A Look into the Artists at Porter Robinson’s Second Sky Music Fest!

Photo via Porter Robinson | Twitter
Artwork by David Aguado

On March 4, 2019, Porter Robinson announced that he will be curating Second Sky Music Festival (formerly Multiverse). Second Sky will be the artist’s first curated music festival with the aid of co-presenter Goldenvoice. Since then, fans have been rejoicing and anticipating each daily announcement leading up to pre-sale. Each day, Porter has announced his favorite artists who are set to play on June 15th at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland, CA. This all culminated today with the collective final lineup being released, satisfying anxiously awaiting fans!

Announcing…the Second Sky Music Festival Lineup!

Artwork by David Aguado, Taken from Porter Robinson’s Twitter

Set to play this summer are his favorites: Kero Kero Bonito, Chrome Sparks, Anamanaguchi, Wednesday Campanella, Nina Las Vegas, Cashmere Cat, G Jones, Madeon and Porter Robinson’s ONLY Worlds Live Set of 2019.

Are you unfamiliar with some of these artists? We’ve included some of their tracks for you to get a feel for Second Sky’s lineup. Here’s a little breakdown of each artist:

Kero Kero Bonito

London-based band Kero Kero Bonito was the first artist to be announced on March 5th. Porter considers their album Time ‘n’ Place as one of his favorite albums of last year. He also admires how they, like his other favorite artists, “tend to reinvent themselves in a sincere and interesting way with each era.”

“Most of my favorite artists tend to reinvent themselves in a sincere and interesting way with each era – my favorite recent example is Kero Kero Bonito. Their record “Time ‘n’ Place” was my favorite album of last year.”

Porter Robinson

Here is Kero Kero Bonito’s Time ‘n’ Place below:

Anamanaguchi

Anamanaguchi was the second artist to be announced on March 6th. This New York-based band’s sound is comprised of glitchy electronic tones, emotion-driven melodies and other electronic sounds all created with live instruments. Porter recommends that if you’re a fan of his own music, you should listen to Anamanaguchi’s—as Porter feels a connection with their music.

One of my personal favorite tracks by Anamanaguchi are “PCJ” and “Prom Night.” However, you can check out some of their top tracks here:

G Jones

It was no surprise to see G Jones as the next artist announced. Porter has continually praised this NorCal-based producer for his creativity and work via Twitter. In October of 2018, G Jones released his debut album The Ineffable Truth and has been traveling across North America to showcase this album with an incredible live tour.

Check out The Ineffable Truth below and see which tracks you like, and if you want a more in-depth look on this album check out Billboard’s interview with G Jones:

Nina Las Vegas

Announced on March 8th, also known as International Women’s Day, was Australian producer Nina Las Vegas. If you caught Porter’s Virtual Self live system performances at the Shrine Expo Hall back in February, you may have heard Nina Las Vegas as one of the openers. Porter has stated that she is his favorite DJ, “pushing club music at all times.” Nina Las Vegas has her own recording label called NLV Records and has several compilation albums that have been seen on ARIA’s Dance Albums of the Year. For those who may not know, ARIA is Australia’s official music chart.

Check out some of her top tracks here:

Chrome Sparks

Chrome Sparks was one of two artists announced on March 9th. Porter considers Chrome Sparks’ albums to be “forward-thinking” without losing his style of music. Released this year was his EP titled Be on Fire, a year after his Chrome Sparks album release. Porter also loved his remix of “Goodbye to A World” which is included in his Worlds Remixed album.

Cashmere Cat

Most of you may be familiar with Norwegian DJ Cashmere Cat from his remix of Miguel‘s “Do You…” but if you’re not familiar, he’s released a lot of work with huge artist collaborations in the past few years. In 2015, he worked with Ariana Grande to create “Adore.” In addition, his album 9 features incredible artists like Kehlani, Ty Dolla $ign, Jhene Aiko, The Weeknd and so many more. Porter announced Cashmere Cat as the next artist on Second Sky’s lineup, and believes Cashmere Cat has “influenced the sound of pop more than just about anybody the most in the last 5 years.”

Check out his album 9 below and see all the artists he’s collaborated with:

Wednesday Campanella

Back in July Porter mentioned Wednesday Campanella as one of the artists to keep an eye out for on his birthday thread on Twitter. Porter took notice of them after their 2016 SXSW performance and now considers them one of his favorite Japanese acts. Wednesday Campanella is a Japanese music group that combines electronic music, hip-hop and Japanese-pop (J-pop) into their sounds. They worked with CHVRCHES to create “Out of My Head” in 2018. They also worked on the soundtrack for Neko Wa Dakumono, a live-action film adaptation of a 2015 novel by Junko Ayama released in June 2018. In addition, they released their EP Galapagos, after their success from the album Superman in 2017.

My personal favorites on their recent EP are “Bamboo Princess” and “Melos.” Check out Galapagos below and see which ones you like:

Madeon

Last to be announced, but not least, Madeon. He and Porter have grown as artists alongside each other and supported each other for as long as I have been involved in the electronic music scene. Almost everyone is familiar with their iconic collaboration of “Shelter,” but Madeon has had an incredible run of mixes and releases including his album Adventure and EP The City.

I honestly listen to all the tracks on his Adventure album several times a month. However, one of my personal favorites from Madeon is “Pay No Mind” with Passion Pit (one of my favorite bands when I was younger). Of course, you can’t forget “Technicolor” and his remix of “The Night Out” by Martin Solveig. Although it is going to be a DJ set, I’m hoping we’ll hear some IDs from his upcoming album that he’s been working on for the last few years.

Check out his tracks here:

Porter Robinson’s Worlds Live Set

Since 2014, Porter Robinson has been traveling across the globe sharing his creation of Worlds through his iconic live production. Each year he innovates his Worlds set by adding new tracks, both released and unreleased. An example of released additions is his remix of “The Thrill” by Nero added in 2015. Shortly after in 2016, an additional, unreleased live-edit during the second part of “The Thrill” made it into the set. Porter also added an exclusive live-show version of “Shepherdess.” This part is also known to fans as the “She Heals Everything” portion of his live set. In fact, “Shepherdess” wasn’t included on the actual Worlds album but was released on vinyl from his Worlds limited edition box set. Furthermore, there was a live-show edit of his and Madeon’s track “Shelter” added in 2017.

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Lineup Artwork

Lastly, we want to give a special shoutout to the artist behind these lineup announcements: David Aguado! Aguado is the artist behind all the artwork for Worlds and has teamed up with Porter again to create the illustrative artwork for Second Sky Fest. For those who didn’t notice the daily artist announcements, each artist has been uniquely illustrated into the world of Second Sky. For example, G Jones is known for his black and white aesthetic which is reflected in his artist announcement.

Tickets

You can sign up for pre-sale access on secondskyfest.com. Presales begin on Wednesday, March 13! GA passes start at $75 while VIP passes are $195 without fees. If you’re digging the music you definitely don’t want to miss out on tickets. With a lineup of this caliber, we’re more than positive that this festival will sell out quick.

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