When Porter Robinson steps on stage at Coachella tonight, the producer might have a different feel about him. The artist recently sat down with Thump's Zel McCarthy to discuss why he stepped away from festivals for a time and how he's changed.
Thump points out that Robinson took nearly a year off from festivals until Miami this year, which Robinson says was so he could build his new show based solely on his own material. But Robinson also revealed another way he's focusing more on himself - stepping back from the internet.
I started to sense that this hyper-awareness of what was being said about me on the internet was having this sort of, I don't know, like toxic influence on my life. It was informing my choices too much.
Robinson's introspective approach sounds like that of a true artist, not one going out playing the same songs festival after festival. Instead, "I wanted to emphasis the stuff that's most important to me" he says.
Shifting the focus away from himself, Robinson also mentioned he's looking forward to seeing Lil' B and Skrillex on the festival circuit this year. The latter he calls "completely masterful" and a "party DJ" with "an ear for the underground".