We’ve been big fans of Robert DeLong for quite some time now but have only had the chance to catch him at large festivals like ‘Firefly’ and ‘Made in America’. On Monday, December 15th, we finally had the chance to catch him in a much more intimate setting at ‘Boot & Saddle’ in South Philly. The 150 person venue was sold-out for his show with a ton of fans lamenting if they had slept on getting tickets early when they went on sale.
We popped into Boot & Saddle a few hours before the show to sit down with Robert DeLong and discuss his career, his fans, and eating Reindeer. You can catch our interview right here:
Later that night we returned to the venue to catch his performance which kicked off at 930pm. The room was already packed when we arrived, with many of the fans wearing DeLong’s signature face paint. His stage set up was quite impressive for such a small space and included large video screens that really let fans see what he was doing with those keyboards, video game controllers, and drums. It’s refreshing to see electronic artists who actually create music live. The “press play” DJ is really starting to stale. Just because you are a talented producer shouldn’t mean that you don’t take the time to learn how to actually create live music or DJ when you go on tour. Those clowns could learn a lot from Robert DeLong.
His 75 minute set included several of his upbeat, rock-infused, electronic tracks off of 2013’s ‘Just Movement’ and his recent ‘Long Way Down’ EP. Some of our favorites were “Religious Views”, “Acid Rain”, ” Basically I”, and his cover of the Rolling Stones “Miss You”.
It was a real treat to see him play in such a small room and afterwards he hung around to take pictures with his fans and sign their merch (something we always love to see artists do). We can’t wait to see Robert DeLong again whether it’s in a small venue or on a massive festival stage.
[Photo credit: D. Jacob Miller Photography]
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