8 Things Porter Robinson Can't Live Without
The life of a superstar DJ isn’t always non-stop euphoria. Often times, late night sets quickly turn into early morning flights to the next city and the next show, and it's just rinse and repeat each stop of the tour. After months on the road, there’s no denying that these long nights and early mornings, not to mention around the clock raving eventually take a toll.
For North Carolina-native, Porter Robinson, who's about to embark on an 18-stop tour this summer, starting at Coachella weekend two, it’s the little things that count while he’s on tour. These small, personal items help him relax, unwind and feel at-home no matter what city he's in. In an interview with GQ, Robinson opened up and gave us a peek inside his everyday life by sharing eight essentials the Worlds producer can't live on tour without.
1. Apple EarPods
"This might be weird coming from somebody who specializes in music production, but my favorite headphones on Earth are the Apple EarPods. I've bought no less than 30 pairs--I keep losing them! Since so many people use them, they're like a gold standard for listening to music. If I don't have one on the way to the airport, I'll go out of my way to buy a pair."
2. Acronym Jacket
"I have a genre of clothing that I call 'airport jackets'--stuff that's super comfortable and has a hood, because I need to be able to put something over my face. For three years, I toured with a waxed Rag & Bone parka, but it got so beat up I had to get a new one. My replacement is a super tactical, tech jacket from Acronym. It's got a magnetic neck that holds yours EarPods."
3. Tide To Go Pen
"On a less swanky level, I always travel with a Tide To Go pen. To me, it's a miracle product. Washing clothes on tour can be so cumbersome; the only thing that's gonna keep me from wearing something is if it's not too stinky--it's fine, I'm touring, get over it--but if it has a big visible stain on it, then that's embarrassing..."
4. Advil Liqui-Gels and a Coke Zero
"So much of the stuff I travel with revolves around a fear of me being stuck in an airplane without having access to something. I always have Advil Liqui-Gels and a Coke Zero with me 100 percent of the time, because I'm afraid of being thirsty on a plane and with a headache. These items are never in the plane's overhead--they're always at my feet."
5. Nintendo 3DS XL
"I refuse to travel without a Nintendo 3DS XL. Mine is pink with a bunch of anime stickers, so I definitely get some looks. I generally play Super Smash Bros.—it's my favorite game series of all time. Whenever I'm on a plane, I look for someone to play with using the local multiplayer feature. It hasn't happened yet, since that person needs to be searching at the exact same time, but when it does, we'll be best friends immediately."
6. Y-3 Mobility Backpack
"It's has bajillion different pockets, it looks good, and it's just super comfy."
7. CeraVe Moisturizer
"Here's a weird one: I travel with one of those soft-shell tubes used for holding liquid, and I fill it with CeraVe moisturizer. I know that's very prissy, but airplanes are extremely dry, sterile environments, and it makes my skin crack. To avoid that, I moisturize my face all the goddamn time—it's way more comfortable than being in dry-skin hell while on an 18-hour haul to Australia."
8. Uniqlo Underwear
"I always like opening up a brand new pair of underwear. Having it contained in a plastic package makes it clear to me what's been used and what hasn't—that way I don't have to fucking sniff it!"
With eighteen stops over the summer, don't miss out on your chance to catch Porter Robinson when he comes through your city. Until then, peep his brand new remix of Nero's "The Thrill," which the producer premiered during his performance for the first weekend of Coachella.