Portair encodes ponderous thoughts inside of cinematic soundscapes stitched together from analog synthesizers and live instrumentation. Generating millions of streams and earning widespread acclaim from Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, Atwood Magazine, Paste, and Variance, the Australia-born and Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist provokes big questions by way of intimate songcraft on his 2023 EP, Learning How To Die. “On the EP, there are philosophical themes of existentialism,” he observes. “Many of the songs are about the acceptance of death, what life is, and why we’re here.” The record was recorded in Joshua Tree and features collaborations with VÉRITÉ, Wynn, and Emily James. Portair began to incite conversation with a series of independent releases in 2018.

Emerging as a sought-after songwriter and producer, he composed original score and contributed music to programming across NETFLIX, NBC, MTV, CBS, and beyond. His 2020 solo single “Lying To Myself” amassed millions of streams and paved the way for The Light That Gives EP [2021] and The Ice That Breaks EP [2022]. Meanwhile, “Gloaming Hour” unassumingly achieved viral impact on TikTok with millions of plays. In the end, Portair connects through examining what it means to be human.