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Deadmau5 To Take His Brand-New "Cube V3" Show On Tour This Fall
Dance music fans have been buzzing since GRAMMY-nominated DJ/producer deadmau5 announced a 16-date U.S. tour this fall, which he's dubbed the "cube v3 tour" and will kick off in Dallas on Sept. 12.
What's the big fuss, you ask? Isn't he always DJing in Vegas? Doesn't everyone DJ now?
Joel Zimmerman, a.k.a. deadmau5, is most often associated with his LED mouse head-shaped helmet, which he has donned in various iterations for the last decade at raves and music festivals across the globe. While many DJs since have tried to emulate his aesthetic and appeal with their own helmets, the prolific Canadian DJ/producer is the type of artist who not only pays attention to every detail, but one that is ever-evolving and always finding new ways to innovate.
Case in point: cube v3, his latest creation, is a high-tech LED modular, 360-degree-rotating video cube and the latest version of his DJ booth, which he'll debut at Ultra Music Festival in Miami this Saturday.
After deadmau5 has his first show with cube v3 this weekend, he'll transport it across the U.S. this fall for his 16-date cube v3 tour, kicking off on September 12 in Dallas, followed by two shows in Austin, Tex. on Sept. 20–21, then three nights in Los Angeles. He'll close out 2019 in San Francisco on Dec. 30 and will finish up the tour with four East Coast dates in January and February, with the final date on Feb. 6 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Deadmau5 debuted his first LED cube (a stationary one) back at Coachella 2010, wowing the audience as he DJed from behind its visual-filled screen. Six years later, cube 2.0 was born, complete with 3-D graphics and moving panels, followed by cube 2.1, which he brought with him for his 2017 "lots of shows in a row tour."
Soon, cube v3 will come to life, thanks to the help of new production designer Chris Schroeder, along with technical design from Collyns Stenzel and video content and programming from deadmau5 himself. A press release explains that the new cube "will be the most complex production he has ever presented, changing positions from 90 degrees into 45 degrees and rotate 360 degrees with mind bending content from deadmau5 & his custom touch designer system."
"It's turned [into] a cool thing that someone else will find useful and use in their project,” Zimmerman told Miami New Times. "I like doing this. I like being here. I like creating. I like tech problems. I like fighting with all these f***ing nerds...That's the point I'm trying to make with cubev3, not 'Oh, come listen [to] f***ing 'Ghosts 'n' Stuff'…and give me your money.' Well, give me your money, because this isn't free."
To see cube v3's debut, you can tune into Ultra's website at 10:00pm PT/1:00am ET this Saturday, March 30.
To catch the tour, you can register for the fan presale now, which begins on April 3. Tickets to the general public go on sale April 5; find all tour info here.