Epic Finale for DeadMau5 at Avant Gardner

Rachel RC Scott

Feb. 20th, 2020

On the last night of his three-day Brooklyn Binge, Joel Zimmerman, AKA Deadmau5, brought his Cube v3 USA tour to an epic finale....Joel’s Cube v3 performance is probably one of the best shows that you will attend in your life. The show started with this ginormous black cube erected center stage. As his music played, breathtaking visuals overtook the cube (including some live visuals of himself behind the cube), and surrounding panels, creating a spectacular 3D effect. It was one show where it actually paid off to not be in the front row; the visuals were better the further back you stood.....Article on Live Music Favorites

LIVE REVIEW: Deadmau5 @ Avant Gardner 2.09.20 On the last night of his three-day Brooklyn Binge, Joel Zimmerman, AKA Deadmau5, brought his Cube v3 USA tour to an epic finale. A DJ and music producer hailing from Niagara Falls, Canada, Joel has been producing house and electronic music since the 1990s. His first major album debut, Get Scrapped, was released in 2005 with the independent record label, Zoolook. Joel’s Cube v3 performance is probably one of the best shows that you will attend in your life. The show started with this ginormous black cube erected center stage. As his music played, breathtaking visuals overtook the cube (including some live visuals of himself behind the cube), and surrounding panels, creating a spectacular 3D effect. It was one show where it actually paid off to not be in the front row; the visuals were better the further back you stood. At the start, Joel was elusive as ever. Crowning his trademarked Mouse helmet, He DJed behind the cube, letting the visuals take precedence over everything else (except maybe the music). He powered through show-stopping numbers such as ‘My Pet Coelacanth,’ ‘Maths,’ and the unmistakable ‘Ghost and Stuff’ where he projected the words to sing along. As the show went along, Joel impressed us with another amazing feat with his cube: it rotated and titled! Around it went, and there Joel was on the other side with his Mouse Helmet blazing a bright green smile. As the show went on, Joel became less elusive. He rotated his cube more, took off his helmet, and shared more of himself with us. When he rotated the cube, you also got to see his “pet” cat, a stuffed cat doll that hangs out with him on his deck. About halfway through the show, he brought vocalist, Lights, out for a couple of numbers, including a fantastic performance of ‘Raise Your Weapon.’ He ended the night with a 30-minute finale, helmet off, cube fully rotated to display not a DJ deck – but a throne. However, no song hit closer to home than ‘The Veldt.’ Lyrics like “Happy life with the machines” and “here, the world that the children made,” really illustrate Joel’s vision of his cube. Amidst all this technical revolution, we see how technology has changed our daily lives. Every day, we use our technology to connect to the world, operate our homes, build various infrastructures, or even make a simple grocery list – but how does technology affect the way we perceive art? Joel, being the son of a visual artist (mother) and a General Motors employee (father), has found a way to bridge the gap between both worlds – the technical and the artistic. Even though the tour is called Cube v3, Joel has been working on several versions of the cube before now. The Cube itself is a spectacular feat of engineering. Joel worked with a team of specialists to create all the needed hardware needed to create this moving monster. On top of that, Joel has his full collection of various visuals to project on the cube. Joel creates these visuals using a program called Touch Design, which he codes himself and delivers in real-time. No two shows are exactly the same for this one reason. Check out this great little short documentary (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waGzVes6PWY) to see a little sneak peek into everything that Joel and his team went through to bring this vision to life. So what does this mean for art in the digital age? Has Joel created a paradigm shift in the way we think about art and technology? It is a very real possibility that we could see installations in this manner in our museums in the near future. It is also possible that even our technology could be making art if it is not already. Perhaps the idea of Artificial Intelligence making what humans perceive as “art” could be a very real thing for us in the coming decade. The definition of art not-with-standing, Joel Zimmerman has found a way to start bridging the gap in a major way. His show was not just a concert, or a rave or any kind of dance party. It was an artistic experience that immersed all of your senses into a completely new concept. By using his Deadmau5 persona to execute his vision, he makes this new concept about the experience and not about him at all. He is merely a facilitator of genius ideas and an incredible life-changing encounter. Before the show started, “Mouse Facts” were projected onto the cube. One of these mentioned a future goal of Joel’s, by doing a full 360-degree show with the cube – is something we can expect in the future? Here’s to hoping so! You can find Deadmau5 here: https://www.facebook.com/deadmau5/ https://www.instagram.com/deadmau5/ https://www.deadmau5.com/