I know many years ago when I was in high school, Deadmau5’s first essential mix helped open my eyes to the brilliant world of dance music that existed just outside my knowledge. I still get goosebumps to this day, when I think of the closing line of the opening monologue – THE MAU5 SOUNDS LIKE
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.
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.
Getter is once again making waves in the dance music community. After some well deserved time off, the producer who got his start in the world of dubstep returned to the scene under his new rap alias – Terror Reid. Quite quickly Getter was once again making headlines for dropping some seriously amazing tracks under
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.
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.
Calvin Harris will hit the festival circuit in 2019 after a three year break from performing. It has been announced to the public that the Grammy winning producer/DJ will be headlining the UK festival alongside some other heavy hitting legends like Swedish House Mafia, deadmau5, Tiësto, Martin Garrix, The Chemical Brothers, Carl Cox, Above & Beyond,
Of late, EDM fans around the world have been seeking new sounds. Mainstream electronic music is not going anywhere, but the maturing ears of fans around the world are seeking something fresh like Jamba Juice but rage worthy like Donkey Kong. Over the past year, we have seen acts like Grammy-nominated Fisher taking the world
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.