This past Saturday we had the amazing opportunity to hit up Studio Paris here in Chicago to catch a special intimate set from Joel, aka. Deadmau5. For those of you who may not be familiar with Studio Paris, it’s a very small venue (I use that term loosely) that gets some pretty big names throughout the year. Tiesto played Friday night so needless to say, it was quite a big weekend for the club. Audrey Napoleon was set to open for Deadmau5 from 9:30-12:30, but when we made it to Studio Paris around 11 she wasn’t on much to our dismay. She’s going to be someone you’ll want to be paying attention to this year, mark our words.
As 12:30 approached, Deadmau5 hopped up on stage in a black leather jacket sans any Puma like he typically does, but a shirt that read 9:30. The jacket came off, he downed a corona, and the night began. He played a great mix of old and new including his new record “The Veldt” which we heard two separate versions of – the original and one I had never heard yet. As he slipped into some serious Dub, Joel jumped around on stage getting the crown hyped and then he dropped Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name” and I thought Studio Paris was going to burn to the ground. Everyone had such a high level of energy and it was amazing to see the crowd react to him playing that record.
Fans were also blessed with a little surprise when the Studio Paris staff hit their roof and hoisted down the carbon fiber Deadmau5 head to Joel as he was playing. Once he got it unhooked, the head went on and everyone started screaming. Definitely one of the highlights of the night. It’s cool seeing him unhooked, but when he rocks the mau5 head it brings a certain aura to the environment that isn’t matched with a lot of other producers/DJs. The night quickly approached 3am and everyone knew he would be exiting soon. He threw back on his leather jacket, waved to everyone, and promptly hopped off stage. Fans clapped and rejoiced at what they just witnessed, and we followed suit. An absolutely amazing night that I will never forget. Thanks to Deadmau5, John Ochoa, MSO, and Studio Paris! Hit the jump to check out some photos we snapped and head over to our Facebook page to see the full-res versions!