January 18, deadmau5’ label mau5trap has released the official video for deadmau5 & Mr. Bill’s mau5ville: level 2 collaboration track ‘10.8.’ The video was created by the team of Funilab, Felix Steifand Sneekypops on a VR illustration and animation tool called Quill. The unique and design and aesthetic of the video contains tons of hidden message and characters pertaining to the deadmau5 world.
“The idea for this video was to exploit the technical possibilities that Quill (a VR painting software) allows you to perform, like going from a very small object to something as big as the moon in a few seconds, are travelling through worlds nested into each others like Russian dolls,” says designer Simone Fougnier a.k.a. Funi.
“deadmau5 and Mr. Bill’s tune was crazy enough to be the perfect soundtrack for this experiment, we rush from one section to the other only to realize, at the end, that all of those were just fiction, playing on screens while Bill and mau5 are half asleep in a messy room. Music makes you go anywhere, even if you’re in a pizza induced coma.”
“Joel and I connected through Twitch (funny enough, he was streaming about how to get that “Mr. Bill sound”), and now mau5trap has launched an Electrocado EP (another one is on its way), my score for the Nic Cage horror comedy MOM AND DAD, and my full-length, IDM album, Apophenia,” says Bill Day a.k.a Mr. Bill.
”It’s great to be able to bring Funi, an artist, friend and close collaborator who I have been working with for a decade and who has been a major part of creating the Mr. Bill brand and the little potato Bill avatar into the mau5trap family with this incredibly detailed and immersive video pushing the boundaries of VR artistry. The Horde will be floored.”
Additionally, mau5ville: level 2 also includes ‘Drama Free’ featuring LIGHTS. The song can also be found in the trailer for the upcoming Netflix release Polar which features original score by deadmau5. Look for mau5trap to release the film soundtrack on January 25 alongside the film.
Experience mau5ville: level 2 here: https://mau5ville.lnk.to/level2PR
Joel Zimmerman, more commonly known as deadmau5 (pronounced ‘dead mouse’), is one of the world’s most respected electronic music producers of modern times. Enjoying international chart success with his platinum-certified single ‘Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff,’ as well as ‘Professional Griefers,’ ‘Sofi Needs A Ladder’ and ‘I Remember,’ he has also released seven critically acclaimed albums: an orchestral album where’s the drop?, W:/2016ALBUM/ and > album title goes here < (both reached #1 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Chart), 4×4=12 (recently recognized for having sold over 1,000,000 copies in the United States), For Lack Of A Better Name, Random Album Title and while(1<2). The multiple JUNO Award-winning and GRAMMY®-nominated artist’s ability to push the boundaries of his talent grows at an equal rate to his fan base, which counts almost 15 million over his combined social media channels. In 2016, deadmau5 leaped into the virtual reality realm with Absolut and released a massive sample catalogue with Splice while performing major festival plays throughout the world. In 2017 deadmau5 celebrated the 10 year anniversary of his mau5trap record label and completed the second leg of his ‘lots of shows in a row’ North American tour with his new Cube 2.1 production. In 2018, deadmau5 was heavily involved in the world of gaming supporting his Twitch channel and latest music offerings mau5ville: level 1 & 2. This winter, the Jonas Akerlund-directed spy thriller Polar will feature his original score.
A decade since its formation, mau5trap—the independent label founded by groundbreaking electronic music producer deadmau5—has become a bastion for trailblazing and genre-defying artists. Casting a palpable influence over the genre, Mixmag readers voted mau5trap among the “Top 50 Labels of the Decade,” placing it in theTop 10. It has served as an influential platform for dance music heavyweights such as Feed Me, Zedd, Moguai, Noisia, Chris Lake and many more. A combination of dark, forceful techno and complex, electro sounds, the label acts as hot bed for rising talent such as ATTLAS, Matt Lange, No Mana and REZZ.