Porter Robinson + Madeon (DJ Set Afterparty)
DJ Dials & 1015 Folsom present
PORTER ROBINSON + MADEON
(DJ SET AFTERPARTY)
with support from
QRION + FRIENDS
Friday November 25th / 10pm - 3am / 21+
Tickets (on-sale Wednesday 10/19 at 10am): https://probinsonmadeon-fbe.eventbrite.com
Porter Robinson - http://soundcloud.com/porter-robinson
“Two years ago,” remembers Porter Robinson, “I only had the inkling of the idea that I wanted to do something different. I needed to do something that was honest and real,” Porter explains. So he turned down countless DJ offers in 2013 to spend the entire year devoting himself to a process of introspection and reinvention. “I figured that one way to develop a unique identity as an artist would be to combine all my favorite things in music — it would result in something that is really personal, a collective expression of my taste and experience. Something nobody else has.”
And thus begat worlds (Astralwerks/Virgin EMI), a cinematic excursion that commingles Porter’s technological prowess with his love of evocative melody. His first studio album, it finds an unlikely common ground for Porter’s diverse inspirations: Kanye West’s Graduation, Daft Punk’s Discovery, The Postal Service, and an array of orchestral movie scores.
“Sea of Voices,” for instance, is just that: gauzy, feather-light vocals that float above an ethereal-shoegaze soundscape. That track trickles into the “Years of War,” which transfers those levitating vocals onto radiant synth pop propelled by a fuzzy beat. He prolongs that pop euphoria with the anthemic “Lionhearted,” which pushes-and-pulls between ambient sighs and power chords, further rewarding the listener with the glitched-out “Fellow Feeling,” an avant centerpiece that swells from violin-driven sentiment to industrial static, before settling into palpitating chords.
Not surprisingly, there’s never been anything conventional about Porter’s introduction to music. The artist’s first foray into music came through the arcade-stomping game Dance Dance Revolution. (These days, he’s graduated to StepMania, which, yes, he totally dominates.) “A huge amount of music that I listened to for a long time, like 200 people have probably ever heard these songs,” he says. “And a lot of it was bad, C-grade emulations of dance music being made in Europe. But something about the tempo was super-interesting to me.”
At age 12, the autodidact started futzing around with cuts and beats on his mom’s computer using pirated software. (He’s since paid for and repped everything he nicked, as an act of voluntary reparation.) He came into his own in 2010, when he scored a No.1 Beatport hit with his crunchy, twitchy single “Say My Name,” which lead to his first gig at a tiny club in Santa Cruz, Calif. “It was very much baptism by fire because I had never seen a DJ,” Porter says of the lack of any discernible scene in Chapel Hill. “I had to more or less do it based on what I had learned on the Internet.”
Needless to say, he was a quick study. His grassroots following exploded through the release of a successful EP and series of high profile DJ gigs. Then, in 2012, Porter scored an iTunes No.1 with the shimmering “Language.” Porter found himself touring five days a week, crashing at his parents’ house when he was in town. “It took me to a place where I wasn’t writing music. And I was DJing a lot of other people’s music,” he says. “I think that helped speed up how sick I got of dance music and all of its tropes.”
Making worlds was an intriguing artistic challenge for him. “A huge part of my work has always been this effortful, expedited self-discovery,” Porter says. For worlds, “I would pick three things and say, ‘This song is going to have these three traits.’ And then I would start writing, and halfway through the song it would become something that I’d never heard before,” he says, citing the first track he recorded for worlds, “Divinity Made.”
The voluminous, ethereal hymn was born of his seemingly impossible self-challenge to write a song that was beautiful (“I really like pretty music, almost to the point of sappiness,” he admits), loud, yet vintage-sounding. That, in turn, calibrated the overall aesthetic for worlds, for which he also recruited fresh, unknown vocalists.
Even though his creative pulse no long hinges on BPMs, early incarnations of his newer, more melodic compositions still perked the ears of countless labels. And that led him to Astralwerks/Virgin EMI. “They were really supportive of my weirdness,” he says, laughing. Or his ambitions, as it were: because Porter’s live show will likewise be a unique experience — one that doesn’t involve him DJing.
“I don’t want to be the flag bearer for any genre. I don’t want to change the game,” he says. “I really just want to have my own signature, my own sound. I know it sounds crazy, but I want to start my legacy.”
Madeon - http://soundcloud.com/madeon
Born in Nantes 20 years ago, Hugo Leclercq aka Madeon was introduced to electronic music aged 11, when he came upon a documentary about Daft Punk. A year later, he began learning how to make music. He posted some of his tracks online, but declined label requests to release them and other artist’s offers of remix work.
Instead, he entered an online remix competition for drum’n’bass band Pendulum. His repositioning of their ‘The Island’ as tough, sparkling house won whilst his remixes on the Yelle “Que Veux Tu” and Deadmau5 “Raise Your Weapon” singles further raised his profile with support from of Annie Mac, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello, Pete Tong, Deadmau5, Alan Braxe, Chase & Status, Skrillex, Knife Party, Porter Robinson, Zedd, Diplo, Martin Solveig etc..
As well as these breathtaking remixes there was the excitement caused by his Pop Culture video that he uploaded to YouTube in July 2011, which featured him performing with his Novation Launchpad controller, as he live mixed 39 samples from pop tracks from the likes of ELO’s Mr Blue Sky and the Gorillaz ‘Dare’ to Britney Spears’s ‘Baby One More Time’ – into three and half minutes of music that has currently had nearly 23 million views. His first official single which he released on own popcultur label, Icarus, was taut electro-house, but its follow-up, Finale also released on popcultur/Columbia Records was “a 92 bpm anthem rock track”. “This was very important for me,” he notes, “because I wanted to test the water of people’s open mindedness.” Madeon’s third single ‘The City’, was he says “a conclusion of a type of style I’ve been exploring and is one of my favourite tracks.”
Madeon has collaborated with Ellie Goulding on ‘Stay Awake’, a pop/rock track with a drum & bass spin which was an exclusive to Beatport but has now been added to to the forthcoming repackaged re-release of Ellie’s current Halcyon album. He also produced an alternative radio mix for Muse’s “Panic Station” single release which Zane Lowe chose as his hottest record in the World on his Radio 1 show. More recently, he produced Two Door Cinema Club’s single ‘Changing of the Seasons’ which Zane also chose at his Hottest record in the World, as well as writing and producing three tracks on Lady Gaga’s ‘Artpop’ album.
Madeon has also been extremely busy touring over the past couple of years performing at festivals such as Coachella (US), Lollapalooza (US), Transmusicale (France), Sonar (Spain), Wireless Festival (UK), Ultra (US), SonicMania (Japan) etc.. He then embarked on his first headline tour around Europe back in December 2012 before heading to the States to join Lady Gaga on her Born This Way Ball in early 2013, coupled with main stage appearances at a plethora of festivals around the Globe including EDC (US), Global Gathering (UK) Rockness (Scotland), Ultra (US) Electric Forest (US), Creamfields (UK), Benecassim (Spain), Summerburst (Sweden) 7th Sunday Festival, (Holland), Main Stage Festival (France), EDC (UK), Electric Zoo (US) etc…
In 2013 Madeon became the first ever electronic artist/dj in History to perform a show on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
2013 also saw Madeon release the incredibly epic “Technicolor” which received over 1 Million views in just over 1 week
Madeon is currently taking some time off to write his album. He recently gave out a track ‘Cut The Kid’ which received over 1 Million plays in just a week.
Total combined YouTube views for Madeon’s music currently stands at over 100 Million.