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Video games inspired Porter Robinson's electronic music passion

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Chapel Hill, N.C., is not exactly an Electronic Dance Music mecca. So when Porter Robinson discovered the genre when he was 12 years old, it was from an age-appropriate source.

"I got into it through a lot of video games I was playing," recalls Robinson, who's now 19 and known for both is own material -- including dance chart hits such as "Say My Name" and "Language," as well as the "Spitfire" EP released on Skrillex's OWSLA label -- as well as remixes for Lady Gaga and Avicii. "It was the only music I ever liked or was ever really passionate about. I wanted to take part in that world and be a musician.

"So I just downloaded from programs from the Internet. I was writing really bad computer music at first, but as I continued to explore that hobby it became more serious. But it's all self-taught."

Robinson against going to the University of North Carolina to pursue music instead, and in addition to his releases he's built a live reputation to the point where he can carry a crew and an advanced level of production. But after six months on the road he's anxious to get back in the studio.

"I've been touring non-stop," Robinson says, "so I've had some recent conversations with my management and booking agent and I'm going to be taking some pretty substantial time off. I got into this thing to write music. That's what I love.

"Touring is awesome, but it's not why I do it. I miss writing music, and it's difficult to do that on the road, so I want to take some time and get back to writing and working on new stuff again, as soon as I can."

Porter Robinson, Lazy Rich, the M Machine, YOS, Dabura and others perform at 9 p.m. Friday at Elektricity, 15 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Call 248-599-2212 or visit www.elektricitymusic.com.

Web Site: www.elektricitymusic.com

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