Porter Robinson

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Porter Robinson, at just 21 years of age, may be a young face in electro-house, but he’s been making a lot of noise in the scene. Having toured with DJ heavyweights Tiësto, Deadmau5 and Skrillex, Robinson set the bar high with his first single, Say My Name, which reached the premier slot on Beatport’s electro-house charts. His second single, Language, shot straight to number one as well, garnering him attention from the likes of Lady Gaga and Avicii, both of whom requested official remixes from the budding producer. On the back of a jam-packed festival season, Robinson touches down in Hong Kong this month, promising a set to remember within the walls of Volar. 

Like most 13-year-olds, Robinson loved video games and developed an honest addiction to Dance Dance Revolution, the floor-pad sensation with a sick soundtrack. The teenage Porter went out and bought the game’s CD, punched in ‘DJ software’ into Google, and started producing his own music.

When the time came for university, he had to choosen between taking an offer from his parents' alma mater and a future in production. Surprisingly, it was Robinson’s father who convinced him not to pass up this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. That decision set the tone for the next few years, and he shortly went on to release his first number-one single in 2010. A few months later, he was asked to support Skrillex on both his Project Blue Book and OWSLA tours. Since then, Robinson’s bookings have shot through the roof, scoring shows at Creamfields and Global Gathering along with extensive international tours. Let’s hope Volar is ready for the DJ star to take over its decks for the night. Marisa Cannon

Porter Robinson, Volar, Thu Oct 10. Tickets: $150, ticketflap.com.

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