Porter Robinson Takes On Gainesville
It’s been a little over a year since his smash hit “Say My Name” was released and stormed the charts. Since then, this kid (well, more like “young adult” since he turned 19 a few weeks ago) has been recognized by producers worldwide and has performed at Electric Daisy Carnivals, Beyond Wonderland and Ultra just to name a few. He has full support form Skrillex and his upcoming EP, Spitfire, will be released on Skrillex’s label OWSLA September 13.
Now, onto the show review.
I arrived at about 10:30 p.m. Opening DJs Share, Vi, and Adrian Villaverde were warming up the crowd for what has been a long overdue performance (Porter was supposed to perform back in January, but flight issues beyond his control caused the show to be postponed). Like the Benassi show, a Bro Hats stand was setup at the venue. In fact, the overall production was very similar to the Benassi show: great lighting, massive sound system, paying more granted you stage access, etc.
Come 12:15, it was time for Porter to make his Gainesville debut, and by that time the place was packed and the crowd was ready. I should note that Porter looked and seemed like he had some fun before going up, if you catch my drift. Though it made me slightly worried about his performance, my concerns were quickly shut down by the second half of his set.
He played a bunch of unreleased edits and remixes and the crowd was loving all of it. One of the highlights was definitely when he started to play the intro to Barbara Streisand, only to have it drop to “Needle” by Dirty Loud. But the change in soundtrack didn’t stop the crowd from singing the well-known Streisand vocals on top of the hard electro.
Sometime later, beach balls appeared out of nowhere. The crowd kept throwing them on and off the stage, almost knocking over some lighting, until Porter got on the mic and called for them to send the balls his way. All at once they came flying, and Porter threw them right back in their faces.
On top of his interesting track selection, let me say this – the guy can jump. Over and over again, Porter would let tracks drop while simultaneously jumping sky high.
At what seemed to be the end of his set, he promptly unplugged all his equipment and disappeared – or so it seemed. He quickly signaled to us from backstage to chant “one more song,” which we quickly did as he hid under the DJ booth. After the crowd on the floor joined in, he slowly got up and got on the mic. He said he’s never done an encore but was going to do one tonight, debuting a song he’d never played live before.
Immediately, the crowd erupted in cheers as he reconnected all his gear and cheered even harder as the song dropped (you can see some of it in the video below)
Overall, the show was awesome and the wait definitely paid off, though I was kinda bummed he didn’t play his unreleased dubstep tracks “The State” or “Spitfire,” but hey, at least we got to hear a song he never played out! You can check out the rest of the photos here.