Electronica singer/songwriter Robert DeLong recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview and perform a brief semi-acoustic set. DeLong discussed the themes on his debut album, Just Movement, why he enjoys performing live and the artists who have influenced him, among other topics. DeLong performed songs from his debut album, including "Global Concepts" and "Happy."
"[When you're] performing for an audience, it's just cool to see how people react to the dynamic experience that you're hopefully giving them," said DeLong. "You have a connection with people that you can't really experience in any other situation."
A Seattle native now based in Los Angeles, DeLong cites artists such as the Beatles, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, and Scottish electronic duo Boards Of Canada as influences. After signing with Glassnote Records (Mumford & Sons, Phoenix) in 2012, DeLong released Global Concepts, an EP featuring the title track, which would later become the lead single from his debut studio album.
Described by DeLong as a "collection of dance beats, pop hooks and thought-provoking musings," Just Movement was released in January and peaked at No. 18 on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart. DeLong wrote, produced, mixed, and played every instrument on the 12-track album. DeLong is currently in the midst of an international tour, with dates scheduled through November.