With the breadth of musicians and artists out there today, some of them can begin to blur together, making it difficult to tell one from another. That, however, is not an issue when it comes to Robert DeLong’s style, as his craft is highly audible, even from afar.
This past fall, Robert released his second album called In The Cards and it did a fantastic job of furthering a style he has been honing over the past few years. At times, artists can experience difficulties with getting new music over with existing fans, but DeLong said his live shows indicate the opposite.
“From the standpoint of doing live shows, it’s really cool to be out there playing these songs that I haven’t played before and have people already know them and be singing along with them. It’s cool to see people digging into the material and seeing how they like the new album,” Robert DeLong told atombash.com.
Some artists don’t see this type of fan response when it comes to a new album having been put out recently, let alone one that was only released a few months ago. This has been a unique thing for Robert to enjoy because he said when his first full album was released, fans didn’t latch onto the content as quick as they have with this second record.
He felt that while he was touring with his first album, that was during more of an introductory time as fans were beginning to know him and his music more. Robert admitted it has been a special thing to be on the other side where fans are coming to shows primarily to see him, and they are doing so knowing his material quite well.
Creating In The Cards was done through a more intentional, deliberate process compared to DeLong’s album Just Movement. He said the latter was written over the course of “five or six years,” and he got to a point where he had so many tracks, it was obvious to craft a record out of them.
“[In The Cards] was very pointed and specific. I set out to write an album, even though I probably wrote 40 to 50 demos that were whittled down to the songs on this record. This record was different in a lot of ways. I think I wanted to write more traditional compact songs that spanned a lot of different genres as opposed to some sort of extended electronic jam,” DeLong said.
Fans have been enjoying the new tracks “Long Way Down,” “Don’t Wait Up” and “Jealousy.” Each song brings a different perspective and vibe, but all of them seem to fit well with what Robert has established. A track that is a personal favorite would have to be “Acid Rain,” and that’s primarily because of the careless dancing the track invokes. For real, listen to that track and tell me it doesn’t make you want to dance weird.
As you could imagine, there is a story that goes with every song’s creation and of course, “Acid Rain” has its own tale to tell. This track was originally written back in 2012 while he was in the midst of going to and from a gig in Baltimore, MD. “I wrote the instrumental after that and that was an exciting experience.” To make a long-story short, a late night, slew of beverages and psychedelic airport experiences all were important in the creation of this unique and entertaining song.
For any artist, there is always the tug and pull between the creative side of music and the business side. Robert said he feels like he’s been able to manage the balance between the production and songwriting side of the business, and spoke about where his interests gravitate towards, creatively speaking.
“I love pop music and I think I gravitate towards making memorable songs or trying to make things that are catchy. I try to balance all of those things, but sometimes they end up on the side of trippy and weird, and sometimes they end up on the side of pop and straight ahead,” DeLong said.
Every musician has a different mind and a unique set of things that drive them to create new and exciting material. For Robert DeLong, his drive and motivations come out of touring and performing live.
“First of all, I love touring and the live shows and to me, that’s one of the big primary drives for why I do all of this, but then songwriting is also a very special experience for me as well. There is no one thing that drives me, it’s all part of something I love doing,” DeLong said.