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Globally acclaimed electronic music producer and musician deadmau5 for some time has been openly discussing that his next major release–the one he feels to truly be his first proper body of work–is completed. Today [May 12], his fans everywhere can rejoice as the release date for the new deadmau5 album has been set for June 17 (digitally) and June 24 (physically and streaming) on mau5trap/Astralwerks Records. Titled while(1<2), it will consist of 25 tracks to be issued as his first ever double-disc set.
For while(1<2), the studio maverick burrowed in his Toronto-based operations and meticulously reedited, polished and pieced all the music together for the largest album he’s ever done. deadmau5 loyalists will be familiar with some the music as selection of it had been featured over the last three years on his Soundcloud page in one unedited/work in progress form or another.
Along with release date details, deadmau5 has made available a clip of the album’s opening number “Avaritia.” Listen to it now here: live.deadmau5.com. The instrumental track will make its full radio play on Pete Tong’s UK BBC Radio 1 this Friday, May 16. The complete track listing for while(1<2) will be revealed soon.
What can fans expect with while(1<2)? “It’s a good mix of sh*t I want to do versus sh*t people want to hear or what they would expect. It’s a good balance. It’s not like, ‘Oh, it’s such a departure. He’s doing smooth jazz,’” says deadmau5. “It was when I was working on some live stuff, setlists for shows and stuff like that, and it just must have been a couple of tracks that sounded pretty good stitched together end to start and I thought, “Well, if I ever do an album or compile this into some kind of album this has got to be that part of the order for that.” And I just kind of took everything and played musical Tetris with it.”
Keep up to date on everything happening with deadmau5 and while(1<2) via his online service, live.deadmau5.com, a digital destination he personally architected for fans to get direct access to premium content and intimate experiences. For those on the go, the live.deadmau5 app will be made available for IOS May 15.
With its wide-ranging roster encompassing commercial favorites and underground visionaries, Astralwerks Records is America’s pre-eminent home for groundbreaking artists. Founded in 1993 in New York City, Astralwerks ignited the electronic music movement in America: breaking legendary artists like The Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim in the 1990s and taking electronic music mainstream in the new millennium with acts such as David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia. Astralwerks continues to lead the genre forward today with a new generation of pioneering artists including deadmau5, Empire of the Sun, Porter Robinson, Eric Prydz, Duke Dumont and Lemaitre. The label has also successfully launched the careers of experimental, indie, and alternative artists throughout its 20-year history including Kraftwerk, Future Sound of London, Sia, Röyksopp, Hot Chip, Air, Beth Orton, Gold Fields, The Kooks, The Beta Band, and more. Consistently pushing boundaries, Astralwerks’ pioneering legacy is driven by a passion for music across genres and perpetual innovation.
Joel Zimmerman, more commonly known as deadmau5 (pronounced ‘dead mouse’), is one of the world’s most respected electronic music producers of modern times. Enjoying international chart success with his singles “Professional Griefers,” “Sofi Needs A Ladder,” “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” and “I Remember,” he has also released four critically acclaimed albums: > album title goes here < (his previous release which reached #1 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Chart, #2 on the Billboard Independent Album Chart and #5 on the Billboard Digital Album Chart), 4×4=12, For Lack Of A Better Name and Random Album Title. The multiple JUNO Award-winning and Grammy®-nominated artist performed at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards as part of its first ever telecast performance highlighting electronic music. His ability to push the boundaries of his talent grows at an equal rate to his fan base, which counts almost 9 million on his Facebook page. A major touring act, he has headlined Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Budweiser Made In America, Sonar, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, HARD Day of the Dead, and Creamfields, and sold out Rogers Centre in Toronto and PETCO Park in San Diego, as well as multiple consecutive nights at legendary venues like the Roseland Ballroom in NYC and the Palladium in Los Angeles. Plans for a major world tour in 2014 are in now the works. He appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone (summer double issue, 2012), marking him as the first electronic artist to do so.
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