Interview with Rüfüs Du Sol: on the stadium shows and the new album

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Joshua Tree’s reset retreat was scheduled to last for two weeks. But as the pandemic erased calendars, two weeks were extended to four and four eventually became seven. By the time the guys returned to their permanent residences in LA (where they moved from Sydney around 2015 ), they had a litany of ideas for the music that would become their last album, Abandonment. All the healthy habits cultivated during their respite have also returned home.

“I think the most important thing for us is to learn that we can make music without standing for reckless hours and that we can be creative and have successful ideas as a well-organized group of friends and healthy, ”said the group’s James Hunt. “There was a fear that it might not be possible, because we didn’t really do it. In the past, we put the music and the creative process first and everything else aside.”

And so, ten years after the start of his career, Rüfüs Du Sol found the model to become rock stars in the long term. The fruits of this effort, beyond regulated sleep patterns and more time with their families, are Abandonment – following up on the 2018 Grammy nominees Comfort – released last October 22 via Rose Avenue Records by Rüfüs. Singles from the highly anticipated LP started dropping last July, with September’s third, “On My Knees” debuting on Hot Dance / Electronic Songs at No. 14, making the trio the trio’s seventh appearance on this chart and its best ranking to date. .

The Sullen and Constructive Jam comes from an 11-track album that extends and evolves the signature sound that Rüfüs has cultivated over his four albums, with the music exuding a lush, warmth and sonic sensuality that overwhelms you, with large constructions and crescendo and dissipate with elegance. There isn’t much of a traditional dip in this music, with that sophistication helping to make Rüfüs one of the most successful live electronic bands to emerge from the world stage, alongside peers like Bob Moses.

But while Rüfüs has developed a sound signature, their work challenges an algorithmic feeling by rote. “There is no formula – we are three very different people who have different tastes in music, so [our music] it’s a bit like where we end up, ”explains multi-instrumentalist Jon George. is exciting or fresh.

“It takes us a long time to write 11 songs because of it,” Hunt adds, “because if one of us doesn’t really connect with an idea, we’ll leave it there and try 11 more until that [we get] the one that sticks. “

Ideas for Abandonment shot in the desert were enlarged and perfected in the guys’ studio in Los Angeles, where they worked with the producer Jason Evigan (Maroon 5, Dua Lipa, Jason Derulo). This writing process was guided by discussions of which sounds would be particularly epic in their live performance, which has grown to epic proportions in recent years as Rüfüs has grown into a major live force.

In 2019, the trio performed for more than 21,000 fans at a show at Los Angeles State Historic Park, a premier venue for electronic acts. The group performed on Coachella’s main stage in 2019 and also sold renowned venues including Red Rocks, The Brooklyn Mirage, Alexandra Palace in London, and the Greek Theater in Berkeley. According to Billboard Boxscore, 25 shows the group performed in 2018-19 grossed $ 3.35 million and sold 86,000 tickets.

Last April, during one of their morning rituals, the guys learned that their already sharp ability to move bills had improved. On a seemingly ordinary weekday morning, the trio were on their traditional coffee run when their manager called to tell them that the show they had announced at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, which had a capacity of 22,000 people. , had sold out overnight, and they’d already added another show. The next day, during that same coffee race, their management – Sydney and Los Angeles-based Team Leisurely – called back and gave them exactly the same news.

“It was very surreal,” singer / instrumentalist Tyrone Lindqvist said of the trio of shows. “And it was a really nice time to share at such a sensitive time of the day.”

“I think we can operate in a stadium and put on a really amazing show because we’re an electronic band that’s also a live show,” adds Hunt. “I think [our sound] lends itself to stages. We spent every waking hour determining structure and flow and creating prolonged jams. “

After selling roughly 70,000 tickets to the Banc of California shows from November 12-14, the guys aim to bring a festival vibe to this oversized venue. To do this, they’re working with event production company SoCal The Do Lab – which produces California’s long-running Lightning in a Bottle festival and an annual stage at Coachella – to spice up the space by installing design cues. unique throughout the space. The sets will be different every night, and even the merchandising will have a new color every night.

While the guys wouldn’t confirm whether or not they announce a tour behind Abandonment, it’s reasonable to guess that after triumphantly re-entering the live space via their LA stadium sets, 2022 will see them hit the road again. There may not be time for the daily saunas here, but the healthy habits and wisdom cultivated during their desert reset and the creative sessions that followed will always keep them moving forward while they play the music. inspired by that time. Now possessing a better understanding of how to be part of a successful group while still being a healthy and successful human being, they see a long future ahead of them.

Before the writing process for this album started, there was a little lull, and we were kind of in the touring washing machine, ”says Lindqvist. “I really felt a bit more lost then. And then the pandemic came and [we went to the desert] and I started to have a sense of hope inherent in some of the songs on the album. Now I can see how I can do this for another 10 or 15 years. “


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