Flume @ Perth Arena
by Andrew Ring
Flume’s return home for the final leg of his all conquering world tour was a show that I had been looking forward to since tickets first went on sale in May. Having already seen him at both Laneway and Splendour in the Grass this year I was really interested to see how much his show had evolved both musically and visually.
Before I talk about the set itself I’ll give a quick account of what it was like to meet him, and what I found out. I somehow managed to stumble upon a Facebook competition run by the bank ING where the winner won tickets to Flume along with a meet and greet and signed merch. After sneakily convincing all my friends to enter on my behalf, and writing something for it myself, we managed to win three out for the four spots for the Perth show.
Meeting Flume was an awesome experience, he would be one of my favourite artists out there without a doubt, so it was awesome to finally be able to meet the man himself whose musical talent I admire so much. The meet and greet itself was pretty structured, involving a brief shaking of hands, item signing and photos, however I was still able to ask him and his set builder a few questions about his live show and upcoming music releases. For those who have followed most of his releases already it was good to hear that he does plan to release one more companion EP to accompany his album, after just releasing a four track EP on the 25th.While he did also say he was sitting on a heap of unreleased music, it was sad to hear that he will most likely not release a deluxe version of Skin, something that was done with his self titled debut.
The show itself has improved massively from when Flume first debuted it at laneway in February this year. His work with artist Jonathan Zawada has produced absolutely stunning visuals, and his lighting rig is just as spectacular. There are not many artists that I have seen recently who have put as much effort into matching visuals with the songs as Flume has done in his show. The visuals give off a real Porter Robinson vibe to see a show that is curated not only in terms of song selection, but also visual pairing. His live show has eight different variations currently, depending mostly on the length of the set he is playing. His set list for Perth contained a few new additions to when I had seen him last, plus all the standard Flume tracks that have become synonymous with his shows this year. The tracks ‘Heater’ and ‘Trust’ from the companion EP, which itself was released that day, were in the set; Flume has been running with Heater for a while but it was great to hear Trust played live for the first time. One of my favourite moments was when the What So not edit of RL Grime’s perennial favourite ‘Core’ was aired out on the spectacular Perth Arena speaker system.
It was super refreshing to see him transition some songs and add live edits of his tracks to the show to take it to the next level, which was also something I felt his show was really lacking in the past. There is no doubt that in the last nine months the progression Flume’s live show has undergone has been enormous. I would easily put it up there with some of the best sets I have seen this year in terms of the immense sound and some of the best visuals going around at the moment. If I were to be picky I would say the tracklist needs a bit of work to improve the set flow, but overall I can’t really complain. Being able to not only see Flume perform again but also meet him was a surreal experience for me, I have been a Flume tragic for more than 4 years now so I will take every chance I get to do it again.