It’s been a rollercoaster so far, and with the pace only increasing, the ride ahead for Rufus looks to be full of adrenaline and endless partying.
Cool as a cucumber and kicking back in chilled-out Byron Bay, Jon George (synth, keys and pads) laughs that they’re taking ‘lots of vitamins and staying healthy’ during the much needed days off of their current Australian tour.
“The response has been mindblowing. We've played four shows now since the start of the tour. Every show has been sold out and I haven't been able to hear what we've been playing because the crowd has been so loud. So it's a pretty special feeling.”
Their debut album, ‘ATLAS’, reached number one in the ARIA charts a week after its release, a feat most bands spend their lifetime pursuing.
“I was at home the week we found out about the ARIA charts, so I called my friends to come over, we had a gig and celebrated well into the night. [It was] pretty amazing to find out something like that had happened.”
With the band forming less than two years ago, the indie crowd has openly embraced the group.
“It's definitely a very drastic change to what my life was a couple years ago. There are some really cool perks that come with what we do, and we're very grateful for every opportunity that we get given.”
On the question of possible future collaborations, George mentions a few artists that have shaped the band’s musical direction.
“We'd just love to see how some people work. Trentemoller has been a big influence of ours right from the beginning and Booka Shade as well. That European sound is something that we've always been interested in, so it would be cool to work with someone from over there.”
In addition to their Australian tour the band are set to mix with a variety of artists at a number of upcoming festivals, including the much anticipated Falls Festival.
“I’m pretty sure that Bonobo is playing. I'm really digging that new album. We've all been thrashing [to it], definitely one of the albums of the year for us.”
The band are also hopeful of instigating a new dance move.
“In our film clip for 'Desert Night' there is a signature dance move that the actors are doing. We've been waiting for people to bust that out. It's just been so frantic at shows so far that everyone has just been jumping up and down which is still cool, and we've been pretty much doing the same on stage anyway.”
The band is no stranger to playing to mass crowds, with their infectious beats already reaching Moscow and New York City.
“When we got [to New York] we just had a lot of fun discovering the city together. When we played those shows it was such a cool combination of all those new experiences in a new city.”
With four EPs under their belt prior to ‘ATLAS’, the album’s indie-dance tunes are the result of many long hours spent in their home studio.
“I suppose it's a more consolidated sound. We sort of nutted out the sounds that we've been making over the past couple of years. It was a pretty long and calculated process where we wrote a lot of material; we didn't want to settle for anything that we weren't one hundred percent happy and proud of.
“I think that my favourite [song on the album] would be ‘Sarah’. I really enjoyed what we did with the production on it. I really enjoy putting on headphones, listening to that and sinking back.”
Rufus Play The Zoo October 3-4. They Also Play The Falls, Byron Bay, December 31-January 3.