RÜFÜS’ Savvy Seven

RÜFÜS have been very busy bees over the last 12 months after releasing their second studio album BLOOM, wrapping up a sold out National Tour, playing Coachella Music Festival, headlining Listen Out Festival, and winning an Aria Award for Best Dance Release for You Were Right.  Currently on their Regional Australian tour, we caught up with keys player Jon George to chat about life on the road and offer some Industry tips.

You and the boys have had heaps of experience touring, how does the FULL BLOOM Regional Tour differentiate itself from your other tours? 

We’ve been touring a lot, and we’ve been touring this album in particular for over a year now. So more than anything we’re getting better and better at playing the songs. But I guess we’re working out exactly how we like to piece the set together and just having some fun with it whenever we can and trying to mix it up and make it more entertaining for ourselves and for the people seeing it for the first time.

Over time, does the preparation for a tour become easier or more familiar to you the more you do it? 

Yeah totally, I think that it all just becomes a streamline sort of conveyer belt, everyday that we wake up it feels like a strange sort of thing but in a great way that we get to get ready for the show, play in front of however many people and deliver the best possible show, and I guess it just happens everyday and get into a groove, and we love it.


1. What is the best part about being a musician for you?

There’s two parts to what we do, the amount of time that we spend in the studio writing, and I love being able to just wake up and head to the studio and just vibe with each other and make music, it’s the best fun in the world. And then the second part of our lives is the touring lifestyle, its also equally as fun getting up on stage in front of however many people can just be the best feeling in the world, and balancing that off with complete exhaustion with complete exhilaration, it’s the best fun. So I guess those two worlds, the studio world and the touring world are just like the most fun I’ve ever had in my life, I’m lucky to be able to do it.

2. How has your music practice changed over time? 

I guess your always evolving what you do, just as soon as you learn something you think ‘oh my god I just figured something out, I cant believe I hadn’t been able to figure that out earlier’ that quickly evolves again and six months down the track, and your always learning new techniques and new ways to put out what your feeling and I think that’s always going to be an evolving process, you’ll never stop learning. We’re always continually listening to new music, and I think that’s the biggest thing not putting yourself in a hole, you should take on thoughts from the outside world.

3. What advice would you give to someone who is about to head off on their very first tour? 

Pack cleverly, and always be one step ahead of yourself, work out where the next washing machine is gonna be in the next city. The people that you’re touring with, you always have to be pretty mindful not to be so irritable, you have to be able to balance and be able to put up with other people because you’re all in the same boat.

4. Do you get nervous before you perform? How do you manage that? 

It depends on the show. I don’t really say that I would get nervous, as much as I get anxious depending on the size or the importance of the show is how much more anxious I get, and that just means that before a show – a big show – like Coachella, I’ll be there going ‘Fuck I hope nothing goes wrong’, so I know that we have done everything that we can to be prepared, so I’m worried that something outside that will make shit go wrong. But I’m pretty comfortable in front of big crowds and its pretty easy with the sort of past that we’ve had several years of starting with small crowds and working our way up, we’ve been lucky that we’ve sorta adjusted that way and it doesn’t matter how big the crowd is, if there’s a fuck up we’ll deal with it.

5. How do you record your initial song ideas? 

I guess all 3 of us get into the studio together and start pretty fresh and without anything on the table, and all 3 of us are there vibing it out and it’ll be a keyboard just writing some chords, all three of us play keys and write drum sequences and the studio and so on all together so its a lot of fun when we get into the studio and seeing what sort of comes out of our brains and what goes on from there.

6. What is your top business tip for new artists?

In Australia, I’d say the best avenue is to get your music onto Triple J Unearthed. It’s really hard for musicians to finish a track and think that’s the end of it, it’s very easy to always be working on the track and to never let go. But, I think that you’ve gotta get to a space where you’re happy with the track, and the first avenue is to head down to Triple J Unearthed and really work your way towards getting your first track onto Triple J and things can really happen from there.

7. What was your biggest career mistake/regret? 

I don’t think we’ve had too many regrets, but I think that there are tracks that I wish we hadn’t put out, I feel like that’s always a thing, but that’s part of the process and you learn more and more what you wanna do. So with an earlier track, I think we weren’t really ready to finish that track, but we put it out anyway or that wasn’t really a RUFUS sort of track. But I think we overtime that sort of helped us learn what really is a RUFUS track and we’ve been very sure by the time we get to this stage in our career that we’re very sure what a RUFUS track is, so I listen to some of those earlier tracks, there’s some really good early tracks but there’s a couple that I think that we realised that making music for yourself is first and foremost, and I think there were times at the very beginning where we weren’t making all the tracks just for ourselves. Sometimes it would be one particular band members influence or it would be like we were writing it for a particular audience, but over time I think we realised that making music for yourself is key.


You can catch RÜFÜS at the following venues for their FULL BLOOM Regional Australian Tour.

Friday, 20th January 2017
Nightquarter, Gold Coast QLD
Tickets: Oztix | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

Saturday, 21st January 2017
Big Pineapple Fields, Sunshine Coast QLD
Tickets: Oztix | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

Friday, 27th January 2017
University Of Wollongong Gardens, Wollongong NSW
Tickets: Moshtix | 1300 Get Tix | All Moshtix Outlets

Saturday, 28th January 2017
Wests City, Newcastle NSW
Tickets: Oztix
 | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

Friday, 3rd February 2017
The Cube, Wodonga VIC
Tickets: Seat Advisor | 02 6022 9311

Sunday, 5th February 2017
Geelong Arena, Geelong VIC
Tickets: Oztix | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

Saturday, 11th February 2017
3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River WA
Tickets: Oztix | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

Sunday, 12th February 2017
Castaway Rottnest Island, Rottnest WA
Tickets: Ticketmaster | 136 100 | All Ticketmaster Outlets

Friday, 17th February 2017
UC Refectory, Canberra ACT
Tickets: Oztix | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

Sunday, 19th February 2017
Phillips Lane Street Party, Port Macquarie NSW
Tickets: Oztix | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

Friday, 24th February 2017
Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns QLD (15+)
Tickets: Ticketlink | 1300 855 835

Saturday, 25th February 2017
Street Party, Townsville QLD
Tickets: Oztix | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

Sunday, 26th February 2017
Magnums, Airlie Beach QLD
Tickets: Moshtix | 1300 Get Tix | All Moshtix Outlets

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