Sydney producer Flume has had a stellar year this far. To cap his achievements this year, he swept the Australian Recording Industry Association(ARIA) Music Awards taking home a total of eight trophies, including Best Male Artist, Best Pop Release and Best Independent Release.
The young producer from Sydney’s Northern Beaches added the haul to his previous wins in 2013, where he took home four trophies and became the first person to win Best Male without singing a note. This year, his sophomore album Skin set a record with 8 awards, including Album of the Year. He also won Best Male Artist, Best Dance Release, Best Pop Release, Best Independent Release, Producer of the Year, Engineer of the Year and Best Cover Art.
Perhaps one of his most notable moments came during his acceptance speech for Best Dance Release, when Flume addressed one of the hot topics in Australia at the moment – the Sydney lockout laws, an initiative put in place to mandate lockouts and time restrictions at bars and clubs in the area.
“I want to say a big thank you to…the small venues and the small parties that are doing what they’re doing, because that’s where music evolves, that’s where all the exciting stuff happens, and that’s what’s getting shut down right now. To our policy-makers and our politicians, please keep Sydney open so that the young artists of the next generation can have the same opportunities that I had,” the Australian producer pleaded.