12/7/20 Porter Robinson Worlds


Worlds – Porter Robinson

On August 12, 2014, Porter Robinson released his debut album Worlds and changed his career and the path of modern electronic music. From playing and producing dance-heavy club bangers on the Spitfire Ep in 2011 to creating a personal and soulful masterpiece that captured the angst of the electronic scene in 2014.
The angst I speak of in the electronic scene in 2014 was uncertainty. Uncertainty about where the oversaturated scene was headed. The festivals were packed, the mainstage acts everyone loved years prior became indistinguishable, and the music was suffering. The same drops, the same builds, and at times even the same songs. People started going to events, not for the music but to fit in. Of course, there were real fans, but they began to get overshadowed by trend chasers. The EDM scene exploded, and the bubble was about to burst. The fans knew it, the promoters knew it, and the DJs knew it. The only questions were when would it happen and what would a post EDM scene look like? What would the music sound like? Then we got Worlds.
I remember the exact day Worlds Came out. I remember signing into iTunes and watching it download on my laptop. I put on my white studio Beats by Dre, packed a bowl, and was transported into a World of electronic bliss far removed from what I was used to hearing in EDM at the time. This was it. This was exactly what the scene needed and proved to be the foreground of the scene today.
Worlds is a mix of synth-pop and electro with an indie feel. You can hear the M83, Passion Pit, and MGMT influences throughout the album as Porter takes you deep into his world of kaleidoscopic synths, ambient landscapes, and beautiful harmonic melodies.
Worlds not only pushed the boundaries of what EDM was but influenced an entire generation. Porter Robinson opened the door to DJ’s being weird, different, and choosing a different path than just making the best party anthem. He created art and, in doing so, allowed others to follow suit.
Six years later and Worlds is still recognized as one of the most influential and timeless projects EDM projects. We are now in a post EDM era, and as much as Porter will deny it, he is a driving force behind the scene we find ourselves in today. The artists that are popular in 2020 have their own identity, they play their own songs, and continuously push the limits, which is transforming the electronic scene into a mind-expanding art form. You can go stage to stage and hear not only a different set but have an entirely different experience, and that would not be the case without Porter Robinson.