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Why Porter Robinson's Worlds Tour is NOT a Rave

Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Wesley McLaughlin


Porter Robinson brought us the amazing Spitfire EP in 2011 at the ripe age of 19. Now, just a few short years later, he has embarked on his Worlds album tour on August 28th in Vancouver, BC. This tour includes guests Lemaitre and Giraffage who also have a very unique approach to making music. With this new album, Porter wanted to create the music that he had always dreamed of producing, but to also do something that hasn't been done before. If you have been lucky enough to attend one of these shows, you would know that this tour is far from your typical rave, or even far from a rave at all. Porter

5 Reasons Why Porter Robinson's Worlds Tour is NOT a Rave

1) Intermissions

Something that we have all gotten used to and I would even go as far as saying taken for granted at electronic music festivals, would be no intermissions.  Since so much technology is involved in electronic music, you just plug a few things in and both DJ's can play simultaneously while moving from one set to the next.  Since Porter was playing live instruments instead of DJing, there was a hefty intermission between Giraffage's set and his own (this also could have something to do with his insane visual production).  This brought on the realization that every concert besides for "raves" have intermissions.  This may be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your viewpoint, but it definitely stood out as something that we are not used to.

2) Fan Base

For the most part if you started out loving Porter, you will until the end.  He has a die hard fan base that is similar to DJ's like Kaskade or Above and Beyond who have been around for a lot longer.  This is impressive because to fall in love with someone's music means you have to take an abundance of your own time out to explore them as a person and artist.  Whether he is making music like "100% In The Bitch", "Language", or even "Flicker," his fans will love it/him regardless.  

3) Original Tracks

Another thing we noticed at this concert is that there was not one song played that wasn't an original from Porter Robinson.  Most album shows you go to you will hear a high percentage of the artist's music, but very rarely is it 100% original.  Not only were original tracks played, but Porter also made some amazing mash ups of tracks like "Language" and "Say My Name" with some of the tracks from Worlds.  The man is a musical genius - why would he need to play anyone else's music?

4) Storytelling

As with many famous albums of the past, they tell a story from start to finish (arguably one of the greatest of all time being Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd in my opinion).  Not only does Worlds have this feeling in audio form, but the live show includes Porter's energy and insane 3D graphics as well.  From crazy shapes, to human shadows, to warm pastel colors, to old school video game themed backgrounds, the visuals were the best we've seen at any show in a long time.


Final Thoughts

The way I see it, Porter Robinson is a 22 year old musical prodigy that doesn't have the big head of some DJs these days. He put out an EP with every song having a different sub-genre (Spitfire) at the age of 19 that was amazing. He then continued on to do his own tour, as well as one with Mat Zo. You can tell he's a musician that truly cares about making music for himself, not his fans. He took time off to make an album that was something no one had seen or heard before and killed it. And now we are standing here in the middle of his Worlds Live Tour, wide-eyed and open-mouthed...Whether you enjoy his new music or not, it takes some serious balls to do something like this in any industry. Porter