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April 14, 2021

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Echonetdaily spoke with Tyrone Lindqvist about all things RüFüS.

‘When we were younger we were all doing our own thing, I was into metally rock bands at school, then I did alternative acoustic stuff. John was doing DJing around Sydney; he was after someone to help him with his housey tunes, and we bonded over a mutual artist called Booka Shade.

‘We made our first track, and then our first EP. We were trying to work out how to play it live, whether we wanted to be producers or DJ friendly or a band, so we went to find what drummer we could get, and we poached James from Swipe! He ended up staying with us; now for the second EP he’s finding his feet… we work like a nicely oiled machine!’

RüFüS creates its music in a very collaborative manner, with each of the players adding something to the mix.

‘We spend a lot of time together travelling. The writing process has been three of us in the room driving the ship – one person takes the wheel, the next person jumps in if someone gets stuck.

Rufus-IMG_5552-Edit‘We all have a whole picture of what we want, producing, mixing and writing ourselves; we have a pretty solid understanding of what our groove will be, and the basslines.

‘Our first track had more of a bouncing rounded tone and was slightly melodic; that was a sound we liked. Also Paris Collides has a darker overtone and it has this pretty sheen on top.

‘Those two songs were a taste of the sound that we really liked. We didn’t really have the songs to produce it to what we wanted – we could make it a little more what we would like.’

Their songs have a hypnotic quality. In fact Sundream is a bit like listening to a kaleidoscope.

‘It felt like that when we were writing it. When we wrote the album we knew we wanted dark undertones with bright tones and melodies, and the other half very summer – you could get ready to go party.

‘How that translates we have no idea. We wanted to get the feeling across ourselves, to translate it live is great for us.

‘You have preconceived ideas when you are writing. You have a vision in your head about how it might be translating; when you are writing you often put yourself in your listener’s shoes and then you try to write the song to feed yourself – just versions of yourself you try to feed – and while you do that in the writing process you have a preconceived idea of how that happens.

‘You learn pretty quickly how that connects and how it happens. Some songs will translate better; you know straightaway.

‘We listen to an audience.

‘After the first few shows of the album tour we made quick calls and extended parts that translated well, and then adapted them so they would translate more. I am really happy with the show right now. We have spent a fair amount of time to know the best journey for the audience.’

RüFüS play the Beach Hotel Byron Bay on Sunday.

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