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There are almost no words to describe Deadmau5 live at the Palladium.  Incredible. Mind-blowing. One-of-a-kind. Insanity.  The show this Sunday was sold-out & once the show started, it was completely clear why.  This wasn’t even a show or a performance… it was a once-in-a-lifetime multimedia experience engineered by Joel himself.  Started with sets by Zedd as well as Tommy Lee & DJ Aero, even with a surprise performance of Warp 1.9 by the Bloody Beetroots straight from England!  A look inside the cube showed just a little of what the mastermind was dealing with during the show.

The most incredible part was when Joel’s friend Adam brought out the Moog Theremin while sporting a white ghost ensemble and began to play it alongside Deadmau5 during his transition to ‘Ghosts ‘n Stuff’.  I wish everyone watching this spectacular duet would have known what was actually going on and how incredible it really was.

The theremin is almost unique among musical instruments in that it is played without physical contact. The musician stands in front of the instrument and moves his or her hands in the proximity of two metal antennas. The distance from one antenna determines frequency (pitch), and the distance from the other controls amplitude (volume). Most frequently, the right hand controls the pitch and the left controls the volume, although some performers reverse this arrangement. Some low-cost theremins use a conventional, knob operated volume control and have only the pitch antenna. While commonly called antennas, they are not used for receiving or broadcasting radio frequency, but act as plates in a capacitor.

As well as a few stellar performances by Sofi, Joel even got on stage with her and did a little dance for the crowd before running back up to his cube to continue the show.  The graphics on the four cubes (one huge cube that Mau5 was in as well as one above and one to each side) looked like they were actually compressing and rotating to the beat of the music.

There are so many that go to see Mau5 but there are few that actually know what goes into his shows, or should even call it a performance.  He isn’t just playing CD’s, spinning records, he truly is orchestrating his own symphony; from his bass line’s that make your feet rumble, to every kick that makes your heart jolt.  His 5sound’5 are so clean and untouchable, he is truly a sound engineering God.  Deadmau5 is our generation’s Mozart, Beetles or Beethoven. Our generation’s Einstein.


Returning from Ultra Music Festival and Miami Music Week was a shock to the mind and body to say the least.  The weeklong EDM overload in South Beach allowed DJ’s and producers from around the world to come together and debut new tracks from their upcoming albums or new remixes they were releasing.  Honestly, there is too many memorable moments, upcoming artists, epic sets etc to fit into one post so for this recap we will rate the top 5 moments of Miami Music Week:

5. Thomas Gold opening for Dirty South for Star Phazing @ Mansion

It was half-way through Dirty South’s opener’s set that we realized who was actually destroying the crowd.  Thomas Gold’s set was absolutely incredible and totally stole the show in our eyes.  Gold threw down an awesome big progressive house set that the entire crowd went wild for.  Check out a video clip of his set here.

4. Armin van Buuren’s mind-blowing set @ Ultra

During Armin’s set on Saturday on the Main Stage, he wowed the crowd with a new style of electrance (electro-trance), dropping remixes of tracks such as ‘These Silent Hearts’, ‘Use Somebody’ (as a dedication to the families and victims of the German Love Parade) among countless others.

3. Afrojack being the first playing 3 sets @ Ultra Music Festival

Afrojack stole the show at Ultra by being the first DJ/producer to perform three times in one day at Ultra Music Festival on Saturday—once on the main stage, once on the Carl Cox stage and once on the live stage, delivering the most amazing sets each and every time.  Afrojack debuted his new tracks ‘Doing It Right’, ‘Esther’, ‘Cool’, ‘Who’s That Chick’, & ‘Louder Than Words’ among others.  Download Afrojack’s live set here.

2. P. Diddy’s surprise performance alongside Erick Morillo @ Ultra Music Festival

Personally we were speechless when the hip-hop mogul took the stage during Erick Morillo’s Sunday set on the main stage.  Diddy rapped to his hit songs ‘Hello Good Morning’ & ‘Coming Home’ and even saved Morillo during a audio malfunction.  Check out Diddy’s surprise performance here.

1. The most memorable 3-way DJ set featuring Steve Aoki, Afrojack & Laidback Luke @ Cameo

This was the most unique night for anyone who attended and provided a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see three of the top DJ’s/producers in the world spinning side-by-side-by-side in the most epic set of the week.  The chemistry and energy the trio brought to the stage was incomprehensible and a moment that may never be lived up to.  Check out part of their energetic set here.

Let us know what your favorite Ultra/MMW moment was!