“When is Porter going on?”
“Has anyone seen Porter?”
Electro-house/dubstep DJ and producer Porter Robinson may have one of the most loyal fan bases in EDM, as witnessed Friday night at his nearly sold-out Noise Pop show at the Fox Theater. Of all the Noise Pop shows in 2012, this one seemed to produce the most raising of eyebrows, especially if you have kept tabs on the 19-year-old’s meteoric rise to fame over the past two years.
At 19 years of age, Porter Robinson shouldn’t even be able to legally enter a majority of the clubs he spins in around the globe. However, in a matter of years, he has created a name for himself, making early first impressions with the likes of Skrillex who signed Robinson to his new imprint OWSLA last year.
So how does Porter Robinson fit into Noise Pop? No idea, and it’s doubtful that more than 20 people in the 2,000-plus sized crowd had prior knowledge of Noise Pop, while the rest may very well believe it is a new EDM promotion company in the Bay Area.
However, a night spent seeing Robinson is yet another reminder of how EDM is pushing the brink of mainstream notoriety.
Robinson came on around 10:00pm and the Fox, in politically correct terms, went apeshit. With a modest set of lights backing him, Porter immediately recognized his fans’ lust for dirty drops and fed them appropriately. With slamming bass and a sweaty crowd, there was a perfect union that existed between crowd and DJ, and, for an hour and a half Robinson never lost the attention of his high school and collegiate-aged audience.
Robinson’s age is felt in the music he plays. Throughout his set, he blasted songs from his contemporaries (and friends) like Deadmau5, Skrillex, Duck Sauce, Major Lazer, Knife Party, etc. He also, however, showed appreciation to the electronic artists he grew up on playing Daft Punk track’s including “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” as well as “One More Time” in the closing minutes of his set.
Robinson doesn’t simply rely on spinning songs of others; his originals have had plenty of success over the past year or so. In 2011, he released his debut EP, Spitfire, which shot to the top of Beatport and the iTunes dance charts. The crowd went significantly wild when he dropped versions of his own tracks including the popular closer, “Say My Name.”
If there was one thing the raver-friendly crowd could have changed, it would be the Fox’s curfew. 11:30pm came around a little early for many of the ‘wide-eyed’ fiending for more Porter (and likely more disco sugar.)
Independent? Not really. Entertaining? Heavily. Porter Robinson on the rise? Unquestionably.
His age, his music, and his audience have become the perfect recipe for Robinson’s rise to fame, which will only grow as he continues to tour globally and take on major festivals including the Ultra Music Festival and two weekends at Coachella.
Friday night also featured opening sets from San Francisco based electronic group The M Machine and Montreal DJ duo Adventure Club. It should be noted as well that Robinson was joined by singer pennybirdrabbit to perform her Skrillex collaboration for “All I Ask of You.”