”Perhaps Deadmau5 appeals to a middle-American audience traditionally resistant to dance music because he seems to have taken a genre born out of a largely black, largely gay club scene and ruthlessly expunged any lasting sonic evidence of its birthplace. You can hear his style’s roots in the big stars of 90s electronica, their respective sounds adjusted to cut them adrift from the music that inspired them. It’s the Chemical Brothers without their love for hip-hop and Detroit techno; Daft Punk without their deep understanding of Chicago house; the Prodigy without their roots in breakbeat hardcore. What’s left is bizarrely unfunky, unambiguous, unsexy and unreconstructedly macho: Maths or Fn Pig offer a noisy euphoria that makes you think not of the communal transcendence of the dancefloor, but a bloke from sales with his tie wrapped round his head, waving a can of Relentless in the air and roaring. It’s house music that Frankie Knuckles wouldn’t understand, but Finchy from The Office would get straight away.
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yeah to be honest deadmau5’ material has been in decline since his first album. Brazil, Faxing Berlin, I Remember… those were the good days of real nice progressive house you could chill to. It’s never really been dance music but I guess he hit the right notes with Ghosts n Stuff, which was his big breakthrough. Since then it’s been less about dancing and more about the rock concert experience… I’ve seen deadmau5 live (surrounded by pixie dust 15-yr-olds, all high and underdressed) and there’s no dancing… maybe some raving but mostly just fist pumping and stumbling about. Maybe deadmau5 appeals to middle America because they don’t know how to dance. Maybe that’s all there is to it. It’s electronic music, not dance music.