Team Ultra: Deadmau5, will.i.am & DJ Times
Wha? Where? Who?
Few things outside of the U.S. national debt are larger than WMC’s Ultra Music Festival (OK, you’re thinking Kirstie Alley’s belt-size, but we won’t go there), and on March 26-27, DJ Times will make the event a little bit larger, with a booth at Bicentennial Park in Downtown Miami featuring giveaways, T-shirts, free magazines, a scratching post and a complementary jolt from a defibrillator.
The DJ line-up is too numerous to count—in fact, if you hear of someone who’s not playing, drop us a line—but the March 26 edition includes Tiësto, David Guetta, Groove Armada, Passion Pit, Carl Cox, Eric Prydz, Dirty South, Disco Biscuits, and will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas.
The following night will feature Swedish House Mafia, Orbital, Armin Van Buuren, Faithless Sound System, Damian Marley & Nas, Erick Morillo, Sasha & John Digweed, Above & Beyond, Paul Oakenfold, Bassnectar and Deadmau5, who told us that live shows like Ultra Fest always pose a challenge.
“You can’t really do good dance music live,” Deadmau5, a.k.a. Joel Zimmerman, told us. “You can do really terrible dance music live for hours! But now we have all this new software and new plugs-ins. It’s all about finding a kick-ass control surface so you’re not looking at a screen and without clicking a mouse. So it’s not, ‘What’s he doing up there? Is he making music or checking his friend requests?’ That’s been a huge stumbling block for me. Right now I have it to where people say, ‘What the fuck is he doing?’ which is better than, ‘He’s not doing anything.’ But my ultimate goal is, ‘I see what he’s doing.’”
We’ll see what you’re doing, Joel, and we’re sure there will be plenty of up-and-comers in the audience who’ll see what you’re doing, too, and find inspiration in your set.