Deadmau5, formally Canadian Joel Zimmerman, was ninth to occupy the stage at the iTunes Festival last night, held at the Camden Roundhouse. His appearance featured support from drum ‘n’ bass/hip hop outfit Foreign Beggars.
The frequently outspoken musician has repeatedly made headlines recently evoking sizeable comment through his use of Twitter, to which Madonna came under fire for her blatant drug reference whilst touring her ‘MDNA’ album.
Controversy aside, Deadmau5 has effectively stationed himself as somewhat of an icon on the electronic house scene. With five studio albums, copious remixes and singles, a collection of compilation albums and awards under his hat, or should I say mouse helmet, there seems to be no stopping this super-star DJ.
Three-piece act Foreign Beggars (who are signed to Deadmau5’s Mau5trap label) are also set to release a new album, and treated the crowd to an exclusive first play of their collaboration with electro house/dubstep duo Knife Party, with track ‘Appex’. It was clear that Foreign Beggars had masses of adoration from the crowd, and served as a spectacular warm-up for the main man.
Deadmau5 opened with ‘Sometimes Things Get, Whatever’, which is taken from his 2008 album ‘Random Album Title’ and served as a fantastic choice to open with. His set featured an eclectic mix of mainly album tracks from a variety of years spanning his extensive career.
He did however; fail to play many of the crowd pleasers. With his imminent album release it is understandable that he would want to push his new material, but only playing five seconds of his monster tune ‘I Remember’ and absolutely no sign of ‘Raise Your Weapon’ was rather disappointing.
His recent, more twee tune ‘The Veldt’ was received by a rapturous applause, and was followed by the equally agreeable Tommy Trash Remix. Deadmau5 also played an amazing, albeit unexpected cover of the 2009 number one track ‘Killing In The Name Of’ by Rage Against the Machine.
Concluding with the best possible ending ‘Strobe’, (potentially one of Deadmau5’s most loved tunes) the track begins with a beautiful four minute instrumental which features some classical piano, and then transcends into the chunkiest of house beats and trance elation. The performance was complimented by some incredible themed visuals. I think everybody involved would wholly agree that Deaudmau5 put on a sterling show.