Deadmau5's Free Show for the Real Fans: "Miami's Been Redeemed"
Photo by Max Reed The Mau5 heads came out in downtown Miami last night.
Ice Palace Studios, Miami
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Better Than: Sitting at home realizing you definitely can't afford to go to Ultra this year, thinking up futile ways to try and sneak in.
Yep, we did it guys. We've finally earned cranky old Joel Zimmerman's respect.
As you may know, just six weeks ago, the man who goes by the name Deadmau5 condemned our city and its pompous VIP culture after a gig at South Beach's Mansion, declaring, "I won't be playing any more Miami clubs."
Last night, though, the Mau5 gave us another chance. And yes, he even seemed to enjoy himself.
See also: Ten Things Deadmau5 Hates Most About EDM
Photo by Max Reed
Incensed by his stop at Mansion last month, Deadmau5 took to social media and rattled off a whole bunch of bitchy tweets. He complained that the real fans were stuck in the back while the "trust fund kids" crowded the DJ booth. And he concluded with his veto on any future club gigs in our city.
But the plot thickened a week later, when downtown Miami's Space asked the DJ to come "host a free show" and sweetened the invite by offering to "cover expenses up to $25,000."
Negotiations were swift (and conducted mostly via Twitter), though the festivities were eventually moved to Space's sister venue, Ice Palace Studios, to deal with the inevitable mob of dance music fanatics.
And that's the party we here at Crossfade attended last night, where 4,000 people gathered to shower the Mau5 with the love that he definitely thinks he deserves.
Photo by Max Reed
With doors opening at 10 p.m., fans lined up around the block at least 45 minutes early.
Glowing mohawks and neon shirts colored the streets. And the crowd was flush with big-booty babes and studs in snapbacks, though there was also the occasional hipster-y fan, clad in a classic button-up and skinny jeans.
All in all, the scene was very 305. One guy even had a shirt proclaiming "I <3 HATERS" a shout out to Deadmau5 himself, as doubters and naysayers seem to be the driving force behind 86 percent of what he does.