TDeL2 is the musical project of Tony DeLuca. Based out of Omaha, Nebraska he creates complex, emotionally-driven songs that incorporate both acoustic and electronic elements.
Music has been coursing through Tony DeLuca’s veins since he was a young kid. His earliest memories of “playing” music include bopping out drum patterns on empty coffee tins at his aunt’s house as a pre-schooler. He began piano lessons at age 5, but quickly lost interest in playing traditional and classical songs, preferring instead to play contemporary pieces by the Beatles, Elton John, and Billy Joel. The DeLuca household was a soundtrack for life, with music constantly singing through his parent’s record player. Tony’s father gave him an acoustic guitar for Christmas at age 10, and Tony began teaching himself how to play basic chords. This served as a springboard for becoming a multi-instrumentalist, eventually learning drums and bass as well.
While Tony continued to dabble in music until his early teens, he did not get serious about writing his own music until he began college in Chicago, where he started assembling basic 8 track tunes produced on a Yamaha keyboard. After graduating from Loyola University Chicago, Tony set off to Omaha, Nebraska to start law school at Creighton University. While attending classes and studying, he began writing songs in his tiny urban apartment with a Roland keyboard and a Squier Stratocaster. After receiving an audio interface as a gift from his girlfriend, Tony started creating more complex tracks utilizing both audio and midi and began experimenting with recording techniques.
Tony’s career took him to Springfield, Missouri after graduation. Living in a new city and not knowing many people left him with a lot of time. He focused on his music production. It was during this time that several songs on Tony’s forthcoming debut album were written, including the single, “Fearless Youth”.
The debut full-length album from TDeL2, Barnegat, will be released in early November on Monkey Records. Both the single and full length album were recorded, mixed, and produced by Tony in 2013 at his home studio. The music was mastered by Shawn Hatfield of Oakland, California-based Audible Oddities (Natasha Bedingfield, Shakira, Helios, The Innocence Mission). The album is heavily instrumental, with occasional lyrical interludes, and is influenced by a wide range of artists including Lusine, The Album Leaf, Emancipator, Mike Snow and Explosions in the Sky.
Recent praise for TDeL2’s first single:
“The remarkable song Fearless Youth… it’s a don’t miss.” Kentucky Seven
“TDeL2… has found a sound we can get behind with Fearless Youth. It’s lovely, enchanting, and just beautiful.“ My Noise Spinning
“You are transported over the rolling soundscapes of lush electro-indie into a warm fuzz of the last summer days. Your view is unobstructed for miles, there is hope after all, life is good. Smile.” Indie Dunes
“This guy’s music really stood out from the crowd.” Outersound Underground
Key tracks to listen for on Barnegat: Fearless Youth, Counting Trees and USBs, In Your Mind, Running
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