It has been almost 5 years since Porter Robinson launched his transcendent Worlds document, an homage to ’80s synths, indie pop darlings like Ardour Pit and 8-bit online game soundtracks, interspersed with infections synth-pop melodies and low tempo tracks. At a time when DJs had been flooding the Beatport charts with overproduced tracks, Worlds was an sincere and self reflective left flip for the style, bringing sudden fame to the College of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scholar.
Within the 5 years that adopted, Robinson has launched music underneath the alias Digital Self in 2017 and earned a Grammy nomination, however says his followers remained deeply connected to Worlds, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard High Dance/Electonic Albums chart. He’ll revisit “Sad Machine,” “Divinity,” “Goodbye to a World” and “Sea of Voices” this weekend with back-to-back days of Second Sky, an idea competition at Center Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland recreating his Worlds Dwell tour. On Tuesday (June 11), Robinson introduced the primary day Second Sky can be streamed on Twitch and lift cash for his Robinson Malawi fund. Produced by Goldenvoice, the 25,000-person-per-day, single stage Second Sky competition contains units by artists Madeon, Cashmere Cat, Kero Kero Bonito, Chrome Sparks, Anamanaguchi, Wednesday Campanella, Nina La Vegas and G Jones.
“The main point of this festival for me was to create a place where many of my favorite artists can coexist,” Robinson tells Billboard, including the he’s opening each days of the competition performing as Digital Self with music from the 2017 album of the identical title to encourage followers to come back early to see all the competition.
“I want to ensure that all of these acts have an audience and that the festival is something that artists would be eager to play,” he tells Billboard. “And when I play as Virtual Self, there’s zero overlap with Porter Robinson. It’s an homage to electronic music from the early 2000s — trance, jungle and hardcore all mashed up into one. It’s like a new old school.”
Second Sky’s lineup was curated by Robinson, who says he is invited artists who’ve impressed him, collaborated on particular initiatives and remixed tracks from the Worlds document.
“I usually like to challenge my fans, but in this case I felt like I could do the type of show that they’ve been wanting to hear again,” stated Robinson. “And in exchange I get to put on all of these great artists whose music I love that you wouldn’t ordinarily see at a music festival. For some fans, its gonna be their dream lineup, but for others, it goes beyond ‘EDM stuff.’ It’s challenging. It’s not recognizable.”
Robinson stated he determined to revisit Worlds for Second Sky as a result of it “puts me back into my mindset of 2014 and reminds me of all the stuff that I was trying to do with our visuals and the aesthetics. It’s a nostalgia play and there will be a little bit of weirdness for me. I’m always forgetting what life feels like revisiting myself as a teenager and I’m not sure all my audience feels that way about it.”
Robinson stated he had solely envisioned a single day competition, however determined so as to add a second present after the primary shortly bought out.
“It was not the original plan. I was anxious about being able to sell out one day, but we put it up on sale and then I get this phone call from my manager. He’s like, ‘There’s currently like 80,000 people website right now trying to buy tickets,’ so we need to put up a second day or people are going to be pissed.”
Each exhibits at the moment are bought out, which Robinson credit to his followers within the Bay Space, which “has always been the place where I have the largest audience. I feel really lucky that I’ve been so welcomed there,” he says. “I love the vibe of an outdoor, daytime festival right on the waterline, its beautiful and a really comfortable place for live music.”
Click on right here to observe the Second Stream stay stream on Twitch, Saturday (June 15) at four p.m. PST.