Last week, we got the chance to catch up with the incredibly talented Australian house band, Rüfüs Du Sol, consisting of Tyrone Lindqvist (guitar/vocals), Jon George (keyboard) & James Hunt (drums). Their show at The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles was the second to last stop on their European/American tour that spanned nearly two months.  This humble group of individuals went on to absolutely tear the house down, leaving a memorable impression on the Los Angeles community.  From start to finish, people were grooving, and their upbeat, positive energy left attendees with an incredibly content feeling once they were done.  Check out what these rising stars had to say about their tour, their latest EP, and more below!

 

Electric Sloth: How did you guys ultimately come together to create Rufus? Was there any evolution of genres that lead to where you are now?

 

RDS: We knew each other for a while and discovered we liked similar artists. That was our middle ground and we’ve been working closely with one another ever since. In the meantime, there’s been new artists coming into our realm that shaped the sound since then as well as seeing other acts.

 

ES: Why the name change between Rüfüs and Rüfüs du Sol?

 

RDS: There was a band in the 70’s called Rufus so we spent a couple months thinking of a continuation of the original name. When we went to release the album internationally, we ran into legal trouble but we’re satisfied with the new name.

 

ES: You recently released your Desert EP and your song Desert Nights made a huge impact in the music community, what was the inspiration for the lyrics in the song.

 

RDS: The imagery for us was you and your lover or you alone drifting off alone feeling happy and euphoric. The lyrics are the last part of the track we create so we already had a strong vibe coming from the song. There’s always a particular sound we want to explore or taking a feel and rhythm we want to blend together, and the lyrical content is the icing on the cake. A lot of the album was written on the beaches of Australia, so I reckon that has an impact on the album as well.

 

ES: If you could only have one cocktail for the rest of your life, what would it be?

 

RDS: Bloody Mary. Absolutely Bloody Mary after this tour.

 

ES: Where was the best Bloody Mary you ever had?

 

RDS: Seattle, we had this Bloody Mary where they had bacon infused jam and vodka. It was full Americano.

ES: How has your label Sweat it Out helped you guys since your inception in 2010?

 

RDS: We hadn’t started working with Sweat it Out until 2013 when we were about halfway through the process of writing the album. Ajax who founded the label was one of the first ones to fully believe in the album. There was a lot of back and forth between us and the label which created good communication.

 

ES: Recently the US has seen an increase in attention for the music you guys play, how are the crowds different here as opposed to elsewhere?

 

RDS: In Australia, the crowds are outward, loud, and celebrate a lot. In the US, it’s the same but the crowd is more contained. In America, People are usually more excited and ready to dance right from the beginning. In Australia it normally takes a couple songs for people to get into the set.

 

ES:What is one of the craziest things you guys have seen or done on tour?

 

RDS: Sometimes John sleepwalks so while on tour we got back to a house we were staying at, and all of us were wasted so we went to bed. At some point, someone stared prodding John telling him to wake up and when he came to, he was laying next to the wife of the husband whose house we were staying in because she thought he was their son who had crawled into bed with her.

 

ES: If you had to live the rest of your life as a home appliance, what would it be?

 

RDS: We both like blending music together and everything that comes from a blender is usually tasty, so we’d go with a blender; although, if you’re a vacuum cleaner, you get to see the rest of the house. But we’re going to stick with blender.

 

Contributing Writer: Noah Kline