Porter Robinson

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Porter Robinson
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Background information
Birth name Porter Weston Robinson
Born (1992-07-15) July 15, 1992 (age 22)
Origin Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
  • Producer
  • DJ
  • musician
Years active 2010–present
Associated acts
Website porterrobinson.com

Porter Robinson (born July 15, 1992) is an American electronic music producer and DJ from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Robinson has registered multiple number one singles across different electronic genres. His debut album, Worlds, was released on August 12, 2014.[2] On February 22, 2015, he was nominated for the MTVu Artist of the Year.[3]


Robinson began producing at the age of 12, achieving international stardom by the time he was 18.[4] As a 'Weeaboo', his early influences include video gaming music, in particular, Dance Dance Revolution.[5]

Viewed as one of America's forefront electronic producers, he has been named 7th in the Billboard 21 under 21 list, 1st in InTheMix's 25 under 25 list, and 5th in DJ Times' 2013 ranking for America's Best DJ.[6][7][8] Three of Robinson's records reached number one on Beatport's overall chart before the time he was 21.

He currently lives in his hometown of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.[9][10]

Music production[edit]

A self-taught producer, Robinson originally released a variety of original singles on Glamara Records and Big Fish Recordings.

In the summer of 2011 he signed a one-EP deal with OWSLA, a new label operated by Skrillex, to release the eleven-track Spitfire. As the first release on OWSLA, it reached number one on the iTunes Dance chart as well as on Beatport's overall chart, crashing Beatport's servers upon release.[11][12]

Robinson next released a single, "Language", on April 10, 2012 through Big Beat Records in North America, and Ministry of Sound everywhere else. The song quickly shot to the #1 overall chart position on Beatport as well as the iTunes Dance chart.[11] The single was premiered initially via a live BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix on January 27. The music video, directed by Jodeb, was released via Ministry of Sound's YouTube channel on August 1, 2012.

He co-wrote Zedd's US Top 10 hit "Clarity",[13] where he also sang backing vocals on this song.

On December 17, 2012, a collaborative single with Mat Zo entitled "Easy" was pre-released exclusively on Beatport by Ministry of Sound, and spent two entire weeks as the #1 overall song on the Beatport Top 100 chart. The full official release occurred in Spring 2013, and was accompanied by an animated music video.

Robinson has been commissioned for official remixes by artists including Avicii (Interscope Records) and deadmau5 (Ministry of Sound).[14]

Porter's debut studio album Worlds was released through Astralwerks and Virgin EMI on August 12, 2014.[15][16] He made his official vocal debut on his new single "Sad Machine".[17] The Vocaloid software voice, AVANNA was also used as a vocalist for this single.[18]

On June 21, 2014, Robinson made his second appearance on the BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. He played music that he had favorited over the last few months, as well as playing his own unreleased tracks.


Robinson has toured internationally as a headliner and played main-stage at the world's biggest electronic festivals. He has toured alongside Tiesto, Skrillex, and deadmau5, the latter telling USA Today, "Porter Robinson plans, produces, and plays his own music... Being a DJ generally means being a human iPod. Porter is an authentic artist."[19][20]

His rise to prominence on the touring circuit began in 2011 when he performed at major music festivals including Ultra Music Festival,[21] Electric Daisy Carnival,[22] Electric Zoo,[23] South by Southwest,[24] and many more. 2011 also saw Robinson giving direct support to Skrillex on the OWSLA and Project Blue Book tour, and Tiesto on the College Invasion Tour, before he began a run of headline dates across clubs in North America for his "Spitfire Tour".[25][26][27] A mini-documentary focusing on Robinson was recorded from this tour, broadcast on MTV's television network, and uploaded to his YouTube channel.[28]

Robinson kicked off the following year by performing an Essential Mix that was broadcast live from Hull City Hall, January 28, 2012 on BBC Radio 1 during his first trip to the UK. Shortly after, he announced his first major European headline tour dubbed "The Spitfire Tour Europe", which visited clubs in many cities across the continent over the course of 6 weeks. In June 2012 he embarked on a large, 31-date headline bus tour of North America called The Language Tour, which featured support from Mat Zo and The M Machine.[29]

In September and October 2012, Robinson and close friend Zedd co-headlined the Poseidon Back-To-Back Tour.[30] Robinson also played numerous worldwide festivals that year including Tomorrowland, Coachella, Creamfields, Future Music Festival, Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, Lollapalooza, Stereosonic, Electric Zoo, and Mystery Land.

Porter kicked off the 2013 festival season by playing the main stage of Ultra Music Festival, and played many more including Bonnaroo, Paradiso Music Festival, Creamfields, Nocturnal Wonderland, Wireless Festival, Global Gathering, Tomorrowland, Fuji Rock Festival, and at X-Games Brazil.

He is expected to headline a tour for his debut album in 2014, which will utilize live elements.[31]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions


Spitfire 11 10
Spitfire – Bonus Remixes
"—" denotes album that did not chart or was not released.


Year Title Peak chart positions Album


2010 "Say My Name" Non-album single
"I'm on Fire"
(with Lazy Rich and Sue Cho)
2011 "The Wildcat"
2012 "Language" 33 63 4 9 3
2013 "Easy"
(with Mat Zo)
11 92 21 28 7 Damage Control
(Mat Zo album)
2014 "Sea of Voices" 40 Worlds
"Sad Machine" 29
(featuring Urban Cone)
"Flicker" 34
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.


Song Year Artist Label Album
"Venga" 2010 Picco Glamara Records N/A
"Wer Ist Sie?" Heiko & Maiko N/A N/A
"Less Go" Spencer & Hill Bazooka Records N/A
"Seek Bromance" Tim Berg Ministry of Sound N/A
"We No Speak Americano" Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP Sweat It Out N/A
"American Trash" 2011 Innerpartysystem Red Bull Records Never Be Content
"The Edge of Glory"[41] Lady Gaga Interscope Born This Way


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  2. ^ "Porter Robinson". Billboard. 
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  5. ^ Porter Robinson's Claim to Fame Popspoken. Retrieved on 2014-09-09.
  6. ^ "Porter Robinson: 21 Under 21 (2012)". Billboard. 
  7. ^ ITM HQ (May 30, 2013). "25 Under 25: The Young Stars Leading 2013". inthemix. 
  8. ^ http://www.djtimes.com/americasbestdj/2013-results/
  9. ^ Kelowna Capital News – Young DJ just starting to make his mark. Bclocalnews.com (February 1, 2011). Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  10. ^ Youtube interview with Porter Robinson. Youtube.com (June 24, 2011). Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  11. ^ a b "Porter Robinson". beatport.com. 
  12. ^ "Porter Robinson Mini Documentary Released Tomorrow - Magnetic Magazine". Magnetic Magazine. 
  13. ^ Gregory Heaney. "Zedd - Songs - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  14. ^ Seek Bromance. Chubbybeavers.com (October 11, 2010). Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  15. ^ "⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀【=◈︿◈=】 on Twitter". Twitter. 
  16. ^ "Porter Robinson – Worlds (Album Announce)". YouTube. February 10, 2014. 
  17. ^ "⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀【=◈︿◈=】 on Twitter". Twitter. 
  18. ^ "Porter Robinson Releases New Single 'Sad Machine'". Your EDM. 
  19. ^ "Porter Robinson Bio, Music, News & Shows". DJZ.com. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  20. ^ Say my name Robinson s No 1. The Herald-Sun. Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  21. ^ Ultra Phase 3 Line Up Announced. ultramusicfestival.com (March 7, 2011).
  22. ^ "EDC - Insomniac". electricdaisycarnival.com. 
  23. ^ Electric Zoo 2012: The Artists. Madeevent.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  24. ^ Porter Robinson. Schedule.sxsw.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  25. ^ OWSLA Summer Tour 2011 | Digilove. Digi10ve.com (May 31, 2011). Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  26. ^ RA: Porter Robinson tour dates. Residentadvisor.net. Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  27. ^ AM Only (Porter Robinson Announces Spitfire Tour). Amonly.tumblr.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  28. ^ Premiere: Porter Robinson’s ‘The College Invasion Tour’ Mini-Doc. Newsroom.mtv.com (November 30, 2011). Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  29. ^ Porter Robinson Announces ‘The Language Tour’ with Mat Zo & The M Machine. Beatdreams.com (May 7, 2012). Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  30. ^ Porter Robinson & Zedd’s Poseidon Back-To-Back Tour Dates Announced | Elektrodaily. elektrodaily.com. Retrieved on 2013-02-24.
  31. ^ "Porter Robinson". Billboard. 
  32. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Worlds – Porter Robinson". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  33. ^ "Porter Robinson – Chart History: Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  34. ^ "Porter Robinson – Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  35. ^ "Porter Robinson – Chart History: Dance/Electronic Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  36. ^ "Discografie Porter Robinson". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  37. ^ Peak positions in Ireland:
  38. ^ "Porter Robinson > Scottish Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  39. ^ "Porter Robinson > UK Charts". Official Charts Company. 
  40. ^ Peak positions for Dance singles in the UK:
  41. ^ "Amazon.com: The Edge Of Glory: Lady Gaga: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 

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