Porter Robinson surprised us all when he debuted his Virtual Self project. Daring to be different with his neo-trance alter ego, one of the greatest producers of our time is taking EDM by storm in a whole new way.

Everyone with a thorough appreciation for electronic music is dying to know more about the project, which remains elusive and mysterious compared to his Porter Robinson counterpart. In a recent interview with MTV UK, the man talks all things Virtual Self and more.

It started in 2014, when Porter couldn’t help but find much of EDM sounding stale…

“…People had really grown sick of the big room EDM sound that was dominating the festival main stages. There were a lot of compromises being made and I think that as somebody who loves electronic music and who wants it to do well and I want even the most visible parts of the scene, even the mainstream to be producing music that’s worthwhile and that we can all be proud of. I was like “I really want electronic music to be great.’

“I don’t say any of this to knock any individual artist… but I do think electronic music is at its healthiest when people are trying to do something new and pull from influences they haven’t pulled from before.”

Therefore, we have Vitual Self and the project’s second single and famed breakout track, “Ghost Voices.” Even Calvin Harris is behind it, so you know it’s a “big tune.”

“I was just really surprised when Calvin tweeted that out. I’ve never interacted with him before, ever, and even as Porter we never had any relationship. Often times people won’t even say that kind of things when their buddies release new music, so I messaged him and I told him — and this is true — that I think his track from 2009 ‘I’m Not Alone’ was really inspirational for this project. It’s one of the only tracks from the last 10 years that sort of gives me that classic sort of trance feeling.”

In perhaps the most telling part of the article, Porter Robinson dished on the future of his two projects!

“I’m never going to stop writing music as Porter Robinson and I see Virtual Self as more of a tangent. I’m releasing more music as Virtual Self, I’m definitely going to be touring Virtual Self.”

Read the entire interview via MTV UK here!


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