The Constellation Room
I do not like EDM concerts. A DJ masking the fact he's simply pressing "play" on his laptop by distracting his audience with mind-bending visuals does not impress me. Rolling on ecstasy to enjoy live music does not appeal to me. That sick bass drop does not make me lose my shit. Let's face it, we all saw it coming. But these are generalities, and as with any genre, EDM is more than the sum of its stereotypes. It has an underground. There are outliers. And one of those is Robert DeLong.
The Los Angeles by way of Bothell, Washington electronic musician is not your typical EDM mascot. Sure, he flashes safety-cone-orange "X"s on his clothing, his gear, and his face (or at least a variant thereof). Yes, the average age of his standard fan is 20 years old. It's true, his songs are poppy and dance-inducing. But here's where he's different: He's actually a musician, and a damn talented one at that. The 27-year-old studied drums at Azusa Pacific University and played in numerous indie rock bands while in college. Last night, both of these influences and more shined at The Constellation Room.More »