Encore Beach Club is celebrating its eighth anniversary this weekend with a rare Las Vegas performance from Australian alt-dance outfit Rüfüs Du Sol. The group played last year’s Electric Daisy Carnival and will drop the first in a series of 2018 DJ sets at EBC Saturday. The Weekly spoke with Jon George, one-third of Rüfüs (with Tyrone Lindqvist and James Hunt), about the group’s Wynn Nightlife debut and upcoming third album.
Are you looking forward to spending more time in Las Vegas?
We moved to LA last year to start writing this record so we’re so close to Vegas now, we can smell it. It will be good to get out there and have some fun. We’ve had some good times in Vegas already during our last tours and it’s a pretty extravagant experience. At EDC last year we went out in a helicopter into the festival and that was pretty mindblowing, to totally feel the energy before we were about to play. We’re ready.
Why is Encore Beach Club the perfect venue for Rüfüs?
Definitely because of the lineups they are putting on now, [with] Jamie Jones and Solomun and Guy Gerber. We really like that type of music and it’s just perfect for a pool party. We wanted to be among that crowd and to have that place to test out all our new records and what we’ve been working on.
Will there be any live instrumentation or are these traditional DJ sets?
We are strictly there to DJ but I guess the difference with our sets is that we’ve been finishing this album so we’ll be able to use a lot of original cuts people haven’t heard before, to test those new songs out and have some really fresh sets. That’s the advantage. But we’ve always been DJs as well as being in the band.
Is your collaboration in the club similar to the process of writing and performing together in the band?
I guess it’s pretty similar in the way we’re bouncing ideas back and forth. When we’re getting super-creative on the decks and creating loops and not just going song to song, that’s when we get that back-and-forth and start to use our musical background a little more.
When will the new album be finished?
Sometime this year, that’s the plan. We just released a new song [“No Place”] and we’re really excited to start getting feedback on that. It’s been a really cathartic experience to finally have some of this music out there because we had a lot of fun making a record [for the first time] in America. I think we always try to isolate ourselves when we’re writing so we can fully immerse ourselves in it and that’s what we did in LA. It was about drawing on the experiences of the last two years of touring, the ups and downs that come with that lifestyle, being away from friends and family for so long, that euphoria that comes with playing big stages. That all speedballs into one big feeling and that’s what has driven the album.
RÜFÜS DU SOL WITH MOTEZ AT ENCORE BEACH CLUB NIGHTSWIM June 9, 10:30 p.m., $25-$45. Encore, 702-770-7300.