Porter Robinson Breaks Down What Makes a Perfect Dance Record: Watch

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Porter Robinson attends the 61st Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2019 in Los Angeles. 

What does it take to write a classic dance tune? According to Porter Robinson, "drums."

"A great hook is really critical," the producer told reporters on the Grammy red carpet. "It's all about struture in dance music. it's all about the moment something is revealed. Tension and release is the name of the game."

Robinson's side project Virtual Self was up for best dance recording, and although the award ultimately went to Diplo and Mark Ronson's Silk City project for its single "Electricity" with Dua Lipa, Robinson was more than honored to have Virtual Self acknowledged.

"This project was me clawing my way out of this creative struggle I was having under my own project and wanting to do something that really subverted expectations and surprised and scared some people," he said. "For this to get the Grammy nom, it was so far from what I expected."

He also gave shout-outs to some artists he thinks are pushing the sonic envelope, and offered some insight into the world of marathon DJ sets.

Check out Robinson's full Grammy red carpet interview below.

2019 Grammy Awards