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Diving into Robert DeLong's musical world can be a little overwhelming, as we learned when we recently invited the electro whiz-kid by our place for a quaint, holiday version of Bands + Brews in the Baeble basement. When all the gear started rolling in, I must admit...I was a little worried. Drums and keyboards and cage-like hardware contraptions filled our tiny subterranean jam space (where would we put our opener, Panama Wedding?). There were also two very large flat screen monitors going up to provide the visuals that would accompany his furious live performance. It was all very impressive. It was all very daunting! But, as someone close to Robert later told me, when he rolls into to ANY space, he doesn't mess around. Doesn't matter if it's 1000 people or 10. Robert is doing it his way...and aren't we thanking our lucky stars he did.

Before hopping into his recent session with us, Baeble had the chance to catch up with the Seattle native. We were mainly curious about all the electronic hocus-pocus that plays out in our newest session. Turns out it was born when DeLong mixed an initial love for the drums with the fact that he could, "play game controllers pretty good, as any kid of the late 80s would."

Those game controllers are a real big part of RDL's world. "The Robert DeLong project started as too many controllers on a table, a couple of microphones, a couple of drums", he told us. "Now it's out of control". That means in addition to the drums, keyboards, sampler pads, cameras (yes cameras...for those giant flat screens I mentioned), and microphones, Robert carries an array of Wii, Sega Genesis, and old computer joy sticks, all hacked for maximum, musical possibilities. "Years ago I discovered you could hack these things and use them as midi controllers...basically the same thing as knobs and sliders. It's a lot more novel and it's a lot cheaper too".

Such 8-bit inspired origins combine with more modern elements on his new 4 song EP, Long Way Down, which is now available via Glassnote. As DeLong told us, "'Long Way Down' is the single and it's more of a hip hop thing. The rest of them are more dance tunes." The dance thing DeLong refers to is something he gets a lot, admitting one could describe some of what he does as EDM. "But it's a lot more songwriter and performance focused than I think most electronic dance music is." Still, DeLong adds, "you can definitely shake your ass to it".

Indeed you can, as you'll see in the release of our newest Bands + Brews Session.

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and we're in the basement at the Bands and Brews session, here with Robert DeLong, EDM artist.
Do you like to describe your music as "EDM?" music, so, that's fine.
But, yeah you know, it's a lot more songwriter and performance-focused than I think most electronic dance music is.
But you know, you definitely can shake your ass to it.
- Okay, so we're in a basement.
What kind of venue are you normally used to? What were your thoughts when you were initially asked to play in a basement at a kegger party? - Well, I love keggers, so that's great.
I mean, beer is wonderful.
But you know, I've played a lot of weird places.
I've played conference rooms for ad agencies, and I've played raves and festivals, and I've played clubs, and who knows what else.
I played in a living room one time, so this isn't that weird.
This seems great! - I mean, it is going to be a good time because you can do a keg stand outside.
You can have a margarita upstairs, and then it's a basement packed with people.
- Everyone seems like they're going to have a good time.
- Do you ever put on your own stuff and dance to it in your room by yourself? - I mean, when I'm writing music, I'm always moving, you know, moving around.
I'm blasting the speakers and jumping around and stuff to see if it works, or whatever.
But no, after I finish a song I try not to listen to it as much as possible, because I have to perform it every day.
- I feel like you could be somewhat limited with your set up, that you can't really get out and dance with the crowd.
- Yeah, I mean, sort of naturally, I just respond and get pretty into it, so I am jumping around, and doing all sorts of stuff.
I go out front a lot when I'm playing.
Obviously, in this sort of circumstance, this isn't like that ravey or dancey of an event, so I can't imagine I'll go too crazy.
But who knows? Maybe I'll burn something down, or whatever.
- So aside from playing music, what's your best party trick? - My best party trick? I can clap with one hand.
It's kind of embarrassing, but I can do it.
It looks a little... Like I said, it's embarrassing, but it is a party trick.
- How did you discover that you could clap with one hand? - I was seven when I discovered that I could clap with one hand.
I don't know if there's really anything more to it than that.
I was just a kid.
Kids do weird things.
You know, as a drummer, I think my wrists are really nice and loose, so that contributes to it.
- This thing? It's not a double-jointed thing, right? - I don't know anything about it.
It's a weird thing.
- All right, awesome.
Thanks so much.
- Cheers! - Cheers! - What's up, everybody? I'm Robert DeLong.
The knight of swords you card When waking up is hard Soon you'll always be Waking up with me The star of verse is placed The towers next in space The ancients said this lasts Only till it's passed When the feelings gone Where do we belong Are we in the cards or free There are no differences to me And when you see yourself Inside of someone else Is that wrong or right to see There are no differences to me
Did you feel it Did you feel it in your ears The fool was laid down last But the risk you took is passed The future's open wide Where we're going's undecided When the feeling's gone Where do we belong Are we in the cards or free There are no differences to me
When the feelings gone Where do we belong Are we in the cards or free There are no differences to me And when you see yourself Inside of someone else Is that wrong or right to see There are no differences to me Differences to me Differences to me Differences to me Differences to me Be not afraid Be not afraid it's just a game Be not afraid it's just a game Be not afraid it's just a game Be not afraid it's just a game Be not afraid it's just a game Be not afraid it's just a game - Make some fuckin' noise! Be not afraid it's just a game Be not afraid it's just a game Be not afraid it's just a game Be not afraid it's just a game Be not afraid it's just a game Be not afraid it's just a game Be not afraid it's just a game Be not afraid it's just a game Be not afraid it's just a game Be not afraid it's just a game
- Thank you guys! Robert DeLong.
There is an old saying, the tree with green leaves in autumn has perfect branches.
Why do you feel so heavy? There is another saying that goes something like this.
The one who does not get their face painted goes, about your face-painting fears.
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The long way down The long way down I've been fucking around While you've been saving the world I've been out of my mind I've been dreaming things and scheming things I've been smoking the poison You've been slinging your anecdotes I've been fucking around While you were saving the world From nothing The end The end Things will never go away In the end The end Things will never go So take it in Don't hold your breath The bottom's all I found We can't get higher than we get On the long way down On the long way down On the long way Burning night in my eyes Blinding me from the truth If there's a shadow in me The dark is a tidal wave inside of you Taking shots at communion Getting drunk on your antidote I'll save you a seat next to me down below The end The end Everyone will go away In the end The end Everything will go So take it in Don't hold your breath The bottom's all I found We can't get higher than we get On the long way down On the long way down On the long way Oh ooh oh Oh ooh oh Oh ooh oh oh oh Oh ooh oh Oh ooh oh Oh ooh oh oh oh Oh ooh oh Oh ooh oh Oh ooh oh oh oh On the long way down On the long way down down down So take it in Don't hold your breath The bottom's all I've found We can't get higher than we get On the long way down On the long way On the long way So take it in Don't hold your breath The bottom's all I've found We can't get higher than we get On the long way down On the long way down On the long way down
- Thank you guys.
Wanted it to Feel the same way As the first time As the first time But the feeling Slipped away To red green blue And then I saw you In the airport It's the same thing As the first time As the first time I watched the tiles Slip away To ring the restroom Then I saw you Wanted you to Glimpse the same things That my eyes saw That my mind saw But the vision Slipped away Into nothing Ran down my brain stem And out my fingers I felt the cold air And touched your black hair Fluorescent colors in acid rain New colors screened you And then I saw through New colors screened you And then I saw through New colors screened you And then I saw through Follow the signs Through the desert Through the desert To the other side One cycle later I met my savior In the arches In the forest Is it trees or twilight Can't ascertain I was in the taproom And then I saw you Then I was running Pushing air in my lungs Feeling the light Bounce off the moon from the sun And slip into nothing Into nothing Ran down my brain stem And out my fingers I felt the cold air And touched your black hair Fluorescent colors in acid rain New colors screened you And then I saw through Ran down my brain stem And out my fingers I felt the cold air And touched your black hair Fluorescent colors in acid rain New colors screened you And then I saw through Feel it slip away Slip away, slip away Slip away, slip away Feel it slip away Slip away, slip away Slip away, slip away Feel it slip away Slip away, slip away Slip away, slip away Feel it slip away Slip away, slip away Slip away, slip away Feel it slip away Slip away, slip away Slip away, slip away Feel it slip away Slip away, slip away Slip away, slip away Feel it slip away Slip away, slip away Slip away, slip away Ran down my brain stem And out my fingers I felt the cold air And touched your black hair Fluorescent colors in acid rain New colors screened you And then I saw through Ran down my brain stem And out my fingers I felt the cold air And touched your black hair Fluorescent colors in acid rain New colors screened you And then I saw through Feel it slip away Slip away, slip away Slip away, slip away Feel it slip away Slip away, slip away Slip away, slip away
- Thank you guys.
Hey, let's everybody wish a Happy Birthday to Daniel Glass.
I love that guy.
- Happy Birthday! - Why do you feel so heavy? It is that you feel that you are carrying your body around.
Who is it that carries this corpse around? In common speech expresses this all the time.
"Life is a drag.
I feel I'm just dragging myself around.
My body is a burden to me.
" To whom? When there is nobody left for whom the body can be a burden, the body isn't a burden.
But so long as you fight it, it is.
- This song is a cover.
I've been holding out so long I've been sleeping all alone Lord I miss you 'Cuz I've been hanging on the phone And I've been sleeping all alone I want to kiss you sometimes
Well I've been haunted in my sleep You've been starring in my dreams Lord I miss you I've been waiting in the hall Been waiting on your call Then the phone rings It's just some friends of mine that say Hey, what's the matter man We're gonna come around your place at twelve With some Puerto Rican girls that are just dyin' to meet you We're gonna bring a case of wine We're gonna mess and fool around Like we used to Oh everybody waits so long Oh tell me Why you wait so long You've got to come home Come home
I've been walking through Central Park Singing after dark People think I'm crazy I've been dancin' through the streets Shuffling my feet And I've been lying to myself It was you and no one else Lord I won't miss you child 'Cuz you've been foolin' on my time Blottin' out my mind No I won't miss you baby Yeah No I won't miss you baby Yeah No I won't miss you baby Yeah No I won't miss you baby Yeah No I won't miss you baby Yeah
Basically I want to know Basically I've got to know Basically I want to know Where we're going Where we're going
Does this change how you feel Does this change how you feel Does this change how you feel About everything Does this change how you feel Does this change how you feel About everything If you came out of love Or if you came out of fear The difference is Meaningless to me As long as you came here Does this change how you feel Does this change how you feel Does this change how you feel About everything Does this change how you feel Does this change how you feel About everything About everything About everything Basically I want to know Basically I've got to know Basically I want to know Where we're going Where we're going And basically I And basically I And basically I And basically I Basically I Basically I
- And you may find yourself in another part of the world And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile - You guys have been fuckin' awesome.
I've got a couple more tunes for you.
Thank you so much.
- And you may find yourself in a beautiful house With a beautiful wife And you may ask yourself Well how did I get here? You come here You don't need an occasion Just an ill-advised itchin' for the conversation Gotta get stuff goin' Got a good vibration Getting mixed results That makes some strong vibation When the sun god rises As I'm sleepin' it out With the midday breakfast Where I'm keepin' it out With a late day exit Now I'm turnin' it off Now the sun god's rising As I'm sleeping it off
Still getting old spaces Still getting cold spaces About to fall I've got all the time The time The time Still getting old spaces Still getting cold spaces About to fall I've got all the time The time The time
Became stone sober But I stayed up for burning Got a time travel problem With electrical yearning Gotta scrapbook of cycles Keep the seasons from turning Gotta slow slow slow slow Slow it down I see everything quite clear But I don't get to feel it And I see life outside of time But I don't feel it
Still getting old spaces Still getting cold spaces About to fall I've got all the time The time The time Still getting old spaces Still getting cold spaces About to fall I've got all the time The time The time Still getting old spaces Still getting cold spaces About to fall I've got all the time The time The time
- Same as it ever was Same as it ever was Same as it ever was Same as it ever was Same as it ever was Still getting old spaces Still getting cold spaces About to fall I've got all the time The time The time Still getting old spaces Still getting cold spaces About to fall I've got all the time The time The time Still getting old spaces Still getting cold spaces About to fall I've got all the time The time The time Still getting old spaces Still getting cold spaces About to fall I've got all the time The time The time
- Thank you guys.
I have one more tune.
You guys have been fuckin' awesome.
- How does your head look to your eyes? Well, I'll tell you.
It looks like what you see out in front of you, because all that you see out in front of you is how you feel inside your head.
Hearing is sound.
Seeing is sight.
You don't see sight.
"Sight-seeing" is a ridiculous word.
I think it burns my sense of truth To hear me shouting at my youth I need a way to sort it out After I die I'll re-awake Redefine what was at stake From the hindsight of a god I'll see the people that I used See the substance I abused The ugly places that I lived Did I make money Was I proud Did I play my songs too loud Did I leave my life to chance Or did I make you fucking dance
Symmetry exists only in our minds Our brain is seeing squares So I woke up with entropy defined But the forms still linger there In my head
I'll see the people that I used See the substance I abused The ugly places that I lived Did I make money Was I proud Did I play my songs too loud Did I leave my life to chance Or did I make you fucking dance
Global concepts uncommon the world round But we share a mortal frame That if you can hear Reacts to every sound But no two people move the same
I think it burns my sense of truth To hear me shouting at my youth I need a way to sort it out After I die I'll re-awake Redefine what was at stake From the hindsight of a god I'll see the people that I used See the substance I abused The ugly places that I lived Did I make money Was I proud Did I play my songs too loud Did I leave my life to chance Or did I make you fuckin' dance
- Fuck fuck fuckin' dance - Thank you guys so much.
That was fuckin' great.
Give yourselves a hand! Fuck yeah.
Well, enjoy your imbibations.
Have a good night! - More! More! One more song! One more song!

Artist Bio

Los Angeles-based electronic musician Robert DeLong mixes dance music with his own singer/songwriter style of craftsmanship. A native of Seattle, DeLong relocated to Los Angeles where began performing his innovative style of electronic music. Utilizing MIDI interfaces and mixing live while he performs, DeLong plays keyboards, drum pads, drum set, laptops, and even gaming controllers to create his songs. Though his music falls into the category of experimental dance, his lyrics and melodic sense often borrow from more classic pop influences such as Paul Simon. DeLong released his debut solo album, Just Movement, in 2013.

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