deadmau5 is currently developing his own electronic game

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deadmau5 isn’t ‘playing games’ when it comes to the foundation of his fully equipped LAN/gaming center in Canada. Well, maybe just one.

The producer is already at work on a first-person shooter game, just after announcing his intent to establish a gaming mega center in Milton. Given its nascent stages, the game will take “a year at least” to officially release.

A game engine instituted by Epic Games, Unreal Engine is developing the game. Although the program remains in the “early alpha” testing stage, deadmau5 has already offered the public a preview of what the game will look like during a recent Twitch broadcast in which he streamed himself playing a prototype of the game.

“We’re just setting up some basic mechanics, getting a space together where we can jam out in an arena of sorts and spitball ideas…once we’ve agreed on that and nailed in network code and sever delegation, we head down the ‘fun and original secondary objective’ route,” deadmau5 has said of the state of the project.


Dimension to mix Fabriclive 98

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London-based drum& bass producer, Dimension, known, among other things, for his residency at Amnesia in Ibiza, mixed his first official Fabriclive mix.

Stringing together a collection of 56 tunes from the likes of Skrillex, deadmau5, Andy C, Sub Focus, and Chase & Status, alongside a handful of exclusive productions, Dimension presents a definitive snapshot of drum-n-bass in 2018. Fabricive 98’s 56-strong tracklist also features 22 exclusives from its talented array of artists. Though listeners can expect a bass-brimming production, Dimension also spoke about how the energy of this mix isn’t solely of the dance floor.

“I wanted to make the mix special,” Dimension says in a press release. “I wanted it to represent my attitude towards the energy experienced at shows, but also appreciated the fact that the mix isn’t always going to be heard on a dance floor.”

Fabriclive 98 Tracklist (Exclusives in bold):

  1. Dimension – Intro /Pull Me Under feat. RAPHAELLA [MTA]
  2. Culture Shock – Rush Connection [RAM]
  3. Concept 2 – Cause & Effect (Calyx & Teebee Remix) [RAM]
  4. The Prototypes – Pale Blue Dot (VIP Mix) [Viper Recordings]
  5. Dimension – Jet Black (VIP Mix) [MTA]
  6. Calyx & Teebee – Skank (VIP Mix) [RAM]
  7. Document One – Uh Huh (VIP Mix) [Technique Recordings]
  8. Chase & Status – No Problem (VIP Mix) [Chase & Status]
  9. Dimension – Whip Slap (VIP Mix) [MTA]
  10. Dimension – Beg & Borrow (VIP Mix) [Dimension]
  11. Culture Shock – Bunker [RAM]
  12. 1991 – Witchdoctor [MTA]
  13. Calyx & Teebee – Sawn Off (Dimension Edit) [RAM]
  14. Dimension – Techno [Dimension]
  15. SpectraSoul – 4URGH [Ish Chat Music]
  16. Culture Shock – Lower Frequencies [Culture Shock]
  17. Metrik – Fatso [Hospital]
  18. Dimension – Love To Me (VIP Mix) [MTA]
  19. 1991 – Jungle Cats [1991]
  20. Dimension – Generator [Dimension]
  21. Sub Focus – Circadian [Sub Focus]
  22. Chase & Status – Tribes [Chase & Status]
  23. Dimension – UK (VIP) [Dimension]
  24. Dimension – UK (Skrillex Edit) [Dimension]
  25. My Nu Leng & Flava D – Soul Shake (1991 VIP Remix) [My Nu Leng]
  26. Dimension – Raver [Dimension]
  27. Bensley – Ascension [RAM]
  28. Benny L – Low Blow (VIP Mix) [Metalheadz]
  29. Dillinja –Friday [Valve Digital]
  30. DJ Fresh feat. Sigma – Cylon [Breakbeat Kaos]
  31. Sub Focus – Stomp [RAM]
  32. Chris Lake – I Want You (1991 Remix) [OWSLA]
  33. High Contrast – If We Ever [Hospital]
  34. B-Complex – Beautiful Lies [Hospital]
  35. Rockwell – User [Shogun Audio]
  36. Fred V & Grafix – Just A Thought (2018 Mix] [Viper Recordings]
  37. Deadmau5 – Avarita (Dimension 2018 Remix) [Universal]
  38. Chase & Status – Is It Worth It (VIP Mix) [Mercury]
  39. Sub Focus – Deep Space [RAM Records]
  40. IllSkillz – Directions [Hospital]
  41. Wilkinson & Dimension – Rush [RAM]
  42. Wilkinson – Afterglow [RAM]
  43. Empire Of The Sun – We Are The People (Sub Focus Remix) [The Sleepy Jackson / Nick Littlemore]
  44. Dimension – Automatik [Dimension]
  45. Dossa & Locuzzed – Shag (VIP Mix) [Viper Recordings]
  46. Turno – The Invaderz (VIP Mix) [Charge]
  47. Metrik – Want My Love feat. Elisabeth Troy [Hospital]
  48. Chase & Status – All Crew [Self-Release]
  49. Koncept – Breathe In [Viper Recordings]
  50. Commix – Be True [Metalheadz]
  51. Sub Focus – X-Ray (Metrik Remix) [RAM]
  52. Tantrum Desire – Pump (Dimension Edit) [Technique Recordings]
  53. Chase & Status – International (Dimension Remix) [Chase & Status]
  54. Cyantific – Infinity Plus 1 [RAM]
  55. John B – Up All Night [Metalheadz]
  56. Dusky – Ingrid Is A Hybrid (Metrik Remix) [Polydor]

Fabric Records will release Fabriclive 98 on May 25.

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deadmau5 hopes orchestral album will lead to film score writing opps

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While some were wondering ‘where’s the drop?,deadmau5 was wondering where’s the score?

The full-time producer and now, part-time commercial gaming center visionary, recently released where’s the drop?, the full length orchestral album that originally gained notoriety thanks to several live Twitch broadcasts leading up to the formal announcement of the album’s impending debut, during which deadmau5 offered previews of the classical product to viewers. Certainly a different genre of music production, deadmau5’s orchestral album is not merely an aesthetic phase, but a signifier of deadmau5’s desire to one day write film scores.

“I’ve always wanted to go into film scoring,” deadmau5 said. “I think that this is a better entry point because now I’m like fucking walking the walk, as opposed to fucking talking the talk. Which is all you can do before anyone would think that you are capable of scoring a film, you know what I mean?”

deadmau5 similarly expressed his hope that where’s the drop? will resonate with figures in the film industry. “Hopefully this kind of puts me on the radar with professionals in that area or even the public to want something like that,” deadmau5 stated, “It would be cool to custom-write music for some kind of story. That’d be cool.”

here’s the drop? emerges as a project that “stands on its own legs,” according to the producer, who additionally noted his commitment to craft an album that would be “a fully body traditional piece,” as opposed to an amalgamation of orchestral and electronic music.

H/T: DJ Mag

deadmau5 & Greg Reveret’s ‘where’s the drop’ satisfies without the EDM bells & whistles [Album Review]

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Joel Zimmerman’s creative relationship with classical music began by chance. “I occasionally do this thing called ‘mau5trap Monday’ on my livestream — kids donate to charity, I read the posts and link to their music. Greg sent one in and it was an insane film score, fully orchestrated and everything, and I thought it was a joke,” the illustrious producer known better as deadmau5 admitted to LA Weekly.

The “Greg” he’s referring to is Greg Reveret, an accomplished composer, instrumentalist, and scoring extraordinaire from South Africa. Ideas “bounced around” in Zimmerman’s head, leading him to reach out to Reveret to collaborate on a project together.

As the cliché goes, “the rest is history.”

Where’s the drop? does just fine without the explosion of bass-backed kicks and loud synthesizers that deadmau5 refers to in his new album project’s title. Instead, it casts his music in a profound, contemplative light through is delicate layers of string, horn, percussion, and piano. A brief rendition of “Imaginary Friends” kicks off the collection of reimagined tunes, settling into an exploratory soundspace with the help of Reveret’s symphonic vision.

“Luxuria” only continues on this tangent, with curious echoes of its central hook passing through the orchestra’s various sections in a fluid motion. The piece is one of the seven from deadmau5’ 7 output that helped inspire where’s the drop?. It feels as though the deadly sin-based project was made to be interpreted in classical form, or at least the skill put forth by Reveret in transcribing and arranging the music makes it so. “Avaritia,” the original being a highly futuristic number, sounds particularly ethereal, slowly unfolding through pianos and strings across its three-minute span and coming down gently into a bout of chords. “Acedia” has this effect as well.

On a more dramatic note, “Gula” takes a sweeping turn. With the sin its title alludes to being “greed,” the generous heaps of ascending string melodies that swell up over equally lush piano chords make aural sense. “Ira” is particularly dark, equipped with resounding progressions in minor key that paired with staccato rhythms makes for a tense atmosphere.


Zimmerman naturally rinsed some of his biggest hits with scoring treatment as well. “Coelacanth” is a pleasing expansion of “My Pet Coelacanth,” with Reveret taking the orchestral parts already existing in the original and transforming them into an eight-minute journey that exudes a curious nature. “F’n Pig” — an edgier single that appears difficult to score — melts under Reverts’s expertise, remolding into an enticing composition armed  with stark cello solos and Handel-esque communication between brass, violin, and viola.

One cannot forget “Strobe,” of course. The iconic single closes out the album on an emotive note, pulling at the heartstrings with its familiar melodic embrace — now enhanced by expressive string sections and piercing harmonies. Its trademark synth progression is preserved, reminding us of the album’s origins in electronica.

Tying together where’s the drop? is a look into the future, with his unreleased production “Monophobia” being given the Reveret touch. The piece is transformed into a gentle lullaby, with its central hook being played out with a minimal piano approach while drawn-out violin measures provide a hint of bittersweet flavor to the finished product.

Perhaps the most shocking aspect of where’s the drop? — according to deadmau5 in his LA Weekly interview — is that it was thrown together by him and Reveret in a matter of weeks. This speaks to both their talents as musicians; though they could have spent more time enhancing and perfecting the project, what they created in such a short span of time sounds well thought-out and carefully crafted to the even a classically-trained ear.

Their creative chemistry has hit the mark in this case, and furthermore might help inspire others in younger generations to begin diving beneath electronic music creation and into the world of live instrumentation.

Photo Credit: AI Visuals

Reddit users appear to have cracked the code concerning Ultra’s surprise guests

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The three iron-on patches that Ultra Music Festival ticket holders received in their special edition black and orange 20th anniversary canisters appeared in addition to ear plugs and temporary tattoos. Presumed to be innocuous party favors provided in honor of the milestone birthday celebration, the patches elicited minimal attention from pass purchasers prior to Ultra’s provocative tweet on March 10.

Ticket holders have since begun to interpret the three patches enclosed within each ticket canister as emblematic of the three unannounced acts that will close each respective day of the festival this year. The analysis has led several aspiring attendees to evaluate the circular patch with a singular dot as evidence that deadmau5, whose eye matches the design of the patch, will deliver the ending performance to the first day of Ultra.


Mind = blown. from r/UMF

The theory that Swedish House Mafia will give a reunion performance at “Ultra 20” on March 24, 2018 — four years to the day of the mega group’s previous closure of the festival — is convincingly supported by fans’ conjecture that the three dots on the flag-shaped patch stand in for the three members of the trio. Fans have read the patch’s two additional dots as signifiers that Swedish House Mafia will close day two.

The final, and inarguably the most explosive conjecture, rests in the identity of the third patch, an astronaut holding up three fingers. From the white and orange/gold color scheme to the astronaut logo itself, ticket holders have analyzed the third patch as proof that Daft Punk will make a landmark return to close out Ultra’s last day on March 25.

However far-fetched or plausible the speculations seem, good guesses will remain just that — good guesses — until festival organizers release the final phase in Ultra’s bombshell lineup.

H/T: DJ Mag

deadmau5 announces second live ‘where’s the drop?’ show

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deadmau5 has added another ‘where’s the drop?’ show date to his touring schedule, just days after announcing the impending release of his orchestral album and its accompanying inaugural live performance on March 7.

The newly added date — Saturday, March 31 — will also take place at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, and like deadmau5’s originally advertised April 1 show date, will be open to attendees of all ages. As in the case of deadmau5’s April 1 show, the March 31 booking will also be streamed live via TIDAL in an extension of the partnership between deadmau5 and the music streaming service, first publicized on March 7.

Those interested in the classical project can purchase tickets to deadmau5’s March 31 appearance, here.

H/T: DJ Mag

deadmau5 to release orchestral album, perform first full-length classical show in partnership with Tidal

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Deadmau5‘s Twitch broadcasts and social media posts teasing the impending arrival of an orchestral project have culminated in “where’s the drop?,” a studio album newly recorded by deadmau5, and slated for release on March 30.

Comprised of classical renditions of various deadmau5 productions, “where’s the drop?” will be followed by a live performance on April 1, in which deadmau5 and a full orchestra will perform a selection of songs as orchestral pieces. The event is the product of deadmau5’s partnership with the subscription music streaming service, Tidal, and as such, will be live streamed exclusively on the service.

Tidal members will have access to presale tickets to the Los Angeles based performance beginning on March 7. New Tidal members will be given 90 days free to the service through the presale.

Those interested in learning more about deadmau5’s first full-length orchestral appearance can find additional information about the event, and can additionally register for a Tidal subscription, here.

H/T: Tidal

[WATCH] deadmau5 offers another glimpse of his enigmatic orchestral project

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Deadmau5 piqued the collective interest of his fan base when he previewed a short clip of an orchestral version of “Strobe” during one of his live streams on Twitch in December. The sample led some fans to speculate that the mau5trap label head was at work on a full-length orchestral album, while others proposed that the artist could be in the process of crafting a film score. Divergent conjectures aside, all listeners could agree that they would like to hear—at the very least—a complete orchestral version of the electronic classic.

In Janurary, deadmau5 tweeted that he was currently engaged in “the most epic thing [he’s] ever done with [his] music.”

Twitter user @cubertmaster responded to the post, asking if deadmau5 would provide “any hints” regarding the project, to which deadmau5 replied:

Deadmau5 has now sharpened the shape of the orchestral endeavor in a video recently uploaded to his Facebook page. The video offers fans a preview of a classical rendition of “Invidia,” the lead single off of deadmau5’s 2014 album, while(1<2).

Whether the video of the orchestral offerings signals an upcoming live orchestral tour, or an album — as many fans suspect — remains unknown, but the short preview should satiate fans until deadmau5 reveals the next step in the orchestral equation.

Old school meets new school as Wolfgang Gartner and k?d join forces on ‘Banshee’

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Complextro house isn’t dead — not as long as Wolfgang Gartner is around. The veteran producer’s name is synonymous with the complextro movement that sparked around a decade ago and helped boost EDM into the mainstream. While Wolfgang’s style has evolved considerably since the “Space Junk” days, young, fresh talent like k?d seem to be keeping him young on their new joint effort “Banshee.” Widely considered to be one of the sharpest prospects on the rise, k?d wraps his fluid production acumen around Wolfgang’s penchant for ultra-intricate, rousingly dramatic dance compositions.

“Banshee” packs in grainy, distorted piano chords and snappy percussive builds before breaking out into high-octane sonic mayhem. It’s aggressive yet calculated, vintage and futuristic all at once, and ultimately a flawlessly nostalgic return to the beloved Wolfgang Gartner electro of yesteryear, capped by a menacing contemporary flair with the addition of k?d’s forward-thinking production method.

Historically more of a lone wolf, Gartner has famously collaborated with deadmau5 and Skrillex on two of his canon’s brightest hallmarks, “Animal Rights” and “Devil’s Den” respectively. One listen through, and we can safely say “Banshee” is likely to join those ranks in time too.


Spring Awakening Music Festival shares stacked phase one lineup

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Chicago’s electronic summer staple, Spring Awakening Music Festival, will return to the Windy City’s Addams/Medill park for its seventh iteration Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10. The largest all-electronic music festival in the Midwest, Spring Awakening has released phase one of its 2018 lineup, a sizable roster of mainstream talent topped by Afrojack, Hardwell, Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, deadmau5, and more.


Championed as “one of the most seismic lineups for Spring Awakening yet,” the shock waves spurred by the festival’s first phase  only increase in intensity given the reveal of the event’s six branded stage showcases: Trance Arena, Bass Kitchen, the techno oriented Requiem, Sunday School, HELDEEP, and DJ MAG.

3-day GA and VIP passes to Spring Awakening’s seventh edition are now available for purchase, here.