andrew Wyatt)2015Clemens Habicht[78]
"Never Be Like You" (featuring Kai)2016Clemens Habicht[79]


  1. "Holdin On" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 6 on the Flemish Ultratip chart.[34]
  2. "Smoke & Retribution" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 6 on the Heatseekers chart.[62]
  3. "Say It" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 12 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[63]

Awards and nominations

AIR Awards

YearCategoryNominated artist/workResult
2013Best Independent ArtistFlumeWon[80]
Best Independent AlbumFlumeWon[80]
Best Independent Dance/Electronica AlbumWon[80]
Best Independent Single/EP"Holdin On"Nominated[81]
Best Independent Dance/Electronica SingleWon[80]

APRA Music Awards

YearCategoryNominated artist/workResult
2014Dance Work of the Year"Holdin On"[82]Won

ARIA Music Awards

YearCategoryNominated artist/workResult
2013Album of the YearFlumeNominated[83]
Breakthrough Artist – ReleaseWon[84]
Best Male ArtistFlumeWon[84]
Best Dance ReleaseFlumeWon[84]
Best Australian Live ActFlumeNominated[83]
Best VideoJoe Nappa for "Holdin On"Nominated[83]
Producer of the YearHarley StretenWon[84]
2014Best Dance Release"Drop the Game" (with Chet Faker)Nominated
This is a discussion about the above article. Concerns about the topic, its accuracy, inclusion of information etc. should be discussed here. Off-topic discussion not pertaining to the topic of the page will be removed.