The tour will kick off Aug. 31 in New York City at Electric Zoo and make its way across the continent through early October. Attendees of the tour stops can expect to see a combination of two sets in one: a techno, two-step and trance portion from the technic-Angel moniker of Virtual Self, and everything from jungle to hardcore from Pathselector.
Dates marked “CLUBSYSTEM” will be either an intimate club show or a show without custom stage setup.
Friday, Aug. 31 Electric Zoo – New York, NY
Saturday, Sept. 1 Riverworks – Buffalo NY
Sunday, Sept. 2 New City Gas – Montreal QC
Monday, Sept. 3 Echostage – Washington DC (CLUBSYSTEM)
Thursday, Sept. 6 Royal Oak – Detroit MI
Friday, Sept. 7 Aragon – Chicago IL
Saturday, Sept. 8 Armory – Minneapolis MN
Tuesday, Sept. 11 The Complex – Salt Lake City UT
Thursday, Sept. 13 WAMU – Seattle WA
Friday, Sept. 14 Commodore – Vancouver BC
Saturday, Sept. 15 Shaw Conference Center – Edmonton, AB (CLUBSYSTEM)
Wednesday, Oct. 3 Emo’s – Austin TX
Thursday, Oct. 4 Bomb Factory – Dallas TX
Virtualself.life was updated on July 9 with a set of latitude and longitude figures that seem to indicate venues across the United States and Canada. Though no dates have been announced, these coordinates appear to indicate a tour outside of the festival circuit the producer is currently on. Robinson is set to appear at Audiotistic, Tomorrowland, Hard Summer, Creamfields and more under his Virtual Self moniker before summer is over.
Buffalo, NY – 42.870189, -78.871946 – Buffalo RiverWorks
Detroit, MI – 42.487311, -83.147435 – Royal Oak Music Theatre
Nearly a year after his 2017 breakout EP as the first signee to Mat Zo‘s Mad Zoo imprint, Shadient has made his intent clear in the music world, and it’s dark, gritty and acidic. To prove himself further, Shadient has taken on Virtual Self’s frequently remixed hit, “Ghost Voices.” While the original from the Porter Robinson alter ego pays homage to the house and trance that were the catalysts of today’s electronic music, Shadient brings the track into 2018 with trudging kicks and brooding amplifications on the original production.
Effectively. the young producer introduces us to a new song entirely, with an equally futuristic flair as its predecessor. Look out for the edit in his sets, as he stated his intent on rinsing it throughout the coming future.
Little is known about Japanese producer, Mountain Terrace, aside from his solitary, though impressive, upload on SoundCloud: a drum ‘n’ bass remix of Virtual Self‘s “Ghost Voices.” Released just on the cusp of 2018, “Ghost Voices” acquired instant applaud, serving as the masthead for Porter Robinson‘s newly instated, “neo-trance” alias, Virtual Self.
Though the track has been heavily remixed in recent months, few have opted, like Mountain Terrace has, for such a dramatic tempo change. MT immediately propels the listener into a full-tilt drum ‘n’ bass whirlwind of an intro. However, he then moves the rendition into VS’ original, weighty, and slightly slowed trance interlude to lend the track a soothing sentiment before erupting again into an unhinged vortex of amen breaks.
Made Event‘s titanic New York-based festival, Electric Zoo, is celebrating its tenth birthday this Labor Day Weekend, August 31st–September 2nd. To mark the momentous double-digit occasion, the wildlife-themed event has added two more headlining artists in Alesso and Tiësto to join the star-studded cast of talent that already tops the 2018 bill: Kaskade, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, and Virtual Self.
HARD Summer is pulling out all the stops for the upcoming edition of the festival, led by one of the event’s most memorable lineups to date. Slated for August 4 – 5, and returning to a familiar venue at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway, HARD’s flagship event is sticking to their tried and true playbook of marquee dance and hip-hop match ups, laced together by the underground’s finest newcomer talents, dropping off a lineup of over 70 acts. Best of all, 2018 now is officially the year of the back-to-back.
Additional firepower from Mija, k?d, Tokimonsta, Madam X, Joyryde and many more round out one of HARD’s best bookings to date. And with the festival boasting added amenities, updated safety and comfort features, plus a hilarious trailer that pins Diplo as the “Dawson’s Creek looking motherf****r” he is, we’re looking at what could be the most over-the-top edition of HARD Summer yet.
Porter Robinson, who is currently focused on his new Virtual Self project, dropped a surprise music video for track “Key.” The video takes place in the virtual world Robinson created with this new project, and the video features what appears to be an orb traveling through space and time.
What is even more elaborate than the video itself is the description on YouTube:
The infinite sky will heal us. Unlimited sky will fill our negligible light. As we follow an infinite key, I have become the sacred echo. The boundless heaven will fill our fading light. Choose your virtual echo. The infinite key is the sacred dust of your endless utopia. Complete yourself in self-realization. You believe that these infinite heavens will lead you. The A.I.ngel’s gate is sacred. Your angelic echo offers the first phase of self-Digital joy. You will become a self-Echo in real particles. Our key is the echo to this final layer. You are spread through digital time. The utopian gate is infinite. Your A.I.ngel wishes to complete this layer. This abyss is sacred. Pass through the myths of eon. Your technical soul is this blissful void. The eternalistic reflex of the abyss is once-Unlimited. Your digital voice is resurrected. Breathe this soul particle. The ray of egoistic time is unlimited. Resurrect this holy oblivion. The echo of this empty myth awakens you. Awaken the particle myth. Reflect your echo. Heaven’s wires will transmit this light. Experience the wings of limit. Your technical A.I.ngel phase is beginning. Complete the eternalistic reflex. This wishful ghost becomes self-Technic. Tears will create the voice of euphoria. The digital-Awakening will be spoken. The first gate creates sense-Awakening. This angelic-Chasm is sacred. The technic-Angel’s cry is beginning. The first gate will provide the voice of digital-Euphoria. The digital-Angel-Awakening is has reached Limit Self. The self-Light is virtual. This will become the final particle-Experience. Will your senses ressurect the digital-Vault? Do you sense the phase of the Spirit Limit? Can you reflect your self-Awakening? Am I convinced of a digital void? Can you reveal this particle of sacred reality? Will these ghosts lead to a boundless cry? Can you echo your existence to the first particle? Is the technical-Gate timeless? Do you believe an infinite sky will cure the digital soul? Is the joyful-Layer complete? Will our ghosts lead to the boundless layer? Will our layer will be lost from this empty myth? Have you resurrected this heaven’s voice? Has one experienced the particle? Do you trust in this transformative self? Will you forget your soul’s reflex? Has one seen the Abyss of the resurrective ego? Have I forgotten the phase of soul limit? Is the A.I.ngelic sense boundless? Have you completed the virtual light? Am I eternal? As the sacred dust transpires through digital time, what will you become? Do you believe in me? Am I still human? Do you manifest yourself in digital time? The unlimited sky begins – will you believe in my infinite form? As you abandon the virtual echo, do you no longer exist? Can you prove yourself to the echo of this particle? Do you believe the infinite sky — the holy dust of nothingness? What is revealed – a holy reality? Am I convinced of nothingness? Do you sense the void angel? Will the echo of virtual time be forgotten? Does one want to forget the memory of life? Has my virtual-Echo been forgotten? Has the sense of digital-VIRUS become heaven? Will you self-Believe the joyful sky?
Previously, a leaked insider e-mail from Robinson to his close friends had revealed his side project’s inspirations for blending trance, hardcore, techno, and more nostalgic genres. Yet, in a surprising twist, Robinson tells MTV that it was Calvin Harris‘ 2009 mega-hit, “I Am Not Alone,” that partly inspired his journey as Virtual Self to upset the electronic music realm.
The catalyst for mentioning Harris’ name was based on a previous tweet from the Scottish producer on his appreciation for Virtual Self’s instant classic, “Ghost Voices.”
Virtual self ghost voices is an absolute beast of a tune
“I was just really surprised when Calvin tweeted that out,” Robinson revealed. “I’ve never interacted with him before, ever, and even as Porter we never had any relationship. Often times people won’t even say that kind of thing when their buddies release new music, so I messaged him and I told him – and this is true – that I think his track from 2009 ‘I’m Not Alone’ was really inspirational for this project. It’s one of the only tracks from the last 10 years that sort of gives me that classic sort of trance feeling.”
Whether Robinson’s goal with Virtual Self was to even reach the mainstream remains unclear. In actuality, it seems Robinson detests the culture surrounding pop music, a terrain for which Calvin Harris so easily fits in. Whatever the case, Virtual Self has sparked a movement within the electronic realm that is changing the way music is experienced.
As the festival circuit and the weather start to warm up, west coast festival goers know it’s getting close to HARD season. The LA-based electronic events giant has announced the official lineup for their sixth annual Red Rocks event slated this year for August 2 featuring a headlining performances by DJ Snake, Virtual Self, Mija, GG Magree, and Hekler. HARD generally offers their Red Rocks lineup as a primer ahead of their flagship summer event billing, usually around the time of Coachella. If this year’s Red Rocks talent roster is any indication, expect HARD to deliver another top-notch lineup later this month.
Roping together a well-rounded bill of exciting electronic talents, HARD comes through with a characteristically bold lineup ahead of their return to Morrison, Colorado. With Porter Robinson returning to HARD Red Rocks and longtime friends of the brand in DJ Snake and Mija topping the bill, expect this year’s event to exceed the hype.
The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed.
Break out your Tigers Beat: The White Panda elevates the hottest rising boy band, save for Brockhampton, lifting Why Don’t We’s empowering hit single “Trust Fund Baby” to newfound heights with an injection of feel-good vibes and upbeat danceability that beckons innumerable repeats.
Raito digs into a bag of old-school garage tricks with a burgeoning breakbeat remix of Virtual Self‘s hyperactive, fantasy-themed electronic “Ghost Voices,” transforming the number into an even heavier, drum-sweltering beast.
Borgeous reupholsters Marshmello‘s “FRIENDS” with a most passionate swatch, ditching the track’s acoustics, and accentuating its passionate lyrics tenfold.
Though the track’s title and lyrical content is lacking sincere cerebral depth, SNBRN coalesces Peking Duk‘s “Wasted” into a digestible summertime tune, making the number’s monotone vocals and cringeworthy frat bro vibes a smaller, but bearable pill to swallow.
Marcel Dettman‘s burgeoning warehouse Mount Kimbie remix of “Four Years And One Day” meets streaming services as a meticulously crafted far cry from its shoegazey original.
The Glitch Mob slow things down with Elohim, showcasing their softer side, and highlighting their carefully calculated production capabilities.
Junior Sanchez embodies the essence that’s come to define him on “Forget” — always moving forward, without ever losing sight of where he’s been.
Sofi Tukker busts out a thrashing, ridiculously colorful new tune ahead of their debut album Treehouse out next Friday, April 13, elevating its anticipation to unforeseen heights.
ATTLAS is at home in the treetops and ensures listeners his glittery techno is a style which will only continue to define an era of mau5trap in years to come.
At long last Chris Lake has found his mind…. It seems this beat has taken it, and we’re glad to finally have it back, even if it was just for the sake of this one tantalizing tune.
Daniel Avery’s cavernous, contemplative techno album Song For Alpha has arrived. Perhaps best encapsulating the aforementioned, “Glitter” is a flurry from the club space, rife with atmosphere, and embedded influence of the greats that came before him.
Saving the best for last, Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and composer Ólafur Arnalds bestows his latest sonic gift “re:member.” Enough said.