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Kaskade + Deadmau5 Celebrate Kx5 Debut LP

On Saturday (3.18,) Kaskade and deadmau5 aka the electronic dance music supergroup Kx5 took the stage at the Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park.

Starting the show with “Bright Lights” the EDM duo set the tone for the third and final night of Billboard’s South By Southwest concert series, and together, the two delivered a well deserved cap off to a nonstop week.

The headlining set came 24 hours after Kx5 released its self-titled debut album, more than ten years after the two first partnered up.

Throughout their hour long set set featuring 50+ lights and fog blasts, Kaskade (born Ryan Gary Raddon) and deadmau5 (born Joel Zimmerman) delivered dramatic drops from their new track “Eat Sleep,” that morphed into a deconstructed remix of “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.”

During their atmospheric album cut “When I Talk” deadmau5 lights up, while “Sacrifice,” which features Sofi Tukker, prompts Kaskade to yell “C’mon!” while reclining his upper body into a small standing backbend. 

In preparation for the set’s peak, the pair dive into “Escape,” from Kx5 in which UK singer-songwriter Hayla questions: “What if I escape?” During the song, deadmau5 shows Kaskade his phone as the Kx5 logo that opened the show reappears.. 

The performance closes with “I Remember,” the hit that started it all. “This song is old enough to vote!” deadmau5 declares as he jumps off the platform to take a well-deserved bow and applaud his partner, who stays glued to his decks.

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Tore Sætre