Robert DeLong Talks "Just Movement"
Tue, 11 Dec 2012 11:34:29
Electronic dance music's a crowded ballpark right now. However, Robert DeLong has a homerun on his hands with his album Just Movement. DeLong manages to make danceable anthems with a little bit of rock 'n' roll swagger thrown in for a good measure, and even a Wii remote that he rocks on stage. You've never seen or heard anyone like him.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Robert DeLong talks Just Movement and so much more.
Did you approach Just Movement with one vision or vibe in mind?
I suppose in a way. The album has evolved over a long period of time. A lot of the songs were written in the same timeframe. Over time, as I've added songs to the album, I've redone those mixes to match the quality though. I picked the songs to make sure everything lined up together, and it made sense in terms of the lyrics and vibe.
What's the story behind "Global Concepts"?
That's one of the songs I don't actually remember writing. I write a lot of songs, and it was something I made. I remember I had just start hearing about Moombahton. It's like house music at 180bpm with a Latin flavor, and I decided I wanted to make a Moombahton-meets-The Talking Heads-meets-my thing song. As far as the lyrical content goes, it's in line with everything, but I wanted something that emphasized the whole dance experience. That's a big part of my show. It came out of that. With the Latin vibe, there are a lot of different ideas mashed together.
Where did "Basically, I Change How You Feel" come from?
That song has been through a few evolutions. It came together naturally as I was making my live set. I wanted to find a way to tie together all of the themes I'd been talking about in one bookend. That's how the track was born. I was messing around with looping, and it organically happened. It tied everything together thematically, and it works within that whole indie pop electronic thing I am now.
What's your favorite song on the record?
The song that resonates with me the most is probably "Few Years Make" because it's the most personal in a way. I really like "Just Movement". It's a nice anthem that's pretty fun. It's tough to choose. I have certain songs that are favorites to perform. "Survival of the Fittest" is one of my favorites to perform, but it's not my favorite on the album. I get to jump around and wave the Wii remote around. It's a blast!
What does the Wii Remote do?
I push a button, and it captures certain words. I can shake it around, and it speeds them up and slows them down. It does different stuff. I've been recording with this setup for almost two years, but in this last year, I solidified it. I had a Wii Remote laying around, and I heard you could use it. I figured out what works best for the performance and visual aspect.
Do you play a lot of video games?
I actually don't play video games [Laughs]. Working on electronic music is like playing video games, but you actually get something out of it.
Is there a visual influence in the music?
I like a lot of soundscape and soundtrack music. I listened to a lot of Pink Floyd growing up. Brian Eno and Boards of Canada create a visual image in your mind if you listen to them. I wanted to take the best of that idea and combine it with a songwriter sensibility.
If Just Movement were a movie or a combination of movies, what would it be?
My favorite movie is 2001: A Space Odyssey, but I feel like that doesn't have anything to do with the album. Maybe a little bit with the evolution theme…I don't know though! I never thought about that. It's a good question!
What movies do you tend to come back to?
I grew up on Star Wars so The Empire Strikes Back is always there!
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