Most 20-year-old guys enjoy spending their time catching up with mates, playing video games and drinking their liver into submission. Porter Robinson is not like most 20-year-olds.
In 2012 the young producer from North Carolina toured Europe, played to sell-out crowds and made music that was championed by the likes of Tiësto, Skrillex and Deadmau5.
The jewel in his crown, ‘Language’ was released in April and has gone on to be one of the biggest records of the year. Radio 1 spotted its potential, and it was played by everyone from Zane Lowe to Annie Mac.
The track went on to top both the Beatport and iTunes dance charts and sold a whopping 125,000 copies. It was the culmination of a journey that started when Porter was 12 and started playing Dance Dance Revolution, the computer game to which he says he owes his success. “It taught me important lessons about rhythm and what makes something danceable. I owe so much to it,” he says.
It seems that when Porter does something, he does it with a bang. In January, before embarking on his 31-date European tour with Mat Zo and The M Machine, he recorded his first Essential Mix for Radio 1 – but it was no normal mix. In a rare event, Porter recorded the whole thing live from Hull City Music hall during his first trip to the UK. That’s where he dropped ‘Language’ for the first time, thus setting an incredible year in motion.
A Ministry of Sound Sessions comp and single with Mat Zo are due in spring, and Porter is looking to release material that avid fans won’t be expecting. “I think it’s going to be experimental, and I’m looking forward to challenging people,” he tells us. When asked how to describe his 2012, the DJ seemed lost for words. “That’s the hardest thing I’ve had to do this year,” he says
PORTER ROBINSON'S HIGHLIGHTS OF 2012
The dancefloor smash has been played at every festival from Coachella to Tomorrowland and has had over a million YouTube hits
BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix (28/01/2012)
The live mix from Hull City Music Hall marked the start of an unbelievable year
Porter Robinson At Coachella (YouTube)
The amount of people going nuts is an unmistakeable sign of a smash