At just 22 years old, young Porter Robinson has a decent amount of insight on this industry. After all, this was the kid who was touring the world with Tiesto at just 19.
This year, he was a keynote speaker at the 2014 Electronic Music Conference, which began yesterday in Sydney, Australia. Alongside moderator Nick Thayer, Porter managed to delve deep into his knowledge of being young and trying to make it as a successful DJ; though, as he will tell you, not too successful.
“I never had this dream like ‘I want to hustle and become a successful DJ’. It really wasn’t like that at the time.”
However, he’s done just that and so comes with the notoriety a certain level of expertise, whether he likes it or not. This year, Porter was expected to give “an incisive analysis of the broader trends in dance culture”, which he did. His main point to come away with, don’t even play the game.
“The more effort you put into changing the game, the less likely it is to happen. The best subversion happens naturally,” he told the crowd. “To take an artist who I’m sure will be mentioned continually through this conference, look at Flume. […] I think the better way is to do it is try and do something that stands out. And having an identity is really important for that. I’m not saying authenticity is this magic bullet. You might do something authentic and just have bad taste. […] I never had this dream like ‘I want to hustle and become a successful DJ’. It really wasn’t like that at the time. […] I don’t think I really admire hustle. I really think that can be counterproductive, banging down peoples door with your mixtape. People shoot themselves in the foot by ‘playing the game’.”
The Electronic Music Conference continues today in Australia, with keynotes from Just A Gent, M4SONIC, Flume and more.