deadmau5 may have come to international prominence during the rise of electronic dance music, but musically he stands far apart from the scene that made him a superstar. While other producers collaborate with pop stars in hopes of climbing to the pinnacle of the Top 40, deadmau5 delivers beats and hooks that have filled stadiums, all while exploring the boundaries of electronic and dance music in the same way that groundbreaking artists like Richie Hawtin and Aphex Twin (Richard James) did.
Now he has put all of that together for the first time for the incredibly ambitious while(1<2), a two-disc collection that deadmau5 considers his first true artist album. “It’s a good mix of what I want to do versus want people want to hear or what they would expect. It’s a good balance,” he says. “I’ve managed to agree with myself and find a way to place certain things in there that I feel stronger about.” while(1<2), which means “to loop indefinitely,” follows deadmau5’s other releases > album title goes here <,, 4×4=12, For Lack Of A Better Name and Random Album Title and marks his first proper artist release with his new label home Astralwerks Records.