Sydney-based producer and DJ Flume (born Harley Streten) sort of blew up New York City during October’s annual CMJ gathering of A&R and college-aged music media. He played like nine shows with the mission of signing an American record deal (still working on it), while bringing his experimental hip-hop laptronica to the masses (check!). His self-titled debut album reached #1 on the Australian iTunes album charts (overtaking One Direction, thank god). “I go surfing a lot,” he told Prefix about his way of finding inspiration. “I’ll just always go get waves, like if I’m struggling for ideas or something. I’ll just go out for a surf.” That is the way to do it son! But what we were more concerned about was what a 21-year-old Australian eats like while on tour. We checked in with Flume for this 100% Pavlova-free interview.
What are three staples in your refrigerator right now?
Eggs, Feta cheese, tomatoes
Last meal you made at home was…
Greek salad with bacon
Do you have any quirky (or strange) dietary habits?
I have late night food cravings and I’ll often eat a massive meal around midnight.
First food to hit your lips in the morning was?
Just had a bowl of Honey-Weets for breakfast. [Edit: Indeed, Honey Weets is a thing in Australia]
Favorite cooking show on TV?
I do like the cooking shows where their kitchens look like laboratories and they use science to make strange things to eat.
Do you have any pre-show food rituals/habits?
Popcorn with a ridiculous amount of melted butter always makes the movie better.
Food or drink requirements for shows?
Beer. Vodka for later on.
If you’re eating after 3AM, you’re likely eating…
Pizza, kebab or a meat pie
What’s your favorite music to cook to?
Tame Impala: Lonerisim
Who parties harder: Chefs or DJs?
DJ’s. One of my DJ friends can’t drink anymore because he hurt his neck challenging people to hand stand competitions in the club
Name another DJ or musician you’ve worked with who is really into food?
The best thing your mom cooks?
What is tuna bake?
A tuna bake is a delicious casserole dish featuring pasta, tuna and melted cheese.