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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 25)
Atlanta, Georgia[1]
Origin Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
Genres Electro house, Alternative Dance, Indietronica, EDM
Occupation(s) Producer, DJ, Musician
Years active 2010–present
Labels Astralwerks
Virgin EMI
Ministry of Sound
Big Beat Records
Associated acts Lady Gaga, Skrillex, Lazy Rich, Zedd, Kill the Noise, Tiesto, Mat Zo, The M Machine, Avicii

Porter Weston Robinson (born July 15, 1992) is an American electronic music producer and DJ from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.[2] Since 2010, Robinson has seen success in numerous electronic genres and has worked with popular acts like Skrillex,[3] Zedd,[4] and Lady Gaga.[5] He has been recognized by Billboard,[4] InTheMix,[6] and DJ Times[7] as one of the most prominent young artists in electronic music. His first full-length album, Worlds, is due to be released in 2014 and is said to mark a shift in his musical style.[8]

Early life[edit]

Robinson was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but he grew up largely in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (where he still lives with his parents).[1] His interest in electronic music was spurred early on by video games like Dance Dance Revolution. He started making his first electronic compositions at the age of 12 using Sony's ACID Pro software. With the help of internet mentors like Wesley Smith (known professionally as Kyrandian), Robinson was able to fine-tune his skills at a young age.[2] By 15, Robinson had released a track on German-based YAWA Recordings under the stage name Ekowraith.[1]

Music career[edit]

Although Robinson had released tracks as a young teenager, his music career and attendant fame didn't kick off until 2010. He released a few singles on both Glamara Records and Big Fish Recordings in that year. One of those singles, "Say My Name," shot to the #1 spot on Beatport's electro house charts.[3] This initial popularity resulted in a number of DJing opportunities for Robinson, who had, in fact, never DJed in front of a live crowd before.[9] Word of Robinson's production prowess made its way to Skrillex, who was impressed with Robinson's musical output. In the summer of 2011, Robinson signed a one-EP deal with Skrillex's fledgling label, OWSLA. He released the eleven-track Spitfire (OWSLA's first album ever) that same year to great success. The album had the most first-week sales on Beatport since Skrillex's own Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP in 2010.[3] The EP also topped the iTunes dance charts.[10]

Porter Robinson performing at KoolHaus, 2013.

2011 also saw the beginning of Robinson's touring schedule. He performed alongside Skrillex, Tommy Lee, and DJ Aero early in the year.[11] He joined Skrillex and DJ Aero on the Project Blue Book Tour and the OWSLA tour, as well.[12] He also earned a spot on Tiësto's College Invasion tour[3] and traveled the festival circuit playing at the Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, and South by Southwest. Eventually, Robinson headlined his own tour in 2011 to promote his Spitfire EP.[2] In 2012, Robinson kicked off the year by performing an Essential Mix that was broadcast live from Hull City Hall in late January 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.[13]

In the meantime, Robinson was still busy recording music, and he released a single, "Language", on April 10, 2012 through Big Beat Records in North America,[14] and Ministry of Sound everywhere else.[1] The song reached #9 on the UK's Top 40 Charts.[9] The music video, directed by Jodeb, was released via Ministry of Sound's YouTube channel on August 1, 2012.[15] He also co-wrote Zedd's US Top 10 track "Clarity"[16] and collaborated with Mat Zo on a single entitled "Easy," that was accompanied by an animated music video in 2013.[17]

To support his "Language" single, Robinson embarked on a large, 31-date headlining bus tour of North America in June 2012 called "The Language Tour," which featured support from Mat Zo and The M Machine.[18] In September and October of that same year, Robinson co-headlined the Poseidon Back-to-Back Tour with Zedd.[19][20] Over the course of 2012 and 2013, Robinson also appeared at festivals including the Ultra Music Festival, Fuji Rock Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, Creamfields, Lollapalooza, Tomorrowland, and many more.[20][21][22]

Robinson's debut studio album Worlds will be released through Astralwerks and Virgin EMI on August 12, 2014.[9] One of the tracks on the album, "Sad Machine," marks Robinson's official vocal debut.[23] In addition to the new album, Robinson is also planning a 2014 tour in which he will unveil a brand new “career-spanning, mash-up, multi-tracked, sample-triggering live show.”[24]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Worlds (August 12, 2014)

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" 11 92 21 28 7
2014 "Sea of Voices" Worlds
"Sad Machine"
(featuring Urban Cone)
"—" 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"[33] Lady Gaga Interscope Born This Way


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  2. ^ a b c Fusilli, Jim (4 July 2012). "A Powerhouse, And He's Not Yet 20". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Saliba, Emmanuelle (4 October 2011). "How Skrillex, OWSLA Records Are Helping Porter Robinson Make An EDM Name For Himself". Billboard. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Mason, Kerri (17 September 2012). "Porter Robinson: 21 Under 21 (2012)". Billboard. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Lancaster, Elizabeth (31 January 2013). "Porter Robinson Snatches Up 'Future Internet Poets' For New Album". MTV. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "25 Under 25: The Young Stars Leading 2013". InTheMix. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Ostroff, Joshua (12 September 2013). "America's Best DJ: Kaskade Beats Diplo, Skrillex To Take Title For Second Time". Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  8. ^ McCarthy, Zel (15 November 2013). "Porter Robinson Says Debut LP is 'Not a Party Record,' Taking a Break from DJing". Billboard. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c Khal (13 May 2014). "Who Is Porter Robinson?". Complex. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Griffiths, Sean (4 March 2013). "Q&A: PORTER ROBINSON". Mixmag. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Smith, Jennifer (1 February 2011). "Young DJ just starting to make his mark". Kelowna Capital News. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  12. ^ Stewart, Adam (6 April 2011). "Project Blue Book Open Up About Their Miami Invasion". MTV. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  13. ^ Wilson, Andi (19 March 2012). "PORTER ROBINSON Brings His Spitfire Tour To Europe - Details Announced!‏". AltSounds. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  14. ^ ""Language" expands Porter Robinson's EDM Genre Realm". Elektro Daily. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "The Best Music Videos of 2012". The Wounded Jukebox. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Middy (2 October 2012). "Zedd – Clarity (Album Review)". FreshNewTracks. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  17. ^ Tarantola, Andrew (15 March 2013). "Mat Zo & Porter Robinson: Easy‏". Gizmodo. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  18. ^ Hila (7 May 2012). "Porter Robinson Announces 'The Language Tour' with Mat Zo & The M Machine". Beat Dreams. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  19. ^ Koppel, Brandon (20 August 2012). "Porter Robinson & Zedd's Poseidon Back-To-Back Tour Dates Announced". Elektro Daily. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  20. ^ a b Bhansali, Akshay (6 August 2012). "Porter Robinson Reveals Back-To-Back 'Poseidon' Tour With Zedd". MTV. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  21. ^ Cunningham, Katie (5 June 2013). "Watch: On the road with Porter Robinson". InTheMix. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  22. ^ Tregoning, Jack (13 August 2013). "Porter Robinson on DJing: "If you're not improvising, you're doing literally nothing"". InTheMix. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  23. ^ Villa, Lucas (16 May 2014). "Porter Robinson makes vocal debut with a robot on ethereal jam 'Sad Machine'". AXS. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  24. ^ Tamulavage, Diane (31 March 2014). "Porter Robinson's Plans for a "career-spanning, mash-up, multi-tracked, sample-triggering live show"". Your EDM. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
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  26. ^ "Porter Robinson – Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  27. ^ "Porter Robinson – Chart History: Dance/Electronic Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  28. ^ "Discografie Porter Robinson". Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  29. ^ Peak positions in Ireland:
  30. ^ "Porter Robinson > Scottish Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  31. ^ "Porter Robinson > UK Charts". Official Charts Company. 
  32. ^ Peak positions for Dance singles in the UK:
  33. ^ " The Edge Of Glory: Lady Gaga: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2012-08-20. 

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