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Flume on the ARIAs and mainstream success: “It’s hard to stay true”

With nominations for seven awards at next week’s ARIAs, including Best Album, Best Song and Breakthrough Artist, the Guardian Australia sat down with our favourite ambassador Flume for a revealing chat about success and entering a whole “new realm”.

“I prefer it [to] be mainstream because more people will hear it,” Streten told the Guardian. “It wasn’t something I ever really thought about when I was writing most of the music.” But the interview also reveals misgivings about the new world of ARIAs, commercial radio play and stadium tours that he’s entered.

“I know how to make a record that commercial radio or triple j will smash now… It’s kind of hard to stay true, and write what you would write if you didn’t have that in your head. Because I know I can get way more airplay and get this much bigger…and that’s what I’m trying to avoid doing.” Read the full interview here, and head over here to listen to the latest work from Harley ‘Flume’ Streten, his collaborative three-track EP with tour mate Chet Faker.

In the meantime, you can help Harley along to national recognition and potentially win both a copy of the Flume Deluxe Edition and the Launchpad that he’s been using on tour – to find out how, just head over to the competitions page.

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