India is a country with an unquenchable thirst for EDM: deadmau5

Thursday, 13 March 2014 - 9:54pm IST | Agency: DNA

This Canadian progressive-house music producer has fans across the globe who swear by his music. Deadmau5 has given some of biggest hit tracks like Ghosts N' Stuff, Strobe, Raise Your Weapon, just to name a few. And now, Deadmau5 he's going to perform for the first time in India. Excerpts from an interview:

- What brings you to India?

India is a country with an unquenchable thirst for EDM. I cannot wait to come check out India! It’ll be my first time. The Indian culture drives me all the way there’s something about this country and the people as they spread a warm vibe I’m super excited to be playing in Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi for the first time.

- You've performed numerous times at biggest music festivals across the globe. Which is your favorite destination and why?

My favorite location is Mansion in Miami. It was off the hook can’t wait to get back there.

- What's on your playlist at the moment?

Skinny Puppy, Steely Dan, Tears For Fears, that sort of stuff...

- How different is your upcoming 12-track album going to be from your previous work? 

I have unleashed a powerful seven-song EP of sorts titled 7, with each song correlating with one of the seven deadly sins. All seven of the songs are a complete change of pace featuring primarily piano lines and some light ambient sounds to compliment. Do not expect your typical mau5 when listening.

- How do you keep reinventing yourself?

We all know how easily art, poetry, writing or music can be juxtaposed. That is what inspires me to create my music, something that is me stuff, original, my own personal extension and that compliment my past work.

- What do you think is the future of EDM?

The mainstream genre that electronic music has now become is nothing but a bubble that can eventually fluctuate depending on the environment. EDM is only enjoying its stint.

- Speaking of Indian artistes, what is that you like about Tunak Tunak Tun by DalerMehndi?

It has an amazing distinctive tune to it and its beats are really pumping.

- Is there anything you dislike about Yo Yo Honey Singh? If yes, what is it?

It’s not that I dislike anything about Yo Yo Honey Singh, every musician is good in his/her own way and has his/her own charm. 

- You have collaborated with other DJs. Is there anybody else that you would like to work with? Is there any criteria that you consider/look for in an artiste when collaborating with them?

I don't usually enjoy the idea of a “collaboration” all that much…although you can be rest assured whatever collaborations I have done in the past were the results of stuff I’m totally into, like Flipside, the Foo’s, Cyprus Hill, etc. I look forward to someday collaborating with Boards of Canada. They have a great sound or Autechre from Germany. But I'm open to anything and everything, if it could work.

(lisa.antao@dnaindia.net)


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