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:
Well, sort of. There’s a lot of “tbd” and “special guests”, and the Friday day party is still being worked out. Deekline, Stanton Warriors and Crystal Method are also playing sets at Opulent Temple, so we can compare the sound systems and visual experience. Other highlights are Adam Freeland and Rabbit in the Moon.
It looks like Root Society is going to have three stages: the Main Stage “Erectus”, a Dark n Dirty Inner Sanctum in a 60 foot dome, and a Masked Stage: the Womb.
The main stage opens Wednesday night at dusk.
DJ LINE UP For ROOT SOCIETY’s Main Stage: Erectus
WEDNESDAY Night: Errks Fellows
Diva Danielle Special Guest Fort Knox 5 Bootie Mashup-Adrian Roberts and Bootie Mashup-Mysteriousd Cartel Mundial: Joro Boro, Dj Shawna and Sabo! Disco Lemonade Sunrise Surprise(I want Jesse but not confirmed)
THURSDAY Night: Well Groomed We Go Bang Bang Rusty Lazer w/NickdaB Hatiras Special Guest Jefr Tale DJ Dan Paul Hemming w/Joswho LEFT/RIGHT DJ Barney Iller DJ Vitor (Sunrise)
FRIDAY: Day Party Lineup coming!
FRIDAY Night: Mo Funk Micah Black Jonny Quest JELO Special Guest Elite Force Gaslamp Killer STR!PE The Crystal Method DJ Icon Nigel Richards Erik Lobe(sunrise)
SATURDAY Night: Erik Lobe Donald Glaude Stanton Warriors Seven Lions Adam Freeland Rabbit in the Moon Fleetwood Smack FriarTuck
DJ lineup will be pretty’d up at Buffalo.dj in a few days but want to get this out to all the DJ’s so they can plan. Specific times will be provided on this schedule. Happy to confirm for dj’s who message Root.
DarknDirty Stage: Inner Sanctum
Brett Rubin Sherrycce and F3tto Motor Home DJ Icon Searchl1te Kanizzle Aphrodite Deekline Billy C. Sunrise-Dulce Vita
THURDSAY: Infinight Disko DNA Travis Trentham Tera Brooks Layne Loomis Special Guest Sex Pixels David Starfire Keith Mac Ali B Rabbit in the moon-Bunny tbd
FRIDAY: .Terra Enconti DJ DROP Hatiras JELO Dulce Vita Heyoka Special Guest Shamanic Technology Squachek Tsunami Bass Experience Electric Dandelion
SATURDAY BURN! EJ Luera Jeekoos Special Guest White Noize Zodiac Cartel Tek Freaks Willy Whompa tbd
This stage will open Tuesday night at dusk OR as soon as we are set up. Tuesday’s theme will just be kick off party. Wednesday we will begin the masked show at 9:00p
EJ Luera Disco Lemonade Mo Funk Ganesh Minnesota Squachek Sharps
WEDNESDAY: Representing Hookadome!! -Radiohiro -DJ Dragonfly -Jef Stott ROOK DJ Wubson Kyle Cross Special Guest Henry Pope Nate Manic Denver Miller Jobot
THURSDAY: Jefr Tale Jacques Levy MOPO GlobalRuckus Batho Liths Sinjun Nujnis Dj Havok Ohm Wrecker tbd The Polish Ambassador
FRIDAY: DJ Dragonfly Radiohiro Jef Stott Layne Loomis Dj Vitor special Guest S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Mihkal Nico Luminous Chris B
SATURDAY: BURN!! tbd Erik Nelson Special Guest Billy C DJ Eliki Todd Spero DJ DropBetween (9-midnight) The Womb will be deep, sexy down tempo, chill, global beats. The story and the beats. From all of us at Root Society-See you in the desert!!
ah, the irony: Burning Man claim ownership of this image, yet tell Root Society they don't understand Burning Man
Anyone who was at Burning Man in 2010 will surely remember what to me is the most amazing stage I have ever seen, anywhere. Root Society had a 5-story high rectangle, with a massive DJ booth in the middle. There were dancing girls inside the rectangle, and unbelievable visual projections on the outside. The sound was phenomenal.
Jeff, the Captain of Root Society, shared some comments over on Alyssa’s PR blog.
We were challenged even before the tix disaster: After 8 years in a row running Root Society, we took the year off in 2011 to quietly protest some ridiculous decisions bmorg made in 2010:
This in itself indicates a problem – Root Society was the best thing there in 2010.
We asked for simple consideration given to music theme camps: -please don’t charge us a ticket for every truck we bring into the festival with gear to build and put on 6 days of entertainment free for your attendees
I can’t believe they even have to ask. This seems like a no-brainer.
-help us with well over 100 bags of trash that get left at our camp every year. I call this “the ass end of the gift economy” -help us MOOP where 15,000 people have made nightly residence instead of embarrassing us with the “red map”
A very valid point. It’s the people visiting from other camps making the MOOPs, not Root Society. They can be expected to clean up their own trash, but 15,000 people per night? At most other events, the promoters pay to clean up all the trash people dump on the dance floor.
-acknowledge that music has become a wonderful addition to the BM experience. This is one of our biggest themes each year. We push (subtle but firm) to integrate both art and music (a wonderful form of art!) into the grant program so we can create a awesome interactive experience AND offset some of our costs.
The music was amazing at Root Society, but their installation was about so much more than the music. The cost of it must be staggering.
This last challenge has always been met with the same answer, “We never intended BM to be a music festival”.
I’ve been going since 98, and I remember one of my first impressions being how much great music there was, everywhere. Music of every kind of genre (this was before dub-step!).
Some of the best music I’ve ever heard has been at Burning Man. For a $400 ticket, you get to see some of the world’s best musical talent, having the time of their lives. I remember Christopher Lawrence playing when nobody knew who that was. I remember Paul Oakenfold playing an 8-hour set in an artificial stonehenge. Only about 20 people there, don’t reckon many of them realized the DJ would later be the first electronic musician to win a Grammy. I’ve seen Oakey play to the crowd all over the world, from massive raves to small clubs to the pool at Rehab, and that was the best Oakenfold set of my life. I remember Carl Cox at Opulent Temple in 2010, clearly having a blast pulling the chain to trigger the flamethrowers. His next album release was “Global Underground 38 – Black Rock Desert” – free publicity for Burning Man, presumably because he loved it so much.
Burning Man is one of the best music festivals in the world, and the promoters don’t even have to fund the talent. It’s churlish of them to take the position “we don’t want music, that’s not what it’s about” when they also take the position that “Burners create the party” – clearly this is what Burners want, 15,000 people at Root Society and that’s just one stage.
Back to Jeff’s comments.
And with this simple response, comes the assumption that we will just keep on “bringing it” each year–no matter what– SO WE DIDN’T in 2011!
Did the BMorg even notice? Your fans definitely did.
We were finally told point blank “that we don’t understand the basic burning man principles” and that it is our choice to do what we do. Why not just bring a small tent and a few gallons of water”. True. 2 important principles listed below: *Gifting Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value. *Radical Self-reliance
It is laughable that representatives of Burning Man said this to Root Society. Like, really, what assholes – “you don’t understand Burner principles”. They comped 60 world-class fucking DJs to play for us for free, on one of the sickest stages of all time. They brought their own trucks in, set up and tore down that stage, did it all themselves, gifted it to all of us, and Burning Man can’t just smile and say thank you? They should be throwing tickets at these guys.
We desperately missed being there in 2011, but found solstice in sitting out and we have every intention of coming back strong in 2012. We really just don’t know where to start…
note:we have been invited to a theme camp resource meeting on Feb 15…I’m hopeful.
This is the first piece of promising news I’ve heard since the announcement of this whole sorry ticketing fiasco.