Release Date: Jun 24, 2014
Record label: Virgin EMI
Genre(s): Electronic, House, Club/Dance, EDM
It’s hard to envision Joel Zimmerman, bka deadmau5, one of the most ardent opponents of the flourishing electronic music culture, ever feverishly waiting in line outside of a Toronto club. Yet, before Zimmerman donned his now famous mau5head, he was much more comfortable in his first-gen raver garb of UFO pants, an oversized tee (for soaking up all of the sweat), and a trusty character backpack. Ironically, it wasn’t until Zimmerman himself started to dominate the scene with his over-the-top performances and collaborations with the likes of Tommy Lee, Kaskade, and Wolfgang Gartner that his disdain for the community began to surface.
With big mask (a mouse head) and big ego (Twitter wars, often bites the festival-owning hands that feed him, and enters the Gumball rally with a Ferrari with the Nyan cat meme garishly painted all over it), Deadmau5 aka Joel Thomas Zimmerman is the man EDM haters love to hate, that is, if Skrillex isn't around. It's worth mentioning for history's sake as the superstar producer's 2014 effort, While(1 .
Considering how dire a lot of superstar EDM releases have been in the last year, deadmau5 enters the fray with the advantage of deeply diminished expectations. His latest, while (1 Twenty-five tracks spread over two full-length mixes, the album doesn't lack for ambition, touching on classic electronica, alternative, and indie rock. Perhaps most surprising is how often this doesn't sound like a modern EDM album at all.
For his seventh album, Deadmau5 has turned from an electro-house polymath into the world's most unnecessary Nine Inch Nails tribute act. With a running time longer than the new X-Men movie, the two-disc While ….
How much do albums even matter in EDM? That’s one of the questions that’s dogged the genre throughout its unparalleled ascent in America over the last half-decade. Even more than in pop, dance music is a singles business. In today’s teeming EDM festival crowds, fans might not even know who ….