Can’t wait to see Robyn and deadmau5’s expectedly epic and unique performance during tonight’s Video Music Awards? Lucky for you we have a little teaser clip to whet your appetites. The clip features the spunky Swede rocking out up on a platform, and then a quick cut to deadmau5, spinning in the background, all lit up in neon lights. We then see Robyn again, sporting a snazzy green beret, doing a little more dancing, and then working the mic and leaning out into the crowd over her platform.
“It’s a departure from the original,” deadmau5 told MTV News of his remixed version of Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own.” “The original is more of a dance kind of feel. I wanted to take the syncopation right out of it.”
As the house artist, deadmau5 is also responsible for reworking hits from Travie McCoy and Jason Derülo for a series of performances, not to mention remixing songs by the Black Keys, La Roux and others to be played in and out of commercial breaks. The secretive mix master wouldn’t divulge any specifics about plans for the show. But deadmau5 did admit to MTV News that he had no idea how big the house-artist job was when he signed up.
“I had no idea [who I’d be working with],” he said. “They were just like, ’Do you want to do this?’ And I said, ’Yep,’ and I didn’t know what it was. And my management had sent me off to Spain … and I was like, ’Well, whatever it is, it’s probably going to be, like, a five-second cameo, so if they need me to do something, send my computer over.’
“And so I get to Spain … and they’re like, ’Uh, yeah, you have to do eight remixes and three performances,’ ” he continued. “So what I had to do was take the cover off the hot tub and a mattress off one of the beds and, like, surround my computer. I had to make a little fort, because I didn’t think that I would need a studio, but I really did.”
Tune in tonight for the 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards, broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles! The party starts with MTV News’ VMA Pre-Show at 8 p.m., followed by the main event at 9 p.m. ET/PT. You can still vote for Best New Artist at VMA.MTV.com (or text VMA to 97979 if you’re a Verizon subscriber).