Born in 1992 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, electronic dance music artist Porter Robinson began producing music at the young age of 13. Influenced by the sound of video games such as Dance Dance Revolution, he began to emulate these soundtracks by using Sony ACID Pro; his first production alias was Ekowraith. Learning and creating beats throughout his teens, his first single, "Say My Name," was released in 2010 (under his actual name) and reached number one on the Beatport Chart. Success for Robinson quickly followed as he signed a one-EP deal with Skrillex's label OWSLA. He released Spitfire for the label in 2011 and it reached number one on both the iTunes Dance chart and Beatport's own chart. The EP was a massive hit, with its remixes gaining over four million YouTube hits upon release. This period also saw him carry out prestigious remixes for high-profile artists such as Avicci and Lady Gaga.
The following two years would mark the start of Robinson's ascendancy, with more hit singles ("Language" in 2012 being a standout dancefloor smash that year) alongside the development of a fruitful relationship with fellow DJ Mat Zo. The pair released "Easy" in 2013, and it was backed with some heavyweight remixes from Andy C, Botnek, and Lemaitre. Alongside producing, Robinson gained a steady reputation as a prolific live artist and DJ. Touring extensively across North America and Europe throughout 2012 and 2013, he rapidly gained a huge fan base and was soon regarded as a headliner in his own right alongside the likes of Skrillex, Ti+½sto, and DeadMau5. ~ Aneet Nijjar
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