Australian DJ Flume, whose real name is Harley Edward Streten, is a platinum selling and Grammy Award-winning artist. He took his name from a Bon Iver song. He has remixed songs from Lorde, Arcade Fire, Hermitude, Sam Smith, and Disclosure.
Since his first radio play on Triple J Unearthed in 2011 with single Possum, Flume has become one of Australia’s biggest musical exports.
In 2013, he won four ARIA Music Awards for Best Male Artist, Breakthrough Artist, Best Dance Release and Producer of the Year, before going international.
He won a Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album in 2017, after his second studio album, Skin, topped various different charts around the world
He caused an international stir performing a “sex act” as part of his Burning Man set at Root Society.
Horrified? The whole thing actually sounds pretty tame for Burning Man.
Ambor Mercy was the brains behind the whiteboard sign. She gave the backstory to Pedestrian.tv:
We made a white board totem because we thought it would be fun to write notes and heckle DJs because it’s Burning Man. Flume was an amazing sport, we didn’t just get him to eat ass, we also got him to take his shirt off, take a shot, motorboat his girlfriend and we even got the girls on the art car to have a twerk off. We had been using the whiteboard all week, but definitely got the best reaction from Flume. Everyone around us was loving the white board and also wrote him notes.
‘It’s sad to me that people are making it out to be some crazy sex act when he just put his face in [the woman’s] bottom…There was consent from her and she was wearing underwear so it’s not like he actually [performed the sex act] on stage. It was just in good Burning Man fun.’
Flume apologized…to his Mum.
Burners don’t appear to be too concerned by the antics.
Flumes girlfriend, actress Paige Elkington, previously went viral with this creepy Jeff Goldblum photo:
DPW PRC: They bend over for you ’cause it’s so dirty
When Burning Man is long over and Black Rock City just a thought in the minds of goddesses and gods for another year, DPW’s Playa Restoration Team is still out there, making “Leave No Trace” come true.
Maybe you think working Restoration is a piece of cake. It’s just partying on all the leftovers and picking stuff up, right?
Maybe. . . but “picking stuff up” may entail bending over at the waist eleventy squintillion times a day, every day, for weeks or months, with a distinct lack of all the shade and resources and entertainment that abound before Exodus. People who work Resto deserve your respecto.
A couple of picker-upper roughnecks who call themselves The Hun and Easygoin have paid tribute to our noble Resto warriors with a spirited video that gives us all a reminder of how grueling picking up all that MOOP can be. Can you say “lower back pain?” I knew that you could.
This video also reminds us, though, that the Restoration Team doesn’t just do our dirty work for us; they do our dirty work for us with gusto, èlan, verve, joie de vivre, esprit de corps, sisu, and a stiff upper lip. Under the circumstances, they even look pretty good doing it. . . and hey, useful is the new sexy.
Next time you’re out on the town and you see someone wearing Restoration crew swag, tell the bartender their next round is on you. Bend over backwards to make them feel appreciated; they have, after all, bent over forwards for you already, thousands of times.
From the Playa Restoration Team’s page at Burningman.com, here’s a list, in no particular order, of the top thirteen MOOP issues on the playa:
1. Rebar, Tent Stakes and Ground Anchors There’s nothing that a pair of vice grips and some leverage can’t pull out. And anything hammered into the ground will just get squeezed out of the playa another day, after a series of freezes and thaws.
2. Abandoned Art, Abandoned Camps, Abandoned Stuff
Get your stuff off the playa!
3. Grey Water/Black Water Dumping
Dumping your grey/black water on the ground is nasty for the environment, and can get you a hefty fine from the BLM.
Why do dunes matter? We share this land with others who use it, and it’s important that we keep it safe for vehicle passage by keeping the playa flat (The Black Rock Desert is known to be one of the flattest stretches of land on Earth). Dunes are formed when windblown dust bounces off stationary objects and reforms on the ground, attracting more and more dust to the pile and exponentially creating a bigger dune. A mere pencil can create a dune. Once they start, there is nothing to stop them, except us. Caught at an early stage, dunes can be stopped by simply raking them down with a landscape rake. Be sure to MOOP the area afterward.
5. Fireworks Debris
Fireworks are not allowed in Black Rock City; unfortunately, some folks do sneak them in, and more unfortunately, the people who light them off are rarely the same people that clean up after them.
6. Carpet Fiber/Debris
Carpets, rugs, and old tattered tarps are often shredded to bits, leaving behind micro-sized MOOP over large areas.
7. Cloth, Fiber and Rope Debris
Torn fragments of clothes, costumes, jewelry, and other fibrous materials.
8. Metal Debris
Nails, screws, fasteners, metal slag, beer bottle tops, etc.–there is hardly anything on the playa that isn’t fastened with metal. Whether your constructing something out of wood or welding, a magnet sweeper with a release handle (do a web search) will work wonders getting metal quickly and easily off the ground.
9. Cigarette Butts
DO NOT DROP CIGARETTES ON THE BLACK ROCK DESERT. THE PLAYA IS NOT A GIANT ASHTRAY.
10. Glass Debris
Broken beer bottles, broken windshields, etc.
11. Plastic Debris
Plastic bottle tops, packaging, baggies, zip ties, duct tape, caution tape, etc. Plastic is all too often airborne MOOP due to wind conditions and carelessness. Manage your plastic materials, keep them secure and recycle. Hint: Cut off the top of a 1 gallon jug of water and you have an excellent MOOP bucket.
12. Wood Debris
Wood chips, bark, palettes, splinters, sawdust, boxes, cardboard, paper, etc. Though often thought to be “organic,” wood is simply not found naturally the playa, and it is here where we must draw the line — it’s MOOP. The impact of wood is consistently the highest of all the traces and must be eliminated. We simply ask you to manage your wood. Place a tarp on the ground for your work zones, woodpiles, and burnable debris.
Plants, palm trees, pine needles, palm fronds, leaves, etc. Trees, plants, and leaves die, break, and shred, creating a huge mess of micro-sized MOOP spread out over a wide area. Factor in the dust storms and you’ve got a disaster to deal with on your hands and knees.