Music fiends in the capital have much to rejoice about as some serious talent descends on KL this month. Westlife aside, there are a number of international performers ladling out their best sounds, and among them are these three acts, with diverse offerings steeped in singular styles.
From the Land Down Under comes Harley Edwards Streten, better known by his stage name Flume, a moniker that is no stranger to many ears in and out of Australia. The DJ and record producer has eked out a handsome living doing what he loves best: creating addictive tunes with the power to induce listeners to hit the replay button. For reference, look up Never Be Like You, or Say It, both off his second album, 2016’s Skin.
His self-titled debut album three years prior didn’t make a tiny splash either, reaching the peak of Australia’s ARIA Albums Chart with hits like Sleepless and Holdin On. As a remix artiste, he’s rather gifted, putting his patented future bass touch on songs by Sam Smith, Lorde, Disclosure and others. His works impressed enough to net him numerous awards, including a Grammy for the Best Dance/Electronic Album for Skin in 2017. Earlier this year, Flume released a mixtape called Hi This Is Flume with over a dozen tracks.
Sure to be brimming with music taken from throughout his career, Flume’s inaugural Malaysian concert takes place on 23 August at KL Live, courtesy of the Good Vibes Festival.
The other Irish band in town alongside Westlife, Snow Patrol actually originally saw the light of day in Scotland in 1994 as an indie rock group. They were relatively unknown into the late nineties, with the modest reach an indie band could muster. A decade later however, after signing on with a large record label, they gained worldwide attention for their musical prowess.
Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Paul Wilson, Jonny Quinn and Johnny McDaid make up the five men currently in the group, with Lightbody heading the vocals department and the others providing backup singing. Every single one plays an instrument, be it the guitar, drums or piano. They proved an effective team, coming up with chart powerhouses such as Chasing Cars, Run, What If The Storm Ends?, This Isn’t Everything You Are, and Just Say Yes over the years.
Released last year, Wildness is the seventh and latest album by the lot and debuted at the second spot on the UK Albums Chart. This year, they not only released the song Time Won’t Go Slowly to celebrate their 25 years, but also grace KL Live on 29 August in another presentation by the Good Vibes Festival.
A drummer and musician, Luke Daniel Holland didn’t just pick up the drum sticks recently. The American’s passion for it was ignited at age 10 when he heard a neighbour playing the drums. His father being a professional drummer himself might also have had something to do with it. The young Holland mowed lawns for several months and put what he earned into his very own drum set.
Learning how to play on his own, he was soon drumming in his school band and later in a local band. In mid-2009, at the age of 16, he created a YouTube account he named Luke Holland Drums and used it to promote his drum covers and remixes. It set the ball rolling for his professional career as his subscriber count grew healthily to over half a million today.
Embodying a distinct style, his creations have the fast-shifting rhythms of his drumming at the fore, without overpowering the essence of the song itself. Rather, his input is weaved in seamlessly, adding a nice new depth to whatever music, be it an EDM track or a K-pop number; something to pick up on at Exchange Hall
on 30 August.
WHEN 7pm (23 Aug)
WHEN 7pm (29 Aug)
WHERE KL Live, Life Centre, Kuala Lumpur
TEL 03 2162 2570
WHERE Exchange Hall, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 8.30pm (30 Aug)
ADMISSION RM48 (online), RM58 (door)
TEL 016 9764 164