Deadmau5: The Current State of EDM & Mainstream EDM Festivals

Deadmau5 trolls ultra 2014


Its no secret that deadmau5 tends to be the most transparent and honest producer/dj in the EDM industry today.

It is not unusual to see deadmau5 calling out fake DJs for immature statements or stupid things they say.

(Read: Top 8 EDM Facepalm Moments)

The most recent one being called out by deadmau5; Arcadia Fire

arcadia fire

Arcadia Fire

Arcadia Fire made some pretty anti DJ/EDM Producers remarks at Coachella 2014 saying

 “I just want to say that there’s a lot of fake VIP room bullshit happening at this festival, and sometimes people dream of being there — but it super sucks in there, so don’t worry about it.”


He then made a shout out to the many EDM acts there at Coachella saying

“to all the bands playing instruments this weekend.”


deadmau5 replied on Twitter saying


Which now brings us to read about deadmau5’s personal views on big mainstream EDM festivals and EDM clubs too (We didn’t forget about you Mansion)


“It’s another thing I can’t f*****’ stand, you know? Festivals are being branded bigger than the acts, which is totally backwards in my head, It’s ’cause of those acts that you’re a festival! Who wins? The promoter. The guy who’s throwing this festival that’s branded bigger than you, that you think you’re awesome for headlining. It’s a shame, so that’s why I’m pulling out.”


This isn’t the 1st time promoters tend to really screw things up for EDM fans.


Earlier in 2013 When deadmau5 went to play at Mansion in Miami they let the VIP fans up front only (they did nothing but take selfies and pictures of the crowd the whole time)

#GoFuckYourSelfie T-Shirt


deadmau5 @ Mansion, Miami

Which deadmau5 said on Twitter after


And on a post stated:

“I fucking reamed out my agent for making me deal with that… Putting fans in the back and trust fund kids up front is fucking stupid as fuck… won’t be playing any more Miami club… I’d rather rent a venue / parking lot / beachfront and fuckin’ do it right.”


Mansion did attempt to make things right, but it was a very sad attempt.  

What deadmau5 means is that next year he is going solo dolo, planning a huge solo tour, Which has already been two years in the planning.

His plan is to launch his own stadium tour with a setup far too elaborate for mainstream EDM festivals.

“The show is gonna be a whole lot better than all eyes on you in some confined cube. It’s gonna be way more immersive. It’s in the round. We have Hollywood screenwriters coming up with a script. We have Chris Ha over at Blizzard [the video game developer] doing storyboards for it. We’re producing it like you’d produce a film. I’m really excited about it because it’s a sink-or-swim thing. Even the accountant’s freaking out.”


He also thinks the latest EDM bubble is about to burst.

“As they say, the rat is the first one to jump off the boat when it starts going down, and that’s kind of what’s happening. It’s already been going down the last couple of years, for me. Maybe not in the industry. Maybe there’ll be a whole new herd of sheep following that shit, and fucking good luck. Disco had a longer run than EDM has, to be honest about it, and that died in a fucking hurry. EDM is way more susceptible because that was in a time when they didn’t have mass social media and all that shit. It’s not gonna be me saying, “OK, EDM’s done,” and the whole thing falls apart, but I think it’ll eventually fuck itself so hard.”


Deadmau5 has developed a negative attitude for the build up then drop model music productions.

His new album while(1<2) is definitely a move away from the status quo


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