If there’s one man in dance music you don’t want to mess with, it’s Deadmau5. That’s the lesson a theatre company in Toronto have learnt the hard way today, after man-behind-the-mask Joel Zimmerman served them with a cease and desist letter over plans to stage a production called ‘Deadmouse: The Musical’.
Set to premiere at the Toronto Fringe Festival next month, ‘Deadmouse: The Musical’ sells itself as “a comedy about a mouse who aspires to be a house DJ but is discriminated against for being a mouse”. It gets better – the star’s “best friend” is a fellow DJ called David Goudda (get it?) and his enemy is one DJ Avicheese. (Though ‘Deadmouse: The Musical’ was quick to confirm that the production does not contain any of Joel Zimmerman’s actual music).
Unsurprisingly, the real Deadmau5 was none-too-pleased to hear of the plans. “This is called infringement. they do NOT represent me, my ideas, my brand, or my music,” he wrote in response to one fan on Twitter. “while i appreciate their intent, they REALLY went about this the wrong way and dont fully understand how this diminishes certain endeavours…if i dont protect my business who will?”
It didn’t take long for Zimmerman to bring in the lawyers, serving the theatre company responsible with a cease and desist letter care of his legal gun Dina LaPolt. Within hours, the play’s website had been updated with a disclaimer: “Deadmouse the Musical is not written by Deadmau5 or endorsed by Deadmau5. It is a parody. It was written out of love of house music culture.”
That seemed to satisfy the hitmaker. “There. The dead mouse musical debacle is settled,” Joel tweeted this morning. “Moving along now.” Roger that.
how not to be creative. pic.twitter.com/FEVtcu8vFo
— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) June 17, 2015