Porter Robinson: The Libertarian Dubstep Guy
"The State," musically, isn't one of my favorites on the EP. If I were able to work on it more, I would have revisited it. It really was my first attempt at dubstep. I think I could do it better now. But, I have that sense of regret with almost all of my songs.
I'm proud of it all, but there are things that I know could be improved. I think that attitude is actually a very constructive one. It encourages me to make something that I'm going to be satisfied with in the moment.
"The State" kind of reminds me of a lot of very early '90s industrial stuff.
It's a very dark one. It even uses this key -- I don't know the name of it -- but it's a key that's used in a lot of Arabic music. It features the devil's interval, which is a musical concept that basically creates an evil, brooding tone.
Everything about that song was very, very dark. In retrospect, to me, it seems a little silly. Maybe that's not the attitude that I want to put out there, but when I was making it, I was in that moment. It felt really right. Who am I to deny that?