Porter Robinson is an American DJ, record producer and musician from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Robinson has released multiple number one singles across different electronic genres.Robinson began producing at the age of 12, achieving international notice by the time he was 18.
In the beginning, Porter started fudging around with cuts and beats on his mom’s computer using pirated software. (He’s since paid for and repped everything he nicked, as an act of voluntary reparation.) He came into his own in 2010, when he scored a No.1 Beatport hit with his crunchy, twitchy single “Say My Name,” which lead to his first gig at a tiny club in Santa Cruz, Calif. “It was very much baptism by fire because I had never seen a DJ,” Porter says of the lack of any discernible scene in Chapel Hill. “I had to more or less do it based on what I had learned on the Internet.”
His very first EP, “Spitfire”, was quickly signed by Skrillex as the first release for his new OWSLA label. Upon release, the EP crashed Beatport’s servers and headed straight for #1 in the charts where it remained for weeks. This was all done in between remixes for the likes of Avicii and Lady Gaga… all in the same year he celebrated his 18th birthday.
“For a lot of kids who are starting today, there’s this goal of being a DJ headliner you can aspire to, whereas back in 2010 or 2011 when, oh my god, I got $500 for a song,” says Robinson. “That was basically the limit of my aspirations at the time. We weren’t trying to become headliners or reach the top because that career path didn’t exist.”
Porter Robinson produces using FL Studio DAW software. In an interview with Image-Line, he says he gravitated towards it after a friend recommended it, and he stuck with it because it was “more intuitive and usable than ACID,” which is the software he was using prior.
FL Studio 12 Producer Edition is a complete software music production environment
Audio editing and manipulation including pitch correction, pitch shifting, harmonization, time-stretching, beat-detection & slicing, audio warping and standard audio manipulation
FL 12 has the ability to simultaneously capture all the inputs on your audio-interface.
Multi-track audio recording at up to 32-bit/192 kH
Powerful and creative MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments. Includes 10 software instruments, 41 effects and Max for Live
Advanced warping and real-time time-stretching
Unlimited number of audio and MIDI tracks per song
Includes 23 sound libraries (Packs) with over 50GB of original sounds.