In 2011, Skrillex’s abrasive, headbanging musical style was largely seen as the cornerstone of the modern counterculture. Now, just under a decade later, era-defining rave tracks like “Bangarang” have fully evolved into family fodder.
YouTube’s Tom BetGeorge repurposed Skrillex’s EDM classic into a proper Halloween howler, choreographing a neighborhood worth of holiday decorations for a light show that’s got viral buzz written all over it. A choir of jack-o-lanterns leads to a stunning display that manages to be half rave, half Halloween, and a complete headache for neighbors—depending whom you ask.
In attempts at neighborly altruism, the “Bangarang” house only operates for two hours a night on weekends “to minimize traffic in the neighborhood,” and dually serves as a fundraiser for the McHenry House, a family shelter in Tracy, California.
Also included in the two-hour set are choreographed light performances to “Chop Suey,” as well as the themes to Stranger Things and Ghostbusters. The BetGeorge Christmas show starts on December 13, for more details visit Magical Light Shows‘ Facebook page.
Felix Cartal has released an impactful new video project in collaboration with Jacob Crawford titled “Right Now.” Within the visual, the Canadian DJ/producer tackles an issue that nearly all artists struggle with at some time or another, feeling stuck in a creative rut. To encourage his peers to prevail during creatively challenging times, Cartal took a trip to Los Angeles and recruited some industry friends for insight into what has helped them when they struggle with artistic vision.
The video opens to the text, “As an artist, I often feel insecure about my own work and look for ways to stay motivated. I love talking to friends in these moments… so I went to LA for one week, and asked some friends about their creative process. This is the result. Maybe it can help you too.”
The video shows clips of Cartal speaking with artists spanning Zedd to Anna Lunoe to Kaskade. He also speaks to songwriters Lights, K.Flay, Phoebe Ryan and many more. With such an expansive pool of participants, the visual is free to jaunt through a number of creative corridors. A number of notable artists, including Galantis and Steve Aoki, also opted to send in clips sharing the galvanizing message: “Don’t Wait, just do it right now.” The video itself concludes with Cartal sharing some reflective insight on his career thus far.
Cartal writes in an official release about his intentions for releasing the project, “I’ve always wanted to make a video to help inspire artists who are just getting started. Sometimes it feels like being stuck is something that only happens to you. It’s not true. Everyone feels that way sometimes. This video has been over a year in the making, and I’m so proud of it finally coming together. TO EVERY SINGLE ARTIST, CREATOR, OR HUMAN WHO’S EVER BEEN STUCK. THIS VIDEO IS FOR YOU!”
With the opening chords of deadmau5‘s 2019 single, “nosedive,” the producer’s catalog-canvassing set from Creamfields 2019 commences. Patrons of the globally attended UK event and those not present for deadmau5’s striking showing alike can now experience the Friday, August 23 performance in its full-length glory, as the set has become available in its entirety. The effort foregrounds deadmau5’s electronic marvel, the cube v3, from atop which he delivers his set.
deadmau5 shuffles through cornerstone productions from his earlier days in the industry such as 2016’s “Imaginary Friends” and 2009’s “Ghosts ‘N’ Stuff,” before inviting Lights onstage for a live rendition of “Raise Your Weapon.” Lights and deadmau5 then jointly transition into their lengthily anticipated collaborative effort of 2018, “Drama Free.” An incontrovertible classic, deadmau5’s “Strobe” provides a formidable finale to the stunning sonic affair.
Just weeks after debuting his new Cubev3 setup at Ultra Music Festival, deadmau5 has shared a brief recap for those who weren’t in the Miami crowd. In the three-minute video, he shows the work that went into setting up the impressive installation, starting with packing up the Cube in Toronto in February, along with snippets from sound-checking with Lights. Set to mau5ville: Level 2‘s “Drama Free,” the video drops with the chorus and shows an enthralled Ultra crowd going nuts to the new setup and Lights’ live performance of the song along with it.
deadmau5 is taking the monstrous setup on the road, making stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn and more this fall and in early 2020. Learn more and get tickets here.
Emerging from a brief hiatus, deadmau5 has partnered with prolific animator and film director, Nick DenBoer, once again on the music video for “Drama Free” featuring the ever-talented Lights off the mau5ville: Level 2 project.
DenBoer worked on the producer’s previous music video “Monophobia” featuring Rob Swire, with the weirdness level of kooky, colorful creatures grooving to the beat of Joel Zimmerman’s house yielding a second hire. The new video takes on a different, off-the-wall narrative alongside familiar animation themes, accompanied by a cacophony of hands, a tentacle-like circulatory system, and squirmy ravers from deadmau5’s previous pool party, Lights commands center stage with cuts to the inner workings of DenBoer’s mind throughout the intentional chaos.
The mau5trap mastermind has had a productive-as-ever 2018, absolving himself from standard practices with his own creative liberties such as his orchestral cover album, where’s the drop?, and the collaborative mau5ville: Level 1export. These last two music videos show a side of Zimmerman listeners shouldn’t be surprised to see; however, should still be surprised upon first, (and probably second and third) viewings.
2018 is certainly a good year to be a deadmau5 fan. After releasing his orchestral cover album, where’s the drop?, and the collaborative mau5trap-focused project, mau5ville: Level 1, the production extraordinaire has put out the next iteration of the mau5ville series, mau5ville: Level 2.
Providing an array of originals and remixes, deadmau5 taps his mau5trap family and some special guests on this new project. He starts off with a feature from fellow Canadian vocalist, Lights, on “Drama Free.” The dark and pulsing track is then given the UK bassline treatment by longtime deadmau5 remixer Chris Lorenzo. Followed by the experimental downtempo piece, “10.8,” with Mr. Bill, deadmau5 shows the true diversity in his production skillset. With both mau5trap veteran Monstergetdown and newcomer Gallya partaking in collaborations and remixes to close out the project, mau5ville: Level 2 is a testament to the deadmau5’s ability to break new talent while providing solid releases from mau5trap’s current roster.
Quickly following up on the recently release of his eight-track compilation album, mau5ville: level 1, deadmau5 just teased more good news, announcing an upcoming collaboration with indie-pop phenomenon and fellow Canadian, Lights. The Skin & Earth vocalist has racked up hundreds of millions of plays over the course of a storied career, with a rap sheet that boasts LPs, comic books, acoustic work and more. Hot off the heels of some fan praise on the acclaimed Rob Swire collaboration “Monophobia,” deadmau5 had this to offer.
It is unclear if the new joint effort with Lights will come as a one-off, or a single from the mau5’s newly announced level 2 follow up, which he will begin teasing via his Twitch account. For now, the waiting game begins on the new Lights collaboration, though luckily, we have a full compilation of new work that still very much has our attention captured.