Catch up with Artist To Watch Robert DeLong in Buzzworthy's exclusive Q&A.
We REALLY envy Seattle-born, L.A.-based Robert DeLong's coordination. First off, the EDM performance artist typically has 15 to 20 instruments on stage with him AT ONE TIME, and he doesn't have anybody else up there to, say, shake a tambourine or hit a cowbell. Nope, it's just Robert up there alone, jumping up and down (literally), spinning dials, pressing buttons, drumming and singing, and utilizing everything from his laptop to game pads to a traditional guitar and snare. Not only has Robert proved his staying power with hook-happy songs like "Global Concepts" and "Change (How You Feel)," but he's just unveiled a brand-new full-length album on Glassnote Records called Just Movement, featuring even more dancehall-ready pop/EDM/electro/rock/8-bit tracks. Now that we're officially obsessed with Robert's unusual Anamanaguchi-meets-Moby-meets-The Postal Service vibe, we decided to sit down with the Artist To Watch to talk about his electro-indie influences, Seattle background, and, well, whether or not Martians exist. Check out Buzzworthy's Q&A with Robert DeLong below!
Watch Robert DeLong's Buzzworthy Q&A, watch his "Global Concepts" video, and check out exclusive live performances from his MTV "Artist To Watch" showcase at the Highline Ballroom in New York.
Meet MTV's Artist To Watch: electronic performance artist Robert DeLong.
We're suckers for an innovator, and one-man-band and musical multi-tasker Robert DeLong would've invented innovation if he could have. The Seattle electro guru is basically an one-man Rube Goldberg machine, kicking off MTV's Artist To Watch showcase at New York City's Highline Ballroom by looping his voice before tying in the crowd's shouts, keyboard, a laptop, and even an old-school Nintendo joystick.
The EDM mastermind/self-proclaimed performance artist will utilize anything, be it a snare drum, vocal mic, laptop, tambourine, game pads, guitar, and ambient noise -- he's usually got 15 to 20 instruments on stage at once. For all those puzzle pieces, Robert doesn't employ any backup players -- it's just him pounding the drums, singing into the mic, and spinning dials, all culminating into an EDM, dubstep, electro, and 8-bit symphony.
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