EDM is all the rage and Robert DeLong could be its next big star. But he isn't your typical EDM artist.
One of Billboard's 13 Artists to Watch in 2013 , DeLong brings the mentality of a rock drummer and the tech-crazed mindset of a gamer to his unique brand of festival-ready dance music. In an exclusive performance for Billboard, DeLong put his eccentric live show on full display -- singing, drumming, and even manipulating sound via video game controllers.
Watch Robert DeLong perform "Happy":
"Becoming a one man band is just a natural progression," DeLong (a jazz drummer since age 10) tells Billboard. "I was always playing drums in bands… recording and writing songs… I'd written so many songs and then I wanted to perform them. And then as it developed, I realized it was a cool thing and people really loved it."
All that multitasking sure looks tough, though the 26-year old musician has it down to a science. "I practice a lot," he says. "If you get to the point where it's so automatic -- even when there's madness out there, it's just automatic, the things you're doing."
Watch Robert DeLong perform "Global Concepts":
Audiences will get a big taste of DeLong on this summer's festival circuit, with performances at Coachella, Governors Ball, and Sasquatch on his to-do list. On March 23, he'll play Miami's Ultra Music Festival alongside EDM big shots like David Gueta, Avicii, and Calvin Harris.
He'll have plenty of music to road-test, as he just dropped his debut LP "Just Movement" on Feb. 5 through Glassnote, the label known for breaking acts like Mumford & Sons and Temper Trap. Both songs he performed for Billboard -- "Happy" and "Global Concepts" -- appear on the full length, which reached No. 18 on Dance/Electronic Albums. This week, "Global Concepts" made its debut  on Alternative Songs.
"2013 is going to be a pretty crazy year," he says. "Everything's going to be awesome. Hopefully, I'll make it through and not die!"
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