The Porter Robinson documentary recaps his College Invasion tour with Tiesto, Diplo, Dada Life, and Tommy Noble as they travel to all the the hottest college towns, even hitting my home base, Santa Barbara, California. Sprinting away from frat fan-boys and emotional sorority girls after he played an after-party in Isla Vista, Porter and I were able to sit down over a 3am Freebirds Burrito.
Croydon: You've played in Santa Barbara and other college towns. How does that compare to other places to play such as massives?
Porter Robinson: In the United States right now it's largely the same attitude no matter where you go. It doesn't seem that different to me.
Croydon: How was making spiriting getaway from all those girls after your set in Isla Vista?
PR: I'd like to point out that it was mostly dudes and it was more just for fun than anything. Kinda just did it for the novelty.
Croydon: Describe your growth since March.
PR: That was like 80% of my career ago, and I'd say there have been changes in almost every aspect of my career as an artist since then. I would hope that the performances and the music are self-evident and speak for themselves.
Croydon: This summer was huge for you. Playing at EDC, Audiotistic and touring now with Tiesto and Skrillex. Describe this experience.
PR: It was really cool getting to play in front of a lot of people. Tiesto and Skrillex's crowds are pretty different from one another so I enjoyed experiencing a variety.
Croydon: Who are your greatest influences inside Electronic Dance Music?
PR: My greatest influences are Wolfgang Gartner, Noisia, Skrillex, as well as a million other massively skilled bass music artists.
Croydon: Describe your family's musical influence on yourself and what type of music did you grow up on?
PR: My family isn't very musical, although my dad leads the musical worship section at his church. I grew up on electronic music I found on the Internet.
Croydon: "100% in the Bitch" was a Moombahton track no? Can we see more Moombahton from yourself in the future?
PR: Yes, it definitely was. Yeah, I like that style and I'm down to continue exploring it.
Croydon: What is next for you?
PR: Continue to work on music as always. Bigger. Better. A couple surprises in store too.
Croydon: Dubstep started as more of a relaxed genre from the garages of England and now it has changed. Can we agree on that?
PR: Yeah absolutely. Like all music, dubstep is evolving and it has taken on a new form both in the United States as well as internationally.
Croydon: How do you think dubstep has evolved?
PR: Dubstep has become more high energy and more aggressive. Also more danceable.
Croydon: What is real dubstep to you?
PR: I think it doesn't matter. The word "real" has a dynamic meaning. All that matters is that people are enjoying it.
Croydon: What is your opinion about genres? Is it necessary to classify all music? Or should people just listen to music for it being good?
PR: I think a lot of people go through a phase of "fuck genres". They want to move past it because of some of the frustrations associated with genres. But ultimately they continue to listen to songs in certain genres and identify them as such simply because they still have musical preferences.