by E.P Pirt, Jr.
Whether it’s been fueled by a progressively downward-spiraling stereotype of DJs as no more than button-pushers and pretty faces, a natural return to a more hands on approach, or the motivation to continue pushing the creative envelope into new uncharted territory, there is no doubt that electronic music has been trending towards more and more of a live element over the last couple of years. With acts like Disclosure, Big Gigantic, and Keys n Krates leading the way, and additional stars such as Pretty Lights and Goldroom offering both DJ sets and live sets, there is no doubt that electronic music is evolving and that the line between “electronic” music and just about every other genre is becoming more and more blurry.
While it is a trend (although one that I hope becomes the norm), there are a few acts that pioneered it before it was the cool thing to do. We will be lucky enough to catch one of them this Thursday at The 1up – Colfax, in Rüfüs Du Sol, or Rüfüs, as they were they originally called, and to this day still go by in their native Australia (they were forced to go by a different name in the US due to trademark issues).
Their debut album, entitled Rüfüs EP, was released in January of 2011, but it wasn’t until 2013 that they would hit it big, with their debut studio album Atlas debuting at #1 on the Australian Albums Chart in August of 2013. Preceding it was perhaps their most recognizable single, Take Me, which hit the #2 spot on the Australian Independent Records chart. It would go on to be nominated for “Best Independent Dance/Electronica or Club Single” at the AIR awards, while Atlas won “Best Independent Dance, Electronica Album” in 2014. That same year they were also nominated for “Best Australian Live Act”.
It’s only appropriate that one of Australia’s hottest dance groups headlines Denver’s hottest new venue, The 1up – Colfax, this Thursday. Complete with live vocals, guitar, keys, and drums, this is going to be a night of live electronic music to remember.