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.
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 (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.”
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.
The track list and album art for the anticipated and surefiremau5ville: Level 2 has leaked. From the two stills, Level 2 looks to house an array of original and meticulous works, tweaked, and polished to mau5trap perfection.
From the images alone, as one would expect, there are many similarities to mau5ville: Level 1. The nine-track EP is again a family affair, featuring mau5trap-represented artists and deadmau5 friends. Monstergetdown holds a feature and a full remix of the reoccurring track “GG,” attuned to Level 1‘s reoccurring track, “Monophobia,” which was hit by label mates ATTLAS, Latroit, and Rinzen. Another remix of “GG” can be spotted on the track list by Gallya, whose dark techno beats are more in tune with deadmau5’s Testpilot moniker, so it could be speculated that deadmau5 is going for a darker feel with Level 2. However, this could be contrasted by Chris Lorenzo‘s presence, who very originally remixed a classic deadmau5 track, “Raise Your Weapon.” Lorenzo seems to have been brought on board to remix the perhaps most anticipated track “No Drama.”
“No Drama” features deadmau5’s fellow Canadian singer-songwriter, Lights. The track was briefly teased by the mau5 himself as he rendered an image on Twitch, much to commentators’ elation.
There’s a lot to take away and speculate from these two leaked stills, but when it comes to deadmau5’s influence, commitment, and creativity, there’s always so much there.
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.
Earlier today, Deadmau5 announced his new eight-track EP that will be released on July 13th. The EP will feature his brand new collaboration with Rob Swire, a handful of remixes, and even a few new originals. In addition to Deadmau5’s busy lifestyle, Deadmau5 came to Electric Forest 2018 as his lesser-known alter alias TestPilot. While
As the 2018 edition of Holy Ship! has come to an end, fans around the world are trying to capture all of the memories from this past year and thanks to Wake aN Blake, fans can now watch a good amount of the Holy Ship 2018 Live Sets. Thanks to this YouTube user, fans can
As some lucky fans are settling back to life on land after spending the week on Holy Ship! 2018, the rest of us are having to watch YouTube videos of all of the b2b and rare sets from this past year’s cruise. During Holy Ship 11.0, Deadmau5 decided to pull out all of the strings