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Deadmau5 uncensored: Two and a half hours with the professional griefer

Deadmau5

yeah kinda of a perk with subscribers

plus I’m on on there right now

because I’m here

inthemix

but I am a subscriber? hm, I dunno

Deadmau5

did you throw money at me?

inthemix

well my friend did and then let me use her login

Deadmau5

oh

actually its coz I’m not on

its pure chaos in there if I just let everyone go crazy

I go on, and it cycles through users

so everyone can have a fair chance to talk

and all get replies

inthemix

ah, I wondered how that worked

Deadmau5

otherwise it’s just

SGD

JKMSDg

lSDjlG

dsg

sdg

sd

kg

ERMGERD

k

sdagfkdg

boobs

swd

‘f

right?

inthemix

lol!

the internet

Deadmau5

right

I think the system we got goin on is more tame

which is cool

coz people THINK about what they wanna say

inthemix

yeah, how many are in the chat at one time?

it looks like 4 on my computer

Deadmau5

well I do 4… and once

yeah

I get through

I hit a button here

and it randomly picks 4 more

inthemix

ah k

Deadmau5

etc etc and cycles thru the lot

I don’t know why nobody else thought of that

for like crazy user chats

you know?

I mean

if you have a better idea

we’re all ears

we’ve been open to feedback bout that method on the site

inthemix

haha nah I dig

Deadmau5

so we’re taking a lot back from the fans

inthemix

I just didn’t know if mine was bung

Deadmau5

nah it’s cool

inthemix

okay question time

in the interview with us you did in 2011 you said “I tell you, I’ve developed a really fuckin thick skin”. has anything tested that lately?

Deadmau5

yes.

rather not talk about it tho.

inthemix

ok

do you wanna talk about ultra? cause I find that interesting

Deadmau5

ultra? interesting? same sentence?

inthemix

I mean

obv you are glad to be out of that deal

Deadmau5

obv

inthemix

but if you could go back, would you not sign with them to begin with/ or do you think they had a positive impact on your career somewhere down the line?

Deadmau5

well

a bitch’s gotta do what a bitch’s gotta do. at the time… I very well didn’t have a distribution model up and running right?

I mean, it’s pretty brutal dog eat dog shit

but as long as you say “hey its business” then you’re clear

HEY

it’s business

no feels involved

inthemix

all’s fair in business and war?

Deadmau5

indeed.

Moxley is a lovely guy

really he is

inthemix

but..

Deadmau5

but on a business level, you’re done using me, and I’m done using you.

byeeeeee

inthemix

yeah

Deadmau5

let’s do lunch

my treat

coz you’re a good guy moxley

etc etc

inthemix

so how’s Astralwerks different?

Deadmau5

they have the fear

inthemix

HA

Deadmau5

j/k

no not at all

I think I’m just more on the same page with them

in terms of how I REALLY want to survive as an artist without clinging onto some bullshit DMCA written in 1992 that no longer applies to fuck all these days

IT’S THE DIGITAL MILLENIUM!!! MY GOD. IT’S FULL OF DIGITALS! STOP ALL THE DOWNLOADS!

help computer!

inthemix

lololol

Deadmau5

I could probably pass the bar if I wrote it.

it sucks that i had to learn all that

inthemix

would you ever just go no label, and just put your stuff up on beatport yourself like the old days?

Deadmau5

yeah

2017

I’m a 100% free agent.

which isn’t saying anything

but it’s a date all right

artists

not only have to be artists

but it’s good to know and understand the economics that surround you

no thanks due to the way the world works

but that’s how it works

inthemix

interesting

so you couldn’t do it now if you wanted?

Deadmau5

I wouldn’t want to

it’s not really ready yet

BUT

damn are we getting close

to not even neeeeeeding labels

at least the ones out there with shelf lives of over a year

inthemix

yeah

Deadmau5

like… Redfoo…. pondering the points of DRM in multiple territories makes me chuckle a bit. BUT thank god he has a label to do all the work

and rightfully so

so he can work on his art!

some artists are just that

artists

like Redfoo

who is now pursuing a solo career?

k

whatever

anyway

you get it

BUT

it’s not the omega fuckin thing

so few artists are going to be able to take on the fuckin world

not in terms of success

just all round shit knowing stuff.

inthemix

I guess being creative and having a practical mind for legal/finance shit are two very different things

Deadmau5

I dunno. as a human

living on this planet

in this economic state of affairs

to me… there a point that I’ve got to experience first hand as a musician

that you reach a certain fiscal point

and you’re like dude whatever fuckit

the day your accountant flies 3000km to you

sits down on your couch and says… hey man, you can totally sit on ass without making income for the next 15 years and be perfectly fine

is the same day

you REALLY stop giving a fuck about being that guy who HAS to make 20 billion

and more about

HEY

what EXCITES me

well funnily enough

playing the music buis’ game to me is exciting

might not be for everyone

but I LOVE the fuckin legal drama… the business moves, the cut throat shit

fuckin gets my dick hard

it’s better than TV

inthemix

hahaha

Deadmau5

high stakes drama

market fuckin

all that shit

goddamned game to me… and sometimes I make good moves

and sometimes I eat shit

but I know that one day I’m gunna die

and there’s a good chance ill see it coming, even if it’s for 30 minutes

and during that 30 minutes

I don’t want to find myself saying

fuck

I wish I had more fun with that

I like that attitude

that’s it

so

during this funtime ride

for me

people are going to think I’m the biggest asshole

well guess what, that may be!

but goddamn is this ever better than sitting on my ass being a conservative “love the world” safe fuck.

because no matter how hard i hit the wall

I get to do it in style

inthemix

yeah

Deadmau5

and the 2 type of people out there for me, are on the ride, or not

no love lost for the ones who aren’t, but much more entertainment value for the ones who are

inthemix

so you see yourself in this music thing for the long run then? til forever?

Deadmau5

what the fuck else can I do?

hello

neck tattoos

retail ain’t gunna work

inthemix

fair

okay another question

you wrote in a 2010 tumblr post that you wanted to “take this music and shove it down the mainstreams throat” – how does it feel to see the mainstream going totally apeshit over it now?

it = I guess #EDM and not so much what you make, but still

Deadmau5

had to stir the pot a bit

I mean

really

this isn’t a utopian model

where everyone’s just happy as shit

inthemix

yeah

Deadmau5

I mean, had a voice, said what was on my mind…

and things might have or might not have shifted … or bent at least

anything

as long as there’s movement

in either direction really, I’m not picky

just hate the plateau.

I’d be just as happy driving my career into the ground as I would watching it skyrocket.

but better than standing still

inthemix

yeah

that’s cool

Deadmau5

shrug

not everyone’s cup o tea

Nic Fanciulli OWNS the concept of chill.

haha

I love that guy

he’s so rad

but like

PERFECTLY comfortable

if there was an award for that

he should take it

you know?

inthemix

as in, because he’s not trying new things?

Deadmau5

mmmm not nesc that

hard to say really HOW he’s doing it

but one+one put him where he wanted to be

and he’s stayed there, almost deliberately since

inthemix

and that’s not what you want to be

Deadmau5

well I’d take it if I HAD to

but I’d be even more miserable, because I’m bipolar

extremist

n the career sense

you know… for a week or 2… I was TRULY convinced I’d NEVER bounce back from literally calling every DJ in the world a fucking “cunt”

that was a mind melting week.

inthemix

ah!

Deadmau5

I’ll never forget that feeling…. fuck the sentiment, that’s not what’s important….. just the fact that shit just went outta control

was great

inthemix

so – you liked that shitstorm?

Deadmau5

well, it was better than golf clapping at getting a #344 chart position on billboard that week

well either way, wouldn’t be eventful.

inthemix

okay I feel you

Deadmau5

like I said, stories.

extremes either way, as long as something is happening

I burned a 21 million dollar contract…. stories….

I threw away my grammy ballot 2 days ago…

stories

inthemix

yeah, you’ve sure got stories

Deadmau5

good times

bad times

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