Rone (musician)

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Rone playing live at Los Globos, Los Angeles
Rone playing live at Los Globos, Los Angeles
Background information
Born (1980-06-20) June 20, 1980 (age 41)
Boulogne Billancourt, France
GenresElectronica, EDM, IDM, minimal techno
Occupation(s)Producer, musician
InstrumentsLaptop, keyboards, synthesisers
Years active2007–present

Rone (born Erwan Castex, June 20, 1980) is a French electronic music producer and artist.


Early steps[edit]

Erwan Castex was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. He grew up in Paris. His first EP "Bora" came out in 2008 on the French label InFiné.[1] French DJ/Producer Agoria selected the track for his mix compilation "At the Controls",[2] attracting immediate support from a good part of the electronic music scene, for instance in the UK (Massive Attack's 3D, Sasha and London's Fabric resident DJ Lee Burridge).[3]

2009–2010: Debut album Spanish Breakfast, a change of status[edit]

In 2009, Rone released a new maxi, entitled "La Dame Blanche". The track was later remixed by LCD Soundsystem's bass player Tyler Pope and Austrian electronic music artist Clara Moto. The same year he brought out his first full-length album "Spanish Breakfast", also on Infiné. Electronic Beats ranked him in their top 25 Best Albums of 2009.[4]

2011–2012: Berlin, new inspiration, new album[edit]

In 2011, in search of new inspiration, Rone decided to leave his hometown Paris for Berlin.[5] This led in spring of 2011 to release of the critically acclaimed EP So So So. A second album entitled « Tohu Bohu » (Biblical Hebrew expression meaning chaos) followed in October 2012, likewise on Infiné.[6] The album featured the single Let's Go, with vocals by US rapper High Priest from New York's Antipop Consortium[7] Resident Advisor gave the album 4 out of 5[8] and Rone won three 2012 Trax Magazine awards : Best French Artist, Best Album and Best Music Video.

Tohu Bohu gave rise to three singles : Parade, Bye Bye Macadam and Let's Go. All three singles were promoted by videos, the most successful, Bye Bye Macadam, having been viewed more than 40 million times on YouTube and been shown on Cartoon Network in Adult Swim's Off the Air episode "Worship".[9]

2013: Tohu Bohu Tour, collaborations and Tohu Bonus[edit]

Early in 2013 the US indie band The National asked Rone to add some electronic sequences to their new album "Trouble Will Find Me" on 4AD. Rone added his distinctive to parts of the album. As The National’s lead singer Matt Berninger said in an interview "Rone's work has brought something fresh to our sound, I’m not saying we re-invented ourselves as a band, but we’ve opened new doors"[10] The same year, Gabriel & Dresden,[11] Juan Atkins,[12] Chris Clark (musician)[13] and Dominik Eulberg remixed respectively the tracks Bye Bye Macadam, Let's Go, and Parade and the godfather of French electronic music Jean-Michel Jarre[14] was so interested by Rone's productions that he selected two of his tracks to feature on the compilation "Infiné by JMJ"[15] The album Tohu Bohu was later re-released with a bonus disc with 6 unreleased tracks, one of them features John Stanier on drums[16]

2014: Apache EP – North American tour[edit]

2014 saw the release of the Apache EP, in April.[17] Simultaneously Rone toured North America for the first time in his career, finishing off with an appearance at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival's The Do LaB Stage.[18][19] In the same year, Rone made remixes for iconic French pop singer Etienne Daho[20] and Breton (band)[21]

Testing new technologies[edit]

He also collaborates with sound engineers from Radio France on binaural versions of the tracks "Apache", "Quitter la ville" and "Acid Reflux", reproducing an audio 3D effect.[22]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Label
2009 Spanish Breakfast InFiné
2012 Tohu Bohu InFiné
2013 Tohu Bonus InFiné
2015 Creatures InFiné
2017 Mirapolis[23] InFiné
2019 Motion InFiné
2020 Room With A View InFiné

Extended plays[edit]

Year Title Label
2008 Bora InFiné
2009 La Dame Blanche InFiné
2011 So So So InFiné
2012 Parade InFiné
2013 Bye Bye Macadam InFiné
Let's Go
2014 Apache InFiné
2016 Vood(oo) InFiné


Year Artist Track Label
2008 Sie Sublimes Time has changed Records
Carl-Johan Elger Kattguld Lo-FiSoul
2010 Ripperton & Minz Crack Suruba X
SinnerDC The Medium Is The Message Ai Records
2011 Arandel In D#3 InFiné
Dominik Eulberg Der Tanz der Gluehwuermchen Traum Schallplatten
2012 Max Cooper (electronica musician) Simplexity Traum Schallplatten
2014 Breton (band) 15 minutes Believe
Etienne Daho En Surface Polydor/Universal Music France
2015 Yael Naim Coward Tôt ou tard
Aufgang Summer Blue Note/Universal Music France
Jabberwocky Fog Polydor/Universal Music France


Year Artist Title Label
2007 Lucy & Rone Chocolate Broque
Lucy & Rone Continuity Theory Curle
2009 Lucy & Rone Crack ProgCity Deep Trax
Lucy & Rone Great Heron
2013 The National Trouble Will Find Me 4AD
2016 Jean-Michel Jarre The Heart Of Noise Pt. 1 Sony Music


  1. ^ Interview_Rone, BeatsandBeyond Crew, Beats and Beyond, 8 December 2012.
  2. ^ Discogs
  3. ^ Rone talks inspiration, Dj Pangburn, Death and Taxes, Nov. 3, 2012.
  4. ^ Electronic Beats The Top 25 Records of 2009, EB team, Electronic Beats, Jan. 4, 2010.
  5. ^ Interview Rone, Leo Pollock, The Burlington Project
  6. ^ The Genesis of Rone, Nathan Reese, Interview (magazine)
  7. ^ X Rone & High Priest, Cécilia Leniaud, WAD (magazine), Nov. 8, 2012.
  8. ^ Rone - Tohu Bohu review, Stephane Girard, Resident Advisor, Nov. 2012.
  9. ^ YouTube: Rone - Bye Bye Macadam (Official Video), March 20, 2017
  10. ^ The National : un nouvel album plein de légèreté, Jérôme Provençal, Les Inrockuptibles, June 5, 2013
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-09. Retrieved 2016-05-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ Hear Detroit Techno Godfather Juan Atkins' Throbbing Remix of Rone's "Bye Bye Macadam, Philip Sherburne, Spin, April 19, 2013
  13. ^ Radio Vinyle #37 Archived 2014-07-21 at the Wayback Machine, Marie Richeux, Radio France, March 20, 2014
  15. ^ Jean Michel Jarre: Metamorphosis, Aaron Coultate, Resident Advisor, March 4, 2013
  16. ^ Rone "Pool" [ft. John Stanier], Nick Neyland, Pitchfork, July 2, 2013.
  17. ^ Rone - Bachi-Bouzouk, Larry Fitzmaurice, Pitchfork, March 24, 2014
  18. ^ Listen to Rone's 'Apache' EP for InFiné, Melkorka Licea, xlr8r, April 2, 2014.
  19. ^ The Do LaB’s 2014 Coachella Stage Lineup
  20. ^ Rone remix "En Surface" d'Etienne Daho, Louis Lepron, Konbini, June 5, 2014.
  21. ^ Exclusive Rone remix for Breton, Carhartt, March 18, 2014.
  22. ^ "Un titre de Rone en binaural : faites l'expérience !", Guillaume Ledit, Mouv, 28 mars 2014.
  23. ^ "Rone reveals new album, Mirapolis · News ⟋ RA".

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