One thing was clear from Porter Robinson’s announcement yesterday (Nov. 14) about his new landmark deal with Astralwerks: His debut LP (expected early 2014) will not be “the next big EDM” album. While Robinson’s early gigs (from when he was 16) came about based on his video game music-inspired bedroom productions, he has been known primarily as a DJ rather than a producer. Yet ironically, the DJ career that brought Robinson to wide acclaim, will now take a backseat as he focuses on his studio work and a live show.
“Obviously I can’t continue doing the normal DJ thing, at least as my main thing,” Robinson explains. “That doesn’t ever preclude me DJing again. Just knowing myself, I could see myself doing this live show and just being like, ‘Man, how fun was it back when I used to like, bang it out or whatever.’ It feels weird for me to say that now because I don’t feel that at all. I could see myself doing after-parties or maybe a side tour. A lot of bands have their DJ set. That’s something that I’m certainly going to be open to.”