Deadmau5 "pulling back" after debuting new live show

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On Saturday night in his hometown of Toronto, Joel Zimmerman presented the new-look live set-up he’s been working on. The occasion was the first night of the Veld Music Festival, which saw 105-minute closing set from Deadmau5 on the mainstage, following slots from Steve Angello, Knife Party, Steve Aoki, Chris Lake and more. While we’re still waiting on professional photos to turn up of the live show in full flight, YouTube uploads from fans show the mau5 swapping the ‘Cube’ set-up for a newly-designed, curved podium, with the usual battalion of LEDs around him. Zimmerman also put the helmet aside for a section where he played with an oversized controller that faced the crowd (see the second video below). However, a downpour prevented the show working at full capacity. “Damn rain fucked up a ton of shit, but whatever, that was fun,” he posted on Twitter after the festival. “At least plan C worked.”

Having shown off his new toys to the home crowd, Zimmerman took to his blog to announce he’s taking some time out to recalibrate, admitting he’s “pretty miserable right now”. The post reads: “So heres whats happening. im going to unplug for a wee bit. which doesnt mean im cancelling any upcoming shows or anything, im just gunna slam on the breaks for a bit and force myself to endure some quiet time. in that time, obviously the gears will still be moving, ill still be writing, and the releases will still come out (heads up for something crazy real soon like) and yeah.

“I got a lot of work to do on some stuff. so, best i just chill the fuck out a bit and just get it done, and get it done RIGHT, until im 100% satisfied with it. Then our regularily scheduled program shall continue. but yeah, im basically pretty miserable right now and need to pull the fuck back and figure out whatever the fuck it is i do.”


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TwiztedBlue said on the 6th Aug, 2012

That oversized controlled looked cool, wish you could hear the sound better though.


justkyle88 said on the 6th Aug, 2012

Did they survive the earthquake?


angy said on the 6th Aug, 2012

That controller is mad... I've actually watched Deadmau5 work the Lemur like a demon, from the vantage point of an upper mezzanine level at Family in Brisbane a few years ago, was a crazy sight actually.


daking79 said on the 6th Aug, 2012

he looks really stressed

mr flauge

mr flauge said on the 6th Aug, 2012

its going to be a while before we see the mau5 again in sydney.


DHindahouse said on the 7th Aug, 2012

He's a sociopath, thats his problem.


karlsav said on the 8th Aug, 2012

See, he's not just a button pusher. He presses TV screens.


richcur said on the 10th Aug, 2012

Looks rather boring from that 1st vid?


CircusMidget said on the 10th Aug, 2012

when I feel miserable I pull back my foreskin. All cockheads must think alike


meldavid said on the 10th Aug, 2012

Next time, somebody is at Disneyland, can you pick up one of these hats for him

It might fix his mood swings once & fer all.