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Robert DeLong Revisits the Gig That Changed Everything on This Episode of Turning Points

It's all about the right place, the right time, the right people, and the right talent.
September 18, 2013, 8:30pm

There's plenty of honor found in sticking to one's lane, but plenty of today's most exciting artists are those who can effortlessly merge genres from indie rock to boom-bap to balearic pop. Enter Robert DeLong, whose Just Movement album felt like the summation of a musical education built from a wide swath of sources with a complete lack of self-consciousness. According to DeLong, he'd been doing it from the beginning. "As a kid, I was just making music, you know, I wasn't even thinking about it," he says. "There was a piano and I'd start playing piano. My dad was a drummer, and that was kind of my primary influence."

Since DeLong's begun his ascent through the music industry, that polyglot approach has only intensified. "It's been amazing touring around America and playing my music for people," he says. "It's cool to see how, regionally, people connect to things. It's like when I'm in Miami, I can play like house music the whole time if I wanted to and people are into that because there's a really thriving fan scene there. It's cool to see kind of how the different pockets of America respond to the different genres I play."

If he needed any other proof that good things can come from all directions, DeLong could just point to how he got here. He describes a warehouse show in Los Angeles that was filmed and subsequently sent to the right people, which lead to a management deal, a few residencies, and an eventual signing with Glassnote Records which he describes as "you know, everything." He adds, "It was also the first time for me where I felt like it wasn't just me up there playing stuff, but I was giving something to the audience and taking something out of that. It's an amazing feeling; that was something made me realize, especially at that point, that this was something I wanted to do for as long as I could." If he continues to keep an open mind, there's no reason to think he can't.