It’s no secret that deadmau5 is a fan of the popular animated show Rick & Morty, but now you can hear the crazy story of how he spent $15,000 on dipping sauce featured in the show, only to give it away to his fans.
If you’re a fan of either deadmau5 or Rick & Morty you might remember the crazy hype and disastrous outcome of the re-release of McDonalds’ Szechuan Sauce, a long-canceled dipping sauce originally released in 1998 as part of a promotional campaign for Disney’s then-new movie Mulan. The sauce received a wave of new interest after it briefly appeared as a plot point in an episode of Rick & Morty, and when McDonalds decided to capitalize on the hype and re-release the sauce they underestimated the dedication of Rick & Morty fans, causing an immediate sellout and many frustrated fans.
However, before the big release, a small batch of the sauce was made and one fan that managed to get his hands on a container put it up on eBay for thousands of dollars. deadmau5 wanted the sauce, and made it happen. Here’s how he describes the process:
"I just kept bidding on that, and then ended up getting in touch with the guy personally about it. He said, 'Well, I've been getting all these bids, and I think a lot of them are phony…' I said, 'Okay, I tell you what. You pull it down right now, and I'll give you x-amount for it.'"
In this case, x=$15,000. After spending that much money on a sauce, deadmau5 decided to spread the love and shared it with about 1,000 of his fans at a show in Toronto, providing McDonalds chicken nuggets to enjoy with the sauce. McDonalds is currently planning a much larger re-release of the sauce.
This isn’t the only time that deadmau5 has incorporated Rick & Morty into his shows, for a special New Years show he displayed a custom Rick & Morty countdown that treated his famous Cube setup as a ticking time bomb to explode at midnight. This also isn’t Rick & Morty’s first brush with the music industry, at the end of one episode rapper Logic appeared as himself and spat an impressive verse at an in-show concert. Shout out to the team over at Billboard Dance for unearthing this gem of an interview! Listen here.