Rone playing live at Los Globos, Los Angeles
|Born||June 20, 1980|
Boulogne Billancourt, France
|Genres||Electronica, EDM, IDM, minimal techno|
|Instruments||Laptop, keyboards, synthesisers|
Rone (born Erwan Castex, June 20, 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, Chris 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.
|2020||Room With A View||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|
|Jabberwocky||Fog||Polydor/Universal Music France|
|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|
- Interview_Rone, BeatsandBeyond Crew, Beats and Beyond, 8 December 2012.
- 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
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-09. Retrieved 2016-05-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- 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.