Toronto-bred producer Robotaki is just beginning to spread his wings. He made a career off of remixing other artists, most recently with a big hit in his rework of The Chainsmokers‘ “Closer,” but he’s finding the voice within himself to take a stand and be his own man.
It can be scary taking the step out of others’ shadows and showing fans your own musical soul, but he’s learned a lot about that on tour with Porter Robinson and Madeon as the official opener for the pair’s incredible ‘Shelter’ tour.
“It’s been such a blessing to be on the road with these guys,” Robotaki says. “One of the most positive and inspiring experiences of my life. Porter and Hugo are very supportive, and I think they may have the most invested fan base in dance music, so each show is incredibly special. I’ve learned so much and met so many new fans.”
His first original single was “Ghostboy,” and today, he takes things one further with “Right Time,” a sultry, futuristic soul jam as cool as it is funky.
“It’s been a long journey this one,” he says. “I received the lyrics back in April and really wanted to put everything I had in to it. In its original form, it is was a mellow R&B record, but given the tour and my desire to get dynamic with it, it’s now something entirely new. I love everyone’s reaction when I’m playing it out.”
The lyrics, sung by Ari, paint the picture of a late-night lover who’s more trouble than he’s worth. It might never be the right time for the song’s storied couple, but it’s nothing but the right time for Robotaki and his sky-rocketing career. Tonight, he celebrates the song’s release by taking the stage at Madison Square Garden, no small feat for anyone.
“NYC has always been special to me,” he says. “Coming from Toronto, it feels like NYC is the inevitable next market to play in. Madison Square Garden is one of the most iconic venues in the world, and I feel absolutely honored to have the chance to play there. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it on the tour flyer, and when friends started sending me pictures of the billboards for the show around the city, everything felt surreal. Really cool to be doing this show the night my single comes out. It feels important.”