Deadmau5 beefs with Marshmello: “I’d rather be associated with a pile of dog shit”

As history has taught us, Joel “Deadmau5” Zimmerman isn’t too fond of his image being used without permission. So it shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise to masked producer Marshmello that including a cameo from a mau5 look-alike in the video for his new track Ritual would rub dance music’s serial antagoniser the wrong way.

Over the weekend, team Deadmau5 asked Marshmello to remove the fake mau5 from his Ritual video, something that didn’t exactly soothe tensions between the pair. “Someone wasn’t happy with the last video so we had to put up a new one,” OWSLA-signee Marshmello said in a now-deleted tweet, sharing the link to a re-uploaded version of Ritual. Needless to say, the tweet didn’t go unnoticed by Joel.

“I’d rather be associated with a pile of dog shit to be completely honest,” Zimmerman hit back when one Twitter user asked him why he got Marshmello to take the video down. “At least dog shit isn’t starving for my attention…It’s a shitty owsla tactic. Oh well. I hope they make billions. I still get to be me.”

Of course, it’s not the first time Deadmau5 and Marshmello have sparred. Last year Joel and his former protege Skrillex got into a highly-publicised Twitter spat after Deadmau5 called Marshmello “annoying” and described his fans as a “brain dead posse of deaf sheep”.

“Marshmello is this young kid who looks up to deadmau5, and the first tweet he gets from deadmau5 is talking shit about him. That’s when I had to stand up and be like, ‘Stop being a fucking bully to people,’” Skrillex said in an interview with Complex this year. “It’s sad, because I can’t change the way deadmau5 is. He knows he’s an asshole and he glorifies himself that way. I think he’s probably ashamed of it.”

In less salacious news, Deadmau5 has locked in the release date for his new album – the so-dubbed W:/2016ALBUM/ will be out on December 2 via his label mau5trap. Catch up with all the Marshmello-directed tweets below.