The Winter X-Games in Aspen, Colorado marks an adrenaline-packed four days of halfpipe bangers, big-air nonsense, snowmobile flips, and of course, electrifying music. Headliners this year included DJ Snake, Kygo, Nas, Run the Jewels, Twenty-One Pilots, and our favorite rodent-headed DJ, deadmau5. The diversity of big name live performances are increasingly turning the X-Games into just as big of a music scene than as a winter sport event, drawing in larger crowds year after year. No performance was more X-treme this past weekend, however, than deadmau5’s Saturday night show, who threw down the house at Buttermilk mountain in the midst of a full-blown winter blizzard. Rumors circulated of cancellation and nervous mau5heads had their nerves tightened as the snow barreled down harder and harder while the minutes ticked closer to opening time. In defiance with mother nature, X-Games and deadmau5 decided to go on with the show to cap off Saturday’s festivities. The result was an intimate hypnotic jam; partiers slipped and slided onto fellow partiers, huddled together in below freezing temperatures, and bobbed in harmony as the light show ripped through heavy snow during heady beats. deadmau5 dropped his typical trance tunes and signature bangers like Ghosts & Stuff and The Veldt, pleasing die hard concert-goers and X-Game passer-byers alike. Despite the heavy snow and sketchy icy conditions, deadmau5 made no sign of phase and the Snowmaggeddon show had everyone all smiles.
Keep in touch with deadmau5 as he’s just released two new teasers on Soundcloud (@fuckmylife), hopefully in preview of a new upcoming album. He dropped hints on Twitter last summer of an early 2016 completion, saying “The plan is, when the studios done in the fall, I'm going into winter studio hibernation. Should have a new album done by Jan I think”. How long has it been since new deadmau5 drops? Too long.