Last night, veteran producer Deadmau5 was back at The Armory, bringing along his Cube V3 production and usual sarcastic attitude. An early show, support came from Mad Zach and K?D. The vibe in the venue was different than a normal electronic show. The often-controversial artist definitely drew an older, more relaxed crowd.
As the show began, it was clear that the opening artists were going for a deep trance sound, similar to that of Deadmau5 himself. This was slightly disappointing as I was looking forward to hearing a set full of K?D’s signature glitchy electro and future bass.
Additionally, the openers were relegated to a small, off-centered table. The stage was already occupied by the enormous Cube V3 production. With a slow start and a nearly 30 minute intermission after the openers, I was antsy for Deadmau5 to begin and really turn up the energy.
As the lights finally dimmed, the crowd fell eerily still and quiet. Phones whipped out as the first bass lines thumped. Concertgoers were itching to capture the overwhelming Cube stage setup.
To say that Deadmau5’s Cube V3 is incredible would be a complete understatement. Looming over the crowd, the producer stood at the center of a rotating and tilting cube structure. The glowing green eyes of his signature mouse head peeped through the huge LED screens. Paired with top-notch lighting design and colorful visuals, it truly was a sight to behold.
Known for his crude stage antics, the DJ hopped off the decks multiple times to “take a piss” and “chug a beer.” The crowd couldn’t have cared less, they were too busy getting down to long-time favorites like “Strobe,” “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff,” and “The Longest Road.”
I was more than impressed by this show. I woke up this morning wishing I could see it all over again. Deadmau5’s production is top-of-the-line and it’s clear how much time and effort was put into creating an over-the-top audio-visual experience. If you’re given the chance to see this show, take it.