Meet FLUIR, who just burst onto the scene with her infectious new single, Change
The Sydney musician will release her debut EP, written with PNAU's Sam Littlemore, later this year.
2018 has been all about bursting out the gates strong. Back in February, percussionist G Flip went from a basically unknown Australian name to playing SXSW, signing with Future Classic, and scoring acclaim on sites like Pitchfork in a matter of weeks, all thanks to the release of her debut single About You. There's been a tonne of others too, albeit less drastic than young Georgia Flipo, all exploding onto the scene or making waves with their first singles, albums and/or first EPs. Sydney's FLUIR may just do the same thing with her debut EP later this year if its leading single Change is anything to go by, so it's probably worth getting on this one early.
Written and produced alongside PNAU's Sam Littlemore, Change is bright and infectious, and a single you could easily picture over festival speakers this Summer. In true Littlemore fashion, the single's production is this sun-stroked, funk-house anthem, full of bouncy synth melodies and snapping percussion that keeps things in check. Over the top comes FLUIR, matching Littlemore's brilliant production perfectly with an equally animated and lively vocal that is songwriting heaven. It's a fantastic tease of her forthcoming debut EP, due out mid-2018, so with that coming up soon and a bunch of shows fast approaching, it's time to get to know FLUIR:
Tell us about yourself?
I'm an electronic/pop artist under the moniker FLUIR (pronounced 'flu-e-air'). I recently relocated from Melbourne to Sydney where I've been working closely with Sam Littlemore (of PNAU) recording my new track Change and upcoming EP scheduled for release in mid-2018.
What’s the vibe music-wise?
My music is a mix of electronic, indie and pop, with some 80s synth influences. 'Fluir' means to 'ebb and flow'.
What are your production and writing processes like?
Usually, I start out on the keyboard to find a chord progression or baseline that I like. From there I'll sing melodies over the top until I find something that's catchy. It's not often that I'll write a song from start to finish in one session. Instead, I write a bunch of different ideas and then, later on, piece my favourite concepts together to form a demo in Logic or Cubase. Then I'll take this to a producer to collaborate and record.
When I top line a track, I loop the instrumental and sing random ideas over the top until something interests me. I will always record a take of the very first idea that comes into my head, no matter how good or bad it may be, as there's often a lot of magic in that very first concept.
Can you tell us about your new single, Change?
When I wrote this track, I was in the process of breaking free from my 9-5 work commitments to pursue my passion for music. It's a scary thing to walk away from such security and routine to wholeheartedly pursue a dream. Change is about taking that chance to pursue a more meaningful life and in the process, challenging the life that society wants you to live.
Any shows coming up?
Saturday 21st April @ Penny Black, Melbourne VIC
Wednesday 25th April Anzac Day @ Sosueme, Sydney NSW
Saturday 5th May @ Groovin The Moo Festival, Bendigo VIC
What’s the rest of the year have in store for you?
I've got the music video for Change coming out very soon and will be releasing my debut EP in mid-2018. I will also be playing a bunch of live shows including Groovin the Moo.
Where can we find more of your music?