While many of his SoundCloud offerings clock in at under one-minute, the latest from Deadmau5 is a super-extended video. In what they call simply a coffee run, Deadmau5 and Pharrell Williams spend over thirty minute in a car where they recorded their conversation. Much of their dialogue is interesting and ranges from the amount of phones they go through in a year, to family life, to Notorious BIG lyrics, and much more. It was Pharrell’s first trip to Tim Hortons, showing a very hospitable Joel.Posted by
Deadmau5‘s Soundcloud activity has been prolific to say the least. After his last 12-minute symphony, Joel Zimmerman digresses to preview a new working project. “I have no idea” opens with an ominous and epic chord progression before coming to an abrupt close. The two minute opening build leaves us wanting more, but if history is any indication, we won’t have to wait long.Posted by
In many ways, deadmau5 recalls the fictional chocolatier Willy Wonka. For much of the decade, Joel Zimmerman will shut the doors on his productions, reserving his craftsmanship for his own ears. Every now and then, however, Zimmerman will open the pearly, virtual doors of his SoundCloud factory to unveil countless awe-inspiring creations. Such has been in the case for the months of July and August, as deadmau5 has shared nearly 20 different projects. His latest comes in the form of a 12 minute odyssey, entitled “Pets 1 & 2.” Showing off his penchant for arpeggios, the mau5 seamlessly combines his latest musings into a clean progressive house journey with plenty of delightful chord progressions and climaxes.Posted by
No this isn’t another SoundCloud burst, but Deadmau5′s latest announcement does ring of something exploding. Live Nation Merchandise, the mau5′s official licensing and merchandising agent, has just signed a deal with DHX Media on behalf of the ever-popular video game Space Invaders, wedding the two brands in cross-promotion harmony.
Though the fruits of this union have yet to be specifically laid out, the press release details a “co-brand license agreement” to be kicked off this winter.
“deadmau5 and Space Invaders have teamed up to create a lifestyle brand crossing a myriad of categories launching in the high-end and specialty markets,” the release states, going on to discuss how the collaboration will fuse two icons in an innovative new partnership.
The release was mum on specific details, but since Joel has been there done that on the Space Invaders tattoo, possibilities range from merchandise to visuals, video game cameos to advertisement scoring and anywhere else the two brands happen to dabble. Keep your eyes peeled for candid shots of Mau5 with a happy green friend, and stay tuned for more info – maybe the co-brand will take a page out of Neff’s book and send one lucky winner into space.
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deadmau5 continues on his production tear with four new uploads to his aptly titled ‘fuckmylife’ Soundcloud. On today’s menu are four uniquely different tracks; there is “All I Got,” a track reminiscent of the early deadmau5 classic “Limit Break,” then there’s “All I Had” a six-minute melody driven output with shades of “Strobe” and finally “All I Have,” a similarly driven production that subdues “All I Had’s” progressions with flighty keys and vocal samples. Not content to stop there, the final upload came this morning in the form of a minute long blur of grinding electronica dubbed “Stage Eight.” Most likely just in-studio experiments as Joel gears up for a new full length album, his frequent and fervent Soundcloud sneak peaks continue to keep fans on their toes and begging for more.
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Another day, another Soundcloud upload from deadmau5. This time the prolific producer has created a dark and haunting Soundscape in line with Kavinsky’s slow moving and dramatic electronica. Dubbed ‘mercedes,’ Zimmerman’s latest Soundcloud sneak peek comes in the form of slowly progressing ambient electronica. A blur of heavy machinery samples and sweeping synthesizers, ‘mercedes’ is the type of sonic storytelling only the mau5 could muster — we think it’s about time he scored a movie.
Update: deadmau5 releases a polished version of ‘mercedes’ aptly named PolishedStep.Posted by
There seems to have been no mountain too high or landmark too bold for Madeon. From the early remnants of his remix for “Raise Your Weapon” and the infamous 39-song “Pop Culture” mix back in 2011, it became very apparent that the young French artist – a composer from the age of 11 who found epiphany in Daft Punk’s Alive 2007 tour – was not playing around. Just two-years down the line, you would be hard pressed to find a young talent with a steadier finger on the pulse of modern electronic music. Now hailed for cutting edge programming from across the musical spectrum and a healthy affliction with the Novation Launchpad, his name rings with far more resonance than that of an accidental breakout propelled forward by youth and good luck.
A live dance evangelist whose technical capabilities have taken the internet and global festival circuit alike by storm, his ability to match cutting edge experiences with a sparing yet eclectic discography of releases has not done the composer lesser known as Hugo Pierre Leclercq any discredit along the way. Since exploding upon the global industry, he’s produced and written for the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Muse, Ellie Goulding and Lady Gaga, adding a recent return to the solo-trail through “Technicolor” to assert that amid the peaks of his genre-defying activity, Madeon is one of the most essential new forces to both make and break the rules of dance music’s 360-degree industry scope. With “Technicolor” finally upon us, Dancing Astronaut caught up with the composer-turned-button pusher to unravel the anatomy of a European breakout blazing the global trail on his own unique terms.
Deadmau5 speaks out on risk taking in EDM, supports Avicii for ‘making something completely f*cking different’
In an article on Huffington Post Canada, Deadmau5 shares his thoughts on the current state and future of EDM. Despite having spoken about the subject on numerous occasions, his comments have yet to grow stale.
Zimmerman focuses on the cyclical nature of music in relation to dance music and predicts EDM will die out just like all popular music before it — likening it in particular to rap-rock. “I’m not just applying this to EDM, I’m applying this to popular culture. Things come and go, wax and wane, ebb and flow,” says Zimmerman. Although he’s not writing it off just yet, giving its expiration a few more years.
As for the the current state of EDM he complains — as many others have — about its stagnancy and lack of innovation:
“I think a big problem with EDM right now – and I mean right now, I don’t mean fucking last year or two years ago, I mean right fucking now – is that there’s a lot of safe betters and they all want to do this safe bet thing. And that’s [what] will kill it off before anything. And it’s not the listener’s fault and it’s not the producers’ fault. You guys can go back and forth all you want about how ‘We always have to make the same music because it’s popular, it’s what the kids want.’ The kids are like ‘Can you stop making the same fucking shit over and over again?’ You’re never going to win that argument. The responsibility is the risk-taking to start pushing it.”
He does, however, give credit to the usual suspects and also an unlikely one. Zimmerman cites Avicii and Skrillex as artists engaging in the innovation he finds lacking within EDM as a whole. “Avicii’s taking risks. That’s actually admirable. I’m not going to fucking shut the kid down for making something completely fucking different because that’s actually what you need to do with music right now,” he says.
After previewing “Coelacanth” and “fck a coelacanth” via Soundcloud yesterday, the prolific deadmau5 debuts the third string in the Coelacanth saga, “My Pet Coelacanth.” An extended version of “fck,” Joel’s latest treads on familiar deadmau5 territory with his impossibly thick kicks and shuffling, pock-marked synthwork. While the highly endangered coelacanths are considered “living fossils,” Joel’s ancient aquatic pet is far more lively than its name would suggest; propelling itself forward through the impressive sound engineering that has come to represent deadmau5′s sonic calling card.
UPDATED: Shortly after writing, deadmau5 released a sped up version of “Turbo Cart Pig Racer” dubbed “Infra Super Turbo Cart Pig Racer.” Check both tracks out after the break.