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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With James Hunt of Rufus Du Sol

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

"I was in Los Angeles last year, but I just put all my stuff in storage and am currently living between tour buses and short-term rentals," says James Hunt, who is one third of the electronic dance music group Rufus Du Sol. "Our schedule is full-on for the next six months, so it didn't make sense to rent a house I won't be in. (So I'm) homeless for now, other than the tour bus and hotel rooms." For updated tour dates, check out their website (http://www.rufusdusol.com/). The band also stays active on Twitter (https://twitter.com/rufusdusol), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/rufusdusol) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/rufusdusol/).

Q. Do you incorporate your travels into your work in any way?

A. Every album we write is influenced by the location we're in. It's kind of inherent in the process of creating music to draw upon the immediate vibe, personality and feeling of a place. On the first record, "Atlas," it was very much indebted to the coastline of New South Wales. The second record, "Bloom," was heavily influenced by the vibe and musical landscape of Berlin. Our most recent record, "Solace," drew upon the vast, alien landscapes of Joshua Tree and the surrounding desert, as well as our own emotional response to our experience in Los Angeles.

Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?

A. Tulum, Mexico. I was there with my partner in 2017 and it was one of the most relaxing and beautiful times of my life. We're lucky enough to be going back to this part of the world to play at Odesza's Sundara festival (in the Riviera Maya) in March.

Q. To someone who was going to Tulum for the first time, what would you recommend that they do during their visit?

 

A. Swim in the cenotes -- the many underground freshwater caves that are all connected through an underground river system -- dive into the ocean, visit the Mayan ruins, drink spicy margaritas, do yoga and catch rays on the beach.

Q. What untapped destination should people know about?

A. Lightning in a Bottle music and arts festival in (Buena Vista Lake) Calif., for a very different music festival experience.

Q. What was the first trip you took as a child?

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