2022 Dance/Digital Grammy Preview: Rüfüs Du Sol on Their ‘Wholesome Drive’ to Win & Being Starstruck by James Blake


Editors be aware: On this collection, Billboard Dance is talking with every 2022 Grammy nominee from the dance/digital classes forward of the sixty fourth Annual Grammy Awards Sunday (April 3) in Las Vegas.

Sunday could possibly be a 3rd time’s the appeal state of affairs for Aussie favorites Rüfüs Du Sol, who’re nominated in finest dance/digital recording for his or her observe “Alive.” This nomination follows a pair of 2020 nods for finest dance/recording and finest dance/digital album.



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Nestled within the class amongst IDM, EDM, ambient and rave, “Alive” is a darkly buzzy sluggish construct outfitted with a refrain on which vocalist Tyrone Lindqvist proclaims, “not less than I’m alive,” a sentiment the group suspects many relate to amidst the lingering pandemic. “Alive” hit No. 37 on the Various Airplay chart and No. 18 on dance/digital songs, demonstrating the broad cross-demographic attraction of the track and the group itself — an attraction the group — Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt —  hopes interprets right into a victory right now in Las Vegas.

The place was “Heartbreak” made, and when?

Jon George: “Alive” was created between L.A. and Joshua Tree.

James Hunt: The preliminary sketch got here after we have been working in L.A. with our pal Jason Evigan within the studio. he’s a extremely gifted producer and collaborator we labored with, and the preliminary spark got here from a track we heard in a TV present… I used to be taking part in it for Tyrone, and had this actually destroyed, gritty texture to it. I keep in mind leaving the studio and Tyrone was listening to it, then I got here within the subsequent day and he had this actually superb sketch. It was so fascinating. It was one of many earliest issues we wrote throughout lockdown. Then we went to Joshua Tree at first of the pandemic and had an opportunity to flesh it out.

Who was the primary non-collaborator you performed it for, and the way did they react?

JH: Typically as we’re writing, we’re taking part in ongoing progressions of the observe, so our companions will hear iterations of it because it grows and progresses. It’s onerous to suppose who would get a recent look. I’m fairly certain I despatched a hyperlink to my dad and mom earlier than it got here out, and so they hadn’t heard something. They beloved it, however they’re usually supportive in any case. We performed at Purple Rocks in August and the track had simply come out, so we bought to see a reasonably uncooked response from the gang on a track they’d solely simply heard.

Do you know the track was particular or a “hit”?

Tyrone Lindqvist: No, not notably. I really feel like normally, within the studio we simply write and have good days and dangerous days, good concepts and dangerous concepts and simply concepts normally. Some see the sunshine of day and find yourself getting completed. I feel as soon as they’re within the closest phases of being completed, now we have our frontrunners. Particularly within the course of of creating an album. There are simply these few little gems that appears to floor and turn out to be a bit apparent, and we end these few. This one was in that group. I used to be positively a bit stunned about that being the only alternative. I’d at all times beloved it… but it surely takes its time a bit. It’s not the obvious single to me, and that was actually thrilling, that our label and our crew and everybody appeared to be behind.

What do you suppose it was concerning the track that appealed to Grammy voters?

JG: It’s positively a recent tackle digital music. There are such a lot of bed room producers on the market and other people utilizing each little bit of muscle that they will get their fingers on from expertise to attempt to play the sport in another way. I feel this track is exclusive. It’s distinctive for us specifically, the breakbeat-ey type of type, the pattern feeling with the cowbell taken from one other observe. I suppose the most important factor, after this second in time with the pandemic, I feel the track sums up plenty of peoples’ experiences of this time.

What have been you guys doing whenever you came upon you have been nominated?

JH: We’d really simply performed our first ever present in Mexico, at Corona Capitol in Mexico Metropolis. I checked my cellphone and there have been all these Twitter notifications concerning the Grammys. I used to be like, “What? No approach.” We have been getting every kind of messages of congratulations from buddies. It was actually surreal.

The gathering of albums nominated within the dance/digital classes this 12 months is de facto sonically various, from home to future bass to bass and past. What’s your tackle disparate types of dance music competing in opposition to one another in the identical class?

JH: It looks like there’s a development in direction of the popularity of actually tasteful digital music. Caribou and Bonobo are acts that we’ve referenced through the years and teams that we have been followers of earlier than we grew to become a band. And James Blake as effectively. Hopefully it signifies that there’s much less of a give attention to business crossover and extra on the creative aspect of digital music, as a result of there’s a lot of it. And it’s additionally an honor for us to be lumped in with all of those sick songwriter and producers.

Is there something you wish to see the Grammys change, evolve or increase in the best way they deal with digital music?

JG: I feel like James was saying, there appears to be a brand new push in direction of actually credible digital music, and I suppose we might self-categorize a bit, however I feel what’s taking place with recognition is a extremely good begin.

Clearly the digital awards aren’t a part of the telecast, but it surely should be actually cool to be with such a wide-ranging assortment of artists in the course of the technical awards. 

TL: It felt actually thrilling. It felt like being a part of a college meeting, or one thing. It’s good to only be in a room with music lovers and creators that every one share that love of music, in a really consolidated house the place there’s nerves and pleasure. I’d say the general public who make music are introverted or awkward and so they specific themselves with their music, so it’s enjoyable to have that combined with the eclectic group of individuals within the room.

There aren’t any feminine producers nominated on this class in 2022, and this isn’t the primary 12 months that this has occurred. How do you clarify the dearth of feminine artists represented right here?

JG: I feel we will converse for our journey and making an attempt to pay attention to the ladies who’re making music. Now we have our document label and try to find up-and-coming feminine artists. I want there have been extra efforts in the identical vein to deliver ladies to the forefront. We’ve bought our personal pageant now known as Sundream, and we tried to make that simply as various as doable. There’s a lady popping out on our label quickly within the subsequent 12 months that we’re excited to announce, and she or he’s doing nice issues.

How badly do you need to win this 12 months? Does profitable matter to you?

JH: Yeah, I need to win fairly badly. I feel it’s honest to have that starvation. I feel it’s a wholesome drive. It’s not the explanation we make music, to get accolades, however it’s good to have recognition and have folks establish with the work. It’s validating, to be completely sincere, and one thing we’ve dreamed of. The entire time we’ve been a band we’ve at all times set wholesome targets, and after we first began it might be to play a number of hundred-person venue. It progressively will increase by way of little steps. Certainly one of them was to play Coachella, then we really bought to try this, twice. Realizing these targets is fairly surreal and superb, and one other a type of targets is to win a Grammy. Having the award in your home could be fairly candy.

In the event you do win, how will you rejoice?

JG: What we’re excited to do once more is rejoice with the crew. As soon as we get out of that technical awards ceremony, whether or not we win or lose, we get to take a seat down collectively and have a celebratory lunch with our companions and crew. I feel that’s such a heat and fuzzy feeling, for us to have the ability to deliver everybody into what we’re doing. And since it’s in Vegas I feel there will probably be an enormous get together, and we’ll most likely DJ and have some smiles both approach.

JH: And play some blackjack.

What’s the very best Grammy afterparty you’ve been to?

JG: There was a pre-party, I feel it was for Warner, and Lizzo performed. We have been simply on this small, intimate room and there was a bunch of celebrities and excessive profile folks. It’s onerous to not get starstruck.

Who have been you most starstruck by?

JH: After we went to the Grammys and met James Blake, and that’s most likely essentially the most starstruck I’ve been. He’s pretty. He’s a really pretty dude.


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