Deadmau5 Bu5 Tour Makes Philly Squeak in Delight
Tucked deep below the streets of center city Philadelphia sits Rumor Nightclub’s main room. This was the stage that the Mau5hax Bu5 Tour chose to display its current roster of talent that included Attlas, Steve Dudda, Rezz and the night’s special gue5t, deadmau5.
Local support Stephen McGuckin kicked off the night helping to set the tone for the Attlas, while helping guests to get loose in preparation for what was to come.
Attlas was next up to bat and he sure hit it out of the park; the moment he got behind the decks the energy intensified. His music is the fusion of emotional soundscapes meets weird, glitchy, crunchy rhythms; his tracks are personal and intimate but also make you question what he has been through.
His Storyline Vol.1 seems to paint the scene of a very hard relationship scenario and his struggles with such. There wasn’t much pulling on the heartstrings this night in particular, more just the showcasing of some fun upbeat compositions with some slight hints of heartbreak. Soon the night’s special gue5t came onto the stage to go back to back with Attlas.
This is where the 650 people in attendance hopefully realized what they were getting: a unique experience where we weren’t just watching artists come on and play their set and leave. Instead, we were lucky enough to get to witness the cohesive and seamless gelling of two label mates incorporating both their signature styles into a melting pot of sonic bliss.
Deadmau5 went on to play for an hour long set by himself, no production value whatsoever, just Joel, his laptop and gear, no mau5head, no extra sound or lights, just us and him in a subterranean urban environment. I found myself momentarily wondering, if the people navigating Philly’s city streets had any idea what was transpiring right beneath their feet. Those thoughts were fleeting as I quickly realized what was going on. This is one of those moments that don’t come along very often in a habitual live music attendee’s career, this was the holy grail for any deadmau5 fan. If you weren’t sweating from dancing before, you definitely were by the end of his set. I came there not very much into deadmau5 and I left a fan.
Steve Dudda came out from the back and worked himself into the set, first by helping to control one of deadmau5’s iPads and triggering different elements in the live set. Next by taking over the controls as deadmau5 took a quick breather. The Steve/Joel collab was a nice energy boost, and at a certain point they kept teasing the crowd by triggering a quick snippet from a Skrillex track.
Rezz soon graced the stage and for a brief few minutes we had a three headed monster with deadmau5 as the maestro began mischievously toying around with Rezz’s set up as if to help break the ice and get her to loosen up. Loosen up she did, as deadmau5 and Dudda made their way off the stage her presence became more pronounced in the form of deep growls and heavy rhythms. If you weren’t familiar Rezz, she is like Bassnectar meets deadmau5. She is a 20 yr old canadian producer/DJ who does a lot with a little. I would go as far as to say she summarizes the current state of electronic music; she is edgy, fresh, means business and a force to reckon with. Rezz brutalized the remainder of the night helping take an already amazing night and putting the cherry on top.
If you have the chance to make it to the Deadmau5 Mau5hax Bu5 Tour, do not hesitate. The range of talent showcased is truly a breath of fresh air and was a much needed break from the onslaught of electronic tours that pass through the city of brotherly love.