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Rüfüs Du Sol

When you see people dancing they're usually in the moment listening to the music and reacting to it, as opposed to thinking about who's looking at them.

RUFUS is a strange force of nature in the EDM world. Utilizing nearly every sub-genre of electronic music — from house and island trap, to trance and future bass — they bring a sound that is wholly unique. The Aussie trio comprised of Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George, and James Hunt, exploded onto the scene in 2013 with their first album Atlas, and cemented their international success with their second album Bloom in early 2016.

CONVICTS followed RUFUS over the summer, snapped photos at Panorama and caught up after their Lollapalooza set, chatted about rainy festival days, reacting to faces in the crowd and the importance of losing yourself in the music.

Convicts : Hey gentlemen. To start, can you tell us who you are and where you’re from?
Rüfüs : We're Rufus Du Sol from Sydney, Australia.
Convicts : And where are we now?
Rüfüs : Right now we're at Lollapalooza, in Chicago. The windy city. Well, the sunny one right now. It was raining before, now the sun's come out. But it's always windy.
Convicts : How’s Lollapalooza treating you guys so far?
Rüfüs : This is our first experience with Lollapalooza and I can't believe how many people they've fit in here. Everyone has got the biggest smiles on their faces. There’s a crazy line-up, such good billing. We're definitely sticking around to watch Radiohead later tonight which we’re super pumped about.
Convicts : Tell us how the Rufus show went today.
Rüfüs : The show was great. There was a possibility of a lightning storm rolling in, but it ended up being a really great show. The vibe was great. People were packed in. There was that sense of not knowing what was going to happen with the weather, which creates extra excitement.
Convicts : It did end up raining though?
Rüfüs : It was pissing down rain for a fair bit of the set. That brings out some good festival vibes. If you're still standing there watching, then obviously you are enjoying the music. When it's raining at a festival show it's almost like being at a costume party. Everyone lets their guard down and gets a little bit weird. It adds that extra little bit of silliness to the vibe.
Convicts : Is there a difference between a festival crowd and the crowd at a Rufus du Sol headlining show?
Rüfüs : Yeah, I guess the difference between a festival crowd and a headlining show crowd is that at a festival, there are a lot of people who aren't there for you, so it's an opportunity to make new fans. There's a lot of first impressions going on. The whole field that you're in becomes a big energetic pot, and people wandering past get intrigued by and gravitate towards your stage. It's a different space in a way. It's a different environment too since you're outdoors.
Convicts : Does that impact your music on stage?
Rüfüs : There's this nice freedom at outdoor festivals, there's no roof on your head. I think that works for our music. When the show’s in a room the set length is longer. That gives us more time to do jams that aren't on the record or to play with the set a little more, the journey, the lights. You get a little more freedom to put on a show you're really excited about. There are benefits to both. Both are great.
Convicts : Like nearly every artist, you boys went from being in the audience to being on stage. Can you talk a bit about that transition?
Rüfüs : Well, I used to have this idea in my head when I was watching a show that you're invisible in the crowd or that you're part of a mass of invisible faces and the person on the stage is in their own little pocket doing their thing. Really, a performance is so dependent on interactions with particular individuals in the crowd. If one person has a total look of joy on their face or they look like they're like rooting for you and having the best time, you feed off that. It's literally a combination of all these little interactions that creates and builds that momentum.
Convicts : Do you guys get stoked when the crowd starts dancing? Is that important to you as a trio?
Rüfüs : Yeah, it's just nice to see. When we see people dancing it puts a smile on our faces. It's that energy we were talking about. When you see people dancing they're usually in the moment listening to the music and reacting to it, as opposed to thinking about who's looking at them, which is really nice.
Convicts : Thanks gents. Best of luck on the rest of the tour.
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