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Artist Spotlight: Porter Robinson

Posted on: December 4, 2017

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, self-named, Porter Robinson, has been a leading force in the modern dance scene for over a decade now. Starting at just 12 years old, Robinson is a completely self-taught producer and DJ. Influenced by video games, anime, and Dance Dance Revolution, Robinson began his career by creating his own sound called “complextro”, a sub genre of Electro that incorporates heavy basslines and glitch-like melodies. In 2010, Robinson started officially releasing music with Glamara and Big Fish Records. His track “Say My Name,” reached number 1 on Beatport within weeks of it’s initial release. By the time Robinson turned 18, he had already started achieving international notice from the edm scene.

In 2011, Robinson signed to OWSLA with his 11-track debut album, Spitfire. Spitfire immediately climbed to the top of iTunes and Beatport charts. One year later, Robinson dropped his next single “Language” with Big Beat Records, again taking Beatport’s #1 chart spot. However, unlike Spitfire, Language was more melodic sounding than his original “complextro” sound. Robinson also released Easy with fellow D&B producer Mat Zo, a house style track which also topped charts in 2013. During his Language Tour, Robinson grew tired of the typical edm scene. “The more I forced myself to work within those DJ-friendly limits, the more I resented the genre.” By 2014, Robinson released a new album, Worlds, with Astralwerks and Virgin EMI. Worlds was more melodic and emotionally driven than his previous upbeat and percussive-bass style from before. The album also included many collaborations with artists such as Urban Cone, Lemaitre, Breanne Düren & Sean Caskey, Amy Millan, and Imaginary Cities. He also debuted his own vocals as well as the vocaloid AVANNA  on one of World’s most played tracks, Sad Machine.

Shortly after, Robinson embarked on his international Worlds Tour. Robinson also released Shelter, one of his most popular collaborations to date with french producer Madeon in 2015. Again, Robinson topped charts with Madeon and received an animated music video. The pair also went on an international-year long “Shelter Tour” with support from Danger, Robotaki, San Holo. Now, Robinson is currently working on side project Virtual Self and has released the debut EP for the project!