Flume Talks Collaborations With Vic Mensa and Beck, and Letting His Music Speak for Itself

Flume in 2016
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Flume photographed at the 30th Annual ARIA Awards 2016 at The Star on Nov. 23, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. 

The Chicago Tribune recently talked to Flume ahead of his big performance at the city's Reaction music festival this weekend. The Australian superstar had a huge 2016, with the release of his second album Skin, which featured some big vocal collaborations. The producer spoke about his work with rapper Vic Mensa on “Lose It:”

“It was in my hometown of Sydney. He was playing a festival, and I was a fan of what he was up to. I hit him up, and we go in the studio together, and he played some of his ideas he was working on and I played him some of my stuff. There was a particular idea of mine that I was working on that he was really excited about, and that became (Skin track) 'Lose It.'”

He also opened up about his work with alt-folk Grammy winner Beck:

“One day I got a call from my manager and he was like, "Hey, do you want to go to Beck's house today?" I caught an Uber to his house and I knocked on the door, and there he is, it's Beck, welcoming me into his house. It was kind of surreal, to be honest. I was wearing pink board shorts and a backpack and a cap, and I realized I looked like some kind of kid, just walking into this legend's house, but he was really down to earth.”

When the Chicago Tribune asked about working with such large personalities, Flume commented that for him, the music is all the personality he needs:

“For me, it's not about the personality. For me it's about the music. I think the music I make has a unique style, and that's my brand. I actually try to keep my face off a lot of things, like album covers. I would never have my face on an album cover. For me, it's all about the sonic identity.”

Read the full interview via the Chicago Tribune.


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