Coachella Interview: Flume Breaks Down His Favorite Way To Blend Music
Everything’s been pretty chill at the Fuse/Vevo House at Coachella — the nonstop house party we’ve been hanging out at for the entire festival weekend. We couldn’t think of a better person to run into than the party king himself, Flume. Keep reading to see how he likes to blend genres, and how he prepped himself to get back to writing dope tunes.
You performed on Day 1 of Coachella for the first time. What was that experience like?
I’ve done a lot of festivals in the past year, but this one was really special. It’s hard to describe how cool it is. Every now and then I play at big crowds like that, but it’s rare to get a crowd that big who knows all the music. It seemed like everybody was into it.
You’ve done some cool things with blending different music styles. What are some genres or bands that you’d like to mix together?
I like taking epic trance chords, dropping out the kick drums and everything else I don’t like about it, and mixing them with hip-hop beats in the style of Flying Lotus and J Dilla. I like to do all sorts of things, but that’s one that really interests me.
Who are some artists that people might be surprised to know you’re a fan of?
That first Bloc Party album they ever did called Silent Alarm is one of my favorite records of all time. Also, I’m a huge fan of The Killers’ first album, Hot Fuss.
How are you getting ready for this new year of music?
I’m just really excited to get back to it. I kind of forgot how to write music because I toured so much last year. I went in the studio recently and was like, “How do I do this again?” I forced myself to listen to different types of new music and find a variety of stuff. I’m so excited about it again; I’m finally writing lots of good stuff now.
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