Porter Robinson Changing Worlds On Tour
Forty full-production shows in 52 days. That whirlwind of a schedule is what Porter Robinson’s North American leg of the Worlds Tour is currently doing. It makes sense. Porter has only been gaining popularity in recent years and this tour, hitting a new city for each performance, will only expand his new fan base from after the Worlds EP release.
With such a rigorous schedule and more stops in Europe and Australia to come you maybe forgiven for expecting your typical DJ tour. This is Porter Robinson though and anything “typical DJ” is not really his thing. Over the sound of most current electronic dance, Porter set out to make music. Not simply the next club banger but something more emotive, something that moves people in more ways than just a repetitive bounce. It is one thing to have that sort of view in the studio but Porter is taking that mentality on the road. As the young star set out on the beginning of his tour he tweeted “This is my first tour where I’m singing, triggering samples, playing keys, and only playing originals. Dreamed of this”.
You don’t have to take his word for it. With the album finished it’s all about the show. The Stage production included c02, confetti and streamer cannons and three large LED screens taking the crowd on an animated journey from beginning to end. The show’s centerpiece, in tune with the rest of Porter’s vision, is a clear arching Plexiglas table highlighted by lights and showcasing the man himself and all of his gear. More simplistic than multidimensional holograms, giant cubes or pyramids but that’s because it’s serving a different purpose altogether
Porter himself is the vocal point and with the unique table design his live artistry is there for all to see. Challenging one of the largest longstanding gripes people have against electronic music performers; the simply pushing buttons argument. While on stage, just as he tweeted, the man is constantly working to put together all the musical elements of a highly choreographed show. The show itself is phenomenally well done but due to the aforementioned intricate choreography it’s safe to assume the same pattern each time. Which is why any more details would do a true fan a disservice. This is really something you need to see for yourself.
Through the whole World’s process Porter has made it clear he’s trying to do something different. That’s not simply targeted at the way in which dance music is made but how it is presented to the world one stage and one city at a time.