In the course of his 10-year career, Erwan Castex, alias RONE, has made his mark as a key figures on the French electronic music scene, always striving to push back the genre’s frontiers. After a distinctive live show at the Philharmonie de Paris in 2017 – which earned him the Prix des Indés – he went on the Variations radio show to give a rereading of works by Benjamin Britten, accompanied by the youth choir of Radio France and its choir mistress Sofi Jeannin. RONE then presented Motion, a 12-minute electro-classical piece, with the orchestra Les Siècles conducted by François-Xavier Roth.
His music has also become a stirring ally of environmental awareness-raising worldwide – from Hugo Picard, aka The Sailing Frenchman, who uses his pieces to communicate with whales and dolphins, to Greta Thunberg for one of her alarm-sounding videos.
More recently, RONE composed the soundtrack for a feature film, La Nuit venue (dir. Frédéric Farrucci), for which he won the César award for best music. After which he played nine performances of Room With A View at the Théâtre du Châtelet. This new piece was followed by the release, in April 2020, of his fifth album, Room With A View.
The curtailed run of performances of Room With A View and subsequent tour cancellation made RONE even more eager to create and collaborate. Thus, a surprise was born: the album Rone & Friends, released on 26 March 2021, a collection of 12 collaborations featuring the voices of Jehnny Beth, Dominique A, Flavien Berger, Yael Naim, Camelia Jordana, Georgia and Alain Damasio.