deadmau5 serves up another work-in-progress of what we can only hope is a future track from his forthcoming album. Described as “just a sketch” by the mau5-himself, “drop the poptart” opens with Colleen Moreaux’s airy and seductive vocals overtop simple yet powerful piano rolls. Despite its non sequitur namesake, “drop the poptart” is a melancholy and introspective soundscape that, even as a rough draft, outshines much of what Joel’s peers choose to pass off as completed tracks.Posted by
Returning to LA’s Historic Park for the second edition of HARD Day of the Dead, Gary Richard’s versatile Halloween festival brandished one of the most enchanting lineups in recent memory. After some stunning performances on Saturday from Nero, Skrillex, and Maya Jane Coles, HARD Day of the Dead finished strong with standout sets from Amtrac, Eric Prydz, Pretty Lights, Deadmau5, and more. Ultimately, however, it was the masked mouse himself, Joel Zimmerman, who would incite the most intrigue, premiering countless unreleased originals for the packed main stage crowd.
Tickets will be available Thursday 11/7 at 12pm est at www.countdowntomau5.com.
An organ-like lead sways calmly with a smooth drum pattern in Deadmau5′s latest production, “Memory Man.” In the wake of recent rumors surrounding the mau5′s whereabouts for New Years Eve, Joel Zimmerman took to Twitter to announce that he has “absolutely no idea” what direction he will take the track in, but hopes are high that the Canadian coffee fiend can maintain the soothing effect that he has created in the short snippet. As per usual with Joel’s usual antics, it is impossible to tell if this song will ever reach completion. Whether or not we ever have the privilege of hearing the mix in its entirety, “Memory Man” is a reminder to fans and disbelievers alike that the Deadmau5 sound is ever-impressively evolving.Posted by
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instagram each week. This week, we feature Halloween-themed snapshots from Rebecca & Fiona, Tiesto, and Tommy Trash.
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With iPads now running Traktor and a multitude of touch-oriented apps available for mobile music producers, it’s clear that touch sensitive technology will play a leading role in the dance music of the future. Deadmau5 has been using custom touch software longer than iPads have even existed (who remembers the Jazzmutant Lemur?), so it’s only fitting that he’s throwing his mau5head in the ring.
In a minute-long video uploaded today, the Canadian producer test-drives the software, which he describes as “still early in development,” on an enormous touch screen, setting up virtual knobs, faders and grids that will presumably control parameters in digital audio workstations like Ableton Live. While Deadmau5 revealed that he is partnering with Microsoft on the initiative, he was coy with any further details, only hinting that the software would drive OSC and MIDI to “other stuff.”
Techies shouldn’t sleep on this news. For all the headlines he makes for matters unrelated to music, there are very few artists out there who understand audio technology as well as Joel Zimmerman, and if his BSOD BFF Steve Duda has any hand in it, then it’s likely to be revolutionary.Posted by
Canadian mau5trap signed artist Eekkoo has forged together a minimix based on the sounds of deadmau5, James Njie, Kario Kingdom and more. Eekkoo’s own new single “Lekture” is also included which is featured on upcoming compilation album “We Are Friends Vol.2” due out November 12th in a new partnership between mau5trap and Astralwerks. Eekkoo was personally discovered by deadmau5 and signed directly to mau5trap, an impressive accomplishment for any rising star within this genre and a sure sign we can expect great things to come.
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Dance music’s loudest and possibly most controversial voice speaks up yet again, but surprisingly, this time Deadmau5 isn’t the instigator. Rapper Flo Rida is on the launch of a new product called ‘Beamz by Flo.’ Self-described “future of interactive music,” the device allows users to manipulate pre-programmed popular radio hits by moving their hands through laser beams, adding and controlling layers of instruments and beats. Flo Rida is notorious for taking well-established dance music tunes and remixing them as his own with his releases “Good Feelings” (Avicii’s “Levels”) and “I Cry,” (Bingo Players’ “Cry”) and once again, the American rapper is facing heat with his latest media stunt.
Deadmau5 tweeted this video advertisement for Flo Rida’s upcoming ‘Beamz by Flo’ that very obviously snubs the iconic mouse head along with the tag line, “So easy even a mouse can play!” Canadian producer Joel Zimmerman combated back by directly tweeting at the official ‘Beamz by Flo’ Twitter account. Fellow Swedish House Mafia producer Steve Angello took notice and Wolfgang Gartner instructed Deadmau5 to “sick the lawyers.”
.@beamzmusic i dont recall agreeing to any terms of you using my likeness and trademark to sell your shitty product.
— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) October 28, 2013
WHAT!? Deadmau5 in the headlines!? What now!? Oh, it’s a song release – thank goodness. While we take a break from any trollmau5 controversy, it’s always nice to bask in the amount of ear candy Joel has delivered in 2013. After continually teasing his fan base by binge-posting chains of studio progress on his SoundCloud, one free download in particular had grabbed attention earlier this summer. “Suckfest9001” embodies Deadmau5’s iconic sound, with head-bobbing rhythmic distortion and beautifully embellished melodic breaks. The public’s reaction was in favor of the consistent “mau5” sound and a release was in order. “Suckfest9001” is available by itself and on Mau5trap’s “We Are Friends” Vol. 2 compilation series. After a shaky breakup with Ultra Records earlier this year, the Mau5 has partnered with Astralwerks, who have reached an understanding with Joel’s goals in mind. When the Mau5 is happy, we’re all happy… or at least not cringing at his next tweet.
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Forever engulfed by talk of an imminent EDM collapse, it seems tastemakers are forgetting of the newest generation of house music lovers – children. In this cute story from Calgary, Canada an 8-year-old boy has fallen into an obsession with the mau5, wanting nothing more than to meet his so called hero. The boy has stated he will draw a different version of a deadmau5 head until he meets the man himself and even started a twitter account (@draw4deadmau5) to get Joel’s attention. Luckily, he did capture the legend’s eye with a reply from the mau5 stating “sometimes if you keep your word, then it might come true.” Deadmau5 has been retweeting his drawings and interacting with the boy, proving Joel really does care about his fans, no matter what age.
Watch the video here via CTV Calgary