After dodging most of the sheets of rain and safely inside the confines of the Ballroom, I was rudely welcomed by Excision, as he had just unleashed his 'bass cannon' and rumbled a stretch of jet engine fury into my unsuspecting ears. In go the ear plugs. His dubstep happy set was paired with visuals upon two large screens to his sides, most of which looked like screensavers and visualizers for iTunes. The crowd ate it up though. I noticed the same thing at Identity Festival is that Dallas has really embraced dubstep and will come out in droves to hear it. But as much as the rest of the crowd was enjoying the bass-heavy set, I began to wander around the Ballroom, casually taking in his set as I was there for one artist, and one artist only. The Mau5.
Standing amongst a field of glowing Mau5 ears, the first notes of Deadmau5's set were finally heard. As the crowd roared, Deadmau5's stage was finally revealed as the black curtain fell and the iconic Mau5 head was unveiled to the waiting crowd. It wasn't until Joel finally struck up the first that this outrageous stage lighting and unrivaled visuals were set into place. Outside of acts like KISS and Muse, Joel's setup was quite impressive and one of the best I've seen, especially for an electronic act; though Steve Aoki's setup was pretty cool at ID. Regardless, Joel's music is what the crowd came to hear and they couldn't help but dance wildly. With his precise track exchanges and track selection, it was nothing less than an outright dance party. About a third way their his set, Joel removed his Mau5 head and controlled his set in the confines of a ball cap. But fear not, the other dozen or so homemade Mau5 heads that roamed the Ballroom space made up for the absence of Joel's. But by the second third of his set had concluded, he donned his Mau5 head once again before he was joined onstage with Sofi for performances of "Sofi Needs a Ladder" and "One Trick Pony". Not shortly after, Joel ended his initial set with a fantastic version of "Ghosts N Stuff" before descending off stage. After rounds of chants, cheers, and applause, Joel finally emerged for another round of tracks before graciously leaving the crowd in awe. This show by all means was a fantastic event, one worth waiting two years to see. Pictures of the show are below: