Aussie electronic outfit, Rufus are returning from the US for a regional Australian summer tour, taking in both the Sunshine Coast and Airlie Beach.
Aussie electronic outfit, Rufus are returning from the US for a regional Australian summer tour, taking in both the Sunshine Coast and Airlie Beach.

Rufus in full Bloom ahead of regional tour

RUFUS lead singer Tyrone Lindqvist said he once dismissed electronic music but after seeing bands incorporate electronic elements into their live shows his ears pricked up.

Now he's fronting an electro dance outfit who, after releasing their album, Bloom, in January, have spent the year touring the world, headlining Australian festivals and earning five ARIA Award nominations.

And Tyrone wants other young Aussies to know they can do it too, which is part of the reason Rufus is embarking on a tour of regional Australia this summer.

"I grew up in a town called Lightning Ridge, which is nine hours from Sydney and eight or night hours from Brisbane,” he said.

"You didn't really get much live music out there at all and whenever that would happen, it might be at the RSL or the bowling club that's there... a large number of people from the town would come and celebrate and they'd get to enjoy this live music.

"We're not going in the middle of nowhere and doing a show I guess, but on a slightly different scale we're going to places that might not get an electronic act playing a live show as often.

"That's how I opened up to electronic music as well.

"When I saw acts like Cut Copy and The Presets and Van She, that mixed live elements on stage with electronic production, I started going, 'Wait. This isn't just like computers and synths. It's not just a play button on stage. It's so much more'.

"That opened me up to a world of electronic music and I really hope we get to open some other people who might be closed off to electronic music up to that world because there's so much cool stuff in it.”

The Full Bloom tour will make its way around the country from January, but before then the Rufus boys will find out if they will go down in the ARIA history books on November 23.

They are up for five gongs - Artist of the Year, Best Dance Release, Best Group, Best Australian Live Act and Best Cover Art - but Tyrone doesn't like their chances.

"I feel like if Flume is in any of our categories which I'm pretty sure he is, we'll it's going to be some pretty stiff competition... he's a wizard,” he said.

While he said he didn't care whether or not they took out an award, Tyrone said it was humbling to be thought of and he was proud to be part of the Australian music scene.

"It's so small and tight-knit and lovely,” he said.

"There's such a good camaraderie between everyone and such a good support network with Australia, with Australian artists giving each other high fives, saying 'You guys are killing it'. It's awesome.”

Aussie electronic outfit, Rufus.
Aussie electronic outfit, Rufus.

FULL BLOOM TOUR

Big Pineapple Fields, Woombye

When: Saturday, January 21

Tickets: Book online at www.oztix.com.au or phone 1300762545

Phillips Lane Street Party, Port Macquarie

When: Sunday, February 19

Where: Phillips Lane Street Party, Port Macquarie

Tickets: Book online at www.oztix.com.au or phone 1300762545

Magnums, Airlie Beach

When: Sunday, February 26

Where: Magnums, Airlie Beach

Tickets: Book online at www.moshtix.com.au or phone 1300438849


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