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Getting Back To The Music: How Deadmau5 Won Us Back

Last year was a relative low-point for deadmau5, but the jump he has on 2016 is already a great response. Though we’re only two months into the year, we’re all getting exactly the reaction we were hoping for from deadmau5. After suspending his social media accounts and releasing a public apology to wrap-up 2015, the artist also known as Joel Zimmerman once again had all eyes focused on what he would do next.

In the apology, the Canadian revealed he’s been battling ‘some depression issues’ and planned on hitting the studio after a vacation during the holidays. Based off of what we’ve seen thus far, he’s been far busier than we, or maybe even he, expected. It’s not even Spring yet, and we’re already brimming with excitement over what he has in store for the rest of the year.

We’ll get to see him in the spotlight again soon enough, as he’ll be performing at the ‘A State of Trance’ stage at Ultra Music Festival 2016. This will be a change for the UMF-regular, who performed on the mainstage in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014. Zimmerman has made comments regarding Trance in the past, and it’ll undoubtedly be interesting to see how he handles the ASOT stage at one of the biggest festivals in America. Although, deadmau5 always manages to make it interesting, like at his last Ultra performance when he trolled Martin Garrix with his remix of Animals.

The performance at Ultra will be the cherry on top of the Mau5hax tour, which kicked-off February 25th in Toronto. The tour features several top artists from Zimmerman’s label, Mau5trap, such as ATTLAS, Matt Lange, REZZ, Steve Duda, and the man himself, deadmau5 (who we bet is the ‘special gue5t’ on the tour). Zimmerman has said a West Coast leg of the tour will be announced later this year.

The tour isn’t his only major work with the label this year, which has been busy managing the rise of REZZ, who released her latest EP via mau5trap in January. No, the mau5 has much more on his plate, in the form of a co-curated stage and B2B performance alongside Eric Prydz at Tomorrowland 2016. The duo performed multiple times last year, including a memorable performance at Hard Day of The Dead 2014.

Along with these early-2016 announcements, deadmau5 has been releasing clips and portions of new songs he’s been working on. He’s talked about an album being due sometime this year, while managing to announce a few other festival performances as well.

So, we’re getting new music, exciting and interesting festival announcements, and an unprecedented amount of deadmau5-lead coverage of his young, talented label. When it comes down to it, there’s not much more you can ask of an artist, much less one as constantly watched, heard, and discussed as deadmau5.

We’re glad he seems to be back on track, and the early-results of his shift are phenomenal. A lot of it was personal, and none of our business, but when it came down to it last year, we were all sick of deadmau5. Now that he’s back, there’s really no telling what Zimmerman is capable of when he’s firing on all cylinders, personally and professionally. One thing we do know is that, when he’s focused on the music, everybody wins.

Let us know what you think of deadmau5’s revival, if you’ll be checking out any of his festival performances this summer, and what you think of his latest tunes! Comment below, on Facebook, or reply on Twitter!


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