There’s this crazy book called “The Three Waves of Volunteers” by Dolores Cannon that pretty much talks about three waves of light beings coming to earth for the first time to help with the earth’s ascension into a new dimension of consciousness. It’s a pretty far-fetched idea and one that after Saturday night’s final stop of 22-year old no-longer EDM artist Porter Robinson, I’m convinced is real. Partially because Porter Robinson proved he’s from an entirely different world, one where anything is possible. And by anything we mean anime, dubstep, progressive house and sounds never before heard all sharing the same frequencies and wavelengths.
After headlining the main stage of Ultra, Porter decided to leave the EDM scene because he wanted to make music that was “beautiful” and “emotional.” He told us this during an interview right before he was going to headline Ultra. He wanted to make the kind of music you listen to on an airplane as you look out the window into clouds and ponder on the meaning of life and the worlds that lie beyond what our eyes can see.
The result? An album and tour that made you believe in the overall power of the universe without knowing exactly what it is you believe in or what you even feel, but simply knowing that you feel something is to enough to know that it’s real. As Porter put in on screen for the world before him to see “Ever place you’ve ever imagined…It’s real…There is a fictional city in your mind…And you know every corner of it…Your mind is a world…We are all a place.” Well ain’t that the effing truth?
His live show proves that you create your own reality, and as an artist your own music, which is exactly why he left EDM in the first place. Still, “EDM” and his fans, most of which are “EDM” have been loyal and followed him into his new endeavor but haven’t quite left their tutus or glow sticks behind just yet. Like Porter, they will grow and mature soon enough.
Sure, Porter relived some of his classics, mixing songs like “Say My Name” and “Easy” with anime visuals and other things we simply couldn’t understand, but it was fucking beautiful and emotional, just as he intended. Even his encore and undoubtedly most popular song “Language” took us back to the path he took in order to get to where he is now. Where he is headed is beyond human comprehension and to an entirely different world of music and overall artistry that doesn’t yet exist, but with his mind he’s creating it.
Photo Credit: Jason Koerner Photography / Fillmore Miami Beach