Deadmau5's Incredible New Album Is Finally Out Everywhere
Earlier this year, deadmau5 performed with a full orchestra in Los Angeles for an event called “where’s the drop?” and also dropped an album of the same name. The album was a TIDAL exclusive in order to procure the necessary capital to fund the live show, but now that exclusivity period has ended and the album is available in full on Spotify.
Where’s the drop? mostly contains tracks from deadmau5’s earlier 7 EP, in which each track was named after one of the seven deadly sings. Also included in the album are “Imaginary Friends,” “Fn Pig,” “HR 8938 Cephei,” and “Coelacanth.”
Compared to his normally synth-laden work, the natural and vibrant strings and other instruments in where’s the drop? provide a stark contrast. Deadmau5’s music was already incredibly beautiful and dynamic before it was transcribed to orchestral instruments, but it truly takes on an entirely new feeling now.
“I don’t want to be that guy that f**king is gonna take electronic music and marry it with orchestral and make this hybrid piece of s**t,” deadmau5 told the LA Weekly earlier this year. “One does not complement the other. Orchestral music is super-advanced s**t, in terms of scoring and performance. To take all this stuff and then bury it in a mix, like way down low, throw a kick drum on it, godawful synths. It’s called where’s the drop? for a reason. There’s hardly any electronic music involved in this. The focal point is more around the music that I’ve written. Not big beats.”
Wolfgang Gartner Returns With JayKode To Drop Hybrid Banger, "The Upside Down" [Interview]
Perhaps it’s already been obvious to some, but I don’t think we’ve said it yet… Wolfgang Gartner is back.
And we know that he’s never stopped releasing music, but as the Gartner that we came to know for “Illmerica” and “Wolfgang’s 5th Symphony,” this is the side of him that we came to love.
Gartner returns with JayKode to drop the hybrid electro and trap banger “The Upside Down” ALT:Vision Records, and it’s got all the trappings (pardon the pun) of a classic Gartner tune. Wild, flourishing orchestral elements make their way through the intro and bridge, while powerful electro synths and a classic four-on-the-floor beat hit hard in the drops. There’s also a significant portion devoted to a more minimal trap drop, no doubt JayKode’s contribution, that gives the track more depth and variety.
All the way through, it’s a pretty fun ride with plenty of peaks and troughs. Check out “The Upside Down” below.
Considering Wolfgang has shown a willingness of late to work with more up-and-coming artists, like JayKode, Aero Chord, and K?d, we felt it prudent to catch up with him and get his thoughts on the state of EDM and the like. After all, Wolfgang Gartner has been an established name for more than a decade. Check out our interview with him below.
As one of the real figureheads of the electro boom in the early 2010s, how do you view the demand for electro to make a huge comeback?
As for the entire dance music demographic I really have no idea about the demand for it, that’s not really something you can gauge, the only thing I can gauge is my own fan base’s demand for it which is really clear from my interactions with people at shows as well as social media. As for whether the general market has a demand for it, who knows, but I’ve got a supply so I’m about to find out.
What’s it like to be working with these younger artists, like JayKode, Aero Chord, and K?d, who were probably first exposed to dance music years, maybe a decade, after you started producing?
It’s refreshing because they’re not jaded, yet, and they tend to know a lot of new production tricks that weren’t on my radar. Aside from that each one of those artists obviously has their own set of skills that made them good to collaborate with, but really my favorite thing about it is just working with people who have an optimistic attitude and haven’t been jaded by decades in the industry.
What are some things that are getting you really excited in dance music these days?
Pretty much everything I’m excited about right now is in my own bubble of production, like new things I’m working on or in the really micro view of things new sounds I make that I’m excited about using in songs. I’ve finished about a dozen new songs in the last 6 months and it’s really hard for me not to get completely caught up in my own excitement about having that cache right now. I guess if I were to think about the big world of dance music in general I’d say that people are open to pretty much anything these days musically, which is cool because most periods in dance music’s past have been sorta dominated by a tunnel vision attitude toward sounds and genres. It’s pretty much the opposite of that now which is a nice change.
What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in dance music culture from 2011, when “Illmerica” was released, to now? (culturally, musically, technologically, etc.)
The pie is a lot bigger, but there are exponentially more hands in the pie. The industry grew, but so did the amount of people participating in the industry, be it producers and djs, festivals, or businesspeople in general. Musically, the biggest change has been a shift away from house-driven styles of EDM – not necessarily house music itself, but other more electronic styles based on house style drums and tempo. To me, EDM isn’t really a proper term for this genre recently, since a majority of the music that’s succeeding is Electronic, but not really dance-driven. It’s electronic music, but it’s not necessarily dance music. This particular trend seems to have reached a plateau recently and I feel like it’s creeping back in though. There was a definite bubble that burst around 2015 in many respects and I feel like one of the effects of that burst was people being tired of standard dance music and venturing off to make other styles of electronic music that weren’t based in traditional styles or tempos. Bass music has had a massive resurgence as well which had a ripple effect across the entire industry in many ways.
If there’s one skill not related to music that you’d love to master, what would it be?
Cooking. I love coming up with crazy culinary masterpieces, I seem to be pretty good at it, but there’s so little I know about the culinary arts in general in order to be a full-on proper chef. I doubt there will ever be time in my life to go to culinary school but I’d like to just to be able to widen my skill set and knowledge in the kitchen.
deadmau5 Reveals Track List For New Orchestral Album [DETAILS]
deadmau5 is about to unleash a new album full some his greatest productions, completely reimagined by an orchestra!
The where’s the drop? pre-sale is set to go live tomorrow, but the producer is letting us in on the track list a day early. “Imaginary Friends,” “Avaritia,” “Strobe,” and so much more amazing work from deadmau5 will soon be heard like never before (including “HR 8938 Cephei,” what!). Running 14 tracks deep, where’s the drop? is sure to take music fans to places previously restricted by the EDM soundscape.
where’s the drop? is more than just an album, however. On May 31st and April 1st, deadmau5 and a full orchestra will perform a selection the producer’s groundbreaking music live, as re-envisioned by musical director Gregory Reveret. The show will be exclusively live streamed TIDAL, but a select few will enjoy the twice-in-a-lifetime performance from LA.
We absolutely can’t wait to hear these tracks brought to life by an orchestra!
where’s the drop? (tracklist)
Deadmau5 Debuts New Club-Friendly Cube & Plays Out Upcoming "Strobe" Remix
First came the Cube, then the Cage, then the Cube 2.0, then 2.1, and now deadmau5 has the ultra portable and cute little Cube 0.5. The new cube is significantly smaller than any previous cube, and is meant to be accommodated in even the smallest venues.
Best all, the resolution on the 0.5 remains the same as the larger cubes, so you don’t lose any detail.
You can see the Cube 0.5 in action below as Deadmau5 plays out his orchestral version “Strobe” and the fans absolutely eat it up.
Deadmau5 Unloads Vault of Orchestral Mixes for His Biggest Songs
deadmau5 has proven himself as a true music mastermind yet again, this time through orchestral mixes some fan favorites and classic tracks… *SPOILERS AHEAD*
The producer previewed some his new material livestream on Twitch recently, confirming some orchestral productions most definitely in the works. is flooded with various theories on what will become these instrumental versions his tracks, if anything.
The only thing anyone on the thread that everyone seems to be collectively agreeing on — “sounds fucking amazing.” The producer has expressed huge interest in developing a film score as well, so some wonder if this could be a related project.
Every time we see deadmau5 documenting his time in studio, he seems to be experimenting in a new way. He continues to push boundaries and exceed himself on the daily, and it’s amazing to listen to. Whatever this is, we can’t wait for it!
deadmau5 Previews Vault Orchestral Mixes
Deadmau5 Fans, Get Ready for… "The Most Epic Thing I've Ever Done With My Music"
Near the end 2017, Deadmau5 was streaming on Twitch – as he ten does – and revealed to his viewers a WIP an that absolutely blew our socks f. Nothing has come it until today, when deadmau5 began teasing something on Twitter, calling it “the most epic thing I’ve ever done with my music.”
A fan asked for any hints on the matter, to which deadmau5 responded, “Sure, maybe one… an actual 60 piece orchestra.” Keeping in mind the “Strobe” orchestral remix from December, a fan asked if it was about that. He cut f any speculation with a succinct, “It’s actually not.”
Will it be something along the lines Pete Tong’s tour with the Heritage Orchestra or Above & Beyond’s acoustic shows? Or could it be more like Nero’s one-f Symphony 2808 with the The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra? Who’s to say now, but the possibilities are endless and exciting.
Hopefully we find out more about this project in 2018 along with the .