Porter Robinson was a small town guy who became one of EDM’s biggest talents

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Life is already difficult when you’re in your early 20s, but when you’re 22-year-old electronic music producer and DJ Porter Robinson, it’s something else entirely. Most young adults don’t spend their time performing in front of massive crowds or traveling the globe to do so, after all.

But travel is a regular part of life for Robinson, hailing from the green grass and thick woods of Chapel Hill, North Carolina—a town with less than 60,000 people and about a quarter the size of Scottsdale.

He’s also the dictionary definition of working hard for what you want. A self-taught producer, he began making his own music at the age of 12, his work bringing about international fame at the barely-legal age of 18. By then he was being featured in video games like “Dance Dance Revolution”, as well as making tops lists like Billboard’s 21 under 21, InTheMix’s 25 under 25 and more. Who needs to worry about a 9 to 5 when you’re busy headlining the biggest festivals on the planet?

Now with his debut album, Worlds, having been on shelves for eight months, you could say Robinson has pretty much made it. He’s headlined shows like Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival and Tomorrowland while having pals like Zedd and Skrillex on speed dial.

But don’t worry—even if he has made it big, he’s still got time to swing by the Valley of the Sun for a quick show at Maya, and from the promise he’s shown in the past, it’ll give small-town Robinson a chance to live up to his well-hyped name for us Arizonans.

MAYA DAY + NIGHTCLUB, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, 480.625.0528, mayaclubaz.com, Saturday, April 18, 12 p.m., $20

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