WOW! Just wow. Porter Robinson blew us away with his incredible performance at WAMU theater. For all of you on future stops, you’re in for quite a treat.
Let’s start with the visual displays. I guess you could describe it as Japanamation meets 32 bit video games. With 40 ft tall LED screens encompassing the stage and Porter, it was a constant visual assault. Some images seemed to pay an homage to Salvador Dahli with a digital twist. Pulling from the Above & Beyond style of using type print to speak with the audience, Porter gave it his own personal flare of using speech boxes reminiscent of the early incarnations of Final Fantasy. It makes you wonder if he timed the start of his Worlds Tour in conjunction with the PAX Prime convention in Seattle.
The music was equally mind blowing. Porter didn’t rely on the decks alone. He incorporated a key board, drum machine, and microphone into his table. These added elements made this way more of a performance then a DJ set. One of the standout moments for us was when he mashed the “Ocarina of Time” melody with a tease of Easy, thus continuing the video game theme of the performance. At the end of his set, he quietly left the stage and the crowd erupted in joy over what they just heard. After being vigorously asked for an encore by the 15,000 or so fans, porter gratuitously responded in kind by coming back out for one more track. He grabbed the mic and thanked everyone for all the love they had shown him. He then told everyone that the next track he would be playing was the inspiration for the entire concept of the worlds tour. Not surprisingly that song was Language.
“I knew since at least two or three years ago that I wanted “Worlds” to be something that focuses [on] being beautiful first and foremost”
If you have the chance to get to this show, you will not be disappointed. We highly recommend that you purchase tickets as early as possible, because the buzz that this tour is making will for sure sell out the rest of his stops. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you thought about his performance.
While the show in Seattle was amazing for us, it seems that things are not as smooth on his last few stops. We received an email from one of our readers who attended the show in Eugene, Oregon. The email was from a fan of Porter asking us to extend a personal apology for the show. The fan, Aaron, stated that whoever was handling the sound board severely messed up the first part of the performance and it was wrought with technical difficulties. In addition, the attendance was extremely low due to the fact that Porter’s primary demographic is college students who have not yet returned for the fall school season. We contacted Porter Robinson’s management, Slush Management, to get a statement, but they declined. However, they did appreciate the email sent to us by Porter’s fan.
Porter Doesn’t seem too happy with how it’s going either.
We understand that this tour isn’t your run of the mill EDM show. It is unique in a lot of aspects. However, ravers enjoy Porter’s music. Music is all about self-expression. Ravers take it to a new and awesome level.
It makes us extremely happy that there are dedicated fans out there who feel that they can reach out to us and share their experience. We are always listening here at DMNW and love to hear from you. Thank you for the email, Aaron.
Let us know what you think about your experience at Porter’s show below!
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