deadmau5 makes his BBC Essential Mix debut as Testpilot [Stream]

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It’s been quite a while since deadmau5 recorded a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix: 11 years, to be exact. The producer last put forth an individual Essential Mix in 2008, but now rejoins the Essential Mix circuit, to debut his first BBC mix as Testpilot. Testpilot’s inaugural BBC showing is exactly what listeners familiar with deadmau5’s industrially oriented alias would expect: smooth, seamless scaling of the house to tech-house continuum, with some idiosyncratic Testpilot reworks of deadmau5 originals to boot.

The two hour-long effort weaves releases from signature underground imprints like Adam Beyer’s Drumcode, and Sven Väth’s Cocoon Recordings with house and techno renditions of deadmau5 classics, like “Imaginary Friends” and “The Veldt” during the first hour. Deadmau5’s comparatively more recent Rob Swire collaboration, “Monophobia” too receives a Testpilot nod. Testpilot eventually gives way to deadmau5 in the final hour of the BBC Essential Mix, in audible credit to deadmau5’s ability to glide from one artistic identity to the next.

H/T: BBC Sounds

Deadmau5 primed to deliver new Essential Mix as Testpilot

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It seems deadmau5 is perennially hard at work. From consistently live streaming his creation process for fans and overhauling his Cube rig for the third time, to scoring films and pulling double duty at Ultra this year, performing under both his deadmau5 and Testpilot monikers, it seems Joel Zimmerman rarely takes a moment to smell the roses, if ever. Luckily for fans, the Mau5trap head honcho keeps the pedal to the floor, and his latest offering comes by way of a rare Testpilot outing, on perhaps the most renown mix show in electronic music. That’s right—we’re getting a Testpilot Essential Mix.

The BBC Radio 1 mix, debuting on March 23, is actually billed as deadmau5/Testpilot, suggesting that Joel will be flipping between aliases, and a trove of new material is likely underway. The Essential Mix comes hot off the heels of the recent release of Testpilot’s full Electric Forest performance from 2018. Revisit the Electric Forest set below in preparation for one of the most anticipated Essential Mixes of the year.

Tune into deadmau5/Testpilot’s Essential Mix here at 1:00am GMT

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.

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.

Photo credit: RVR 16

 

Watch deadmau5 play Electric Forest as his Testpilot alter ego

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A very dedicated fan captured deadmau5‘s full performance as his deeper, darker alter ego Testpilot at weekend two of Electric Forest. Following a mau5trap takeover of the Tripolee stage, with guests ATTLAS, Blackgummy, Chris LakeClaptone, Jeremy Olander, Rinzen and Lane 8, the mau5trap label head emerged with his lesser seen, techno-favoring style and smashed his audience to bits.

Clocking in just under two hours, this fan even posted the full tracklist in the video’s details.

Electric Forest is Insomniac’s take on a camping, transformational-inspired festival. It’s known for its enchanting grounds and friendly crowd, drawing people from all over the country to its Michigan location.

H/T:  YourEDM

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Electric Forest reveals full 2018 lineup featuring REZZ, Marshmello, Testpilot and more

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After attendees leaked a partial list of 2018 Electric Forest artists at an event thrown by the festival in Ann Arbor earlier this month, next year’s lineup is finally out in its entirety.

During the first weekend of June 21-24, attendees will be treated to Galantis, Green Velvet, Jauz, Keys N Krates, Lil Dicky, in addition to previously announced headliners The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Griz Live Band, RÜFÜS DU SOL and ZHU, who will play both weekends.

Additions to the weekend two lineup include Marshmello, deadmau5 moniker Testpilot, Datsik and REZZ, among many others.

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Deadmau5 cancels Toronto show, reschedules as TESTPILOT

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From his two-part tour, marrying his fiancé, and revealing the latest multi-million dollar version of his legendary stage cube structure, Joel Zimmerman has had a busy year. Better recognized by his stage name, deadmau5, the Canadian producer has just embarked on the second leg of his Lots of Shows in a Row (Part 2) tour, playing his first show in Windsor, closest to the Detroit border.

With unexpected obstacles in the way before his hometown show on the horizon, Zimmerman was forced to cancel his Toronto show, the second of the tour.

Due to unforeseen production limitations at the venue, we have been forced to cancel the Deadmau5 show in Toronto on October 8th. As this is a home town show for Deadmau5, it is of paramount importance that all necessary production details are fully vetted in order to deliver the full effect of the Cube show. However, it has been determined by our production team that we will be limited from being able to put on the show properly. Deadmau5 fully intends to return to Toronto in the near future to present this show as it was meant to be seen.

Met with disappointment by fans from across the province, Zimmerman was quick to figure out a solution and plans to return for a show under his techno alias, TESTPILOT. Accompanied by mau5trap artist Attlas for this one-of-a-kind occasion, Torontonians are in for a treat with the rarity of techmau5, and the promise of deadmau5 returning for a full-fledged affair in the near future.


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Deadmau5 provides full TESTPILOT set for June BBC Radio 1 Residency

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Though Joel Zimmerman’s highly-anticipated TESTPILOT set at Movement was cut criminally short due to technical issues stemming from the rain, the truncated performance which he was able to provide under his techno alter-ego showed a great deal of promise. To make up for the inevitable setbacks of the show, deadmau5 announced his attention earlier in the week to re-record the mix and broadcast it on his BBC Radio 1 Residency program. Yesterday, June 1, Zimmerman delivered on this promise, dedicating the first hour and a half of the serial mix to the setlist he’d planned for his official TESTPILOT solo debut.

The TESTPILOT mix draws from the breadth of some of techno’s biggest influencers, including Maceo Plex, Pig&Dan, Phil Kieran, and Julian Jeweill. Zimmerman also ensures to keep his finger on the pulse of the techno’s brightest rising stars, drawing from the likes of Raxon and highlighting three songs from Rrose. In its full form, TESTPILOT’s set proves that Zimmerman is, indeed, able to proffer a set as his techno alias that rivals the quality of his sets as deadmau5. Hopefully, there will be more chances to catch the side-project onstage in the near future.

For the final 25 minutes of the broadcast, the artist donned his deadmau5 persona to highlight recent mau5trap hits, including REZZ’s remix of No Mana and Zashanell’s “Clear” and Feed Me, Kill The Noise, and Anjulie’s “Crazy Maybe.” Zimmerman concludes the broadcast with cuts from Lane 8 and a remix of Edu Imbernon and Duologue from Undercatt.

Tracklist:

(As TESTPILOT)
1. CTRLS – Charge (Rrose Remix)
2. Raxon – Sin Control
3. ARTBAT – Wall
4. testpilot – Headroom (Working Title)
5. DJ Deep & Roman Poncet pres. Adventice – Chop Chop
6. Julian Jeweil – Traffic
7. Yan Cook – Pauk
8. Shlomi Aber – 48V (Truncate Remix)
9. Maceo Plex – Conjure Floyd
10. Pig&Dan – Below The Belt
11. Tony Rohr & Layton Giordani – Careless Suggestions
12. WHYT NOYZ – SynthesiZe (Pig&Dan Remix)
13. Stefano Noferini & Bulaklak – Turn Off
14. Layton Giordani – Supernova
15. CTRLS – Charge
16. Rrose – Wack (Variation One)
17. Phil Kieran & Jochem Paap – Paint And Chemicals Dept
18. Rrose – Waterfall

(As deadmau5)
19. No Mana ft. Zashanell – Clear (REZZ Remix)
20. Kill The Noise & Feed Me ft. Anjulie – Crazy Maybe
21. Lane 8 – Little Voices
22, Edu Imbernon & Duologue – Underworld (Undercatt Remix)

H/T: 1001 Tracklists

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Despite technical difficulties, deadmau5’s TESTPILOT set impressed at its peak [Video]

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On Sunday, May 28, deadmau5 performed his long-awaited Movement headlining set as TESTPILOT, his techno-driven alter-ego. Unfortunately, technical difficulties due to weather-related issues disrupted much of the set, leading to another widely-discussed comedic onstage rant.

However, despite the inevitable impediments which Joel Zimmerman faced Sunday night did not prevent him from doing a spectacular job with the hand he was dealt. Outside of the hindrance of Detroit’s rain, the set which TESTPILOT purveyed was genuinely astounding.

At its peaks, as one would expect, the combination of Zimmerman’s sharp tastes with his mixing finesse and production resources yielded an impeccable techno show on the country’s largest stage for the genre. The thoughtful synchronization of the performance’s minimal visual arrangements with TESTPILOT’s cerebral, sinister track selection bore a spectacle which hopefully will be performed again soon in an unabridged live context.

Offering a silver lining to the setbacks of the performance, deadmau5 has announced that he will be re-recording his Movement set in full to be broadcast on the June episode of his BBC Radio 1 Residency show.

Though, sometimes, things get complicated, it’s important not to discount deadmau5’s momentous TESTPILOT project just yet.

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