Long-time DJ and producer Brian Wayne Transeau aka BT took to Twitter today to lecture the younger generation about loyalty and humility. His inspiration and focal point for the “rant?” Porter Robinson.
Today I'm going to tell a long story. Prepare for about 100 tweets (no but seriously) @porterrobinson you should begin reading at this one— BT (@BT) May 13, 2013
Apparently, Robinson and Transeau became friends roughly three years ago while Robinson was just starting out. Transeau heard his music, befriended him, and began sharing his material with “anyone that would listen.” They collaborated on some of BT’s tracks, and the two developed a relationship just around the time Robinson began to attract large-scale attention via his Lady Gaga remix and subsequent tour with Tiesto.
I was elated. This felt like a personal victory. I'd invested a tremendous amount of my social commodity into someone young and truly gifted— BT (@BT) May 13, 2013
As his star burned hotter and hotter, Robinson became “more reclusive,” according to Transeau, who labelled his attitude “too cool to interact.” To make things harder, Robinson contacted Transeau and informed him that the music they’d been working on together wouldn’t be finished due to lack of time and inspiration.
And this put a really bad taste in my mouth and I was personally affronted by this. It honestly hurt my feelings a considerable amount.— BT (@BT) May 13, 2013
Transeau said that he’s noticed a similar “self focused & selfish” mentality from a large number of young producers in the game today. He continued by sharing his story of “comeuppance” involving DJ Sasha as an invaluable mentor and advocate, saying that he vowed to “pay it forward” once he became famous, an attitude he said is lost on the younger generation.
To remember that whatever you do, there has always been help to achieve it that deserves acknowledgement. That & especially in dance music— BT (@BT) May 13, 2013
BT clarified that he still has a great deal of respect for Robinson, calling him a “real talent,” and that he still hopes his music will be heard by everyone, because “it’s awesome.”
So I hope you (and other young producers reading this) take this as a cautionary tale. Remember to act with respect and pay it forward.— BT (@BT) May 13, 2013
Robinson did not comment publicly.