For the second year, Seismic Dance Event makes its return to Austin, Texas to bless attendees with two days of world-class performances. In September 2018, the inaugural event brought a stellar lineup to the Travis County Exposition Center, including Lane 8, Drezo, Golf Clap, Green Velvet, Sacha Robotti, and more.
In 2019, festival organizers look to build on last year’s success by bringing in headliners Cirez D and TESTPILOT, along with a piping hot array of other artists like Bicep, Idris Elba, Nic Fanciulli, Gorgon City, Nora En Pure, and more.
Now, the festival has revealed its daily lineups, featuring deadmau5’s TESTPILOT alias topping day one and Eric Prydz’s Cirez D moniker at the top of day two at The Statesman. Saturday, Nov. 16 will also feature acts like Chris Lake, i_o, and Rinzen, and Sunday, Nov. 17 will bring performances from Lee Burridge, Gorgon City, Dom Dolla and many more. Along from the dynamic lineup, the festival will also feature live painting and art installations, live performers, totem, and costume contests.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the glowing feedback from our debut year and now with this year’s lineup,” said RealMusic Events & Seismic co-founders Kelly Gray & Andrew Parsons. “Many US festivals tend to have very similar lineups so we really wanted to switch it up and cater to the more seasoned, underground connoisseur – and yes, believe it, in Texas.”
View the full lineup below and get tickets here.
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deadmau5 is more than just a musical pioneer; he is a production perfectionist. While he has recently gotten back into DJing via his techno alias TESTPILOT, he always performs a live set when touring as deadmau5, and that live set is always accompanied by a brand new visual show that will only exist for the duration of that tour.
His latest technological masterwork takes the form of the Cube V.3 which recently debuted at Creamfields. Unlike with most audio-visual performances of this scale, however, deadmau5, a.k.a. Joel Zimmerman, is in complete control of both the music and the production.
During the show Zimmerman stands within the cube, altering the angle, the direction of face, and of course the visual content all while rocking the classic, progressive deadmau5 dance music that made him who he is.
Watch the video below to take a tour of the cube, and marvel and all the intricacies that Zimmerman can both explain and operate all by himself.
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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
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.”
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.
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The track list and album art for the anticipated and surefire mau5ville: 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.”
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.
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 Lake, Claptone, 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.