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Insomniac Delivers Yet Again with HARD Summer 2022

HARD Summer returned to the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino this past weekend for its 14th(!) edition and its first ever foray as a 3-day festival. Boasting a stacked lineup featuring some of the biggest names in dance music and hip-hop, this year’s HARD was one for the ages. The stages were epic, the layout was friendly and convenient, the vibes and energy of the crowd were off the charts. Despite the sweltering heat and humidity over the weekend, Insomniac made sure that all it’s headliners were hydrated and shaded as they partied into the night.

First off, let’s talk about some of the logistical changes that Insomniac made to the layout of the festival. The first thing I noticed from an aesthetic standpoint was the remodeled stages. Obviously, NOS hosts several Insomniac festivals over the course of the year, and most of the time, the stages are enclosed in a mega-structure. For last year’s HARD, the team made the interesting choice of removing almost all of the roofs of the mega-structures, but otherwise leaving the stages intact.

This year, the mega-structure roofs were completely done away with, allowing the HARD and HARDer stages to illuminate the night sky. The HARD stage featured the familiar trapezoid design that has featured on previous HARD stages and also evokes the Mayan temple from HARD Day of the Dead. The HARDer stage underwent and even more drastic evolution. Converted into something of a smaller Coachella stage, the HARDer stage featured massive video panels adorning the entire stage. The crowds there were treated to insane colors and visuals as well as up close looks of their favorite performers on stage.

Another big change that alleviated traffic was the tunnel that went from the HARD to the HARDer stage. Last year, there was a massive wall between the two stages and one had to walk all the way around and back to travel between the two places. This year, the tunnel offered a quicker alternative, as well as a detour to the Pink Tent, and allowed for more breathability going between stages. In fact, if you went into the tunnel, you were treated to shade and misters that were way more prevalent this year. The weather may have sucked, but Insomniac did their part to help alleviate the heat.

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HARD has always featured an eclectic lineup that’s slightly left of center. While of course there were artists on the lineup who fit that description and are HARD mainstays like Porter Robinson, Madeon, Alison Wonderland and Jai Wolf; House music was large and in charge this year with artists ranging from Chris Lake, Vintage Culture, Wax Motif, James Hype, Anabel Englund and Matroda all gracing the HARD stage. This year’s hip-hop lineup also offered up something for everyone. Zoomers got Lil Uzi Vert and Denzel Curry. Millennials got Three 6 Mafia (Juicy J and Project Pat are still going hard!). Everyone in between got Megan Thee Stallion and 21 Savage. Whether you wanted to get hype or get in your feels, this year’s HARD Summer got you.

It was a late arriving crowd on Friday’ it’s always brutal driving into San Bernardino from Los Angeles at that time of day. I enjoyed the shade and mist of the VIP area as Anabel Englund had whatever small amount of headliners were there vibing out to her set. James Hype was a definite highlight with his insane mixing skills and wonderful mashups of g-house and 2000s rap and hip-hop classics. Griz was another huge highlight as he has not performed at HARD Summer since 2015 back when the event was at the Pomona Fairplex. He had his full live band, psychedelic visuals, and of course, that sexy sax. I left it all out on the dancefloor for Griz’s performance. Here’s hoping we don’t have to wait another seven years to see him back at HARD.

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Saturday definitely saw more headliners descend upon the NOS Events Center. I started the day off at the HARD stage where Matroda was throwing down the house vibes. I eventually made my way over to HARDer stage for some of LP Giobbi’s set and she continues to impress with her unique brand of groovy house as well as exceptional visuals. Once the sun went down, Three 6 Mafia took the stage, and the crowd started getting hype as the legendary Memphis duo threw down hit after hit from “Bin Laden,” “Side 2 Side” and “Poppin My Collar.” 2000’s Mark was very happy during this set as were a lot of millennials to be sure.

After brief stops at Dimension and Alison Wonderland, I made it back over to HARDer for the highlight of the night. Madeon performing Good Faith Forever live. Aside from a couple of DJ sets, I had not seen Madeon perform solo live since Coachella in 2015. He did perform with Porter Robinson at Coachella 2017, but again, it’d been awhile since I’d seen Madeon solo, and it was well worth the wait. Unleashing some of the most mind-blowing visuals I’ve ever seen, the French singer/songwriter/producer wowed the crowd with live renditions of his Good Faith tracks as well as updated versions of his old progressive classics like “Imperium” and “You’re On.”

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It was another full day on Sunday, as I got in early to check out a little bit of Space Wizard at the Green Stage before heading over to the HARDer stage for Rossy. The up and coming producer and DJ threw down an appropriately HARD set of old skool trap that certainly got your blood flowing if the heat was getting you down.

Highlights of the day had to be Sidepiece and Tchami. With the sun down and the final night afoot, the duo of Nitti Gritti and Party Favor did not disappoint as they expertly blended house grooves with 90s and 2000s classics that had the dance floor vibing. Side note, if you found that open area to the right of the HARDer stage you lucked out, you had space to dance all night long. And, so we did as Tchami took the stage. The renowned French producer/DJ dropped a banger of a set featuring all types of house genres.

Porter Robinson closed out the night at the HARD stage, and fans had to be delighted by his blend of new tracks like “Look at the Sky” and “Something Comforting” as well as new re-imaginings of his classic Worlds tracks like “Easy” and “Sad Machine.” HARD maybe an electronic music fest, but the musicality of EDM itself is always on display at HARD Summer.

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While there was no doubt that HARD Summer was an absolute vibe, and there are definitely performances that will stay with me for a long time. The only question I have for HARD going forward is, is three days really necessary? This time of the year is brutal, and it certainly felt like the crowd was pretty light at certain times. Insomniac also usually announces next year’s edition of the festival right away. We did not get that announcement for HARD Summer 2023. One would have to assume it will return to NOS, however, maybe it will be scaled back a day. Either way, this year’s HARD Summer was an absolute blast, and I hope that it can return in such an epic form next year.

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Ophelia Records Takeover North Coast Festival’s Spotify for Special Melodic Playlist

North Coast Festival is returning to the greater Chicagoland area this Labor Day weekend for what is sure to be a massive weekend of dance music. Featuring artists like Armin van Buuren, Illenium, Porter Robinson, Seven Lions, Diplo, Fisher, and many more; there’s truly something for everyone on this lineup.

To commemorate the festival, Seven Lions and his Ophelia Records label have created a specially-curated North Coast Playlist on Spotify. Ophelia fans will no doubt be familiar with the label’s many artists featured on the lineup. Jason Ross, Wooli, Mitis and Trivecta are just a handful of the fan favorites on the North Coast lineup this year.

Get your tickets to North Coast Festival here and get ready for North Coast with the official Ophelia Melodic Takeover playlist!

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Porter Robinson Releases New Song “Everything Goes On” For League of Legends

It’s been a little over a year now since Porter Robinson released his second album, Nurture. He’s had the opportunity to tour the album and perform across the world doing what he does best. Based on previous patterns of release from Porter, we weren’t really expecting any new music for another year or two at least, but when Riot approached him to create music for Star Guardian, something must have clicked.

Verge wrote in their interview with Porter for the new release:

Like many of us, Porter Robinson turned to video games during the pandemic. In particular, the musician got really into League of Legends. He remembers getting his first kill and thinking, “Oh, I get it. I get why people play this. I get why people love it.” It became a hangout for his group of friends during a particularly challenging period, a space where everyone would get together in the evenings to play. But it wasn’t until League developer Riot released the animated series Arcane on Netflix that Robinson truly got sucked into the fantasy universe. “I was like, ‘I want to be involved in their world,’” he tells The Verge.

There’s a lot more to the interview that provides context to the song and Porter Robinson’s obsession with League of Legends during the pandemic, which you should read if you have the time.

For now, watch the music video for “Everything Goes On” and scroll further down as Porter explains the line, “someday I’ll be overcast, but you won’t have to cry – cause we’ll do the grieving while I’m by your side.”

when i wrote “don’t look for me, i’m just a story you’ve been told”, that was when the song clicked for me

when riot first hit me up, i wasnt sure if i could make something that would work, but when i wrote that melody i got extremely hyped and was like “i 10000% finishing this”

— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) July 14, 2022

because you can’t really “pre-grieve” anything. it’s a shallow comfort, it kinda magnifies the pain in a way was moving to me.

i embraced that perspective a lot on this song — someone who’s in pain and is saying things they don’t mean, or can’t follow through on

— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) July 14, 2022

it reframes the chorus by saying:

“i told you to forget me, but you stayed by my side, when i said –

‘don’t try to make yourself remember etc etc’ —“

it put the last chorus in quotation marks, as something the narrator once said, and is now apologizing for.

— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) July 14, 2022

basically saying: “thanks for staying with me, even i told you to forget all about me.”

— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) July 14, 2022

Listen below.

 

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Porter Robinson Surprise Set At Ocular Organ Among Highlights From Electric Forest

Porter Robinson closed out the Ranch Arena stage at Electric Forest this past Saturday, which was undoubtedly a fantastic set. But the highlight for many fans was seeing him in a more intimate setting at the Ocular Organ in the festival grounds the next afternoon, playing a full acoustic set.

The featured photo for this article, captured by @MarioH92, sums up the experience pretty perfectly. But if you want to see some of the actual set, @reporterrobnson has you covered with some unreleased music and a clip of “Look At The Sky” below.

i don't want to ruin the entire surprise but here's a clip of that porter robinson new new (unnamed) from the forest piano @porterrobinson pic.twitter.com/mUWki4MmiN

— dj not reporter robinson (@reporterrobnson) June 27, 2022

look at the sky (@Electric_Forest piano version) featuring porterfam on vocals @porterrobinson pic.twitter.com/olY6FNaACA

— dj not reporter robinson (@reporterrobnson) June 27, 2022

 

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Wavedash and James Ivy Drop Phenomenal Dance-Pop/House Track “Chicago Loop”

Honestly, we all should have known that Wavedash and James Ivy would make a great collaboration if they ever connected. The good news is that day has actually arrived and their collab is incredible. Their latest single “Chicago Loop” is the four artists’ most vulnerable and groovy tracks.

From the trio that gave us glitchy/future bass in tracks like “Dummo Loop” to the synth-heavy cascade of “Stallions”, it’s clear that Wavedash are making some of the glitziest bass music in the scene. Their soundscape has the shine to it that very few electronic artists can emulate.

Meanwhile, James Ivy has been rising as one of indie music’s most interesting acts. If you followed Porter Robinson‘s Nurture rollout, they may have caught James Ivy’s version of “Something Comforting” with it’s washed-out guitar and excellent 90’s boyband singing. But his output feels like a revival of alternative rock with a new charm, making him one of this year’s most exciting artists to watch.

On “Chicago Loop”, they really flexed their creative muscles. Wavedash and James Ivy make a bedroom pop that gets a sadboi house beat. But it’s paired with these very intimate vocals from Ivy that vitalizes the track. The track’s 80’s inspired drums and sensual vocal-manipulation are some of the elements that give this song such masterful songwriting. It’s the kind of song you listen to dancing in your room and it feels so cathartic.

Wavedash dropped their debut record World Famous Tour about a year ago. Five months later, the trio start releasing new music again. The new output feels like a new body of work could be on the way. But nothing has been announced officially. And James Ivy’s debut EP Good Grief came out in October last year and was followed by a new song 8 months later. These young artists continue to sharpen their imagination and their songwriting while efficiently releasing quality future bass. Who could want anything more?

Make sure to check out “Chicago Loop” by Wavedash and James Ivy! Let’s hope they do it again.

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Porter Robinson Bringing Virtual Self Back For Epic B2B With G Jones At Second Sky Fest

Porter Robinson has been rolling out the lineup for his annual Second Sky Fest for the past week and so far it’s shaping up to be another incredible event. Before this morning, fans knew they’d be seeing RL Grime, KYARY PAMYU PAMYU, Hudson Mohawke, Fred Again.., and more.

This morning, however, he might have just announced the biggest act at the festival — even potentially more impactful than his own headlining set.

Virtual Self is coming back after Porter shelved the project to focus on his sophomore album. And better yet, it’s a B2B with G Jones.

The announcement was saved for a special video this morning as opposed to the usual key art he’s been sharing for the other artists, giving another indication of just how big this act is going to be.

You can see the announcement video below. Presale starts this Friday, May 13th @ 10:00am PT.

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BUKU Drops 2022 Lineup with Porter Robinson, Rezz, Alison Wonderland, Svdden Death & More

BUKU Music + Art Project returns full force next year with a massive lineup to rival that of years past. The two-day experience serves up vibes and beats in the heart of New Orleans over March 25-26, 2022.

The 2022 lineup features an eclectic mix of acts including Tyler, The Creator, Tame Impala, Glass Animals, Taking Back Sunday, Porter Robinson, $UICIDEBOY$, Rezz, Vince Staples, Alison Wonderland, Kali Uchis, Baby Keem, Liquid Stranger, Lane 8, Trippie Redd, TroyBoi, Maxo Kream, Amelie Lens, Tierra Whack, 100 gecs, Bas, SVDDEN DEATH, CloZee and more.

This installment of BUKU marks the 10th anniversary of the beloved event and first show back since 2019. Dedicated fans of the festival will finally get the chance to return home to the creative playground of BUKU for a celebration of music, art, and community.

BUKU will continue this mission in 2022 alongside Upbeat Academy, a non-profit that inspires and empowers New Orleans youth through music education, who also act as the beneficiary of proceeds from every ticket sold to BUKU. Learn more here.

Registration for BUKU Music + Art Project 2022 is now open and the presale takes place December 17th. Tickets go on sale to the general public on December 20th.

More info and sign up here.

BUKU Music + Art Project 2022

 

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Grammy Nominations 2022: Porter Gets Snubbed, Big Noms For Illenium, Marshmello

You have two sides of a coin. On one side is the DJ Mag Top 100. On the other are the Grammy nominations. The coin, most times, seems to be flipped by an idiot. But like all games of chance, there are still a fair amount of people who are interested in the results.

Both awards/lists are markers of success or popularity in some sense and there is definitely a degree of pride to be gleaned from inclusion on either one, the Grammys a bit more than the DJ Mag Top 100. Still, a lot of times, they both seem to be stuck in the past. Take for instance the 2022 Grammy Nominations which noticeably leave Nurture from Porter Robinson off the list. Tsk tsk.

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album noms are given to Black Coffee, Illenium, Major Lazer, Marshmello, Sylvan Esso, and Ten City. Recording (aka singles) noms are given to Afrojack & David Guetta, Ólafur Arnalds Featuring Bonobo, James Blake, Bonobo (again) & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Caribou, Rüfüs Du Sol, and Tiësto.

Many of those nominations are valid and deserved. Some definitely could have gone to other artists. But hey, that’s how it is.

One interesting update to this year’s awards, as pointed out by Variety, “Having every producer, writer and featured guest suddenly included in the album and record of the year categories also makes for some interesting disparities. At one extreme, nearly 200 people are nominated for helping make [Justin] Bieber’s Justice album; at the other end of the scale, [Billie] Eilish’s Happier Than Ever album sports just five nominees for album of the year.”

You can see the full list of nominations here and

Best Dance/Electronic Recording

1. HERO
Afrojack & David Guetta

2. LOOM
Ólafur Arnalds Featuring Bonobo

3. BEFORE
James Blake

4. HEARTBREAK
Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

5. YOU CAN DO IT
Caribou

6. ALIVE
Rüfüs Du Sol

7. THE BUSINESS
Tiësto

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

1. SUBCONSCIOUSLY
Black Coffee

2. FALLEN EMBERS
Illenium

3. MUSIC IS THE WEAPON (RELOADED)
Major Lazer

4. SHOCKWAVE
Marshmello

5. FREE LOVE
Sylvan Esso

6. JUDGEMENT
Ten City

 

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Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Announces Stacked Lineup for 2022 Return

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is back for its 2022 edition with a stacked lineup of over 125 world-renowned and upcoming artists across a broad musical spectrum.

Headliners include Tame Impala, Porter Robinson, Megan Thee Stallion, Rezz and GRiZ. Plus, Flying Lotus, Ashnikko, The Glitch Mob, Clozee, TroyBoi, Eprom, 1788-L, Elderbrook, CharlestheFirst, VNSSA, Chee, Khiva and so many more.

The festival features three main stages — Be, Here, Now — as well as the beachside oasis Aquachobee and the Jungle 51 dusk-till-dawn dance party. As always, Okeechobee’s signature PoWoW! musical showcase features a once-in-a-lifetime jam session with multiple acts and surprise guests.

OMF takes place over March 3-6, 2022, celebrating five years at Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, Florida.

Tickets go on sale this Thursday, October 7th at 10 AM ET here.

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival 2022 Lineup 

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Ten Years Ago Today, Porter Robinson Released His Debut EP, ‘Spitfire,’ on OWSLA

The electronic music scene ten years ago looked a lot different than it does today. Artists weren’t getting their tracks in major motion pictures, AAA video game titles weren’t creating full albums of EDM-inspired tracks, let alone creating bespoke events in-game, nor were there any major fashion brands giving artists sponsorships or ambassadorships. Today, EDM artists are selling out the biggest stadiums in world and tackling new challenges, but it’s nice to look back at when times were simpler.

Today marks ten years since the release of Spitfire, the groundbreaking debut EP from Porter Robinson. Back when OWSLA was still releasing music, banking on a no-name at the time like Porter was a risk from a business standpoint, but it was less about the business and more about the raw talent that this 19-year-old oozed out of every pore.

Almost every song on Spitfire is iconic, from “Unison” to the seminal “100% In The Bitch,” not to mention Knife Party’s remix of “Unison,” themselves still a very young group at the time having just split off from Pendulum.

Spitfire represents an incredible era in dance music, one that those fortunate enough to have experienced in person look back on with fondness. Go back a decade and listen to Porter’s origins below.

 

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Porter Robinson Announces New Live-Only Prog House Side Project, Air To Earth

Second Sky is quickly approaching, and Porter Robinson is still announcing more new incredible news regarding his bespoke festival. Revealed today, Porter will perform as his new live-only alias, Air to Earth, “focused on sample-driven, tranquil proghouse and airy disco.”

Check out the preview below.

ANNOUNCING:

my new live-only dj sideproject called Air to Earth. it's focused on sample-driven, tranquil proghouse and airy disco. i'll be opening both days of Second Sky with this project! pic.twitter.com/skpqO70U55

— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) September 8, 2021

He goes on to explain why he personally performs the opening set at Second Sky, and the idea behind Air to Earth encompassing the reasoning behind all of it.

i realized i loved DJing in this style so much that i'd want to do it again and again. that's why i wanted to give the project its own name and identity.

Air to Earth will be opening at Second Sky, both days!

tickets: https://t.co/ARtszLqXzfhttps://t.co/ARtszLqXzf

— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) September 8, 2021

Second Sky goes down at Oakland Arena Grounds, September 18 & 19.

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Five Years Ago Today, Porter Robinson & Madeon Released Their One And Only Collab, “Shelter”

It seems incredible to think that “Shelter” came out five long year ago, but time has a way of tricking the senses. Sure enough, on August 11, 2016, Porter Robinson and Madeon released their first and only collaboration* and began a long and fruitful tour around the song, eventually capping it off with an epic double-weekender at Coachella the following year.

The longevity of the song itself is incredible to think about, as two of EDM’s most celebrated artists came together after each had just (or at least, recently) released their debut albums and fans knew there was more on the way. Between the lyrics, the production, or lest we forget the incredible animated music video, “Shelter” is as much a modern classic as be.

Last year, the song officially went RIAA Gold, reaching 500,000 sales or equivalent.

Check out “Shelter” once again below and tap into that nostalgia and happiness from a simpler time.

 

* A small caveat, Porter and Madeon collaborated around 2009-2010 when both went by different artist names, Ekowraith and Wayne Mont/DJ Deamon, respectively. However, “Shelter” remains their only collaboration under “Porter Robinson” and “Madeon.”

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Watch Madeon Throw Down Rare DJ Set with Surprise Guest Porter Robinson [FULL SET]

Madeon took the stage last week in a rare, intimate setting at the Roxy in LA to throw down a one-off DJ set for the people — and it’s available to stream now!

The vibes were immaculate as Madeon threw down much of his own material including recent hits like “Dream Dream Dream” and “All My Friends (VIP Intro),” mixed in with a plethora of dance favorites from Justice, Daft Punk, Gesaffelstein, Hudson Mohawke, Bronson, ZHU, SebastiAn and more.

In an unexpected twist, he brought out friend and collaborator Porter Robinson much to the crowd’s excitement. Watch around the 1 hour 27 minute mark to watch the moment unfold.

“I want to point out what a cool, hyper energetic and considerate crowd this was,” Madeon shares. “Everybody masked up and everybody was full of love and joy, I really feel like we shared something special.”

While it’s always a treat seeing Madeon’s live shows, DJ sets like these radiate a raw energy of their own. The producer has a handful of upcoming DJ sets in Boston, Las Vegas, Grand Rapids, and Columbus, all leading up to his Good Faith Live Tour which kicks off mid-September.

Shoutout to YouTuber HiFriend for capturing the full performance! Watch here!

MADEON – DJ SET @ THE ROXY THEATRE (08/04/2021) [FULL SET]

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Porter Robinson Shares the Making of ‘Nurture Live’ Tour in New Mini-Doc [WATCH]

Porter Robinson shares a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his Nurture Live show, which is shaping up to be something truly special.

The mini-documentary, running just over 5 minutes, features striking visual cuts straight from the set — as well as clips from the artist’s widely cherished and acclaimed second album, Nurture. It’s all tied together with Porter’s own narrative, with emphasis on his creative direction for the show.

“I’ve been looking forward to this for so long,” he shares in the mini-doc. “The instant I turned in the album, I was like, ‘Let’s start making the live versions.’”

Porter reveals his initial idea was to perform the songs mostly in their original form, but that soon changed as he began hashing out the live show. “You have this idea in your head of what you want it to be,” he shares, “but your heart has its own intentions completely.”

Tickets for Nurture Live on sale now, with newly added dates.

Check out the mini-doc here!

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Porter Robinson Reveals Alternate ‘Nurture’ Tracklist via Spotify [PLAYLIST]

Porter Robinson just shared a new way to experience his second studio album, Nurture.

Track-by-track, the producer presents each Nurture offering in the order they were made. Through which, we can hear an unspoken transformation as Porter lets us in on his creative journey.

Porter shares of the rearrangement: “i put together an alternate tracklist for nurture as a playlist, with the songs in the order in which i wrote them. maybe you can feel the shifts over time as you listen.”

While the original Nurture order starts off with “Lifelike,” the chronological tracklist begins with “Something Comforting,” moving into “Look at the Sky,” “Lifelike” and then, “Get Your Wish.”

The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart. In addition, 12 of 14 tracks on charted on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs upon the album’s release.

Listen to Nurture again from another perspective right here.

Porter Robinson – Nurture (Chronological Tracklist)

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Does Skrillex, Or Any Artist, Owe It To Fans To Let Them Know They’ve Changed? [Opinion]

Imagine you’ve been a fan of an artist for 10+ years. Their breakout songs were all new waves of electro house, dubstep, brostep, and catapulted the genre into mainstream limelight, and hell, they even got a Grammy nomination out of it. This artist was the pinnacle of their genre for years and years and years, and then their newest song is something completely different. The artist didn’t share any heads up or mention that their style was changing, but do they even have to?

This week, Skrillex released two new songs — “Butterflies” with Four Tet and Starrah, and “Too Bizarre” with Swae Lee and Siiickbrain. Vastly different from his original works over a decade ago, “Butterflies” went a more house/pop route while “Too Bizarre” was more along the lines of modern pop punk from Machine Gun Kelly, blackbear, Modsun, and others. Responses to the songs have been divided; while most have appreciated how well they’re produced at the most technical levels, a lot of people have expressed sadness or frustration that they’re unfamiliar styles and don’t “sound like Skrillex.”

But what does Skrillex sound like? If we’re only relating his “sound” to his past works, then yeah, these songs do not sound like him. But wouldn’t anything that he makes technically sound like him?

Skrillex is not alone in this phenomenon of changing sounds and bringing new influences to a project. We saw just this past month Porter Robinson drop his sophomore album, Nurture, a much more personal and less heavily electronic album compared to his 2014 opus, Worlds. Calvin Harris went from Motion to Funk Wav Bounces; Zedd went from Clarity to True Colors; Flux Pavilion on his most recent album, .wav; and let’s not forget the very visceral reaction to Getter’s last album released in 2018.

These are all merely a small subset of artists who have evolved from the sound they began with. Not all of them were even met with harsh criticism, but at the same time, none of them either went, “Hey, by the way, I’m doing something new.” They just did it.

We’ve seen this happen outside of EDM, as well, if we look at artists like Paramore or Bring Me The Horizon who have evolved over the years. And Poppy, especially, has created a whole brand out of being unpredictable.

At the end of the day, while an artist has some degree of debt to their fans for getting them to where they are, that debt does not extend to creative endeavors or decisions about what an artist can or cannot make.

Over the past year, a lot of things have changed and people have had a lot more time to sit back and take account of who they are, what they want to do, and where they want to be in the future. If we didn’t see a lot of things change moving into 2021, that would have likely been the more strange phenomenon.

Stream both of Skrillex’s new songs below, and don’t worry about the old, celebrate the new and exciting.

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Porter Robinson Announces 30-Date ‘Nurture’ Live Tour For North America

Porter Robinson announced the dates and lineup for his Second Sky festival just last week, and now he’s revealed the dates and locations for a full Nurture live tour for North America.

Nurture, Porter’s second album, was released April 23 and immediately received rave reviews. The next day, he performed the album live for the first time at Secret Sky, the digital version of his Second Sky festival that debuted in 2019.

Fans now get to witness the Nurture live performance in person this fall. Jai Wolf will provide support, and other artists will probably be announced based on region at a later time.

Presale starts Wed, May 12th @ 10:00am PDT. Full dates and presale registration can be found here.

NURTURE LIVE TOUR NORTH AMERICAhttps://t.co/VgDxysyUkt pic.twitter.com/HnlVTftO6o

— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) May 10, 2021

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NEW: REZZ, Porter Robinson, ZHU, Shöckface + More – Your EDM | Week In Music

May has just begun and some of dance music’s biggest names have begun to release their latest albums among the masses. Dance music veteran Porter Robinson just released his much awaited sophomore album Nurture. Mysterious electronic producer ZHU just released a brand new album titled DREAMLAND 2021. Among the new releases we saw new singles and collaborations between REZZ and deadmau5 for ‘Hypnocurrency,’ a new single from Shöckface and Lauren Martinez, and Louis The Child and A R I Z O N A. Sit back, relax or continue doing whatever you are doing and stream Your EDM | Week In Music below.

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REZZ links up with none other than deadmau5 for their debut collaboration ‘Hypnocurrency.’ They’re much awaited collaboration showcases the perfect balance between deadmau5’s progressive synth work and REZZ’s mid tempo touch.

Porter Robinson recently released his sophomore album Nurture. The 14-track lp features 1 collaboration with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. The album departs from the ‘Worlds’ era of seven years ago and provides listeners with a bright new euphoric pop and ambient electronic work.

ZHU releases his new album DREAMLAND 2021 following up from his previous album ‘RINGOS DESSERT.’ ZHU showcases that his sound can remain recognizable on any work he puts his touch on but at the same time new and refreshing.

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Porter Robinson Has 12 ‘Nurture’ Tracks Charting on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs

Porter Robinson is on fire with the release of his sophomore album Nurture, the announcement of his forthcoming Second Sky music festival — and considering he has 12 songs charting on Billboard‘s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs this week.

That means of Porter’s 14-track album, only two previously released tracks — “Mirror” and “Something Comforting” — are not currently ranked on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. This by no means suggests these singles haven’t been successful, but they were among some of the first Nurture-era songs to drop.

Porter recently opened up to Billboard about the pressures he faced and ultimately overcame when making his sophomore album…

Throughout the album, you can really sense some of the trepidation, worry, anxiety and fear I’m feeling. On ‘Musician,’ I wasn’t feeling it at all. I just felt pure unbridled joy and excitement. That was the goal: I was trying to get to this place where I could write music in a way where I could be vulnerable and just do this thing I love with the confidence I used to have. That song is that materialized for me.

Huge congratulations to Porter Robinson on all Nurture has accomplished thus far. The album is truly a work of art — listen here.

.@porterrobinson has 12 songs on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs this week:

#16, Look At The Sky
#19, Unfold
#20, Get Your Wish
#23, Musician
#28, Lifelike
#30, Wind Tempos
#33, Mother
#35, do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do
#41, Sweet Time
#43, Dullscythe
#46, Blossom
#50, Trying To Feel Alive

— billboard charts (@billboardcharts) May 4, 2021

 

Source: Billboard

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Porter Robinson Reveals Completed Second Sky 2021 Lineup

The second edition of Second Sky is coming and Porter Robinson has curated an eclectic lineup of innovative acts to look forward to.

Presented by Goldenvoice, Second Sky marks Porter’s first in-person performance of a brand new live show featuring music from his critically-acclaimed new album, Nurture. The producer’s first full-length album in seven years features a new wave of pop-inspired anthems, “Musician,” “Look At The Sky,” “Mirror,” “Get Your Wish,” “Something Comforting” and more — and seeing them play out live for the first time ever will be a truly remarkable experience.

MORE: Porter Robinson Uploads ‘Nurture Live’ Set from Secret Sky 2021

Porter has been rolling out the Second Sky lineup for days — and, finally, his masterpiece is complete. The two-day festival will feature performances from Madeon, Jai Wolf, Toro Y Moi, Jon Hopkins, Jacob Collier, Wavedash, KNOWER and Jyocho. In an exciting yet expected Second Sky twist, all artists will perform on both days.

Porter’s visionary festival returns to the Bay Area on September 18 & 19 at Cesar E. Chavez Park in Berkeley, CA. Ticket pre-sale goes live this week on Wednesday, May 5.

More info and registration for Second Sky here.

Second Sky Music Festival Lineup

💠 SECOND SKY MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP 💠 pic.twitter.com/UHpMsdm5o3

— Second Sky Music Festival (@secondskyfest) May 3, 2021

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Listen To Sets From Porter Robinson, Imanu x Buunshin, Rezz, & More From Yesterday’s Secret Sky Festival

Yesterday’s Secret Sky was absolutely phenomenal, with a lot of stand out performances and one in particular that could be one of the best live streams we’ve seen all quarantine (depending on taste, of course).

Beginning noon PST and going until around 9:30pm PST, Secret Sky invited a number of artists with whom EDM fans might not be as familiar with, like Yvette Young, James Ivy, Serph, Salute, or End of the World. Considering the festival was curated by Porter Robinson himself, it stands to reason that every artist had something to add to the day’s goings on.

While we wait for some (or all) of the official streams from Secret Sky to be uploaded, many of them are already up on Mixcloud to relisten, including the revolutionary Imanu x Buunshin set which set the chat ablaze with reactions of amazement and disbelief at what we were listening to. Sets from Potaro, James Ivy, Rezz, Laxcity, Boys Noize, Baauer, and more are also available.

Listen below!

Additionally, Porter has announced an IRL Second Sky festival happening later this year! Presale tickets available Wednesday May 5th – signup for early access at secondskyfest.com.

 

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Porter Robinson’s Secret Sky Festival Is Live Now! [WATCH]

Almost a year since we last experienced Secret Sky, the IRL festival turned virtual experience returns today after the long-awaited release of Porter Robinson’s sophomore album, Nurture. The album dropped yesterday and so far has received incredible praise across the music culture, which is no particular surprise.

Today’s live stream features performances from a wide array of artists within and outside of the EDM world, including Kero Kero Bonito, Wave Racer, Yvette Young, Boys Noize, No Rome, Baauer, Rezz, and more.

Of course, everything is capped with a finale performance from Porter Robinson himself, who will no doubt have some incredible form of showing off Nurture Live.

Set times and watching link below!

set times for #secretsky !! pic.twitter.com/aRmPnGnsMP

— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) April 22, 2021

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Porter Robinson Achieves Grandeur And Grace On Sophomore Album, “Nurture”

My thoughts thus far on the Porter Robinson singles released from Nurture have been “good, not great.” As so many, the shadow of Worlds was too powerfully lurking the back of my mind. A mix of nostalgia and such intense reverence for the album since 2014, coupled with the many live shows I’ve seen of it and the memories therein have put it upon a pedestal that is nigh untouchable. But I have learned over years and years of reviewing albums that a project is often greater than the sum of its parts.

It was known, ahead of the album’s release, that this was not going to be Worlds Pt 2. If anything, after listening the full way, it is the antithesis to Worlds. Bright, textured, synthetic effects are replaced with lush, graceful, emotional organic sounds and experimental runs that present a much different feel to Porter’s debut album. And why shouldn’t it when he is a different person now than he was then?

In an interview with Billboard, he spoke about how the time after Worlds was one of his most unhealthy. Pressure he put on himself, pressure fans put on him, and his brother’s cancer diagnosis all culminated in a wildly untimely fashion (a cancer diagnosis is never timely), though it did lead him to produce his first and only EP as Virtual Self.

This, in the end, opened him up to creating Nurture in a more organic way. Though, it wasn’t the only catalyst — you can read more on that in his interview with Billboard.

The album released last night at 9pm western time, and I began my listen at approximately 10pm. Over the course of the album, my initial impression of “good, not great” was transformed. I read so much of fans’ impressions of the album leading up to my first listen, but reserved my own impressions until I finished. What I came away with was peace — it wasn’t the feeling that I had listened to the best album of the year, it wasn’t comparisons to past material, it wasn’t any real critique at all, really.

What I will walk away from this album with is a feeling of contentedness. That, in the face of overwhelming adversity and insurmountable hardship, this album will always be here to help lift me up. Nurture is a love song to hope and the belief that things get better.

Listen below.

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Porter Robinson Reveals Full Secret Sky Lineup With Rezz, Baauer, Boys Noize, & More

Nurture, the new album from Porter Robinson, is just around the corner, releasing April 23. The day after, Saturday, April 24, Porter’s virtual festival Secret Sky will return for its second iteration, and the official lineup was just revealed.

Featuring sets from Baauer, Boys Noize, Rezz, Swardy (of The M Machine), Wave Racer, and more, this is definitely a festival you will not want to miss.

Continuing Porter’s love of curation and highlighting artists not as well known in the EDM world, additional performances from Masakatsu Takagi, Salute, Serph, Yvette Young, James Ivy, End Of The World, and Kero Kero Bonito are sure to attract many other music fans who otherwise might not tune in.

Imanu b2b Buunshin, Laxcity, and No Rome round out the full lineup for the event.

Find out more at secretskyfest.com.

FULL #SECRETSKY 2021 LINEUP ~~~https://t.co/f6wubHjdqk pic.twitter.com/fALHp1I80q

— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) April 15, 2021

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Porter Robinson’s Secret Sky Festival Returns Following Release Of New Album

We’re all patiently waiting for the release of Nurture, the second studio album from Porter Robinson, on April 23. The tracklist was just recently revealed, but Goldenvoice and Brownies & Lemonade have even more awesome news on the horizon — Secret Sky is coming back.

The virtual music festival made its debut last year on the weekend that Second Sky, Porter Robinson’s curated festival from 2019, was due to make its return. However, we all know that COVID-19 threw a wrench in any festival plans over the last year. Still, Second Sky featured an incredible lineup all leading to a final performance from Porter that revealed the new single “Look At The Sky.”

Second Sky will return on April 24, the day following the release of Nurture. The live stream will be open to all but you can register here ahead of time to be the first to know where to watch.

GOLDENVOICE, BROWNIES & LEMONADE, & SLUSH PROUDLY PRESENT:

PORTER ROBINSON'S SECRET SKY 2

VIRTUAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

APRIL 24, 2020

FEATURING AN INCREDIBLE LINEUP OF ARTISTS AND IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

ALL PROCEEDS BENEFITING MUSICARES

RSVP → https://t.co/zxpv3UNocH#secretsky pic.twitter.com/PYrfBqzNKS

— Brownies & Lemonade🍫🍋 (@TeamBandL) April 14, 2021

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This Happy Hardcore Remix Of “Musician” Has Porter Robinson Absolutely Fanboying

Porter Robinson dropped “Musician,” the final single from Nurture, last Wednesday, and within 24 hours, Synthion already had a happy hardcore edit loaded and ready to go. This isn’t unusual for fellow producers who are fans of major artists to create edits in the hours following a new drop, but this one pretty immediately got a response from Porter himself.

WHOAAA THIS GOES https://t.co/rovRnUOdJb

— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) March 4, 2021

Two days later, and the full edit was complete and garnering Porter’s unabashed praise.

I just played this in the car and I actually don’t think it’s possible to feel bad while listening to it https://t.co/bnFZBq10iE

— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) March 7, 2021

Sure enough, “Musician” was already a blissful and happy track, but pumping up the tempo and adding new drums just made it that much more happy… and hardcore. Check it out below and let us know if you feel the same way as Porter! And go listen to more of Synthion’s music here.

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Porter Robinson Releases Final Single, “Musician,” Ahead Of His New Album

Nurture, the sophomore album from Porter Robinson, is due out April 23. With only a little over a month to go, the final single from the album, “Musician,” has just dropped.

The hyperpop single is a beautiful burst of blissful chords, synths, and vocals that perfectly exemplifies the new sound that Porter has adopted for his latest musical venture. Between this single, and the previously released “Look at the Sky,” “Mirror,” “Get Your Wish,” and “Something Comforting,” we have a pretty good idea of how the album will sound altogether.

Still, Porter’s music has always been greater than the sum of its parts, and we’re eagerly awaiting the opportunity to listen to the album the full way through to get the full experience.

In the meantime, stream “Musician” — out now!

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Porter Robinson Reveals Final ‘Nurture’ Single Release & Possible New Anime MV

Nurture, the sophomore album from Porter Robinson, is finally due for release on April 23, but not before one final single hits streaming services. Porter has revealed that “Musician” is out next Wednesday, March 3.

The prolific artist shared a teaser today on socials with a small snippet of the song, but we’re more interested in the original animation accompanying it. Could this be another anime music video a la “Shelter” five years ago? (Also holy shit, “Shelter” was really released 5 years ago, huh?)

The good news is, we won’t have to wait that long to find out, “Musician” drops in just 5 days.

Check out the teaser below!

"but sincerely: can't you feel what i'm feeling?"

Musician: the final Nurture single.

out March 03. pre-save here: https://t.co/KgF3g6TOIm pic.twitter.com/kMbVujoj51

— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) February 26, 2021

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Porter Robinson Opens Up About ‘Nuture’ Era & Live Shows in New Interview

Porter Robinson delves into the Nurture era with an enlightening new interview…

The producer recently spoke to RADIO.COM‘s Bryce Segall for New Arrivals, sharing details on the forthcoming album and how it came to be. From the Madeon influence, to his newfound “digital falsetto” game changer, through personal emotional struggles, and dealing through the pandemic — Porter exposes his vulnerability and approach to making Nurture.

He speaks on finding his voice:

Being able to do this whole singer/ songwriter/ producer project where you’re singing…. it’s you singing and it’s live, but it’s this kind of character, this ultimate persona… I loved that idea of just having this character sort of just sing with you or this representation of the inner voice.

And his screaming voice:

…anytime you see me angry basically I’m actually scared. I’m like scared that my project isn’t connecting, I’m scared that… I’m never going to be able to make anything good again… I feel like that’s useful for people to know. Whenever I’m like screaming about something I’m usually, myself, pretty scared.

He spoke on Nurture live shows:

…in my mind’s eye for what the Nurture live show might look like is maybe something a bit like the “Get Your Wish” music video… I plan to be singing and I plan to be more upfront… with Worlds, I’m very much behind the table and in Nurture, I want to have a little bit of both.

And breaking through the pandemic:

Having gone this long without live music I think Nurture live is going to take a very different shape than it would have if there hadn’t been a pandemic to be honest… my desire for fun is a lot higher than I think it would have been.

There’s so much more — read the full interview here.

Porter Robinson – Get Your Wish

 

Source: RADIO.COM

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NEW: Porter Robinson, Dabow, MSFT, Yellow Claw + More – Your EDM | Week In Music

The first month of the new year has just wrapped up and February commences. The cold season pierces through America and our favorite artists continue to release new projects. This week we saw new releases from the likes of Porter Robinson, Yellow Claw, Don Diablo and many other talented artists and producers. Sit back, relax or continue doing whatever you are doing and stream Your EDM | Week In Music below.

Release Spotlight

Porter Robinson releases a new single ‘Look at the Sky’ an uplifting and inspiring new release during which he says he wrote during his lowest point. ‘Look at the Sky’ will be on Porter Robinson’s sophomore album Nurture due out April 23rd.

Flux Pavilion releases his much awaited 16-track sophomore album with features from Chime, What So Not, and Feed Me.

Steve Aoki released a 6-track EP including collaborations with some of the most abrasive and hard hitting producers in dance music. Everyone from Brennan Heart to k?d and Timmy Trumpet to Hasse de Moor are all featured on this jammed packed EP.

Troyboi dropped his long awaited ‘V!bes, Vol. 4’ project which includes 7 brand new productions including tracks with Nina Sky, Tropkillaz and Nefera.

 

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