By now, many electronic music fans are probably aware of Porter Robinson’s latest project, Virtual Self. After shattering the foundation of EDM with the ‘Worlds’ tour, Porter Robinson is taking us further into his digital imaginings with his Virtual Self ‘Utopia’ tour. Virtual Self is a nostalgia-filled take on early 2000’s rave and Dance Dance Revolution music. He released a self-titled EP for Virtual Self at the end of November 2017. Porter Robinson continues with Japanese-style themes and animation that featured so prominently in ‘Worlds’.
It’s been almost four years since Porter Robinson dropped his Worlds album and I still hear the ripples of its influence all across EDM today. In 2014, the then 21-year-old Porter Robinson switched the game up by abandoning his heavy-hitting DJ sets to instead chase video game and anime-infused nostalgia tunes. And to accompany his album, Porter Robinson’s vision for dance music was fully realized with his Worlds live tour. This groundbreaking album and tour completely changed the tone of EDM, and many up-and-coming artists today have found inspiration from the young producer.
Hopefully by now the many fans of Porter Robinson have caught on to his side project Virtual Self. The self-titled EP was released in November 2017 and has ignited the dance music scene with early 2000’s rave nostalgia. Almost every track has received remixes, and new artists are emerging who seem to have been inspired directly by Virtual Self. Today, Porter Robinson has released the official video for arguably the most popular track off the EP, ‘Ghost Voices’.