|Born||20 June 1980|
Boulogne Billancourt, France
|Genres||Electronica, EDM, IDM, minimal techno|
|Instrument(s)||Laptop, keyboards, synthesisers|
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Rone (born Erwan Castex, 20 June 1980) is a French electronic music producer and artist.
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. French DJ/Producer Agoria selected the track for his mix compilation "At the Controls", 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).
2009–2010: Debut album Spanish Breakfast, a change of status
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.
2011–2012: Berlin, new inspiration, new album
In 2011, in search of new inspiration, Rone decided to leave his hometown Paris for Berlin. 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. The album featured the single Let's Go, with vocals by US rapper High Priest from New York's Antipop Consortium Resident Advisor gave the album 4 out of 5 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".
2013: Tohu Bohu Tour, collaborations and Tohu Bonus
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" The same year, Gabriel & Dresden, Juan Atkins, Clark (musician) 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 was so interested by Rone's productions that he selected two of his tracks to feature on the compilation "Infiné by JMJ" The album Tohu Bohu was later re-released with a bonus disc with 6 unreleased tracks, one of them features John Stanier on drums
2014: Apache EP – North American tour
2014 saw the release of the Apache EP, in April. 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. In the same year, Rone made remixes for iconic French pop singer Etienne Daho and Breton (band)
Testing new technologies
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.
2015 : Third album: Creatures
After multiple tours around the world, Rone goes back to Paris and releases his third album, Creatures, on 9 February 2015. Various artists have collaborated on this album: Étienne Daho, François Marry (leader of pop group Frànçois and The Atlas Mountains), cellist Gaspar Claus, Bryce Dessner (leader of the group The National, trumpet player Toshinori Kondo.
Rone also releases a 360° Virtual Reality project Quitter La Ville in collaboration with La Blogothèque. The video was one of the first digital simulation clips, making him a pioneer in the Virtual Reality field.
2017: La Philharmonie de Paris / Fourth album: Mirapolis
On 14 January 2017 Rone performed a bespoke piece at the Philharmonie de Paris, for which he invited various guest artists: the drummer John Stanier of the group Battles, the science-fiction writer Alain Damasio, the leader of Frànçois and The Atlas Mountains François Marry.
On 23 March 2017 Erwan Castex received the French honorary decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
On 3 November 2017 Rone released his fourth album Mirapolis. The title was inspired by his childhood memories at the Mirapolis theme park, which closed in 1991. For Mirapolis, Castex pushed further his collaborative work by working alongside film director Michel Gondry who has illustrated the album cover. His fourth album also includes various international collaborators—John Stanier the drummer of the Battles, Kazu Makino from the vocal trio Blonde Redhead, Bryce Dessner the guitarist of The National, and Baxter Dury.
2020 : Room With A View
Invited by Ruth Mackenzie, the artistic director of Théâtre du Châtelet, Rone receives a carte blanche for 9 representations, from March 5 to 14. Rone decides to collaborate with the collective (La)Horde for Room With A View. This project is both a musical and choreographic piece, performed by 18 dancers from the Ballet national de Marseille. This creative project mainly addresses the messages of climate change. Simultaneously, Room With A View becomes the fifth album of the artist.
In 2020, Rone composed the original soundtrack for the feature film Night Ride. The score has led to his prize for best original soundtrack at the Festival International du film de Saint- Jean-de Luzz and at the Festival de La Baule. Rone also took home the 2021 César Award for Best Original Music.
2021 : Rone & Friends - L(oo)ping
After previous projects being held back due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Rone decides to produce a collaborative album with his vocalist friends: Odezenne, Georgia, Jehnny Beth, Dominique A, Laura Etchgoyhen, Alain Damasio, Mood, Flavien Berger, Yael Naim, Malibu, Camélia Jordana, Casper Clausen, Melissa Laveaux and Roya Arab.
On June 25 and 26 2021, Rone also presented L(oo)ping, an electro-classic concert, held at the Auditorium Maurice-Ravel, accompanied by 81 musicians from the Orchestre national de Lyon, the pianist Vanessa Wagner and the choir Bostgehio, under the direction of the Belgian conductor Dirk Brossé.
|2020||Room With A View||InFiné|
|2021||Rone & Friends||InFiné||Collaborative album — Dominique A, Yael Naim, Camélia Jordana, Georgia, Casper Clausen...|
|2021||Les Olympiades (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||InFiné|
|2009||La Dame Blanche||InFiné |
|2011||So So So||InFiné |
|2013||Bye Bye Macadam||InFiné |
|2008||Sie||Sublimes||Time has changed Records|
|2010||Ripperton & Minz||Crack||Suruba X|
|SinnerDC||The Medium Is The Message||Ai Records|
|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|
|2018||Jabberwocky||Fog||Polydor/Universal Music France|
|Blonde Redhead||Where Your Mind Wants To Go||Asa Wa Kuru/Ponderose|
|Gaspar Claus, Gasper Clausen||The Machine||Les Disques Du Festival Permanent|
|2019||Johnny Hostile||Work||Pop Noire|
|2021||GoGo Penguin||F Maj Pixie||Decca Records France|
|Agnes Obel||Can't Be||Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Strange Harvest Limited|
|Jehnny Beth||French Countryside||20L07|
|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|
- 2010: The Cord Woman (Original soundtrack)
- 2014: The Beast (short film) (Original soundtrack)
- 2016 : Half Sister, Full Love, Opening credits (Bye Bye Macadam)
- 2016 : I, Philip (Original soundtrack)
- 2016 : I Want Pluto to be a planet again (Original soundtrack)
- 2020 : Night Ride (Original soundtrack)
- 2021 : Paris, 13th District (feature film) / 'Les Olympiades (Original soundtrack)
- 2020: Room With A View, (La)Horde & Rode with the Ballet National de Marseille at the Théâtre du Châtelet
- 2017:Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres
- 2020: Grand Prix SACEM for electronic music
- 2021—46th César Awards: Disque d'Or of Cannes Soundtrack Award (Festival de Cannes) for the original soundtrack of Les Olympiades.
- 2022—47th César Awards: nominated for César Award for Best Original Music for Les Olympiades.
- ^ Interview_Rone, BeatsandBeyond Crew, Beats and Beyond, 8 December 2012.
- ^ Discogs
- ^ Rone talks inspiration, Dj Pangburn, Death and Taxes, Nov. 3, 2012.
- ^ Electronic Beats The Top 25 Records of 2009, EB team, Electronic Beats, Jan. 4, 2010.
- ^ Interview Rone, Leo Pollock, The Burlington Project
- ^ The Genesis of Rone, Nathan Reese, Interview (magazine)
- ^ X Rone & High Priest, Cécilia Leniaud, WAD (magazine), Nov. 8, 2012.
- ^ Rone - Tohu Bohu review, Stephane Girard, Resident Advisor, Nov. 2012.
- ^ YouTube: Rone - Bye Bye Macadam (Official Video), March 20, 2017
- ^ The National : un nouvel album plein de légèreté, Jérôme Provençal, Les Inrockuptibles, June 5, 2013
- ^ "Gabriel & Dresden, Rone New Releases: Bye Bye Macadam (Gabriel & Dresden Remix) on Beatport". Archived from the original on 2015-12-09. Retrieved 2016-05-06.
- ^ Hear Detroit Techno Godfather Juan Atkins' Throbbing Remix of Rone's "Bye Bye Macadam, Philip Sherburne, Spin, April 19, 2013
- ^ Radio Vinyle #37 Archived 2014-07-21 at the Wayback Machine, Marie Richeux, Radio France, March 20, 2014
- ^ ELECTRONIC MUSIC PIONEER JEAN MICHEL JARRE RELEASES NEW COMPILATION FOR INFINÉ, Fact (UK magazine), Jan. 15, 2013
- ^ Jean Michel Jarre: Metamorphosis, Aaron Coultate, Resident Advisor, March 4, 2013
- ^ Rone "Pool" [ft. John Stanier], Nick Neyland, Pitchfork, July 2, 2013.
- ^ Rone - Bachi-Bouzouk, Larry Fitzmaurice, Pitchfork, March 24, 2014
- ^ Listen to Rone's 'Apache' EP for InFiné, Melkorka Licea, xlr8r, April 2, 2014.
- ^ The Do LaB’s 2014 Coachella Stage Lineup
- ^ Rone remix "En Surface" d'Etienne Daho, Louis Lepron, Konbini, June 5, 2014.
- ^ Exclusive Rone remix for Breton, Carhartt, March 18, 2014.
- ^ "Un titre de Rone en binaural : faites l'expérience !", Guillaume Ledit, Mouv, 28 mars 2014.
- ^ 1ers-clips-360-degres-rone.html "Réalité virtuelle : 1ers clips à 360° pour Björk et Rone", Romain Heuillard, Clubic, 8 juin 2015.
- ^ "La Philharmonie de Paris". www.france.tv (in French). Retrieved 2022-06-30.
- ^ ""Nomination dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres hiver 2017"". Ministère de la Culture (in French).
- ^ Helenecw. "Portrait de Rone, le chevalier de l'électro française". Beware! (in French). Retrieved 1 July 2017.
- ^ "Rone en carte blanche au Théâtre du Châtelet pour une série de neuf concerts !". Info (in French). Retrieved 1 July 2022.
- ^ "Night Ride". IMDb.
- ^ "La Nuit Venue" (in French).
- ^ ""Rone & Friends", l'album de confinement collaboratif d'un artiste touche-à-tout". franceinfo:culture (in French).
- ^ "RONE AVEC L'ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE LYON". auditorium-lyon.com (in French). Retrieved 1 July 2017.
- ^ "Rone reveals new album, Mirapolis · News RA".
- ^ "La femme à cordes". collections.forumdesimages.fr. Retrieved 2016-10-16..
- ^ "La bête". collections.forumdesimages.fr. Retrieved 2016-10-16..
- ^ "Festival Européen du Film Fantastique de Strasbourg". strasbourgfestival.com. Retrieved 2016-10-16..
- ^ "Room With A View—2020". Chatelet.