RÜFÜS DU SOL Talks “ATLAS”, North American Fall Tour, and How Setting Influences their Sound [Interview]
Recently, Sensible Reason was fortunate enough to link up and chat with indie-dance trio, RÜFÜS DU SOL, on the tides of the release of their first album, “ATLAS“. Known for their uplifting and intoxicating melodies, the Australian band, comprised of Tyrone Lindqvist (guitar), Jon George (keyboard) and James Hunt (drums), has quickly become an internationally-known name, and certainly deserves all of the success that is coming their way. The trio was actually just recently nominated for two ARIA awards off of “ATLAS”, for Best Dance Release and Breakthrough Artist of the Year. The band let us in on the structure of their creative process, their dream collaborations, and how their surroundings inspire them, and is then reflected in their music.
Sensible Reason: First off, congratulations on the release of your first album, “ATLAS”! How was this album received in Australia, and in the U.S.?
RÜFÜS DU SOL: Thank you! (smiles) The album was, unexpectedly for us, received in such an amazing way in Australia (editor’s note: “ATLAS” debuted at #1 on the official Australian ARIA chart upon its release, and is now certified Gold). We we’re very lucky to have an audience with whom it resonated so much. It kind of took us by surprise, considering we set about to make a record that we loved. It’s just dropped in the U.S last month so we’re still waiting on the reception, but hopefully people over there are into it.
SR: “Sarah” is such an emotionally beautiful song. Does “Sarah” exist, or is she simply some form of metaphor?
RÜFÜS: Sarah was a song that represented loss for us, in any of it’s forms. Loss in death, loss after a relationship, loss of a friend, etc.
SR: In a previous interview, you had mentioned you were composing the demos for “ATLAS” at a farm house by the ocean. How did this setting influence your album?
RÜFÜS: It was sunny every day and we were just listening to music that we loved, playing tennis and constantly being inspired to write. I think that played a pretty huge part in the carefree nature of a bunch of the tunes we were writing and the direction from there on out.
SR: You had also mentioned moving to Berlin this year to create your second album. What inspired this move and how do you think this new setting will influence your creative process?
RÜFÜS: We’ve always been interested in a change of scenery as a way of pushing us outside of our comfort zone and reinvigorating the creative process. We went to Berlin for a show last year and were instantly pretty fond of the place and what it had to offer.
SR: What goes into your creative process from start to finish? And how does your individual creative process differ from that of your collaborative process?
RÜFÜS: Individually, it’s just us on our laptops with headphones most of the time. As a band, you have to discuss what feeling you are trying to create in the song and go from there. We always try to start with a feeling and let that guide the writing process.
SR: Which artist(s) would you love to collaborate with in the future?
RÜFÜS: Always a good question. But, I can’t answer it right now as we’re not approaching anyone at the moment. If we could work with another vocalist it would need to be someone who brings something completely different to Tyrone. We’re in a studio right now pushing out ideas for our second record, so we’ll know more about collaborations once we have a bunch of different ideas finished. But, to make this more fun I’ll say if these people reached out we’d probably have to say yes; James Blake, Jamie XX, James Murphy, and Moderat.
SR: What inspired each of you to pursue careers in the music industry?
RÜFÜS: That’s a tough one. We’ve all always wanted to be involved in this space and create music for a living. Definitely going to parties outside in Sydney in summer and seeing your heroes play music inspires you to pick up an instrument and create something.
SR: I am beyond excited for your U.S. Fall tour, Boston in specific (editors note: I am a Boston native). What are your favorite aspects of touring in the U.S., and how do you think this tour will differ from your tour this past Spring?
RÜFÜS: Thanks man. We’ve never been to Boston so we are hoping it’s a good show. We have two days off there after the show, so we are excited to see the place. To answer your question: The U.S is so big. There is no where else like it in terms of potential touring markets. There are so many places you can play. Our favorite part is the people, different from coast to coast, but really friendly faces everywhere in the U.S. However, the food can get you down, as it’s hard to find healthy stuff on the road.
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SR: Is there anything else you would like to share with your fans?
RÜFÜS: Can’t wait to share more music with everyone once we have written it! (smiles) That is the ultimate thing.
A special thanks to those awesome people at Columbia Records for making this interview possible! Be sure to download Rufus Du Sol’s first album, “ATLAS”; available to purchase through iTunes: here. Also, you don’t want to miss the Aussie trio as they make their return to the U.S. and Canada this Fall, as part of their 15-stop North American Tour! Tickets are available for purchase here, and the full tour schedule is listed below!