Ultra 2014: Deadmau5 Subs for Avicii, Plays "Levels," Pisses Off Tiesto for Being "Sarcastic"

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The Mau5 man miming suicide at last year's Ultra.

He is EDM's evil stepchild.

Many hail Deadmau5 as "my fave DJ!" Some refer to the King Rat as the "Troll of Trolls." Others whisper "asshole."

For years, Joel Zimmerman, the human who wears that famous rodent helmet for a living, has been cultivating a reputation (mainly via Twitter) as a perpetual, unrelenting jerk. He might bitch about the price of tickets for his own club gigs. And he might slander any and every EDMer for any and every reason. And he will certainly sneer at the suggestion that he should be overly nice to someone just because that guy's undergone gallbladder surgery.

So last night, as the Mau5 took Ultra Music Festival 2014's main stage in place of the ailing Avicii, it was probably inevitable that he'd piss off a lot of people.

See also: Ten Things Deadmau5 Hates Most About EDM

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Even before Deadmau5 strolled toward the DJ booth to fulfill his 11 p.m. time slot, there was a buzz among the ravers about what "crazy shit" the King Rat might pull during this sub-in set.

Now, if you weren't aware, the Mau5 was stepping up as the replacement for the aforementioned Avicii, who'd suffered a medical emergency this past Thursday, been rushed to the hospital, and canceled his only other scheduled show outside of UMF, just hours after arriving in Miami.

The next day, the sick superstar bailed on Ultra and EDM's evil stepchild (who once said, "Ultra's same thing every fucking year," wondering, "When's it going to be played out?") was tapped.

So with only about an hour till the second day of Ultra 2014 would be over, the Mau5 was ready to get goin'.

But he couldn't quite figure out how to climb into the DJ booth, joking over the main stage mic about the death-defying jump required just to get behind the decks.

It took a bit of effort, but he eventually made it. And the King Rat show was on.

As far as Deadmau5 sets go, it was fairly typical: moody, erratically paced, and self-indulgent, though still offering a few moments for the mainstream fans. And the ravers seemed to be OK with the goings-on, even if they weren't exactly going wild.

But it wasn't just the headliner that'd caused the vibe to be so muted. All evening, it had been raining, on and off. The crowd had thinned out, as many partiers fled for their hotels and homes when the downpour was at its worst. Even the Mau5heads who'd stuck 'round were looking wet and worn-out.

He played some remixes, like Morgan Page's "Longest Road." He played some originals, like "Suckfest 9001," "Drop the Poptart," "Fn Pig," and "The Veldt." And he even played some stuff like Martin Garrix' "Old McDonald"-merking "Animals," of which the King Rat said, "I fuckin' love that track."

But the flash point of the night ended up being a mashup: Mr. Mau5's own "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" and Avicii's "Levels."

One member of the Ultra crowd said, "Oh, no. He didn't." And incidentally, Tiësto seems to have felt the same way. Even if the reaction was a bit delayed.

See also: Ultra 2014's Ten Sleaziest T-Shirts

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awesomeepicguy
awesomeepicguy

Actually, the Mau5's set was actually pretty damn good.

lunatrip
lunatrip

Deadmau5 > Tiesto > Avicii and Martin Garrix

lunatrip
lunatrip

Deadmau5 > Tiesto > Avicii and Martin Garrix

insouc1ance
insouc1ance

Given what I've seen of the EDM industry, I'm not surprised that he hates it. Avicii has a reputation for binge drinking and taking drugs (he's cancelled performances at multiple events that I have been at), and I'd say that's more than likely what landed him in hospital. I had no complaints about Deadmau5's set at all. Good on him.

slightlytoasted3
slightlytoasted3

To the writer, please have some factual basis when you try to discuss music in context. Deadmau5 has been putting out quality electronic music for over ten years (6 albums) to Avicii's three years (and 1 album). Some words of advice:

1. Don't use random tweets from 16 year old Ultra kids to verify your point

2. Don't write knee jerk reaction because you've been listening to shitty festival music

3. Do stop writing, your awful article is just further poisoning the "EDM" well

Alfredo G. Jarquin
Alfredo G. Jarquin

There was something wrong and I kind figure it was when he played animals with old McDonald mash up

Ariela Pizzini
Ariela Pizzini

Anett Delgado read this and you'll know why I don't like dead mau

Jacob Isaiah Flores
Jacob Isaiah Flores

I, personally, thought it sounded to dope. His whole set was awesome, especially when old McDonald had a farm full of MUTHAFUCKIN ANIMALS.

rey0
rey0

You guys got trolled hard !

beachtwin333
beachtwin333

What this article is forgetting to mention is that Avicii went to the hospital and cancelled all his shows because he overdosed on heroin and was kicked out of the SLS, his "Avicii Hotel" for partying to hard and tearing shit up. I was pissed Thursday that he didn't show up to his own event! Do I think Deadmau5 mocked him, maybe... But at least he is man enough to stay sober and step in for him. Avicii used to be one of my favorite producers, now he is just a Justin Bieber wannabe. Get a support group around you bro, otherwise you will lose everything that you have with a snap of your fingers. You can afford it bro!

sam_corez
sam_corez

ULTRAMAU5 !!! Deadmau5 is the Loki of EDM World :)

Frenchiee Eff
Frenchiee Eff

Nothing awkward here, he's just a classless lowlife

Gaby Tenenbaum
Gaby Tenenbaum

Everyone is sooo fucking stupid. ALL DJs mix other djs shit! Plus, he was trying to please the crowd by playing an Avicii song for Avicii fans.

Courtney KickPush Mitchell
Courtney KickPush Mitchell

He is standing for what is believes in. Some people follow and other people lead. He got just what he wanted, for you all to talk about him! He is just that damn interesting that we are commenting, 103 likes and 19 comments from strangers that more than likely were not even at Ultra. Tell it Deadmau5!

Gemma Palmer
Gemma Palmer

I think dead mouse is a prick taking the piss out of someone who can't play for serious reasons

Kristen Lynn
Kristen Lynn

i think deadmau5 is kinda fucking hilarious. Sometimes people are to serious and literal. Live a little.

Antonio Gomez
Antonio Gomez

I think someone needs to give deadmau5 a tampon

Danny Cespedes
Danny Cespedes

People claim to hate Deadmau5 yet still go to his free show.

Ess Vee
Ess Vee

I think everyone is being overly sensitive about deadmau5

Nicole Mars
Nicole Mars

Lol king of Trolls. Seems like the kind of guy who hate-fucks his fans.

Wiley Lulfs
Wiley Lulfs

I heard DJ Fukhead wasn't too happy either

giirlxtooxsiick
giirlxtooxsiick

I'd blame your age for that not Deadmau5's set. Looks like it was past your bedtime.

lunatrip
lunatrip

@beanladean1 He played an amazing 4 hour set at the Ice Palace not long ago. The word amazing is thrown around a lot, but that show was very deserving of the designation :)

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