At 2 years old, Manu Delago sat behind his first drum kit, beginning what would become a musically inclined life. Four years later, he started playing the piano, and at age 10 he began taking accordion lessons. As a teenager, Delago played football and drummed for his rock band HotchPotch, which won the Austrian Band Contest in 2003. After graduating from high school in his hometown of Innsbruck, where he studied classical percussion, he moved to London, England, where he studied jazz drums and composition.
When Delago discovered the Hang—an enchanting musical instrument manufactured by PANArt in Switzerland—he simultaneously unearthed a passion for writing music. His Hang solo piece "Mono Desire" has become the most popular Hang video on the internet and was featured in the top 30 music videos on YouTube.
With his bands, Living Room and Manu Delago Handmade, Delago has released several albums and performed in prestigious venues around the world. The Austrian musician also frequently collaborates with artists such as Björk, Anoushka Shankar, Joss Stone, Andreya Triana, and Bugge Wesseltoft.