Deadmau5 readies fans for the release of ‘5 Years of Mau5’ in style
Deadmau5 readies fans for the release of '5 Years of Mau5' in style
Something loud was buzzing in the deepest depths of Queens, NY, though most pedestrians on the street bore little understanding of why hundreds of young adults clad in neon apparel lined up outside of Knockdown Center on Flushing Avenue. For some it was a confusing sight, while for others it was a competition to be admitted into the free show, presented by Honda and Live Nation, as quickly as possible. After all, who wouldn’t stand in a line that stretched far away from the venue just to see Deadmau5?
The warehouse shook to its foundation...
Exuding a grungy warehouse vibe, Knockdown Center catered well to Zimmerman and his mau5trap protege, Eekkoo. Upon entering the building guests were gifted with blue LED sunglasses and ear buds, courtesy of Pandora and Honda Stage; meanwhile, take a step toward the stage and countless mau5head replicas and blinking sunglasses adorned nearly each face in the crowd. Although at times fans busied themselves watching Deadmau5’s performance with their cell phones more than with their eyes, his hour and a half set (solely dedicated to his own music) undoubtedly brought unadulterated joy to first-timers and veterans alike. There are the ten tracks that set the stage for an incredible evening.
1. Deadmau5 - Some Chords (Dillon Francis Remix
Nodding to his 2010 hit with a modern twist, it was only natural that Joel paid tribute to dance music’s funnyman, Dillon Francis. Having heard the electro-leaning remix played in many of Dillon’s sets this past summer, it was refreshing to see the man himself show support for one of the many artists he enlisted for 5 Years of Mau5.
2. Deadmau5 - Moar Ghosts N Stuff (Original Mix)
Succumbing to hiding behind their cell phone screens, fans couldn’t resist filming the moment “Moar Ghosts N Stuff” was delivered. As if we haven’t heard this track before.
3. Deadmau5 - My Pet Coelacanth (Original Mix)
It was only a matter of time until the mau5 moved forward in time to his most recent studio album, While (1<2). “My Pet Coelacanth,” more of a listening tune, gave the crowd an opportunity to take a quick break from dancing and to absorb their brightly-lit surroundings.
4. Morgan Page ft. Lissie - The Longest Road (Deadmau5 Remix)
Tears welled up in our eyes as Joel dropped one of his most glorious remixes to date, “The Longest Road.” Fans stood in awe as they resminisced and sang along to Lissie’s emotive vocals.
5. Deadmau5 - Where My Keys (Original Mix)
2011 – the year that Deadmau5 named his North American tour after his cat and that tracks such as “Where My Keys” were once foreign. We took a moment to step into an age that feels so far in the past, remembering why we love him to begin with.
6. Deadmau5 - Phantoms Can't Hang (Original Mix)
Leaping back into the present, “Phantoms Can’t Hang” served as a reminder that his reign as a leading force in the dance music sphere is stronger than ever. Mau5head-less, fans were able to see the Canadian producer for who he is and what he stands for.
7. Deadmau5 & Chris Lake - I Said (Michael Woods Remix)
You don’t know Deadmau5 if Michael Woods’ remix of “I Said” fails to ring a bell. The crowd bopped to its oddly familiar popping synths as chills ran up our spines during its heart-stopping drop.
8. Deadmau5 ft. Chris James - The Veldt (Tommy Trash Remix)
It is impossible to forget Zimmerman’s first-hand reaction to Chris James’ singing when he first submitted a sample of his work in March 2012. Even more difficult to erase from our memory is Tommy Trash’s interpretation of the infectious song – one of the few to gain worldwide recognition.
9. Deadmau5 - Strobe (Original Mix)
Occupying the second to last slot in Joel’s set, “Strobe” may forevermore be deemed one of the greatest original productions that has been bestowed upon the dance music community.
10. Deadmau5 ft. Colleen D’Agostino - Seeya (Original Mix)
Despite receiving an encore from an anticipatory crowd, Deadmau5 could not be lured back to the stage for the ever-popular “one more song” request from a demanding crowd. This was not a “goodbye,” but rather a “seeya later.”
Listen to the entire set.