Today, January 3, deadmau5 launches into 2023 with new single “Antisec” featuring American rapper YTCracker, best known for his contributions to the nerdcore hip-hop subculture. The track will appear on mau5trap’s We Are Friends Vol. 11 label compilation due out this Friday, January 6.
Listen to deadmau5’ “Antisec (ft. YTCracker)” now: https://wearefriend5.ffm.to/antisec
deadmau5 serves a bouncy beat for YTCracker’s hacking lore reckoning ‘anti security.’ The track first started appearing in mau5’ pandemic drive-in sets in 2021 and then landed YT a guest appearance during his annual ‘Day of the deadmau5 – Red Rocks’ shows. Now the track will appear on the WAF compilation as the second deadmau5 offering following “XYZ.”
Since 2012, the We Are Friends music compilation series has emitted the clear idea of giving airtime to fresh, newly discovered talent from deadmau5’ mau5trap label. Beyond deadmau5’ “XYZ” and “Antisec,” WAF features tracks from the current mau5trap stable including Lamorn, EDDIE, Speaker Honey and LUPA, plus future notables Ghost Dance, ASHE Plastic, STAR SEED and Psycho Boys Club just to name a few. To promote the compilation, this past year deadmau5 and friends NERO, Kasablanca, Lamorn, Morgin Madison, LUPA and more completed a highly successful national U.S. tour with sold out shows in Madison, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Buffalo, Chicago, Pheonix, San Francisco, Red Rocks (two nights), Dallas, Austin and Boston.
Full tracklist for WAF Vol. 11:
1 deadmau5 Antisec (ft. YTCracker)
2 deadmau5 XYZ
3 Kasablanca Transitory
4 Lamorn Another Day
5 Morgin Madison All I Need (ft. Vania)
6 Dustycloud Buried
7 Bensley Never Enough
8 LUPA Feel You (Beside Me)
9 DJ DEE You’re My Ecstasy
10 Psycho Boys Club Hold Your Attention
11 Mari Ferrari Tempted
12 deadmau5 XYZ (NERO REMIX)
13 Pedestrian Tactics I Like Math
14 Raito Mike & Nina
15 EDDIE Klubslaya
16 Speaker Honey SOUL
17 Ghost Dance Become the Machine
18 Maison Ware Zone 62
19 ASHE Plastic Snow
20 STAR SEED 11:11
21 Wintersix Rain (ft. Alisky)
22 Who’s John Burning Inside
23 SVNF8 Show Me
24 Sysdemes Shattered Pieces (ft. Sarah Yong)
25 Shadow Star Ephemera
26 Astrobear So Says The Sea
Joel Zimmerman, more commonly known as deadmau5 (pronounced ‘dead mouse’), is one of the world’s most respected electronic music producers of modern times. Enjoying international chart success with his 2x platinum-certified single “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff,” as well as “Professional Griefers,” “Sofi Needs A Ladder” and “I Remember,” he has also released seven critically acclaimed albums. The multiple JUNO Award-winning and GRAMMY®-nominated artist’s ability to push the boundaries of his talent grows at an equal rate to his fan base, which counts 15 million and more over his combined social media channels. His latest music offerings include “Pomegranate” with The Neptunes, “Bridged By A Lightwave” with Kiesza, “Channel 43” with Wolfgang Gartner, “Hypnocurrency” with REZZ, “When The Summer Dies” with Lights, “Hyperlandia” featuring Foster The People, “this is fine.” with Portugal. The Man, “XYZ” and “My Heart Has Teeth” featuring Skylar Grey. In 2022 deadmau5 teamed with longtime friend and collaborator Kaskade on new music project Kx5 releasing Top 40 smash and #1 dance music radio single “Escape” featuring Hayla. In the live realm, his 2019/20 U.S. cubev3 tour featuring production of his own design and implementation ranked in the Top 10 of Pollstar’s top tours globally. This year he completed the ‘We Are Friends’ North American tour and as Kx5 headlined the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in December, breaking records. Beyond his music career, he is also a co-founder of gaming venture PIXELYNX and is an executive of HD streaming platform StreamVoodoo.
YTCracker (pronounced “whitey cracker”) is a formerly notorious computer hacker who stopped hacking everyone’s Gibson and started rapping about it instead. Recognized as a forefather of the “nerdcore” genre, he has traveled all around the universe amassing billions of fans, the majority of which do not live on planet earth.
YTCracker raps about all of the important things in life, like high frame rate and low latency pings. He has served as a corporate shill for the likes of G4TV (rip), Facebook, and Yahoo, appearing on every major television network and countless publications talking about nerdy things like Bitcoin or DDoS attacks – all while trying to push his terrible music on casuals and NPCs everywhere. Along with making substandard hip-hop, YTCracker also subsists his musical existence through mediocre production and DJing to gigantic crowds, primarily on the anime and internet nerd convention circuit.
Over a decade since its formation, mau5trap—the independent label founded by groundbreaking electronic music producer deadmau5—has become a bastion for trailblazing and genre- defying artists. Casting a palpable influence over the genre, Mixmag readers voted mau5trap among the “Top 50 Labels of the Decade,” placing it in the Top 10. It has served as an influential platform for dance music heavyweights such as Zedd, Feed Me, REZZ, Moguai, Noisia, Chris Lake, i_o and many more. A combination of electronic music, techno, progressive, electro, and leftfield sounds, the label acts as a hotbed for rising talent such as Lamorn, Kasablanca, Morgin Madison, No Mana, BlackGummy, and more.