Like some of you, the teen years of many of our staff involved nearly blowing out our knees stepping on the brightly colored pads of the Dance Dance Revolution machines at our local arcades and movie theaters. We were mesmerized by the multi-colored arrows rapidly scrolling up the screen, madly hopping around to such songs as Butterfly, Tsugaru, Dynamite Rave and so many more. Whether you loved the game or couldn’t stand hearing it as you walked by, we can all rejoice in its existence because it’s the reason our beloved Porter Robinson discovered electronic dance music.
What’s that you say? You can’t believe that the genius who created Language and the beauty that is Worlds got inspired by a Bemani game? We were shocked as well, and yet hearing him speak about how it inspired him makes complete sense. He talks about how the things that are important to us during our adolescence stay with us, and it’s beautiful to hear how he took that and brought that to the artistry of Worlds. Hearing Porter take DDR and use that to elaborate on the story he chose to tell with the album made our admiration only grow. We don’t want to spoil the video though, so take a look below. What do you think of Porter’s footwork on the dance pads? What was your favorite DDR song to rock out to on the weekends at the mall?
If you haven’t yet bought your tickets to Porter Robinson next week DMNW has you covered. Enter the Dance Music Northwest Worlds contest and we’ll see you at WaMu Theatre next week!
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