Nick Littlemore’s stretch together composer of Cirque’s “Zarkana” could give the Australian dance-pop team an inside track because that bandmate Steele’s goal.

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The two musical partner in empire of the sun will never ever be confused.

One dresses favor a glam space alien and sometimes wears headdresses. The other doesn’t.

One loves to do live. The various other doesn’t.

But guess which one ended up through Cirque du Soleil?

“I never ever thought the that,” states Luke Steele, the of the sci-fi vegas get-ups and the touring face of Empire, which visits The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of las Vegas on Saturday.

Nick Littlemore does no go top top the road with Empire, yet his stretch together the composer of Cirque’s “Zarkana” — i beg your pardon ran at Aria from 2012 to beforehand last year — could give the group an inside track because that Steele’s dream: “Do a residency over there (in las Vegas) where we might have the most elaborate collection ever built.

“Every time ns say it, anyone thinks it’s a big joke, however I think it would be amazing,” that adds. “You just have actually to gain the human being here. Ns don’t understand if we’d have the ability to do that for (several) nights, yet maybe a few albums under the track.”

So far, for this reason good, though, for the Australian dance-pop team whose buoyant tunes room sure to energize the Coachella music festival in California top top Friday (and again April 21).

The team has already played two large outdoor gatherings in las Vegas: the first (and so much only) absent in Rio ~ above the piece in 2015 and also Life is Beautiful downtown critical fall.

Empire’s effervescent sound, i beg your pardon came into the mainstream when “Walking on a Dream” was provided for a Honda commercial, can sometimes acquire outmuscled through the EDM DJs with whom the group regularly shares festival stages. “It’s constantly a little strange once you come on after this sonic-boom kind of acts — Marshmello and also some of the various other hard-hitting sort of DJs — as soon as you’re playing genuine songs,” Steele says.

But, he adds, “I think it’s always worked in ours favor end the years … . I started to realize DJs have one trick, and also it’s the ‘go’ button the totality time.”

But the currently blur.

“You listen to nation music now and also it’s acquired all these big windups. Ns heard a Keith Urban track the various other day (“Sun Don’t let Me Down”) and was like, ‘Wow.’ It’s obtaining so shiny that the minute you placed the song on it’s going come be favor your whole house transforms a luminous blue plastic or something.”

Steele says empire is a stronger live band 보다 ever, after including two members that the British band Gomez: singer-guitarist Ian Ball and drummer-programmer Olly Peacock.

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“I think now I have actually such a good band behind me,” Steele says. “When I very first started, the was just me for five years doing usually every aspect of the show, indigenous the song collection to the visuals.”

It took awhile for Steele and Littlemore — and their fans — to get used come a group where one of the two guys pictured top top the album consists did no perform. “It keeps united state sane and also that’s just what works,” Steele says. “Nick in the studio is choose a wizard. He regulates the machines. He’s quite a sight to see.

“Leaving Nick come his devices, he can go on some pretty wild adventures.”

On the various other hand, “I grew up in a blues club. Touring is like a organic thing because that me, it’s choose my habitat.” Steele’s father is blues musician Nick Steele, and he will be in las Vegas to open the Cosmopolitan show with a solo acoustic set. (Australian digital act The Avalanches will play in the middle.)

Father and also son aren’t likely to be confused by sound or fashion sensibilities. However Steele does say of his dad, “I think he’s a nice cool dresser. He has actually boots that he’s had actually for 20 years that space all sort of embroidered and also engraved, and he’s rockin’ a pretty severe beard these days.”