Deadmau5: "Ultra's Same Thing Every F#$%ing Year...When's It Going to Be Played Out?"

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We wonder if "that fucking dude" happens to be UMF founder Russell Faibisch. (You know, the guy who signs Deadmau5's big fat checks.) But whatever the true identity of the bitchy caller, this DJ-ing crusader isn't especially pissed at any particular individual.

Nope, Mr. Mau5's pet peeve is Ultra Music Festival itself. Or, like, just huge fucking corporate music festivals in general, man.

"I'm tired of talking about Ultra, even if I had something good to say," he tells Vibe, "Ultra is the same thing every fucking year. And so is Lollapalooza. I haven't really noticed a change, and if they have changed, then maybe I have my head too far up my own ass.

"When is it going to be played out?"

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Of course, we here at Crossfade love muckrakers and troublestarters.

But Deadmau5 sprays his rage like a blind guy with a sawed-off shotgun. He's indiscriminate. He's got shitty aim. And he seems spooked by everything -- Ultra, Pauly D, Madonna, etc.

Now maybe the King Rat feels guilty about all of his mainstream megasuccess. But he's never gonna gain any extra cred from the underground (or whatever) if he keeps taking big fat checks from all those people that he claims are destroying dance music.

It's time to take a real stand. Or shut up. Because we're really starting to ask ourselves ...

"When is Deadmau5 going to be played out?"

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nodseth
nodseth

He's right !!! The people who put on Ultra need to switch it up.They recycle a lot of the same artist,the ticket prices are crazy.Not to mention the whole bus load of fucktards that show up from around the globe to clog the streets.As far as what Deadmau5 showing up again,you would have to be a fool to turn down the kind of money they through at some of the artist.Deadmau5 might seem like a winey bitch sometimes but hes right on the money.I got a dream list of acts id like to see, just to name a few.Golden Panda,Boards of Canada,Depeche Mode,Shed................

voltrade
voltrade

glad to see ultra is giving free water this year so less druggies will kill themselves

Isabel Conoepan
Isabel Conoepan

god i hate him so much. the only worthwhile thing he did was produce strobe

Lee Guerra Phantascy
Lee Guerra Phantascy

how the fuck is he unhappy he's marrying kat von d. HE says its the same thing cause its always a "pissing contest & trying to impress people" over glorified like swedish house mafia lmao

iceberg3o5
iceberg3o5

Its been played out for a while now. Ultra is for the vapid I-sheep generation. 

lonianderson1979
lonianderson1979 topcommenter

It is played out, Deadmau5 is played out, EDM is played out. Good bye.

Sean Ashworth
Sean Ashworth

I thought the mau5 decided never to make music ever again...oh wait, that was just a beautiful dream that I had.

Dan Supertramp
Dan Supertramp

Talk about shooting yourself in your foot. Ultra's probably still the biggest event in EDM. It's a huge stage for him, so why does he have to naysay something that makes him what he is? Weird. He seriously needs to pick up some other hobbies to get some perspective on just how lucky he is.

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

ultra will die soon due to their ticket prices, they even took out the one day tickets, which kills me cause im a big ultra fan but when they took out the one day tickets i stopped going, keep in mind that ive been going for 4 years straight but the new times reporter has a point at the end about deadmau5, he just needs to shut up cause he is complaining about ultra but yet he is still getting paid by ultra

Benny Zaragoza
Benny Zaragoza

hes is completely naive and especially since it has changed yet he signs to play 2 weekends especially to close out main stage twice its like he thinks Ultra should be thankful and kiss his feet to play there but I would rather pass on him and catch someone else

Mario Francisco Garcia
Mario Francisco Garcia

Ultra overrated? Hate Ultra? Here's an idea= Don't play Ultra, don't go to Ultra. No one will miss you. It really is that easy.

Shayne Pilpel
Shayne Pilpel

He really looks like an idiot, talk about shitting where you eat.

Andy Pate
Andy Pate

it's funny, for someone that tries so hard to be knowledgable about the industry he does a great job of coming across extremely naive lol

Analise Calleiro
Analise Calleiro

so ....why is he playing at it? ... if he feels so strongly about it he wouldnt go.. i'm sure hes not opposed to the big fat check he gets at the end of the day. I used to like the guy but he's such a whiny bitch.

Shayne Pilpel
Shayne Pilpel

i think he is just one unhappy guy. Jesus Christ 10 or so years ago he was just a puke behind a computer. Stop bitching!!

Sergio Michel
Sergio Michel

....he's right. Miami has no clue what is cool. Just lemmings that do the 'craft beer' night b/c someone said so, or go to 'Ultra' b/c that's the thing to do. I get what he means 100%. Irony is, it's such a trendy culture, they're literally fucked without him,....so, if they wanna even draw, they need him regardless of what he says.

Allen Odinson
Allen Odinson

he doesn't. the guy's a douchebag and he's proud of it. he wants to be one of those "too cool for school" guys. can't say a sentence without saying "fuck" lol get over yourself

Andy Pate
Andy Pate

clearly Joel hasn't looked at the lineup, because the festival is definitely not "the same thing". while yes the logo's at the top are "to be expected" - this year, the lineup as a whole is probably the most comprehensive lineup ever put together. perhaps joel just doesn't look past his own name lol

Vanessa Ocker
Vanessa Ocker

Maybe he just needs to get his head out of his own ass and realize he's just as much of a sellout as he says the musical festivals/acts are. If he wants to go back to the 'roots' of electronic music, why not bring back free raves? concerts that weren't $40 +fees? or even just play in a location that isn't a SOBE club.

Robert Fernandez
Robert Fernandez

Here is a concept for him, preform somewhere in Miami while the event is going on and make sure the venue doesnt overcharge for it!

Johnny Mesa
Johnny Mesa

It will be played out when people can't afford the ticket prices they raise it to, or when they get to the point where they say they sold early bird tickets and they really didn't sell any, and someone exposes them.

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