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20 ON STAGE: THE MUSIC
DEADMAU5 TEACHES ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION

Nobody remembers what happened in the middle of your
set. It’s all about the start and the end, those are the kind of
moments you need to make happen.— deadmau5

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SUBCHAPTERS
▶▶ Programming Shows
▶▶ Playing the DAW

CHAPTER RECAP
A deadmau5 concert isn’t a “live” set, in the sense he’s playing
all the music then and there on the spot. But his set is a lot
more technically involved that your average EDM concert
(which usually consists of a DJ hitting play on a CDJ machine).
Joel performs using his DAW, a mixing board, and an array of
outboard synths that give him more options for manipulating
sounds on the fly.

▶▶ Crafting Your Set List
▶▶ Openings and

Endings Matter Most

NOTES

When you’re putting your live rig together, think of a way to
perform your music that both keeps the audience engaged
and keeps you challenged and engaged. (If things go well,
you’ll be performing your live set a lot, you don’t want to get
bored). Also remember to make the beginning and end of your
set as powerful as they can be. Yes, you should pay attention
to the overall arc of your concert and how one song leads into
the next, but the moments that really matter are the beginning
and end. That’s where your best tracks should be. Nail the
beginning and end of your set, and the average audience
member will forget the rest.

TAKE IT FURTHER
▶▶ Watch a deadmau5 concert dvd, like Meowingtons Hax 2k11.
What can you learn about what he’s doing on stage and how
he’s ordering his set?
▶▶ Watch deadmau5 break down a live rig from a past tour here.

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20 ON STAGE: THE MUSIC
DEADMAU5 TEACHES ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION

▶▶ Joel’s been outspoken on Twitter and other platforms about

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NOTES

EDM DJs not putting enough creativity into their live sets. Read
what he thinks, in his own words here.

ASSIGNMENT
▶▶ If you’re already performing your music live, try rewriting your
own setlist keeping Joel’s advice in mind. Next time you
perform, pay attention to how the crowd reacts to the beginning
and end of the set, are you putting your best songs where they
belong? If you’re not actively performing, then it’s time to start.
Offer to DJ a friend’s party, or ask your favorite bars if they ever
have live DJ sets. Find a local college radio station and see if
you can DJ your own show, or work up to it. Get yourself out in
the world—people will start taking your music as seriously as
you do.

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