RÜFÜS DU SOL Interview and Ticket Giveaway

RÜFÜS DU SOL are the hot new dance trio from Sydney, Australia. James Hunt, Jon George and Tyrone Lindqvist are now embarking on their first ever US tour with their catchy debut single ‘Desert Night’ going down very well. Having already conquered their homeland and hitting all the top spots, the guys are hoping an international audience will enjoy their clever blend of indie dance music that has made them so popular at home. Next week will see them playing U Street Music Hall on Thursday and we have a free pair of tickets to giveaway! All you need to do is like our Facebook page and email your name to blisspop@gmail.com. We’ll announce the winner by email on Wednesday!

Desert Night has received stellar reviews in the US, with people excited to hear your debut album, Atlas. How How has the US reception been so far for RÜFÜS DU SOL?

We couldn’t be happier. We honestly thought coming here, we would be playing to half full rooms. But, having the San Francisco and LA shows sell out was pretty amazing. The crowds have been dope too. Feels like people here don’t need an excuse to dance.

How has the tour been? Any crazy SXSW stories?

SXSW was ridiculous. So many amazing people in one place at the same time. The energy is rad. We slept for 2 full days after it.

Your sound seamlessly blends influences from electronic music and indie rock. How has that sound developed and does it play a conscious role when you sit down to write music?

When we’re writing, we’re trying to write tunes that we want to hear. So It’s just all our different influences coming into play.

Production obviously plays a big part in what you do. What is the band’s background production wise?

Jon is an audio engineer and sound designer by trade so he knows his way around Pro-Tools. But, we all write as a collective when we’re writing for RÜFÜS DU SOL.

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How does it feel to have released several EP’s on your own to now being given that extra push by Colombia records and touring internationally?

The support from a big company like that is pretty inspiring actually. You can feel that there is so much that goes on behind the scenes, where we started just putting out music up on the internet.

It seems Australia does electro indie dance music very well with artists such as The Presets, Midnight Juggernauts, Empire of the Sun, Cut Copy and Sneaky Sound System. Why do you think that is and what do you think you bring to the mix?

It’s a sunny place surrounded by ocean. It’s incredibly isolated from the rest of the world, so scenes down there can be developing for years and then just suddenly explode, like what has happened with
our label bros WHAT SO NOT, MOTEZ etc. That has to have something to do with it.

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Due to trademark issues, you’ve had to change your name from RÜFÜS to RÜFÜS DU SOL in the US only. Is that confusing and how have you adjusted to your new US-only name?

Yeah it is a little confusing, but people are getting it. We like the new name. It keeps the feel of the original which is what we wanted.

What is your writing process like and do you usually come up with the song and then the words or visa versa?

Track first. Vocal melody second. Lyrics last. We spent about 2 months fine tuning the lyrics for the album. It was the last thing we did after about 6 months of solid studio writing.


What has this year been like so far and what are you expecting towards the end of it?

This feels like the delicious sandwiches we made for lunch. We’re really excited to see what they will taste like.