Long Way Down (Uncut)
Mashing up a new intro for "Long Way Down"
Hacking game controllers for music
How a born drummer builds beats
About Robert DeLong
Few, if any, artists mix electronic sensibilities and singer/songwriter tendencies with the deft touch of Robert DeLong. DeLong cemented his rising star status globally in 2013 with the release of his genre-bending debut album Just Movement. He has since become a mainstay in the festival and touring circuit with his one-man futuristic dance party. His incredible, one-of-a-kind live show has brought him across the globe and back with a slew of big-name festival appearances including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Ultra, Reading and Leeds, a star-making turn at Philadelphia's Made In America Festival, and a victory lap at SXSW 2015. DeLong uses a toolbox of Wii-motes, a full drum set, drum pads, keyboards, laptops and hacked game controllers to fuse electronic dance beats with striking melodies, lyrics with emotional heart and, of course, monster drum solos. "The show is growing more bombastic and wild," he notes. "If I'm playing a festival I ask myself, 'How can I make everyone feel connected to me and each other with what I'm doing on stage?'" he notes.
The exclusive version of "Long Way Down" created for Jack Daniel's Uncut Sessions exemplifies his blend of digital heart and analog soul. Leaning heavily on his jazz training and time in indie bands, DeLong's reworking of the track crackles with improvisational energy, marked by an extended intro saturated with moody synths and fierce drumming.
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