Flume on Death, Hard Miami, Getting High

Flume is an Australian kid signed to Mom + Pop Records who's been lighting up the sales charts with his chilled-out electronica.

This week, he's in town for Hard Miami, a show at Bardot, and a few days off before a North American tour.

Here's what he has to say about Ultra Music Festival, getting high, and a maximum-capacity tent.

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Crossfade: First time in Miami?

Flume: Yeah, I never been before. It's my second time in the U.S. I've been to New York and L.A.

What's your idea of the place?

Miami, I hear it's really crazy. It looks like a real party kind of town.

Any musical influences?

I'm like a younger kind of generation and stuff, but music from all kinds of places. Neon Indian is on my label Mom + Pop; he's an influence. I really like his style.

What do you think of Ultra?

I don't really know, to be honest. I never been. I know it's a big-ass music festival. The lineup is quite big and more dancey electro-y. I'm stoked that I can play in places like Hard Miami and Bardot.

Best crowd reaction?

This festival in Australia with 10,000 people in a tent that had capacity for 8,000. They had to get someone on the stage before I went on to tell everyone to calm down and chill out. They told me last time it was that packed, someone died because they got squished. They told me I might have to evacuate the tent. And it ended up being a rad gig.

What if someone had died during your set?

I mean, if some one dies, that'd suck, but I'd be pretty stoked to get that kind of reaction.

Do you play other people's music or your own?

With Flume, I do kind of a live show from my own productions.

You just came from Texas and South By Southwest, right?


I imagine Australia to be a lot like Texas. Just a lot of fucking dirt.

Nah, man. The edges is where everyone lives.

Just kidding. Australia is probably a lot like Miami, but with bigger sharks. You smoke weed?

Nah, I don't really smoke. I used to smoke quite a bit. Smoke bongs and play computer games, but I didn't really get anything done. So I quit all that. Now, I go out and party quite a bit, though.

Anything else?

I'm good. Just game to be here.

Hard Miami 2013. Wednesday, March 20, and Thursday, March 21. Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The parties start at 10 p.m. Single-day tickets cost $25 plus fees and two-day passes cost $40 plus fees via Ages 18 and up. Visit

Flume. With Shlohmo, Jerome LOL, and JBZ. As part of the Living Room Sessions. Thursday, March 21. Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $30 plus fees via Ages 21 and up. Call 305-576-7750 or visit

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