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Deadmau5 creates unforgettable night

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November 4, 2010

I had high expectations when planning to go to Epic Nightclub. If a nightclub goes to the extent of naming themselves Epic, they sure better be.

That said, the venue had a lot going for it since it managed to get one of the biggest disk jockey’s in the industry, Deadmau5, to come and play there.

The show was scheduled for Oct. 20,  a Wednesday night, so I had no idea what to expect from the venue or crowd to even look like, since most people are likely to stay in on a work or school night.

I was wrong to make this assumption.

Not only was there a line of people around the block when I arrived at 8:30 p.m. — the doors opened at 10 p.m. — but the show apparently sold out weeks in advance.

It turns out capacity was only 2,400 at the venue, making tickets nearly impossible to come by the night of the concert.

Upon entering Epic, I found out I was in for a truly memorable experience.

The bars were lit up with bright neon lights, they were lined with people and they were full of life. Local DJ’s were opening up the music scene for the evening with amazing remixes.

I eventually got to the main dance floor and began to dance the night away.

In a seemingly perfect transition, the local DJ’s gave up the stage for the opening act DJ Skrillex.

Prior to this event, I hadn’t heard of Skrillex but after witnessing his deafeningly loud, amazingly smooth DJ set, his name is set in stone as an act not to miss.

As the clock struck midnight a brief moment of silence overtook the crowd, followed by the largest roar I’ve ever witnessed: Deadmau5 finally took the stage.

Dressed in his typical mouse head costume, his presence was immediately defined in his entrance.

What at first seemed like just an obscure grey mouse head made of foam, actually turned out to be one of the many highlights of the evening.

Deadmau5 took his position above a massive, diamond like podium. Suddenly, the podium and the mouse head costume lit up in unison with the music starting one of the gnarliest light shows I have ever been blessed to be a witness to.

To put the light show in comparison, its visuals were so trippy, colorful and well coordinated with the music it was what I imagine an acid trip looks like.

Along with the lightshow came the intensity of his perfectly mixed songs and his eager enthusiasm to get the crowd dancing.

Anywhere you looked was just one big dance party, as I really don’t think I witnessed a single person not enjoying themselves and dancing.

Throughout the show, Deadmau5 covered his big hits “Some Chords,” “Ghosts N’ Stuff” and “I Remember.”

Between the lights, the crowd, the music and the venue itself, the show was truly a night to remember. Deadmau5 continues to prove himself to be one of the best DJ’s in the music industry; he sounded better live than his studio productions.

I would recommend anyone with even the slightest interest in having one heck of a time to look into a Deadmau5 concert.

Bar none, one of the finest music experiences out there.

Ryen Klieser

Ryen Kleiser is a laid back biology student at UW-River Falls. He is hoping to become a well-known marine biologist and teacher.