Porter Robinson

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Porter Robinson
Porter Robinson at the 2012 SXSW cropped.jpg
Robinson performing at the SXSW on March 16, 2012.
Background information
Birth name Porter Weston Robinson
Born (1992-07-15) July 15, 1992 (age 21)
Origin Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
Genres Electro house
Occupations Producer, DJ, musician
Years active 2010–present
Labels OWSLA, Ministry of Sound, Anjunabeats, Big Beat Records, Big Fish Recordings, Astralwerks
Associated acts Zedd, Skrillex, Lazy Rich, Tiesto, Mat Zo, Hardwell, Mikkas, Kill The Noise, Heather Bright, The M Machine
Website www.porterrobinsonofficial.com

Porter Weston Robinson (born July 15, 1992) is an American electronic dance music producer and DJ from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He primarily produces and DJs in the electro house genre, but his 2014 Album Worlds is expected to take a different direction.[1]


Robinson began producing at the age of 12 using Sony ACID Pro, emulating sounds he heard from video games, especially the Japanese Dance Dance Revolution.[2]

Robinson is listed as an Image-Line FL Studio Power User[3] and primarily uses LennarDigital Sylenth1, Native Instruments Massive, 3xOsc, Sytrus and several other commercial and free audio plugins.

He currently lives in his hometown of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.[4][5]

Music career[edit]

He originally released a variety of original singles on Glamara Records and Big Fish Recordings. His first single, "Say My Name" reached #1 on Beatport's Electro House chart.[6][7][8]

In the summer of 2011 he signed a one-EP deal with OWSLA, a new label operated by Skrillex, to release Spitfire. It reached the number one spot on the iTunes Dance chart as well as the number one spot on Beatport's overall release chart, even crashing Beatport's servers upon release.[9][10] Spitfire was the first-ever OWSLA release.

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.[9] 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.

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 April 2013 for the world outside the Americas, and May 2013 for North and South America.

Robinson has been commissioned for official remixes by artists including Lady Gaga (Interscope Records) and Avicii (Ministry of Sound),[11]

He was voted number 40 on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs List for 2012, and was the highest climbing artist as compared to the 2011 chart where he sat at number 96.[12]

Robinson finished in 5th place in the 2013 America's Best DJ competition-a vote and promotion to find out the country's most popular DJ conducted by DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ.[13]

His debut LP Worlds is set for release some time in 2014.[14]


As a DJ, he has toured internationally[15] and performed alongside artists including 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."[16]

His rise to prominence on the touring circuit began in 2011 when he performed at major music festivals including Ultra Music Festival,[17] Electric Daisy Carnival (3 cities),[18] Electric Zoo,[19] South by Southwest,[20] Global Dance Festival, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Beyond Wonderland,[21] Electric Forest and Nocturnal Festival.[22]

Throughout February of the same year, he appeared on the Project Blue Book Tour with Skrillex and Tommy Lee & DJ Aero.[23]

In June and July 2011, he performed as direct support to Skrillex on the OWSLA tour.[24]

In September and October 2011, he performed as direct support to Tiesto on his College Invasion tour of the United States and Canada.[25] A mini-documentary focusing on Robinson was recorded from this tour, broadcast on MTV's television network, and uploaded to his YouTube channel.[26] Following this, he began a run of headline dates across clubs in North America as part of "The Spitfire Tour".[27]

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.[28]

In September and October 2012, Robinson went out with fellow producer/DJ and friend, Zedd to co-headline the Poseidon Back-To-Back Tour.[29] 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, Amsterdam Dance Event, Mystery Land, Djakarta Warehouse Project, ZoukOut, and Camp Bisco.[citation needed]

Porter kicked off the 2013 festival season by playing the main stage of Ultra Music Festival. He is currently scheduled to play many more this year including Bonnaroo, Creamfields, Mystery Land, Electric Daisy Carnival (Orlando, Las Vegas, NYC, and London), Paradiso Festival, Wireless Festival, Global Gathering, Tomorrowland, TommorowWorld (in Atlanta), and Fuji Rock Festival. He also performed at X-Games Brazil. On August 3, he performed at Osheaga, Montreal.

Porter's debut studio album Worlds will be released through Astralwerks in 2014.[30]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Worlds (2014)

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions


Spitfire 11 10
Spitfire - Bonus Remixes
Easy (Remixes)
(with Mat Zo)
  • Released: 14 April 2013
  • Label: Ministry of Sound / Anjunabeats
  • Formats: Digital download
"—" 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" 11 92 21 28 7
2014 "Sea of Voices" Worlds
"—" 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 The Battery Pack
"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"[39] Lady Gaga Interscope Born This Way


  1. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/code/5793170/porter-robinson-says-debut-lp-is-not-a-party-record-taking-a-break.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Fusilli, Jim (July 4, 2012). "A Powerhouse, And He's Not Yet 20". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.image-line.com/documents/powerusers.php?entry_id=1298949059
  4. ^ Kelowna Capital News – Young DJ just starting to make his mark. Bclocalnews.com (2011-02-01). Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  5. ^ Youtube interview with Porter Robinson. Youtube.com (2011-06-24). Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  6. ^ Less Go! lessthan3.com (2010-12-04)
  7. ^ Exclusive Interview: Porter Robinson. Salacious Sound. Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  8. ^ Interview with Porter Robinson Immediately following his first show
  9. ^ a b Beatport Artist Biography
  10. ^ Magnetic Mag Article
  11. ^ Seek Bromance. Chubbybeavers.com (2010-10-11). Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  12. ^ "Armin van Buuren - DJ Mag's number 1 DJ once again - Blog - Amsterdam Dance Event 2013". Amsterdam-dance-event.nl. 2012-10-20. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  13. ^ http://www.djtimes.com/americasbestdj/2013-results/
  14. ^ "Porter Robinson Updates Fans". 
  15. ^ Say my name Robinson s No 1. The Herald-Sun. Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  16. ^ "Porter Robinson Bio, Music, News & Shows". DJZ.com. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  17. ^ Ultra Phase 3 Line Up Announced. ultramusicfestival.com (2011-03-07).
  18. ^ http://www.electricdaisycarnival.com
  19. ^ Electric Zoo 2012: The Artists. Madeevent.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  20. ^ Porter Robinson. Schedule.sxsw.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  21. ^ Beyond Wonderland. beyondwonderland.com
  22. ^ Nocturnal Festival Texas 2011 – Friday April 29th & Saturday April 30th 2011. Nocturnalfestival.com (2011-04-30). Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  23. ^ "Skrillex Announces "Project Blue Book" Tour With Tommy Lee And Dj Aero". Mvremix.com. Retrieved 2012-09-06. 
  24. ^ OWSLA Summer Tour 2011 | Digilove. Digi10ve.com (2011-05-31). Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  25. ^ RA: Porter Robinson tour dates. Residentadvisor.net. Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  26. ^ Premiere: Porter Robinson’s ‘The College Invasion Tour’ Mini-Doc. Newsroom.mtv.com (2011-11-30). Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  27. ^ AM Only (Porter Robinson Announces Spitfire Tour). Amonly.tumblr.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  28. ^ ">[tour-with-mat-zo-the-m-machine/ Porter Robinson Announces ‘The Language Tour’ with Mat Zo & The M Machine. Beatdreams.com (2012-05-07). Retrieved on 2012-09-06.
  29. ^ Porter Robinson & Zedd’s Poseidon Back-To-Back Tour Dates Announced | Elektrodaily. elektrodaily.com. Retrieved on 2013-02-24.
  30. ^ "Porter Robinson - Worlds (Album Announce)". YouTube. 2014-02-10. 
  31. ^ "Porter Robinson – Chart History: Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  32. ^ "Porter Robinson – Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  33. ^ "Porter Robinson – Chart History: Dance/Electronic Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  34. ^ "Discografie Porter Robinson". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  35. ^ Peak positions in Ireland:
  36. ^ "Porter Robinson > Scottish Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  37. ^ "Porter Robinson > UK Charts". Official Charts Company. 
  38. ^ Peak positions for Dance singles in the UK:
  39. ^ "Amazon.com: The Edge Of Glory: Lady Gaga: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 

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