As 2012 winds down, premier international DJ Steve Porter reflects on his "totally surreal year."
Porter won a Webby Award with ESPN for his creative remix video of “All He Does Is Win”; was among the “100 Most Creative People In Business”, as named by Fast Company magazine; and had the No. 4 video in Mashable's list of "Videos that Inspired Us in 2012."
"This all started as a little dream to be a DJ while I was in high school," said the 34-year-old Porter, who was born in Amherst, Mass., and began producing music at the age of 16. "I was trying to find a way to express myself creatively and it's led to this."
It's hard to imagine that Porter first became famous for remixing a Slap Chop infomercial in April 2009 into "Rap Chop", which has been viewed more than 14 million times. Then two months later he released "Press Hop," featuring basketball legend Allen Iverson talking about practice. That got ESPN to notice, and he was asked to create a sequel in July 2010 featuring Tiger Woods, LeBron James and Mike Tyson.
"There is no way I thought that sequel was going to start this journey at ESPN, and now I'm working with the likes of LeBron James and Muhammad Ali," said Porter, who has also had a weekly “NFL Countdown” segment for ESPN the past two years. "It's been an amazing journey, and I'm not sure where it will take me."
Porter does have some goals for 2013 -- even though he's swamped with work. He'd like the opportunity to create original music with the likes of Eminem, Rihanna and B.o.B. Guess he wants to be the next David Guetta or Calvin Harris.
"I'd really like to branch out to collaborating with artists. I feel I could shine," he said. "I'd bring a lot of tools to the studio. I'd love to be involved from the ground up and keep trying to improve as a producer."