Porter Robinson이 Virtual Self로 활동시작 전 동료 아티스트들과 페스티벌 관계자들에게 보냈던 이메일이 유출되었다. 그는 자신이 쓴 이메일임을 확인하며 언젠가 공개적으로 하고 싶었던 이야기임을 SNS를 통해 팬들에게 알렸다.
이메일 상에서 Porter Robinson은 Virtual Self는 자신의 새로운 사이드 프로젝트로서 2000년대 초반 유행했던 리듬 댄스 게임에 영향 받은 새로운 향수를 자극하는 음악을 선보일 것이다고 밝혔다. 또한 일렉트로닉 음악계는 이제 새로운 음악적 흐름이 필요할 때라며 2016년도 부터 시작된 일렉트로닉 음악이 팝 음악으로 변화한 것에 아쉬움을 드러냈다. 또한 이런 시기일 수록 위험을 감수하는 음악적 행보가 필요하다며 자신이 새로운 프로젝트 Virtual Self를 시작한 이유를 밝혔다. 이메일 전문은 아래에서 확인 할 수 있다.
Porter Robinson은 2001년의 감수성을 2017년의 프로덕션으로 녹인 새로운 프로젝트 Virtual Self로 2018년 페스티벌에서 팬들과 만날 예정이다. 그의 위험을 감수한 새로운 프로젝트 활동을 지켜보자!
that’s not what this is. this is an email i sent to a few friends and industry people before the EP came out, and i’m guessing the email leaked.
i’m okay with people reading it though, i probably should have been saying some of this stuff publicly anyway. https://t.co/NwcGTzf2zw
— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) January 24, 2018
Virtual Self is my new side-project. With this E.P., I want to convey a certain kind of ‘new nostalgia’ and resuscitate some things that have fallen out of fashion, especially from the early 2000s.
Musically, the project is super super inspired by rhythm games and electronic music from that time period. I could talk endlessly about the techniques that I learned to make stuff sound like it was written in 2001, but that’s probably boring to you — but I tried to authentically incorporate IDM-y, jungly drum breaks, era-accurate trancy supersaw sections, early hardcore and j-core elements, but all morphed into something that sounds kind of ‘big’ and thoroughly produced. In other words, I wanted to morph 2001 tropes into a 2017 production sensibility.
Finally — and this might be the goal that’s dearest to me — is to push electronic music in a different direction. As electronic music essentially converged with pop in 2016 (for the second time in the last 10 years, the other time being 2011), I think it’s pushed a lot of artists away from risk-taking and passion projects. In the last two years, for most artists, all they really had to do was compromise their style by like 30% and add a safe, inoffensive tropical vocal to have a chance at having a hit — and I think for many, that temptation was too much.
In my opinion, electronic music is at its best and its healthiest when new, exciting, unexpected things are happening. This is a genre that thrives on novelty. And to be totally clear, I don’t think that Virtual Self, early 2000s trance, or digital abstract art are the solution or the future at all. But!! I DO think this style is something unexpected, and something I’m uniquely poised to make, because I love it. And that’s the precedent I want to set, or at least the approach I want to remind other artists of.
I really, really, truly, love electronic music, and I want it to be as good as it can be. I hope that by doing something unexpected, I can shake things up and hopefully inspire other artists to do something weird.
Anyway, please listen and enjoy!
Thanks for taking the time to hear about all this.
– Porter Robinson