In an interview with DigitalSpy at Reading Festival in England, Flume expressed his disdain for the drug culture and says that he’s trying to distance himself from the EDM world.
During the backstage interview Harley Streten, professionally known as Flume, said that he prefers playing to rock crowds over EDM festivals.
“I’ve gotta say festivals like [Reading] are playing to people who I want to be playing to, who I feel are better crowds,”
When asked why he felt so disconnected from the EDM world, Streten claimed it was because he felt the fans of electronic music aren’t really fans of the music, rather just fans of the party.
“Commercial EDM, the crowd is f**ked up kids basically. They don’t care about the music, they want to hear one or two songs and that’s it. I prefer to play to people who actually give a s**t about the music.”
He goes on to say that no festival can really cater to his sound, comparing himself to Disclosure, and this is where I feel that he might be showing how much the fame has gotten to his head.
“There’s no festival that caters to my sound, kind of like Disclosure – they can do rock festivals and they can do dirty EDM festivals because there’s no real festival that has that”
“I try to keep out of the EDM world, I try to keep Flume far from the EDM world.”
I am a huge Flume fan, his music is amazing, but is it unique enough that he can claim no festival can cater to his sound? Absolutely not. The cool thing for artists to do when they think they’ve “made it” is to lash out at the scene that created them, much like an angry teenager who yells at their parents.
So I’d watch out Flume, because these “crowds of fucked up kids” that you claim to hate playing to are also the ones who helped you get to where you are today.