It’s been a long minute since CONVICTS caught up with the sunny-souled trio RUFUS DU SOL. We spoke with the Aussie EDM group at last year’s Lollapalooza, and again two weeks ago at Surf Lodge. In between our hang sessions, the times, they’ve been a’changing.
Fortunately Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George, and James Hunt haven’t. With a mixture of sincere vocals, bright builds, and pumping drops, the boys in Rufus continue to bring people together for good vibing dance floors during troubled times. Their show at Surf Lodge two weeks ago was a choice example of a Rufus show: the set was lit sideways, the atmosphere was premium, and heads were making out all over the place.
What’s up guys?
Hey, how are ya doin’?
I think Lollapalooza was the last time I spoke to you guys.
Oh yeah, like a year ago.
How’s the last year been?
It’s been quick. Last time we met felt like two weekends ago. Yeah…it’s been a year.
How many shows, do you think, have you played this in the last 24 months?
Not sure, it’s been a fair few since then. Last year was the big touring year for us. We did ninety-nine shows or something, just short of a hundred. We really wanted that hundred but didn’t make it. Then we did a whole bunch of touring at the start of this year. And we’ve just been starting to write the next record which has been fun.
Awesome. How’re you feeling about the new songs?
Feeling good. We are still getting that creative direction and cohesion together but it’s always exciting when you got that open feeling and are exploring all the different vibes. We bought a bunch of new equipment, new synths and stuff and have a really nice space in Venice in LA so we are really just having fun. It’s at that stage at the moment.
Venice is a nice place to write a record. Tell me, you guys are from Australia, touring ninety-nine shows, it’s a grind. How nice is it to have a day when you can get in the sun for a second, sleep in a hammock and chill?
We’d been traveling all day, so when we arrived, we got into our rooms and left the big glass door open with the sound of water lapping into the rooms. And the breeze was so nice.
Right on. It’s been a crazy year since we’ve last seen you guys. There’s a lot going on in the world and music seems to be one of the things that’s bringing everyone together. Talk a bit about the way music can bring people together during politically tough times?
We crossed the border from Canada to America when Trump just got elected, but there was absolutely none of that hanging over the vibe of a show. It’s just such a cool thing for everyone to get together and not really have any grudges between each other.
On a lighter note, how much fun do you guys have playing summer shows?
A lot more than winter shows. We did one over in Lake Tahoe. It was really fun, but it was freezing. My hands just weren’t working. I couldn’t feel the guitar. I wasn’t playing the right notes, looking like ‘I swear it looks like it’s right ting ting ting’. It just sounded terrible and yeah so any cold environment is a lot harder physically and I mean it’s just nice being in the sun. It charges you up a little bit. Like I feel like I’ve been a little flat in the last two days. I think there’s been a bit of flu or something cruising around the crew, because you are on the road so much, you’ve to be in airports here, there, there, there, and you get up at five am and you are up till say two just having done a show and just getting sleep wherever you can. It just kind of catches up to you so to have a day to lie in the sun is really good. I feel a bit more recharged.
Do you guys surf?
We grew up surfing but we haven’t had time in the last ten years.
You can go for a swim tomorrow. Maybe.
Yeah true. Is it cold?
It’s cold, but not too bad.
Tempted for a dip after we play. Or like jump off the balcony. Straight off the balcony.
Last thing, love song… what’s your favorite love song of yours and what do you find the crowd gets most kissy over?
Love song… ‘Like an Animal’ seems to get a pretty lovey like big response in that way. Maybe “Innerbloom” is the most emotive from everyone, where you see everyone kissing each other at the end of it and stuff. It gets people crying. sometimes it’s on solo too. You see like a solo person in the crowd just crying or something, just holding onto the rail and you are like ‘Wow.’
Aight on the other end of the spectrum, what’s your go to banger for an American crowd?
‘Tonight’ is pretty seems to translate in like all territories. It’s like a trustworthy one. It always gets at least a fist pump.
Lastly, how do you feel about the Surf Lodge vibes so far?
It’ll be nice and chilled out. It’s a small PA which is a different environment for us in terms of the production and set up. So it will be a lot more chilled than usual which is cool, cause it will be intimate. It’ll be fun, we’ll be right in the crowd’s faces, and they’ll just have to deal with it.
Right on, gentlemen. Be good out there.