For many German electronic music fans, the only way to catch deadmau5 this year was by consecutively listening to acts like Afrojack, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, Hardwell, and W&W. Over the weekend, attendees of World Club Dome expecting to dance to the biggest EDM hits were left confused when a carefully sarcastic deadmau5 took the stage with techno up his sleeve.
The Canadian superstar DJ introduced himself via his obligatory entry track ‘Imaginary Friends,’ but instantly switched to the rhythm of Enrico Sangiuliano’s Drumcode banger ‘Ghettoblaster’ instead. What followed were 6 unabridged underground songs in a row, immediately setting the tone for a not-so commercially friendly performance.
“His set started with a few tracks like Imaginary Friends or Avaritia, then he played A LOT of techno, which confused most of the EDM guys waiting for Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike,” said a Reddit user following the show. “They didn’t really know how to dance to techno, or were pretty annoyed by Joel’s long lasting tracks.”
Sane2G indicates that the audience, primed for fist pumping beats no doubt, were bored to death by Joel’s ten-minute iteration of ‘Strobe,’ and went as far as ironically moshing to the emotional progressive house ballad. “The visuals mostly consisted of a mau5head with the obligatory “deal with it” sunglasses or a cursor flipping off the crowd. They didn’t get it.” Watch the full set below.