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

Back when Joel Zimmerman first built his mau5-head, he gave Rolling Stone an interesting rationale for the new prop: “I thought it would be kind of funny to be the mystery mouse guy, like Daft Punk.”

A few years down the track, Deadmau5 is often talked about as one of the best-realised ‘brands’ in dance music. On stage, Zimmerman’s been through over 20 incarnations of that mau5 head, while the punters who come to his gigs regularly slave over their own replicas to wear on the dancefloor. One eight-year-old fan even has a Twitter account (with 7,000 followers to boot) dedicated to drawing new Deadmau5 designs every day.

But Deadmau5 never really ended up being that “mystery mouse guy.” Far from an enigma, Joel Zimmerman is always right out there. Even when he’s holed up in his studio, working on music with a cigarette in hand, he’ll broadcast it all for fans to see. Then, of course, he’s also the guy who’ll deliver a lacerating takedown of just about anything and anyone. (And yes, he’s never far from the inthemix homepage.) In recent years, we’ve seen more of Joel than ever: the good, the bad and the angry. He remains one of the most fascinating, polarizing personalities in music.

“In recent years, we’ve seen more of Joel than ever: the good, the bad and the angry. He remains one of the most fascinating, polarizing personalities in music”

So when inthemix was offered our first interview slot with Deadmau5 in three years (thanks to an incoming tour with Future Music Festival), we came to it with all these contradictions in mind.

What was meant to be a 15 minute call on Christmas Eve turned into a two and half hour talk on Skype chat (“The label were amazed we got him at all,” the PR rep facilitating the media time told inthemix after the interview).

This is the conversation we could never have predicted – it’s as freeform and unfiltered as its subject, but perhaps one of the most honest he’s ever done. And certainly the longest.

In the interest of keeping things authentic, we’ve reproduced the conversation almost exactly as it happened – lower case lettering, meme references and all. Stick through ‘til the end and you’ll walk away with an insight into Zimmerman’s thoughts on labels, his live show plans, that time he called every DJ in the world a “fucking c*nt”, the Grammys, inthemix forum users, Mozart, Giorgio Moroder and much, much more.


inthemix

hey, it’s inthemix. I think we’re second in the i/v queue

Deadmau5

k

Deadmau5

hey

just type away

I’ll answer on here

I have a cold.

not doing so great

inthemix

ah okay sure, I also have a cold

so that works

Deadmau5

canberra. fireworks and porn.

inthemix

haha! yep. home for the holidays

Deadmau5

my kinda town

inthemix

impressive knowledge

are you on another call at the moment?

Deadmau5

yeah I’m full of useless shit

no

just rather type

inthemix

okay cool I’ll start hitting you with stuff

Deadmau5

alright

inthemix

first up – been having a play on the new site the last couple of days, watching you play minecraft etc. looks cool! does the finished product match your vision for it?

Deadmau5

very close

it’s getting better, we had to roll it out in a hurry

inthemix

what’s left to be done?

Deadmau5

well, overall improvements and functionality

but the gist of it is there

music video photos chat… short of me coming over to your house and giving you a personal hand job, what else is there

so we’re doing all that

except the hand job

that will be a $200 in app purchase

inthemix

haha, well I’m glad we’ve already covered hand jobs

Deadmau5

they are of high caliber….

inthemix

I know there exists an old tumblr post of your where you said “what you need a fuckin theme park, and you and your music are the theme. you want people to come to you theme park and feel like they’re part of your world” – how close do you feel you are to that?

Deadmau5

but yes

it’s getting close to my theme park idea

inthemix

do you feel like it’s gonna eliminate the problems you have with open, established social media? (like twitter)

Deadmau5

nah

but at least alleviate my need to say something stupid to a buncha people who giveth a fuck not about me or my music

Miley Cyrus manages to find her way onto my timeline / home feed

ergo, I probably end up on hers

so some butthurt Miley fan is going to have something clever to say on the matter of 44.1 vs 96khz audio

inthemix

ha!

Deadmau5

totally relevant.

inthemix

heaps. been wondering – what’s the drawback of having that close a relationship with your fans? do you ever wish you had a little more anonymity?

Deadmau5

mmm nah, in the online “live site” capacity… I can always unplug for a sec.

I don’t leave the house

and when I do, I don’t get mobbed in malls in China

or malls in Toronto

inthemix

fair call. it’s funny though, I know once back in like 2010 you were talking about the mau5 head and said “I thought it would be kind of funny to be the mystery mouse guy, like daft punk. you could totally pass those guys in the friction k-mart and not know it”. but that’s not really want the mau5 head ended up being hey

Deadmau5

eh

shit happens

just let it happen.

embrace the shit.

become the shit

inthemix

wise words

I actually wanted to talk about your first australian tour back in 07, for kink

do you remember that?

Deadmau5

yeah

I rode a kangaroo on stage at my first AU gig

fun fact

I THOUGHT people would have LIKED that.

then I realized how annoyed id be if tommy trash dressed up as a mountie

inthemix

haha

Deadmau5

keepin it vanilla this time

inthemix

am I right in saying that was your first (or one of, at least) tour outside of canada? how different was your world back then?

Deadmau5

yeah it pretty much was

I was full of hope and excitement

and happy to be a part of something

inthemix

yeah, reading back articles and things from that time, that definitely comes across

what sort of electronic music were you inspired by then?

Deadmau5

mmm not really much of, I was in the learning stage then

inthemix

so was there a turning point where you WEREN’T so excited about everything? how long did that 07 feeling last?

Deadmau5

tillbout 08

inthemix

what changed then?

Deadmau5

no idea

that’s some me, searching me, shit

ain’t nobody got time for that

inthemix

ok, fair

let’s talk production

Deadmau5

let’s.

inthemix

when you spoke to someone from ITM before another tour in 2011, you said you were making up to five songs every studio day. are you still as prolific?

Deadmau5

well I’d like to be if I didn’t have a million things to run / monitor / approve / dictate / endure and or litigate through

but comes with the territory I suppose

inthemix

oh damn

that sucks?

Deadmau5

not really

it has its fun moments

inthemix

but you’ve been making quite moody music lately, stuff that doesn’t feel geared to the dancefloor. I wondered – is your end goal only to play headline shows where fans are going to ‘get it’, or can you still see your music working in the context of a dance festival?

Deadmau5

I’m still keeping it relevant enough in the BG to be fest. friendly…. at least with small injections of my “out there whack ass I can’t dance to this isn’t even music where’s the drop bro” shit

inthemix

IS the end goal to only play headline shows though?

Deadmau5

headline as in playing with a buncha other dudes playing other dudes shit?

not really

just do solo shows

inthemix

oh yes, that’s what I mean by headline shows

not festivals. just you

Deadmau5

I’d rather just do solo shows.

more control.

inthemix

is that a possibility for the immediate future? or are you likely to be stuck doing the festivals thing for a while?

Deadmau5

I can die happy never needing to get in a fight with Tiesto or Armin’s fuckin team over who gets to use what percent of a fuckin LED screen because all our music sucks so much shit we might as well blind them with CG we had nothing to do with

inthemix

ha!

Deadmau5

just sayin

every

fucking

festival

“WHO GETS THE SCREEN”

there’s a whole political scene

screen scene

I’m telling you

there are wars happening in the back there with production teams

that NEED to be reality TV shows

inthemix

and here I was thinking it’s billing artists fight over

I’ll pass that on to MTV. see what they can do.

Deadmau5

better than watching whiney 16 year old preg bitches

inthemix

amen

Deadmau5

almost the same thing actually.

n/m

inthemix

I can see the ratings now.

on the topic of festivals though, what incarnation of the live show are you bringing out for Future?

Deadmau5

cube “plus”

man

I love aus.

inthemix

🙂

Deadmau5

I really do

but

I do not love freighting things to aus

I really do not

inthemix

ah yeah, that

Deadmau5

it costs WHAT!?

and you can’t exactly rent an “original” production there

outside of the usual product

soooo

yeah

it’s like that

inthemix

‘spose it’s our own fault for being so far away

so what’s the ‘plus’ in cube plus?

Deadmau5

wait for it

of course I have no idea what that is, and here’s me hoping our production team fuckin nails it

LOL

oh

I’m bringing that rad touchscreen shit this time

that’s new!

inthemix

haha

so it’s a work in progress?

Deadmau5

yeah actually

lol

I’m the last minute man

inthemix

well that’s cool for us, means we get something new

Deadmau5

well not to mention fucktons of new music

inthemix

and that!

Deadmau5

not like I’m gunna roll up and ghosts n stuff you to death

inthemix

haha

Deadmau5

might mash it up with Levels this time

inthemix

boom tish

what sorta stuff is gonna be in your set then? ALL new?

Deadmau5

technically that meets the “new” requirement

win win

inthemix

that will definitely go down well

so they would burn effigies of me in the street if I didn’t ask whether you will do any sideshows..

…you there?

D:

Deadmau5

that’s it?

lol

inthemix

no!

not it

I got heaps more

can we talk about the ultra split?

also, with live. deadmau5.com, are people not supposed to be able to see the chat unless they’re in it? cause all I get in that section is white screen

Deadmau5

k one sec

bogged down

inthemix

all good!

I’ll be here, scrolling through instagram on my phone

Deadmau5

lemme know if you see any good manicures

yo yo honey singhh

inthemix

all just photos of coffee

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

inthemix

threw your grammy ballot away 2 days ago?

Deadmau5

both quality

yeah fuckit

inthemix

story pls

Deadmau5

well that’s just it

got it in the mail

said fuckit

tossed it out with a laundry detergent flyer

would be funny if the ALLOWED me to win this year

oopsie

inthemix

I guess I don’t really understand how the grammys work, tbh

is that like a voting thing

Deadmau5

well they send you an invitation to “attend”

then a ballot, to vote for who you think deserves a cookie

inthemix

ah k

how do you feel about that mainstream stuff anywho

does it just make you laugh

or is it nice, in a way, to see them kinda trying to “get it”

Deadmau5

nah they know exactly what they’re doing

because they’re doing what they’re told most of the time

😉 who’s telling em now? EDM

Diplo didn’t exactly take a page out of miley’s book.

inthemix

how’d they manage to get you to do the performance thing that year?

Deadmau5

coz dave

😀

inthemix

haha

Deadmau5

I love dave

honestly

he seems like a good dude

quality human being

one of the best there is

just fun to hang is all, found an opportunity

had to make it work in some capacity

inthemix

that’s cool

Deadmau5

get on TV

why not

no harm no foul

cept for dave saying something WE DONT NEED COMPUTERS TO MAKE MUSIC

immediately after a performance

with computer guy over here

inthemix

ah yes, that

Deadmau5

I watched that from the dressing room

inthemix

how’d you react?

Deadmau5

I peed a little

“oh dave.”

inthemix

like a sympathy pee?

Deadmau5

nah, he’s just really passionate about what he does

I do the same thing with EDM

comes with the territory

inthemix

I think you said you respect Richie Hawtin for the same reason, because he’s passionate

Deadmau5

we’re just smart monkeys with opinions

ya

inthemix

that important to you?

Deadmau5

idgaf if you make the shittiest music in the world

if you’re driven

that’s admirable

but if you’re “hey im a dj and im gunna make money!!” you’re a twatwaffle

plenty o twatwaffles

inthemix

‘twatwaffle’

Deadmau5

but

inthemix

what if redfoo is super driven and passionate tho?

Deadmau5

honestly

driven to make money is cool too

but ever hear of blackjack?

look into it

srs business.

lol

just don’t try to convince people you’re creative, on your quest for titties and top fest billing

makes me sad.

inthemix

I know what you mean

Deadmau5

the titties will come naturally

you have to just let the titties happen

you can’t chase the titties

inthemix

say titties one more time

Deadmau5

titties

lmfao

inthemix

hahaha

how many of the EDM dudes around today fall into that category do you think?

Deadmau5

well I dunno

I mean

I KNOW you’re fishing

hey now..

well you are.

😛

inthemix

maybe a lil

Deadmau5

I’m not new

which pub is this anyway?

itm?

inthemix

yep

your fave :/

Deadmau5

oh

I thought you guys hated me

HAHA

inthemix

NO!

we love you

don’t you hate us?

Deadmau5

yeah yeah yeah

I’m not out for blood, no

can’t hate a publication really

they only report

it’s not like anyone made shit up

inthemix

we do have some vicious forum users though

Deadmau5

there

that’s what it was

inthemix

they are usually angry

Deadmau5

now I remember

yeah. I can relate

why is it almost a requirement now for blogs / pubs to have comments on everything?

whatever happened to that state of inner dialogue where you’re like… “I agree” or I disagree…

inthemix

the internet ruined that

every thought must be broadcast

IN ALL CAPS

Deadmau5

“HAHAHA FUCK YOU, ME… THIS IS TOTAL COCKWASH.”

inthemix

pretty much

Deadmau5

anyway, I digress

I dunno…. I just think the social media / subscription model thing is a lil bit of risk taking

trying out something new away from the clutches of the “I’m a big artist… I need a fb, twitter, instagram and soundcloud.”

inthemix

yeah

an admirable ambition, I think

Deadmau5

and at the very least, its pays for itself

at the very best

i sell it to twitter.

inthemix

hahaa

Deadmau5

well, if it covers its expense and helps out in place of online music sales…

then mission accomplishbro.jpg

fuckin ain’t gettin no 30% of my shit apple!

fek yu!

etc

kinda destroying the hive mind

inthemix

so at that ideal heaps profitable place, would you just give all your music away for free?

Deadmau5

I already do now

inthemix

but no more albums?

no more full iTunes/on-the-shelf albums?

Deadmau5

everything on my site is free!!!! *for 4.99 a month

LOL

I’d give it all away…. for just a little more. – M. Burns

inthemix

and how does Astralwerks feel about that

Deadmau5

we’re gunna find out

LAWL

note shitstorm convo

inthemix

haha

Deadmau5

well obv we’ll work something out

but like I said

if I keep on with this model

it’s probably not a good idea for a label to step in and sue their own artist for bein cool

bad PR

inthemix

this is true

Deadmau5

see Toni Braxton

ask EMI bout that one

they LOOOOOVED it

inthemix

speaking of artists, who are you vibing on lately?

Deadmau5

max coopers pretty great for listenin

vessels a cool body of work

I can dig it

inthemix

have your tastes changed much over the years?

Deadmau5

mmm not really

still like what I always have

NIN, Aphex Twin, BOC, Plaid, Squarepusher

inthemix

Aphex Twin, now there is a dude

Deadmau5

yeah, he makes me feel not so antisocial

inthemix

have you ever got to meet him and tell him you like his stuff?

Deadmau5

nah

I don’t think I even would

inthemix

how come?

Deadmau5

I’ll just let it be and enjoy it the way I interpret it

I don’t want to connect the personality to the music

the music becomes mine when I hear it

sad that usually isn’t the case anymore

I kinda hold that close

inthemix

that is interesting, cause you obv put quite a lot of personality across

Deadmau5

I wish I could be held in that sense

inthemix

really?

Deadmau5

you say Deadmau5, you hear justin bieber, miley rant loud mouthed Deadmau5 head wearing prick

you say Aphex Twin…. I hear nothing, and remember the long bus rides from Niagara Falls to Toronto listening to Druqs

inthemix

so you wish you’d held more of yourself back?

Deadmau5

I don’t want to remember the dude who didn’t care what I thought of him

better to be a memory than a voice.

but, that’s not the way it went for me

so here we are

inthemix

so would you do it differently if you could go back, then?

Deadmau5

of course

and differently after that too

maybe in the next life

inthemix

wow

really interesting

Deadmau5

just a thought

inthemix

I wonder what would happen if you just became a full hermit

is it too late now to chart a different path?

Deadmau5

yeah

I think i might have been a little too impressionable

10 years… oh you mean the guy who talked all that shit about….

inthemix

haha yeah, I guess people don’t really forget

Deadmau5

you know Mozart, in his time

was considered total fuckin trash

and, he was a COMPLETE asshat

and if it weren’t for “Amadeus” he’d still pretty much be globally remembered as a musical deity

also a great film. you should probably watch

inthemix

I will make a note of that

Deadmau5

seriously, great film.

bout Salieri and Mozart

puts a REAL good perspective on EDM in a way

inthemix

really?

how?

Deadmau5

do you know who Salieri was?

inthemix

no, sorry, don’t judge

Deadmau5

exactly

that’s kinda the point of the story

inthemix

ah

Deadmau5

but everyone remembered Mozart

inthemix

well now I feel like less of an idiot

so what’s the moral for EDM?

Deadmau5

watch the film.

I mean, it’s probably not historically 110% percent… but it’s close enough to make a great juxtaposition on the longevity of memories of music

anyways.

that was his thing.

his is my thing

might not be what I want

but it’s what I got

inthemix

so how do you think Deadmau5 will be remembered in 100 years then?

Deadmau5

fuck knows.

doubt it

I’ll probably be wiped from the books after 15 years tops in terms of the popularity of music

inthemix

I mean, do you want people to remember you for your music more than your personality?

Deadmau5

you probably haven’t heard about Kirss Kross in the last 5 years until I JUST said that now.

inthemix

hahahaha

fuck

Deadmau5

yeah

5 more and I would have lost it too

or spin doctors

or Presidents Of The United States

we’ve all had similar levels of success.

and millions more

inthemix

I do wonder how we’ll all look back on this EDM thing in 30 years’ time

Deadmau5

probably the same way our parents do about disco

which mind you

has had a longer shelf life

but we don’t hear about the old disco days

not anymore

15 / 20 window…. it’s gone. maybe lore for films set in the era

but nothing on MTV

inthemix

But I feel like people are talking about it again now, what with Nile Rodgers being cool everywhere

Deadmau5

well

same with Giorgio

funny

inthemix

yeah, it’s great

Deadmau5

met him a few weeks ago in LA

very nice guy

inthemix

was he a legend?

Deadmau5

no

just a nice old italian man

inthemix

aw

I want to shake his hand

Deadmau5

very soft spoken

but I want to hate him when a 15 year old kid says in a comment that my old track sounds like something along the lines of “whoa sounds like Giorgio Moroder!!!!”

welcome back Girogio, welcome back.

inthemix

amazing

Deadmau5

I would have probably been impressed if he made that comment a year ago.

but, again, same goes for me.

I didn’t even know who the fuck he was

not to be RUDE

but I honestly didn’t

had to look him up

and I’m like

oh wow… a founding father of electronic music! neat! That’s cooool.

inthemix

haha, totally

Deadmau5

glad he’s getting some sun

probably enjoying it

as he should

inthemix

pretty cool he did his first ever DJ set this year

and is playing HARD festivals

Deadmau5

yeah at DOTA

I was there

inthemix

really!

what was it like?

Deadmau5

yeah I headlined against him

LOL

inthemix

omg

Deadmau5

🙁

that’s how I met ‘em

poor dude had the tent

and some of his shit broke, saw him after the show

inthemix

but hey, everyone in that tent would been loving it

Deadmau5

and he was like… the sound was so baaad the monitors

but I was all

nah man, it’s cool they’re ALL like that

inthemix

aw, Giorgio

Deadmau5

but trying to be super nice about it coz it was like 80k people on my side, 4k in the tent maybe

so… last thing I wanted to do was come off like a smug little prick to a nice little old Italian man

inthemix

oh yeah, you’d go to hell for that

Deadmau5

probably

better him than Nervo or some shit

coz the smug prick woulda been way outta line

4 tits and a CDJ. good job

such amaze

many talents

inthemix

much skills

Deadmau5

wow

inthemix

very DJ

Deadmau5

this is by far the longest interview I’ve done

of all time.

inthemix

yep, me too

Deadmau5

I feel like you owe me

inthemix

yeah

what do you want

in return

Deadmau5

money’d be great

inthemix

nah I ain’t got that

I’m a writer yo

Deadmau5

I’m 9.3 million short of the 2014 fall tour.

and I wish I was kidding

inthemix

I’ll contribute $20

Deadmau5

k

inthemix

(AUD)

Deadmau5

yeah that’s like 300 here

inthemix

ahaha

Deadmau5

fuck I’m gunna be there a whole month

with just weekend shows

inthemix

really?

wow

Deadmau5

yeah

crazy time off there

inthemix

are you doing the Malaysia FMF afterwards too?

Deadmau5

India

inthemix

kewl

Deadmau5

just got off the press junket with them

never been there

inthemix

how was that

Deadmau5

so they’re all pumped

inthemix

that’s sweet

Deadmau5

I tried my best to sound excited

inthemix

HAHA

Deadmau5

and I kinda am I guess

never been, so

inthemix

yeah

that’d be cool

seems like India’s getting huge for dance music

Deadmau5

can’t expect it to suck as bad as Australia right

inthemix

hey now

Deadmau5

lol

j/k

inthemix

we got fireworks and porn, remember?

you don’t get that in India

Deadmau5

only in Canberra

inthemix

yep

Deadmau5

ONLY

inthemix

only place in the whole world

Deadmau5

that is really weird

why is that anyway?

inthemix

we just have a very different government

Deadmau5

but

you’re the same country

inthemix

yeah it’s just the way state/territory governance works here

Deadmau5

I gotta go eat

It’s been real

inthemix

yeah

thanks for the chat man

I appreciate it

Deadmau5

ya.

inthemix

thanks Joel

Deadmau5

lazers.

Catch Deadmau5 at Future Music Festival 2014

Saturday March 1 – RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane

Sunday March 2 – Joondalup Arena, Perth

Saturday March 8 – Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney

Sunday March 9 – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne

Monday March 10 – Adelaide Showgrounds, Adelaide