Porter Robinson

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Porter Robinson
Porter Robinson 2014 profile pic.png
Robinson in 2014
Background information
Birth name Porter Robinson
Born (1992-07-15) July 15, 1992 (age 24)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Origin Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • musician
Years active 2010–present
Associated acts
Website porterrobinson.com

Porter Robinson (born July 15, 1992) is an American DJ, record producer and musician from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Robinson has released multiple number one singles across different electronic genres. His debut album, Worlds, was released on August 12, 2014.[5] On March 20, 2015, he was named MTVu Artist of the Year.[6] He is currently ranked number 90 on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list for 2016.[7]


Robinson began producing at the age of 12, achieving international notice by the time he was 18.[8] His early influences include video gaming music, in particular, Dance Dance Revolution.[9] He is a major fan of anime and Japanese culture, and incorporates these elements into his music.[10]

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.[11][12][13] 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.[14]

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

In 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 number one on Beatport's overall chart, crashing Beatport's servers upon release.[15][16]

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 rose to the #1 overall chart position on Beatport as well as the iTunes Dance chart.[15] 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",[17] and 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 and Lady Gaga.[18]

Porter's debut studio album Worlds was released through Astralwerks and Virgin EMI on August 12, 2014. He made his official vocal debut on the single "Sad Machine" The Vocaloid software voice, AVANNA, was also used as a vocalist for this single.[19]

On June 21, 2014, Robinson made his second appearance on the BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix.

On January 31, 2016, Robinson announced on his Twitter account that he was producing new material after being "stuck" for a year and a half. On August 11, 2016, Robinson released a collaboration with fellow musician and friend Madeon titled "Shelter".[20]

On October 14, 2016, Robinson announced on his Twitter account that he had spent 2016 working on an animation with A-1 Pictures for "Shelter". It was released on October 18, 2016.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details

Remix albums[edit]

Title Album details
Worlds Remixed

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
(with Mat Zo)
11 92 21 28 7 Damage Control
2014 "Sea of Voices" 40 Worlds
"Sad Machine" 29
(featuring Urban Cone)
9 40
"Flicker" 34
2016 "Shelter"
(with Madeon)
16 Non-album single
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.


Song Year Artist Label Album
"Venga" 2010 Picco Glamara N/A
"Wer Ist Sie?" Heiko and Maiko N/A N/A
"Less Go" Spencer and Hill Bazooka N/A
"Seek Bromance" Tim Berg Ministry of Sound N/A
"We No Speak Americano" Yolanda Be Cool and DCUP Sweat It Out N/A
"American Trash" 2011 Innerpartysystem Red Bull Never Be Content
"The Edge of Glory" Lady Gaga Interscope Born This Way
"The Thrill" 2015 Nero MTA, Mercury Between II Worlds


  1. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (16 April 2012). "Coachella 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Sunday". Billboard. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Masley, Ed (19 May 2014). "9/10: Porter Robinson to play Marquee Theatre". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Marchese, David (8 February 2012). "EDM Phenom Porter Robinson on His 'Preposterous' Success". Spin. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Zhang, Michael (9 August 2014). "Album Review – Porter Robinson: 'Worlds'". The Daily Princetonian. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Porter Robinson". Billboard. 
  6. ^ "Porter Robinson Wins 'Artist Of The Year' At MTVu Woodie Awards". 
  7. ^ "Top 100 DJs". DJMag. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  8. ^ Fusilli, Jim (July 4, 2012). "A Powerhouse, And He's Not Yet 20". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ Porter Robinson's Claim to Fame Popspoken. Retrieved on September 9, 2014.
  10. ^ Porter Robinson's Claim to Fame Popspoken. Retrieved on September 9, 2014. Archived April 12, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Porter Robinson: 21 Under 21 (2012)". Billboard. 
  12. ^ ITM HQ (May 30, 2013). "25 Under 25: The Young Stars Leading 2013". inthemix. 
  13. ^ [1] Archived August 1, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Kelowna Capital News – Young DJ just starting to make his mark. Bclocalnews.com (February 1, 2011). Retrieved on September 6, 2012.
  15. ^ a b "Porter Robinson". beatport.com. 
  16. ^ "Porter Robinson Mini Documentary Released Tomorrow - Magnetic Magazine". Magnetic Magazine. 
  17. ^ Gregory Heaney. "Zedd - Songs - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  18. ^ Seek Bromance. Chubbybeavers.com (October 11, 2010). Retrieved on September 6, 2012.
  19. ^ "Porter Robinson Releases New Single 'Sad Machine'". Your EDM. 
  20. ^ "Porter Robinson and Madeon Release New Song "Shelter," Announce Joint Tour: Listen | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-08-12. 
  21. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Worlds – Porter Robinson". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Porter Robinson – Chart History: Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  23. ^ "Porter Robinson – Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  24. ^ "Porter Robinson – Chart History: Dance/Electronic Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  25. ^ "Discografie Porter Robinson". ultratop.be. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  26. ^ Peak positions in Ireland:
  27. ^ "Porter Robinson > Scottish Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Porter Robinson > UK Charts". Official Charts Company. 
  29. ^ Peak positions for Dance singles in the UK:

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