Did Porter Robinson Really Disown His Music or Was He Just Being Snarky?
What was supposed to be a quiet Monday evening quickly turned chaotic following several controversial tweets posted by “Divinity” producer, Porter Robinson.
Poised to conclude his 2016 “Shelter” tour—a collaborative effort that combined both the talents of Robinson and of French DJ/producer, Madeon in simultaneous real time, spanning at least seventeen tour dates—Robinson would wrap up “Shelter” with longtime friend, Madeon, at Coachella, the success of the tour the bow on top of the finished musical product. The final two stops on the “Shelter” tour would be the two weekends of California based Coachella fest, occurring Friday April 14th-Sunday April 16th, and again Friday April 21st-Sunday April 23rd, representing a final opportunity for fans of both artists to catch the tour—unlike any other, and indeed, unlike anything we may see of its kind again. .
Yet in a tweet posted at 7:37 PM on Monday evening, the authenticity of the tour, but on a larger scale, the authenticity of Robinson’s catalogue of productions seemed to be compromised. A screenshot of eleven of his songs attached, the tweet read “No disrespect but this is the canon. Everything else is unofficial now. I’ve been making music for 12 years now and I only wrote eleven songs, wow.”
Porter followed the musical bombshell with an emotionally charged message, “f*ck this.” Porter fans were not surprisingly upset—the eleven tracks claimed by Porter in the screenshot attached to the tweet excluded various fan favorites, including “100% in This Bitch,” and “Lionhearted,” among others.
Those songs not spoken for by the screenshot were either clearly disowned by Robinson, in a move that fans have speculated to be on account of their inability to align with Robinson’s vision of himself as an artist/producer, or in a darker alternative, not written or produced by Robinson at all. Fans of Robinson’s music took to social media to pose questions regarding the presence of a ghost writer. Those who entertained the notion that the music not included on Robinson’s succinct “canon” had been ghost written wondered if the supposed ghost producer had pushed Robinson into revealing the information himself to fans, before the identity could come forward himself.
The theory that Robinson had forsaken the majority of his music, or possessed a ghost writer/producer was debunked via Facebook, where commenters engaged in a discussion regarding the tweets. The conversation yielded mention to a Spotify playlist titled “Essential Porter,” where the cloud based streaming service specified a mere eleven tracks of Porter’s collection as “essential.” Robinson—known to be a musical perfectionist—appears to have taken offense at the inadvertent suggestion that only eleven tracks of his discography might be considered pertinent, the Twitter outburst being evidence of his indignation, an insult not unjustly taken. The link between the Spotify playlist and the tweets is further solidified by the nature of the screenshot attached to the first tweet: a Spotify playlist. Attempts to locate the playlist on Spotify render the playlist currently unable to be found.