Ryan Adams Slams Deadmau5's 'Robot Music' At Governors Ball

(Radio.com) When you're pitting Ryan Adams against an EDM act (this time, let's add Deadmau5 into the equation) at a festival, chances there's going to be some sort of side-eyed comment about whatever computer-aided music is coming from across the grounds.

And sure enough, that's exactly what happened at Governors Ball Music Festival in New York Saturday night (June 6)… except, for a few minutes, it looked like it wouldn't.

The second night of the fest was the big debut of Deadmau5's new stage setup, particularly the lighting rig, a giant geometric dome in which the producer mixes while the usual barrage of multi-colored lights flash and spin around him. And gladly enough, things got off to a solid start with it when Joel Zimmerman kicked off his set-that is, until a few minutes later, when things suddenly went silent.

It was start-and-stop for the next 10-15 minutes, the attendees-not as plentiful as for Drake the night before but still a very formidable number-reacting in a number of ways, some crying out in frustration, a few flat-out leaving, but the majority making light of the situation, whether it was singing the riff to "One Nation Army" or chanting "USA," both perhaps favorite American pastimes at any large gathering, really.

But soon, the power flickered back on, and Deadmau5 was back on… and of course, enter Ryan Adams. Adams played the stage of the festival perhaps farthest away from the main, a well-attended set of rock fans, dance music scoffers, stragglers from the interrupted Deadmau5 set and people who may have been in line for Ramen Burger since 3 p.m. Adams' set began 15 minutes preceding Deadmau5's, but it took until past the halfway point for him to make any sort of statement about the pounding bass happening across the grounds.

After thanking his fans for the applause and for showing up to his set that evening (it was, along with Deadmau5's, the last of the night), he threw a little dig in the general direction of the mau5-headed producer and his fans.

"This song is not going to match the robot music over there," he said prior to beginning his song "Oh My Sweet Carolina." Other choice lines: "Try to make this song on your f-ing iPhone, f- you" and "it's like we're living in a Terminator nightmare," among others.

It was certainly a foregone conclusion something would be said; after all, Adams' set began as Flume's ended across the field at the stage in closest proximity, for a brief moment resulting in a clash between said "robot music" and Adams' alt-country-rocker "Gimme Something Good." Read more here.

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