What’s in your bag? is a recurring characteristic the place we ask folks to inform us a bit extra about their on a regular basis devices by opening their baggage and hearts to us. This week, we’re that includes different dance group RÜFÜS DU SOL.
Australian trio RÜFÜS DU SOL makes the type of music that slowly picks away at your coronary heart. Comprised of Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George, and James Hunt, the group’s songs construct in layers, with every otherworldly, wistful ingredient creeping in and guiding you, remodeling the three from a band into short-term shamans.
Though RÜFÜS DU SOL as a bunch has been round since 2010, they’ve solely carried this moniker for a couple of yr. Beforehand, they have been identified merely as RÜFÜS, however needed to change the group’s identify stateside due to an present US trademark — Chaka Khan’s funk band laid declare to the Rufus title in America a long time in the past. Because the trio stated in a Fb publish on the time: “Trademark is a severe bitch.”
The change was wanted, as their music’s knack for invoking intimacy has endeared them to worldwide audiences. They now have a number of albums, EPs, and award nominations that see them at the moment on tour, hitting all over the place from Chicago’s Lollapalooza to Colorado’s famed Crimson Rocks Amphitheatre. They’ll even be at Coachella, debuting a particular brief movie to accompany their single “Underwater” — projecting it in HP’s 360-degree, 11,000-square-foot Antarctic Dome.
Stopping by The Verge forward of Coachella, RÜFÜS DU SOL emptied out their baggage, giving a peek at methods to keep centered once they’re continually performing, and a lifetime of planes, trains, and cars shakes up any sense of stability. For all, self-care is vital and is a trait that presents itself with every band member in each anticipated and fully stunning methods.
Hey, it’s Jon right here with the brown bag.
I’ve bought my MacBook Professional laptop computer, which I take all over the place. We make edits on it for DJ units and mock collectively little issues for our stay present. And I’ve bought this Jackery energy pack — it lasts so lengthy and expenses issues like headphones a number of instances over.
Do you’re feeling like you are able to do most of your work on the street?
Yeah. We write all the pieces on only a laptop computer, after which the probabilities are infinite from there, whether or not we’ve a full studio with synths all linked up, or are simply in headphones, modifying on the street and messing round with completely different sounds. We use Ableton to work on our laptops.
Talking of headphones, I see you’ve bought some Bose.
Yeah, the QC35s. They’re so good. I simply flew from LA and I had them on the entire time with no music. And in addition I’ve bought this silk eye masks, which is vital.
It’s a must to get your magnificence relaxation the place you’ll be able to!
It is a good combo — the Bluetooth headphones, silk eye masks, after which this humidifier for planes. While you’re flying, they don’t push out all of the oxygen that you have to be getting. They simply recirculate the air and it insanely dries you out. So, this helps hold the air moist with a filter. It’s alleged to be excellent for singers and for jet lag.
Do you discover a distinction once you use it?
Oh, yeah. Significantly on long-haul flights. If we’re going to sleep for eight hours, I simply chuck that on and positively really feel lots higher. You’re not crusty.
Do you all have one among these humidifier issues?
Tyrone: Sure, I didn’t carry mine, although!
Does anyone look over once you’re flying and suppose “Oh my god, my oxygen masks didn’t drop down”?
Jon: Precisely! And that I seem like a monster with all the pieces on. Very Darth Vader. Very scary.
There are extra headphones right here.
I really carry two pairs of headphones. The Sennheiser HD 25s are for mixing and enjoying round with music, and the opposite’s for leisure. The Sennheisers are top-of-the-range DJ headphones I suppose you’d say. They usually’re good as all-around audio engineering headphones. I’ve gone by means of a number of pairs of those. They’re so good within the membership and we’re simply used to the way in which that they characterize bass. I do know precisely how that music’s going to sound on completely different methods.
Sure, I even have Bose SoundSport earbuds. After which there are in-ears. Oh my gosh, there are such a lot of headphones. These in-ears are molded particularly to my ears by Jerry Harvey Audio.
James: They’re for exhibits, however we all the time overlook them.
They usually attenuate lots — that’s the quantity of quantity they scale back. I believe we picked a reasonably excessive model.
I even have one other little tech bag within my bag. It’s bought a headphone splitter, a jack to jack cable, and USBs for DJing. That five-way splitter is particularly good for once we’re modifying tracks collectively on planes. Then my girlfriend packed me this different little bag earlier than I left. It’s bought a bunch of little knickknacks in it.
Okay, and we’ve bought sun shades and a sweatshirt.
Yeah, you want a pleasant, cozy jumper.
Why did you modify the band identify from RÜFÜS to RÜFÜS DU SOL?
As soon as we began touring internationally we realized we needed to change the identify in America for plenty of causes, a few of that are boring. As soon as we realized that, we added DU SOL on, which suggests of the solar — and completely different variations of that — in lots of languages. DU SOL is like its personal little planet.
Inform me about your bag.
James: Properly, I’ve had a couple of Burton baggage for many of my touring life, they usually’re superior. It’s a disgrace I don’t have one with me now. I believe on the final tour I spilled some shit in my bag and ended up having to jettison that Burton bag. I possibly grabbed this one from Ross on the way in which to the airport or one thing. Ross has bought the products. Good and easy. However Burton baggage are the way in which to go.
This backpack’s actually good for compartmentalizing issues, which helps. It’s a North Face Entry Pack. I’ve had this for 2 years now. It’s been toured fairly exhausting and it nonetheless is in actually fine condition.
Let’s begin with the exhausting drives.
They’re Seagate and LaCie drives. A few of these are my private exhausting drives and a few are RÜFÜS backup exhausting drives. Our complete album is backed up on these in addition to all of our pattern packs that we’ve amassed. Whereas we have been writing the album, we generated a variety of knowledge simply from sound results. We might run discovered sounds by means of all of the plug-ins that we acquired. All these recordings chewed up a variety of area, so we needed to hold offloading.
Do you make all your personal samples?
We obtain some samples from the web, however we document lots within the studio. We mainly constructed this little playground with a bunch of synthesizers we had wished to get for some time. There’s a variety of amazing-sounding analog synths in addition to a bunch of various microphones arrange. We might document completely different sounds, like ripping a prawn cracker aside, then sluggish it down and put it by means of a bunch of delays. We’d sit there for an hour and simply tweak the completely different parameters on the plug-ins to make loopy results. We’d solely use possibly two seconds of that in a music, nevertheless it may be a very fascinating second. We positively did much more of that on this document — letting issues run and seeing the place it took us. So the surplus of all that’s on these drives.
Jon: It took up a lot storage.
James: Yeah, as a result of we have been recording at 96kHz. Actually excessive constancy. In all probability unnecessarily so. I additionally suppose that on one among these exhausting drives I’ve all my information from since I used to be 15. For some motive I’ve hoarded all my computer systems.
Something particular about your pockets?
It’s a passport pockets, which may be very important. I’ve not too long ago misplaced a passport mid-tour. It was the largest nightmare of my life. So now I’m conserving the passport compartmentalized always.
The place did you lose it?
On some flight. I believe it was after a Las Vegas present, which makes a variety of sense. By no means recovered it.
What telephone do you employ?
This telephone is an iPhone 7 or 8. That’s my spare telephone.
Tyrone: Spare telephone?
James: Yeah, I’ve bought a spare telephone simply in case! The Wi-Fi receiver stopped engaged on it after which I made a decision to get a brand new telephone. So, I’ve an iPhone X as effectively. I’ve some dongles, USBs, after which the AirPods — they’re actually good for choosing up audio if we’re doing interviews by way of FaceTime.
And your pc?
I’ve a 15-inch MacBook, which is sweet as a result of I’ve been doing a little Photoshop — poster design, graphic design — so I like the larger display screen.
I see the identical headphones right here.
I even have the Sennheiser HD 25s and the Bose QC35s. All three of us have them. The Bose headphones are so snug and the noise canceling is vital. I sleep with them on most nights, really. They cancel out all of the ambient noise in my condominium or noise from the air-con and no matter.
What’s the Physique Excessive sticker?
It’s a dance label. I actually just like the design of it and their music.
And these bottles?
It is a very enjoyable important oil. You rub a little bit of it in your palms and you are taking it in. I discover it very calming. Helps me really feel grounded. The Noir is a little bit travel-sized cologne, and Kiehl’s face moisturizer retains you gentle.
I see crystals right here! And it’s a Burton bag.
Tyrone: Sure. All of our large baggage and our small journey baggage that we journey with are Burton. This one’s been round for ages. I believe I’ve had this one for 4 years. I’ve had different backpacks, however I got here again to this one.
Inform me concerning the stones.
I hold the stones in a aspect pocket. There’s a purple amethyst, a shell my girlfriend discovered, and a coronary heart rock. My girlfriend’s a therapist and she or he offers coronary heart rocks to her sufferers. She works with sufferers for eight weeks after which she chooses a rock. For me, it’s a grounding factor if I’m wired or we’re bouncing round on tour. I normally take this onstage and play with it in my again pocket. Throughout “Innerbloom” I normally seize it, as a result of I get an opportunity to face again and take all of it in. So, it’s fairly particular.
What concerning the amethyst?
I’ve been sober for a number of months. A detailed good friend of ours has been sober for a couple of years and she or he gave the purple amethyst to me as a sobriety stone.
What are Yogapaws?
These have been a present from my girlfriend as effectively. They’re in your toes and palms and makes it so you’ll be able to stick on any floor, like carpet or concrete. This manner you don’t must take a complete mat with you. I’ve been doing yoga for a little bit greater than a yr. It’s exhausting to have any type of structural stability as a result of we’re on the street a lot. Having these makes it simpler to do yoga wherever. I’ve used them in inexperienced rooms earlier than a present. I discover it’s actually useful when it comes to singing and performing. Once we’re going from metropolis to metropolis, yoga is the one factor that may heart me a little bit bit.
And listed below are the headphones! What do you want about them?
Once we have been mixing the brand new document, we’d change between the Sennheisers and the Bose, simply as factors of reference once we have been giving suggestions. I discover the Bose have a woofier low finish so it’s actually current, nevertheless it isn’t as punchy because the Sennheisers. The Sennheisers have a lift within the frequency vary that’s good for DJs so issues like snares poke by means of. They’re great-sounding headphones, nevertheless it’s extra that we all know them rather well.
And if all of you employ them you then’re listening to the identical factor.
Precisely. Generally if we’re on tour and we’re giving suggestions, we don’t have the posh of being in the identical room and figuring out that room and figuring out the audio system. So, these are our factors of reference.
What do you employ the journal for?
It is a lyric e book. I doodle and write no matter I would like. Right here’s the lyrics for “Underwater.”
And an precise, bodily e book!
The e book was one other reward from my girlfriend! She offers good presents. It’s a very nice learn, however I haven’t completed it but. Transferring to LA was a little bit of a wierd course of with discovering my toes. You say bye to your loved ones and buddies after which it’s like a washer of ego. Music was positively one of many solely issues conserving me considerably upright. So, this has been a very useful e book. I might be exhausting on myself typically.
You have got a spare outfit with you?
I all the time journey with two pairs of lingerie as a result of after a present, or if we’ve a DJ set, I don’t actually know particularly what’s going to occur each day. And there was a time on a tour when my full suitcase, which is mainly my dwelling once you’re on the street for 2, three months, with my rings, my exhausting drives, all the pieces, disappeared. I had one pair of lingerie. My bag by no means got here again. It sucked. There was a digicam in there and two GoPros. Normally I’ve a spare shirt as effectively. It is a Royal Blood shirt. Sick band. They’re in all probability my favourite rock band round. Them or Foals.
The cologne is Santal 33. We first smelled that in New York enjoying a present right here. It’s fairly scrumptious. My face will get dry once we fly, so I’ve this Aesop cream.
And your laptop computer?
My pc is similar as the fellows’. We do all our manufacturing on there and edits. I’ve been getting vocal classes not too long ago so I document all of them on there. The coach’s identify is Ron Anderson. He’s a legend. He’s labored with lots of people. It’s been actually cool to find out about my voice.
I believe I developed some dangerous habits on tour, being unwell and pushing by means of a variety of exhibits. It’s type of like going again to high school studying your ABCs. It’s a sluggish course of.
I attempt to take higher care of myself. I’ve two pairs of earplugs. I’m actually anxious about my listening to. It’s simply exhausting to listen to lots as a result of they’re so good. They block out I believe 30 to 50db. That’s quite a bit. We use them once we play stay so we are able to hearken to what we would like with out listening to the entire room and viewers and sound. Now we have a bit extra management.
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