Old MacDeadmau5 Had a Farm
Joel "Deadmau5" Zimmerman has never hidden his feelings about EDM’s almost rabidly slobbering chase of the pop charts, so when he was asked to replace pop-crossover wizard Avicii as the main-stage headliner on Saturday, one can imagine his eyes sparkling devilishly. Of Avicii’s single "Wake Me Up," the Mau5 once cracked on Facebook, "Wake me up when this song’s over." And indeed, he had something mischievous in store: While playing EDM’s current pop splash, Martin Garrix’s "Animals," Deadmau5 replaced the song’s drop with a snippet of the children’s song "Old MacDonald Had a Farm." Then he played Avicii’s "Levels" in its entirety, as if to mock the throng by saying, "Gobble it up, kiddies, I know this is what you really want." Avicii mentor Tiësto was not pleased, engaging Deadmau5 via Twitter. But on this occasion at least, the Mau5, along with his barnyard friends, had the last word.