Deadmau5 is an artist that does the unthinkable from time to time. Who can forget the time that Deadmau5 found the vocals to his song “The Veldt” during his livestream? Ten months ago, Deadmau5 posted to the Deadmau5 Reddit board that he found an unknown vocalist with true natural talent. Deadmau5 pledged that if the
After just three months of making beats in North Carolina, DJ/producer HEYZ caught the eye of mau5trap, deadmau5‘s widely acclaimed imprint. This lead to his first official label release with an original track “Quietly.” Following this debut, the producer has decided to grace listeners with a Halloween techno-treat entitled “Nice.”
As for an inspiration behind the track, HEYZ revealed, “I wanted to create a sinister, sharp sound while utilizing a driving bass line to create something that’s dark yet danceable.” That he does, indeed, with hard-hitting drums and crunchy synths throughout what is basically the tracks entirety, throwing in an occasional whispered “nice” sample. The track represents a powerful followup from a producer quickly on the rise.
Pressing “play” on a Rinzen production can be equated to stepping into a different universe. From the first hit of percussion to the closing note, the LA-based artist effortlessly lures listeners into his domain and traps them there with distinctively brooding, cinematic soundscapes.
Creative to his core, Rinzen’s purpose as an artist is to venture beyond the realm of dance music. “From an early stage of the project, I realized I wanted to create entire worlds with my tracks. Almost like building a landscape or environment and then telling a story within it,” he explains. Furthermore, his overarching vision involves creating these worlds with a mélange of mediums combined into a single plane.
“I think there are enough artists making purely club music out there — and there’s nothing wrong with that. I see Rinzen as my opportunity to try and make something different: to integrate all my interests such as writing, poetry, film, and music into one creative pursuit.”
Forbidden City marks the first step toward manifesting his artistic purpose. Landing on Mau5trap, the trilogy tells a hero’s tale discovering a secret temple and facing multiple trials within, “the conquering of which leads to a new sense of self-knowledge.”
It begins with its title track, which courses through beds of dramatic, sweeping orchestral elements and a distinctive bass-line. A sense of longing takes over the beginning, before the track picks up pace to become bolder and adventurous in nature. Indeed, it is entrance to the “Forbidden City.”
“The title track best exemplifies the overall tone of the EP. It hints at feelings of awe and reverence, yet also features more ominous undertones.”
“Belly of the Beast” brings forth the next chapter of the saga, where the listener, or protagonist, faces their true test. Tension fills the air as roaring synthesizers belt out a menacing melody that is pierced by flutters of keyboard and crisp high hats. If there’s one thing Rinzen does well, it’s certainly conveying a message by clever sonic manipulation.
Finally, Forbidden City closes with the powerful “Triumph of the Human Spirit.” The “beast” has been conquered, and victory is communicated by way of pungent kicks and a soaring breakdown. Yet, a sense of darkness lingers within the piece’s confines, signifying with stark cello accents that the protagonist will never forget what they overcame.
“Triumph of the Human Spirit” was interestingly enough a triumph for Rinzen himself. He explains how it was the toughest track he had to wrangle with on the EP, and that “it took a marathon 50-hour struggle (over the course of a few days) to complete it.” The finished product ties Forbidden City up in a tidy fashion.
“I’m hugely inspired by Joseph Campbell’s ‘Hero’s Journey,’ which is basically the concept that there is one singular narrative which all our stories and myths are telling. I wanted the tracks, and the track order, to follow this framework.”
Despite the closure of one chapter, however, this is merely the beginning of Rinzen’s story. “If all goes according to plan, he says, “these worlds that I’m creating will just get bigger and bigger. Eventually, I plan to bring these worlds on tour and accompany them with film.”
May his own hero’s journey bring success and enlightenment.
Photo credit: Michael Drummond
If we’re not mistaken, Rinzen means “sudden awakening.” What are some awakenings you’ve gone through as an artist? From an early stage of the project, I realized I wanted to create entire worlds with my tracks. Almost like building a landscape or environment and then telling a story within it.
I think there are enough artists making purely club music out there — and there’s nothing wrong with that. I see Rinzen as my opportunity to try and make something different: to integrate all my interests such as writing, poetry, film, and music into one creative pursuit.
Give us the background story/inspiration behind each song on your Forbidden City EP. Also, get into why you grouped these songs in the way that you did. Is there an overarching story you’re looking to communicate? “Belly of the Beast” was the first song I ever wrote on my Moog. I finished it right after travelling in Japan, with the beautiful, mystic scenery of Kyoto fresh in my mind.
“Forbidden City,” the title track, best exemplifies the overall tone of the EP. It hints at feelings of awe and reverence, yet also features more ominous undertones.
I wanted a big climactic finish to the EP, and thus “Triumph of the Human Spirit” came about. It was the hardest track to finish. It took a marathon 50-hour struggle (over the course of a few days) to complete it.
I’m hugely inspired by Joseph Campbell’s ‘Hero’s Journey,’ which is basically the concept that there is one singular narrative which all our stories and myths are telling. I wanted the tracks, and the track order, to follow this framework. It’s the idea of being pulled out of your ordinary reality into the unknown and facing a series of trials — the conquering of which leads to a new sense of self-knowledge.
How do you go about choosing names for songs? I’m very specific about song names, and try to attach them to a concept portrayed by the track. Most of my track names come about from concepts I’ve read about in either fiction or philosophy texts.
You used heavy orchestral elements to help convey emotions in your EP. What draws you to such classical sounds in particular? There’s something really timeless and enduring about classical music. I find myself listening to it more and more these days. I wanted to incorporate a bit of that influence into the EP. I see it as something that will only become more prominent in my music throughout the years.
Any last thoughts/things you want to say about this EP? Ultimately, the EP is just the first step in my vision. If all goes according to plan, these worlds that I’m creating will just get bigger and bigger. Eventually, I plan to bring these worlds on tour and accompany them with film. Forbidden City is only the beginning.
Rejoice Rezzbians and Cult Members alike, our space mom Rezz dropped some huge news for us via Facebook live stream on Tuesday. Isabelle Rezazadeh recently partnered with illustrator and animator Luis Colindres to create a 60 page comic book to bring her most recent album ‘Mass Manipulation‘ to life. Additionally, the rising Mau5trap artist dropped a complimentary music
When two of Mau5trap’s newest LA signees combine together, the result is nothing short of impeccable. Made with solely a drum machine and a Moog, Rinzen and Monstergetdown have created a wickedly powerful techno weapon in “Paradox.”
“Paradox” begins with a cunning analogue arpeggio, immediately setting a tense tone as added layers of percussion begin creeping into auditory range like a lion hunting its prey. While the piece is simplistic in the elements used, its arrangement is where the collaborators’ true brilliance shines. Sparse, yet effective samples hit at opportune moments to bolster its chilling atmosphere, while the biggest instance of melody throughout its entirety conjures up sinister mental imagery.
The track is officially out now on Monstergetdown’s EP for Mau5trap, 28mm. Order here.
Isabella Rezazadeh, better known as REZZ, announced via her new hallucinogenic video for track “Premonition,” that her 60-page comic book is available for pre-order. The comic, entitled Mass Manipulation, serves as an adjunct to her spooky debut studio album of the same name, released August of this year.
REZZ co-wrote the comic alongside Luis Colindres, the Chicago-based graphic designer known for his psychedelic patterns and kaleidoscopic color palette. Colindres is also the artist behind the Mass Manipulation album art. The comic itself tells the story of how extraterrestrial REZZ crash lands here on Earth. The Neptune-born REZZ uses her “power of mass manipulation,” to create hypnotic music that brings people together, and even wards off bullies.
The genre-befuddling producer has been making waves since 2016, when none other than deadmau5 himself took a chance releasing her sinister The Silence Is Deafening EP on his mau5trap label. REZZ’s supernatural, cinematic sound makes her intricate, sample-heavy production impossible to mistake — or ignore.
REZZ’s ‘Mass Manipulation’ comic is available for preorder here.
When deadmau5 and Shotty Horroh‘s collaboration, “Legendary,” came out at the end of August, the rap-heavy track sent the electronic music community into a frenzy. Featuring heavy bass and an old-school melody to complement Manchester rapper Horroh’s fast-paced verses, “Legendary” manages to be both energetic and laid-back. The track showcases the breadth of deadmau5’s production skills and the intensity of Horroh’s prowess.
The music video for the track came out mau5trap on Sept. 11 and features quick clips of Horroh rapping, with cuts to deadmau5 working in the studio. The duo also incorporated screenshots of social media reactions to the track’s initial release. It’s a simple concept for a music video, but its easygoing, vintage vibe fits with the casual feel of the song itself.
Horroh worked with deadmau5 in the past on a track called “Okay,” and he signed with mau5trap at the end of July.
Currently one of the most talented producers signed onto deadmau5‘s mau5trap recordings, No Mana has hit a purple patch with his recent releases. Having released a fantastic electronic remix of deadmau5’s ‘Stay’ a month ago, and opening for Feed Me on his Existential Crisis tour, the intriguing producer took to Soundcloud to release his latest musical work — a groovy, synth driven rework of Svrcina’s “Island.”
Keeping the singer’s original vocals untouched, No Mana has added heavy synths in the background, with a bassline to boot. The results are mesmerizing, as No Mana adds the ideal amount of groove to the song while preserving the emotion that seeps through the original vocals.
Deadmau5 is always full of surprises. We assumed the man behind the mouse helmet might take a break after holding his wedding just last week. But as the saying goes, there ain’t no rest for the wicked. And the track Deadmau5 just dropped with Shotty Horroh is absolutely wicked. ‘The track features Shotty Horroh. The