Robert DeLong

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Robert DeLong
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Robert DeLong performing at CD102.5 Day 2015
Background information
Birth name Robert Charles Edward DeLong
Born (1986-02-18) February 18, 1986 (age 31)
Origin Bothell, Washington, US[1]
Genres Electronic, house, dubstep, rave [2]
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Keyboards, drums, vocals, sampler
Years active 2010–present
Labels Glassnote Records
Website www.robertdelong.com

Robert Charles Edward DeLong (born February 18, 1986)[3] is an American electronic musician from Bothell, Washington and currently residing in Denver, Colorado. With a background in percussion and influences from a number of indie rock bands, DeLong's primary genres include house, dubstep, and moombahton. He has released two full-length albums on Glassnote Records: Just Movement in January 2013 and In the Cards in September 2015, along with the EP Long Way Down in November 2014. He also has many unreleased albums and songs.

Early life[edit]

DeLong grew up in the Seattle suburb of Bothell.[4] His father was a drummer.[5] Robert played in various bands while he was in high school. He studied drums at Azusa Pacific University,[6] partially supported by a scholarship.[7] While in college, he played in the band The Denouement[8][9] and settled in Los Angeles after graduation. His equipment and clothing feature an orange "X" logo; this same logo, or a variant of it, is often painted on his face and those of his fans.[5]

Music career[edit]

DeLong started as a drummer for indie rock bands[1] but added more electronic elements to his compositions following his exposure to their use at raves.[2] DeLong is notable for using video-game peripherals, such as a Wii remote and a joystick, connected to a MIDI interface, to modify his sound. He cites as influences Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, and Boards of Canada, among others.[10] He released his first full-length album, Just Movement, on Glassnote Records on 5 February 2013. His sound has been described by Wired Magazine as a merger of "electronic dance music, alt rock, and vocals into tracks that are poppy enough to make you move but dissonant enough to be interesting."[11] At live performances, facepaint is an option to be put on by his "helpers" who wander with a can of paint and a paintbrush.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US
Dance

[12]
US
Heat

[13]
US
Rock

[14]
Just Movement[15] 18 34
Long Way Down (EP)
23
In the Cards
9 46
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Adult
[17]
US Alt
[18]
Rock Airplay
[19]
"Global Concepts" 2012 33 Just Movement
"Long Way Down" 2014 38 3 9 In the Cards
"Don't Wait Up" 2015 19 29
"Better Days"[20] Single-only release
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Off Stage: Robert DeLong". Leveled Magazine. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Robert DeLong on Just Movement". ASCAP. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Alk, Nell (5 February 2013). "Robert DeLong is an electronica artist on the Rise". BlackBook Magazine. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  4. ^ McCarthy, Zel (1 February 2013). "Robert DeLong, 'Just Movement': Exclusive Album Premiere". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Robert DeLong Unplugged – Digilove Exclusive Interview". 4 February 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Bain, Katie (5 February 2013). "Robert DeLong: Deep Thoughts on the Dance Floor". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Paul Michael Roberts Memorial". Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Collier, Kevin (28 June 2012). "Azusa's Best: Robert DeLong, Scott Ryan and Johanna Chase". Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Denoueblog". Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  10. ^ Neyland, Nick (10 December 2012). "Robert DeLong: Going Global". CMJ. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Capps, Rob (15 March 2013). "Robert DeLong Knows the Cheat Code to Make You Dance". Wired Magazine. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Robert DeLong – Chart History: Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  14. ^ "Top Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  15. ^ Matt Collar. "Robert DeLong: Just Movement". AllMusic. 
  16. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on September 17, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Robert DeLong - Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Robert DeLong - Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 12, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Robert DeLong - Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  20. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/better-days-single/id1024841172

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