deadmau5 shares his Testpilot set from Electric Forest 2018

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A lover of all things analog, Joel Zimmerman indulging his penchant for techno is a perfectly logical next step in the esteemed producer’s career. After launching his Testpilot alias for that exact reason more than five years ago and creating cryptic social media pages under the Testpilot name earlier this week, Zimmerman has shared his Testpilot set from Electric Forest 2018.

Having released just one track on Richie Hawtin‘s Minus imprint and played major festivals such as Movement and Ultra, Testpilot sets are known to be hard-hitting and rare. With his set from Electric Forest now available via Apple Music, fans can now check out the mixed selection of tracks from techno heavyweights Charlotte de Witte, ANNA, Pig&Dan, Cirez D, and more. Spanning over two hours, the set can be a great way to prepare for the Testpilot set at Ultra later this month or relive the high octane moments from the woods of Michigan last summer.

deadmau5 tests out three new IDs with Cube 3.0 [Watch]

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2019 is starting out strong for deadmau5 who has not only released his debut film score for Netflix original film, Polar, but also presented the third installment of his mau5ville series, mau5ville: Level 3. As he gears up to debut the newest edition of his cubic setup, Cube 3.0, at his Ultra Music Festival headlining spot, deadmau5 took his tech for a test run at select Utah and Colorado shows, giving fans a bonus taste of three unreleased tracks.

The first-ever cube —Cube 1.0— debuted at Coachella in 2010. Since then, deadmau5 has been engineering the setup into a masterful, needs-no-introduction production aspect of his live shows. He recently shared with Reddit that Cube 3.0 and its new mechanic system has been designed to play at larger-scale shows and festivals.

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deadmau5 unveils third installment of mau5ville series

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After releasing his self-produced score to the Netflix original film, Polar, earlier this week, deadmau5 has given fans yet another project full of mau5trap talent. The third installment in his mau5ville series, the Canadian producer has released mau5ville: Level 3, with features from No Mana, C.O.Z., and more.

Following a similar format to the previous projects, deadmau5 sources a variety of originals, remixes, and collaborations from his label roster. deadmau5 starts the album off with three tracks from himself, including a dark hip hop collaboration with SHOTTY HORROH, titled “Are You Not Afraid.” C.O.Z. and J. Worra F-No each provide dancefloor ready remixes of the track before the project breaks into a softer side with “Hurricane.” Closing out the project with solo tracks from No Mana and C.O.Z., deadmau5 has once again shown his prowess for giving young talent a home on mau5trap.

Skrillex, Alesso, and more headed to 2019’s Indy 500 Snakepit

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Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch fast cars since the Indy 500 began in 1911. Historically, the event is one of America’s most popular sporting events and, over the past few years, dance music has become an essential part of the experience. On Memorial Day Weekend 2019, the 500-mile race will see performances by Skrillex, Alesso, Illenium, and Chris Lake in the Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light.

The Snake Pit is located in the center oval of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and, eventually, turns into a full-blown music festival surrounded by speeding race cars. According to their website, “The sounds begin early on Race Day morning and are eventually joined by the roar of 33 race cars in ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’ creating an unforgettable scene.” 2018’s installment saw performances by Diplo, Deadmau5, Axwell / Ingrosso, and more, proving that these Snake Pit lineups don’t mess around. Watch the 2018 recap video below:

The Indy 500 Snake Pit 2019 takes place on Sunday, May 26. Head to their website for tickets and check out the promo video here.


NMF Roundup: deadmau5 delivers ‘mau5ville: Level 3,’ Lane 8 returns with ‘Visions,’ Galantis and OneRepublic team up + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

deadmau5 has returned to deliver the third installation in his thrilling mau5ville series, bringing with it a seven-minute opener called “Polyphobia.” Galantis and OneRepublic team up for the easygoing “Bones,” and SNBRN drops off slow-burning “Never Let You Go.” Lane 8 and Rbbts pump their latest, “Visions,” with emotions, as does Dabin with his brand new “Alive.” DROELOE deliver their first original of the year, “Only Be Me,” and Ephwurd cranks up the heat with his new “Hectic” collaboration with SWAGE. Alok and Timmy Trumpet bring their talents to Spinnin’ Records with “Metaphor,” and CAZZETTE take on Midnight Kids‘ “Serious” with Matthew Koma. Win & Woo tap the enticing vocals of Kaleena Zanders for their new single, and Crystal Skies exhibit their flawless melodic dubstep style in “Never Change.” Snakehips bring Rivers Cuomo aboard for their new “Gucci Rock N Rolla” with KYLE, and R3HAB tries his hand at remixing Kygo for the second time with a grooving take on “Happy Now.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

Photo credit: F. Scott Schafer

deadmau5 confirms date for third level of mau5ville

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Just a few days after the release of his first-ever film score for Netflix’s Polar, deadmau5, via mau5trap‘s Twitter page, has confirmed he’ll be unveiling the third installment of his mau5ville album series Feb. 1.

Per a tracklist obtained by Reddit user Good4Josh2, the album will host a number of native mau5trap faces, including No Mana (“Quests with Time Limits”) and C.O.Z. (“Over”), as well as a number of official remixes from the likes of Mark Mackenzie, OFFAIAH, and more. Level 3 will also host another original collaboration between mau5trap’s fearless leader and Shotty Horroh (“Are You Not Afraid”).

The first pair of mau5ville compilations birthed now-hits like the Rob Swire-propelled “Monophobia,” (Level 1) and deadmau5’s long-awaited collaboration with Lights, “Drama Free,” (Level 2).

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Deadmau5 – Mau5Ville Vol. 3 [Tracklist] – coming out this Friday from r/electronicmusic



Stream the soundtrack from Netflix’s new ‘Polar,’ deadmau5’s debut film score

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Deadmau5‘s debut score is finally here. Polar has been officially released on Netflix, scratching off a major bucket list item for the mau5trap‘s head honcho. Recently, Joel Zimmerman expressed to Forbes his list of nine life-changing moments, and scoring his first film was one of them, marking a music production milestone from one of the most prolific sound engineers in electronic music history.

The entire soundtrack is available on Spotify, and it contains sounds and arrangements familiar to fans of the esteemed producer. From the weight of his analog synth to his steady buildups and anxious melodies, the soundtrack most certainly boasts deadmau5’s signature style. His arrangements have always felt cinematic, so sharing the screen with music video virtuoso Jonas Åkerlund only makes sense.

The “Monophobia” artist recently told Billboard, “It’s a really busy, colorful movie. I just really wanted to wait for the right thing to come up, as opposed to doing some major motion picture thing … the next big Fast and Furious 23 or whatever they’re on.” Stream the Polar soundtrack below.

deadmau5 shares nine important career moments in ‘Who I Am’ interview with Forbes

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An electronic music veteran, deadmau5 has spent decades engaged with music culture, from attending shows as a teen to scoring the new Netflix original film, Polar. Digging into more than just deadmau5, but Joel Zimmerman as a person, Forbes has released a new interview highlighting nine defining moments of Zimmerman’s life—ahead of the premiere of Polar on January 25th.

Part of Forbes’ “Who I Am” interview series, the piece looks at important moments from Zimmerman’s formative years to today. From influential music to advances in technology, check out what deadmau5 has to say about some of the most influential times of his life.

Nine Inch Nails, The Downward Spiral (Age: Teens)

Deadmau5 cites Nine Inch Nails as a major influence on his music making process:

“I was like, ‘I want to make music like that, how do I learn?’ That was the kind of kickoff for me. Having listened to all the top brand-name acts when I was going through high school that was the one that stuck out, that motivated me to go out and learn how to do it myself. I remember when Downward Spiral came out I rushed out to go grab it on cassette.”

With Trent Reznor also pursuing film scoring and continued experimental and analog production, the idea of a young Zimmerman being attracted to this seminal album makes perfect sense.

Seeing KISS In Concert (Age: Teens)

Deadmau5 points to KISS as an influence to his playful performance style. He remembers that “nobody was talking about Gene Simmons’ crazy, Les Claypool-like bass solo. They were talking about when the drummer blew up a piece of truss with the rocket launcher.” Likening this destructive moment to his faux-computer issues and his “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” remix of Martin Garrix’s “Animals,” Zimmerman understands the philosophy of mixing live sets with entertainment.

Putting On The Mouse Head For The First Time (Age: Twenties)

At the start of his career, Zimmerman was not as confident in rocking his signature mouse head in his performances. The first time he played in the head was at a show in Halifax, where he worried about people’s first impressions. “‘What the f**k is that?’” he worried. “Oh god, they think I’m a clown.” But it actually went really well. It was some sweaty little nightclub in some basement. It was weird, maybe about 150 people tops. And I had it, I just put it on and went, ‘Yep, I’m deadmau5, here’s my mouse head.’”

Getting Off Twitter And Facebook (Age: Thirties)

After years of making a name for himself as a controversial figure on social media, deadmau5 has taken a back seat in the digital sphere, noting “These social platforms are for what purpose other than showing meals and look what I can do. The only other purpose I can see outside of that, for an artist or a public influencer is obviously advertising or promotion. So why not just give that to my manager and then I don’t have to have a f**king aneurysm reading through a million tweets that are unrelated to that.” Clarifying that he had no desire to cut off ties with genuine fans, deadmau5 tells his followers “you know where to find me.”

Professional E-Sports (Age: Thirties)

Fulfilling his desires to move away from the occasional monotony of music production, Zimmerman has taken up professional gaming as a hobby. He humbly mentions that he’s “actually gotten pretty f**king good at it so [he’s] won tournaments. We actually just won $20,000 for Extra Life charity at a big OGN tournament, me and my team. We beat some of the pro players, that felt really good, beating the s**t out of those kids.” From playing tournaments for charity to casually beating highly-ranked players, deadmau5 is making a name for himself in yet another digital realm.

Getting Married (Age: Thirties)

In 2017, Zimmerman married his wife, Kelly Fedoni, who seems to have added some stability in his life outside of music. Describing the partnership, the prolific producer notes that “Being married has been cool. Now I’m not eyeballing the front row anymore (laughs). It’s great. I found a chick I love and she loves me. She takes care of me. She’s the best. She’s not into electronic music, which is great, and she’s doesn’t sing, which is amazing! She’s not a DJ, which is a f**king godsend. So it’s all good.” Continuing that she makes him less stressed person, it makes sense that his marriage is one of his defining life moments.

Where’s The Drop (Age: Thirties)

An album full of deadmau5 tracks re-imagined by a symphony with the help of Grégory Reveret, Zimmerman is extremely proud of his work on Where’s The Drop:

“That was something that changed a lot of things because it was one of those unattainable things where I would always think, ‘There’s no way I have the capacity to compose and score 90 minutes of string arrangements and s**t like they used to do overnight back in the day.’ That was really cool because that then basically opened up accessibility into all those kind of venues where that kind of stuff is applied, whether it’s film, or even more symphonies.”

Continually expanding his creative output, deadmau5 moving into new mediums means exactly that–new music, new venues, and new opportunities.

Polar (Age: Thirties)

The focal point of the interview, deadmau5 shares his thoughts on producing the soundtrack for the new Netflix original film, Polar. “Having done the symphony, when I was approached by Jonas [Akerlund] to do the soundtrack I was like, ‘Yeah, sure I can totally do it with the confidence that I could do it.’” Thrilled by the openness of Akerlund’s flexibility, Zimmerman mentions that “he seemed like the kind of guy that’s more of a collaborator than a dictator…I could write a really cool piece of music that didn’t necessarily match the picture and then Jonas said, “Wow, this is a really cool piece of music. I’m gonna edit the picture to this.” Then sometimes the other way where it’s like the picture was so good I had to force the music into that.”

Using Touch Designer (Age: Thirties)

Known for his dynamic and technologically advanced live shows, deadmau5 may be getting even more innovative for his videos. Discussing the use of Touch Designer for his new live visuals, he looks to the possibility of real-time visuals for, perfect for improvisation and more.

Every performer ever, from EDM to rock, always has that guy sitting in the back showing those visual aspects. Because I’m a huge video gamer I’m playing video games thinking, “If you can get graphics looking this good using real time in a video game why can’t you do that on a LED wall?” If you’re showing a video of a circle going back and forth, then you’re like, “Oh, here’s this moment in the track where I want the circle to go up and down.”… So now I’m getting into real time software and that just totally opened my eyes to my show content because now I could do all sorts of cool tricks. And this is something we’re building right now for my next tour.”

With more sonic and visual experimentation to come from Zimmerman in the future, 2019 is shaping up to be another big year for deadmau5 fans.

Ultra Music Festival unveils awe inducing 2019 RESISTANCE lineup for Miami iteration

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Ultra Music Festival (UMF) has proven its RESISTANCE brand to be a well-oiled industrial machine that unceasingly manufactures some of the finest house and techno lineups in the modern festival circuit. The revelations of its 2019 lineup continues this process. For its 2019 edition, Ultra Miami will present the RESISTANCE concept in an unprecedented manner, devoting a considerable portion of the Virginia Key festival grounds to what UMF organizers have newly dubbed “RESISTANCE island.”

Given the artists who grace Ultra Miami’s 2019 RESISTANCE lineup, “island” is indeed an apt descriptor. UMF crafts an underground paradise of electronic sorts via live sets from Maceo Plex, Black Coffee, Sasha | John Digweed, Richie Hawtin, and Charlotte de Witte. Adam Beyer and Cirez D will link up for another installment in their mythical back-to-back format series. Eric Prydz, however, won’t be the only producer appearing under an alias–deadmau5 notably figures among the RESISTANCE lineup as Testpilot. deadmau5′ Testpilot set flanks his headlining set as deadmau5. The mau5trap label head’s headlining set that will be the platform of deadmau5’s worldwide debut of his Cube 3.0.

In the midst of RESISTANCE’s luster gleams a back-to-back Carl Cox set. Ultra maintains the mystery for now, as festival organizers currently conceal of the name of Cox’s back-to-back partner behind the decks, which Ultra will expectedly declare at a later date. Ultra Music Festival will record its inaugural edition at its new home of Virginia Key from March 29-31.

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deadmau5 reveals a secret track and releases the music video for ‘10.8’ with Mr. Bill [WATCH]

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Techies and programming junkies who follow deadmau5 on Twitch follow the legend as he plays video games and dives into various creation workstations are often given an in-depth peak into his thought process. Sometimes, the mau5trap head honcho reveals production releases, which is exactly the case with his most recent stream. A secret track he made with streamer dronehands, “The Horn Of Jericho,” was revealed, of which deadmau5 reported to have contributed to around half the project — namely, the melody and synth design.

The orchestral low-end bass creates a bed for the high end plucks to go wild, while the percussion offers a more consistent energy. It’s certainly a different side to Joel Zimmerman more percussive arrangements, experimenting with melody structure and patchwork elements.

In other deadmau5 news, he recently released the music video for “10.8” with Mr. Bill off his mau5ville: Level 2 project. It’s an animated, computerized video of organized chaos, contrasting sublimely alongside the complex percussion audio. A busy start to 2019 for sure in Zimmerman’s world, whose debut score is also set to hit Netflix on January 25 in the film, Polar.

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