Deadmau5 walks away from the Gumball 3000 with a major win

Right now, Joel ‘Deadmau5′ Zimmerman is relaxing in Ibiza after completing his first Gumball 3000 rally alongside driving partner Tory Belleci. The duo traveled from Miami to Ibiza over seven days, spanning two continents and five countries in 3,000 miles, with no major mishaps along the way. (There was the minor issue of Zimmerman’s run-in with the French authorities, of course.) As well as commanding the Purrari on its epic adventure, the ‘mau5 even found time to play some of the rally’s after-parties, and keep the whole thing regularly documented on Instagram.

To cap off the producer’s first Gumball, he received one of the event’s top honours. After crossing the finish line, Zimmerman and Belleci were awarded the coveted Spirit of the Gumball trophy by founder Maximillion Cooper.

“They embraced the rally in the way that I intended it from day one,” Cooper told the crowd gathered at the after-party. “They got in a bit of trouble, but not too much. And I’d also like to thank Joel for performing at a couple of the parties and really adding to the energy this year.” You can watch Zimmerman accept the award in the video below. “I seriously cannot believe it,” he later wrote. “I’m so happy.”

Meanwhile, the new Deadmau5 album is almost here. To keep the hype building, this week tech site Mashable premiered yet another cut from the tracklist. Avid fans will have already heard snippets of Phantoms Can’t Hang during Deadmau5’s epic SoundCloud binge at the end of last year, but the full nine-minute progressive epic is quite a ride. Consider us ready. [Article photo by Rukes.]