Porter Robinson

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There’s never been anything conventional about Porter’s approach to music. The artist’s first foray into electronic music came through the arcade-stomping game Dance Dance Revolution. (These days, he’s graduated to StepMania, which, yes, he totally dominates.) “Something about the tempo was super-interesting to me.”

By age 12, the autodidact started futzing around with beats on his mom’s computer. He came into his own in 2010, when he scored a No.1 Beatport hit with his crunchy, twitchy single “Say My Name,” which lead to his first gig at a tiny club in Santa Cruz, California. “It was very much baptism by fire because I had never seen a DJ,” Porter says of the lack of any discernible scene in Chapel Hill. “I had to more or less do it based on what I had learned on the Internet.”

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“In a way, for people to fully understand my music, they need to know the narrative of the last six years of my life,” says Porter Robinson, of the leap hes made from electro-house producer to genre-busting musician.

That music can be heard on his first studio album, Worlds (Astralwerks/Virgin EMI), a journey through textural synth-pop. It has, at turns, been called gorgeous (New York Times), delightful (Rolling Stone), and imaginative (NPR). And with more than 185 million album streams under his belt, 100,000+ in ticket sales for his 2014 Worlds Live tour, plus triumphant headline appearances across the global festival circuit with his groundbreaking live show; Porters fans have stood by him in kind. Some, admittedly, more emphatically than others.

What’s now come full circle began a few years back, when Porter turned down countless DJ offers to devote himself to introspection and reinvention. “I figured that one way to develop a unique identity as an artist would be to combine all my favorite things in music — it would result in a collective expression of my taste and experience. Something nobody else has.”

He’s happy to bask in this world for a bit, while he plots a much-intimidating sophomore album. “The next thing that I do will be in the wheelhouse of Worlds. I have been moving towards something that is fully sincere and authentic and 100 percent me. And I’m always getting closer.”

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