Look out world, here comes Robert Delong. Seriously, this guy is basically a one man band. The Seattle native who moved to Los Angeles is a keyboard playing, drummer, singer song writer with electro beats, and that doesn't even begin to cover it. Apparently he moved to L.A. with a toolbox of Wii-motes, keyboards, and drums to develop a live rock show that CMJ Magazine claims worthy of " an 8-bit warrior, seamlessly creating danceable electro beats with his Wii Remote and Sega Genesis controller on par with the Chemical Brothers."
The instrumentalist is known to perform using a full drum set, keyboards, laptops, game controllers, drum pads, his own signing voice, and then loop his music live to fuse electronic dance beats, synth, jazz, pop, rock 'n' roll melodies, drum & bass and moombahton. Top this all off with striking melodies and lyrics with emotional heart and…wow.
He's a self proclaimed philosopher who raises questions about identity and spirituality, wrapping these ideas into a collection of songs from varying genres in his debut album JUST MOVEMENT. "The whole album is sort of a thesis statement for my philosophy," said the 26 year old. His eclectic mix of music genres bespeaks to his questions of identity and spirituality because nowadays categorizing music can sometimes be impossible. Almost all new music is a blend and after a while it feels like, what's the point of trying to categorize it anyways? Do you like it?
Just take a look his hit song "Global Concepts"
And then take a look at his SoundCloud page. One song is Electronic, another Moombahton, another House and then another Drum & Bass. Check it out because there's something for everyone:
I got to catch a bit of his set at Sea of Dreams this past New Years, but I didn't know who he was. Now I'm kicking myself about that, but I'm also excited because he's touring and coming back to San Francisco. Check out his tour dates below:
Feb. 5th Amoeba Hollywood Los Angeles, CA
Feb. 8th Putnam Den Saratoga Springs, NY
Feb. 9th Underground Arts-Wolf Building Philadelphia, PA
Feb.12th T.T. The Bear's Place Cambridge, MA
Feb 14th U STreet Music Hall Washington, DC
Feb. 15th The Studio @ Webster Hall New York, NY
Feb 16th Shadow Lounge Pittsburgh, PA
Feb 21st The Rickshaw San Francisco, CA