Porter Robinson: 21 Under 21 (2012)
Porter Robinson: 21 Under 21 (2012)

No. 7: Porter Robinson

Last Year's Rank: 18

Birthdate: July 15, 1992 (age 20)

Why He's Hot: This year, Porter Robinson was carried by themomentum of his 2011 tours with early mentors Tiesto and Skrillex to become a headlining star in his own right. He sold out solo nightclub dates, and continues to creep up the festival ladder (from side tent, to late afternoon main stage sets), while making music that hints at a change in direction. He released the ooey-gooey trance vocal track "Language" on Big Beat in April, stepping away from his brazenly bombastic debut, "Spitfire," on Skrillex's Owsla last year. The young star is about to hit the road with another production prodigy, Zedd, on the 15-date Poseidon Tour. One thing's sure: If its co-headliners' feeds are any indication, it will be the most Tweeted-about EDM tour in history.

Video Below: Porter Robinson Q&A with Billboard at Lollapalooza

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