Deadmau5 announces new 13-track album
Hot on the heels of the news that Canadian studio whiz Deadmau5 has September 2012 locked in for his new album, the full details of the release have been announced. With the very Deadmau5 title> album title goes here <, the 13-track collection is out 21 September in Australia through Mau5trap/Parlophone. 14 August sees the release of the Gerard Way-featuring single, Professional Griefers. The album includes a collaboration with Wolfgang Gartner on Channel 42, following their team-up on Animal Rights in 2010, plus appearances by Cypress Hill, Imogen Heap and Chris James. The tracks on > album title goes here < are the result of an intensive stint in the studio that the producer slotted in around his touring commitments.
What sets Deadmau5 apart from many of his contemporaries is his Soundcloud-uploading habit, with several of these album tracks like There might be coffee and Fn Pig going online as works in progress. The album will feature those tracks in their complete, mastered form. In an interview withQ Uncut last month, Deadmau5 touched on that close connection with his fans. “I come from a low-income family,” he said. “And now all of a sudden I’m worth millions and I feel I have to justify that, always. I would hate to think that someone out there would believe I’m making millions of dollars and just going out bottle-popping and flying on jets. Literally, money in, money out is my big thing right now. I would feel bad about hording all of that, having this mountain-top estate that no-one has access to. So I feel my work is owed back to those people.” The confirmation of > album title goes here < closely follows Deadmau5’s announcement that he’s set to “unplug for a wee bit and chill the fuck out”.
02. Channel 42 – deadmau5 & Wolfgang Gartner
03. The Veldt (feat. Chris James)
04. Fn Pig
05. Professional Griefers (feat. Gerard Way)
07. There Might Be Coffee
08. Take care of the proper paperwork
12. Failbait (feat. Cypress Hill)
13. Telemiscommunications (feat. Imogen Heap)
DJs should bring back the danger
I recently played at Coachella and eighty percent of DJs were just playing songs, not playing with the songs. Or they were just playing pre-mixes of songs, which is totally counter to the culture I grew up with and respect and admire. Not to knock them, they were cool, the crowd was cool, everyone was cool with it, but it’s just not what gets me inspired.
It’s getting harder to see DJs up there mixing it live in front of you. I miss that. I used to get inspired when I saw DJs play. I still do, but it’s becoming less and less. A lot more DJs are pre-planning their sets or doing premade mixes. It’s becoming more about the production of the show and the spectacle rather than the skills of the DJ. You can do both, but a lot of people choose not to.
You wouldn’t see The Black Keys crowd-surfing while the music keeps playing. In electronic music there is a grey area.
I equate it to you like this. You wouldn’t see The Black Keys playing a live concert and midway through their set they start crowd-surfing but their music is still playing. Then when they come back on-stage the next song is on. It doesn’t happen that way. You wouldn’t see that and, if you did, they would lose all their fans. In electronic music there is a grey area.
People like Deadmau5 say, “I just pushed some buttons” or “It’s super easy to DJ, I can do it in a few hours with a laptop”. I understand where he is coming from and don’t want to knock him. He has his hustle going on, but I clearly come from a different world and I have to rep where I come from.
I am inspired by innovators like Grandmaster Flash and Jazzy Jeff. They would perform and they were clearly doing the work. You could see and hear it in real time and recognise there was the ability to fuck up. When you are on a highwire fifty storeys up and there’s no net, it changes the stakes: if you fall, you die. If there’s a net and you fall, you get to try again. That’s what’s going on today. People are performing with a net.
For me, the bigger the risk, the bigger the game. I can’t help but have more respect and admiration for people who do that. Today, people like Craze and A-Trak and Jazzy Jeff (still to this day), I am blown away by.
To take it a step further, people can be not DJing in the classical sense, but still be up there doing work. Guys like Bassnectar and Skrillex are not what I consider to be traditional DJing, but they are still performing and putting it together. Meanwhile, other people go up and hit play, bring people on stage and throw out beach balls. I don’t knock that hustle, but I can’t really back it. In a way, it’s taking away from what everyone built before me, as well as the work that I put in and my contemporaries are still trying to build.
The technology debate boils down to the user. Technology is not at fault – it’s on the user. If you have the chance, utilise it. Use the equipment – we all have access to it, but do you want to take a shortcut in your performance? Just playing songs you made in the studio doesn’t do anything for me. If you are going to push buttons, push a thousand buttons, not four.
For me, the bigger the risk, the bigger the game. I am still blown away by Jazzy Jeff, Craze, A-Trak…
It’s also a little bit on the crowd. The crowd needs to get educated on what’s going on. Not to fault them – they just want to have a good time – but it would be great if there was a connection or education in the process. If you’re 19 and you’re at your first show and the artist is playing on a laptop and you’re not paying attention, you might think, “This guy is cool, the music is cool, the lights are cool, I’m drinking my first beer.” There are flames and lights and girls. There’s also less chance you’re going to be like, “Holy shit, he was making that beat up there.”
It’s a bit of smoke and mirrors, Wizard of Oz stuff. I would like to see more skills and taking away of the veil, so the audience understands the performance element. Then that 19-year-old might be like, “Wow, the person onstage can actually do it live.”
Skrillex to Feature on Kanye West’s Album
There is certainly no shortage of artists wanting to collaborate with the dubstep producer. With rumours already circulating of a new band with Boysnoize in the form of Dog Blood, Skrillex has revealed he has been working with Kanye West.
In a recent interview he has said to his knowledge the track will be the first on the album, although it is unknown whether it will kick off ‘Cruel Summer’, West’s compilation album with artists of GOOD music, or on his own album which is yet to be named.
‘Cruel Summer’ is due for release on September 4.