Dance Music Disaster Gigs: Part Two

Porter Robinson

“I played in Minneapolis, on tour with Skrillex and Zedd and this particular show was at a kind of grimier, rave-ier, sort of druggy club. Well it wasn’t even a club, I don’t think they were selling drinks, it was just grimy and druggy. There was some dude in the front row who got a fire extinguisher off the wall and he was trying to add to the party by spraying it up in the air, but he didn’t realise that you’re not supposed to breathe in that stuff.

So suddenly I see this guy with a gas mask on spraying this stuff – and I didn’t know what it was – into the booth and my eyes start stinging, I can’t breathe, I’m coughing and everything is just covered in this white dust. Everyone is panicking, my whole face is stinging and I didn't know what he was spraying. I couldn’t see that it was a fire extinguisher, so I thought this guy was actually trying to carry out some kind of attack on these people; some crazy fucked-up dude with mace.

It was my last song and I just let the song play out and walked off stage. It wasn’t tantrum-y, it wasn’t like “I’m leaving!" It was like, people were panicking, so okay, I’m getting out of here. But it was just a fire extinguisher. Apparently the dude got attacked, which sucked – but someone who was friends with the guy told me he said he was really sorry and had no idea what he was doing. So, in the end it turned out to be an innocuous thing, but it’s not often you have someone in a gas mask spraying you in the face with some sting-y, painful, white solution.”


“I did a tour with Karnivool, which I’m actually really glad I did, but which at the time was quite tough because a lot of people didn’t know what dubstep or drum & bass was – or if they did, they didn’t want to hear it because they were just hardcore rock/metal fans.

I had all these hecklers and at the Sydney show, someone threw a shoe at me which was pretty tough to deal with. But at the same time, it was a good learning experience because it taught me how to deal with a hostile crowd, and taught me to toughen up and go, “Fuck you, this is what I’m doing”. It also taught me that for every heckler out there in the crowd, there’s ten people who are enjoying it, not throwing things at you.

But I’m really glad I stuck that tour out, because I think it exposed a lot of people who hadn’t heard that style of music before and I know a lot of them are coming to my shows now. So you know, suck on that, dude who threw a shoe at me. Eat a dick. Who throws a shoe, honestly!"

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