“There are no CDs involved. It’s a technological orgy up there and I try and keep it more my music than anyone else’s. If people come out to see deadmau5 I want them to hear deadmau5 music.”
Joel Zimmerman doesn’t like being called a DJ. The dance music phenomenon from Toronto, better known as deadmau5, rolls his eyes at the description which he sees as a hopelessly outdated way of describing what he does. His sets are closer to live performances as he assembles tracks on the fly using cutting edge computer technology including software that he’s helped to write himself.
deadmau5 starts his own imprint; “mau5trap
deadmau5 heads down under
Beatport Music Award Triple
mau5 plays at the 2010 winter Olympics in Vancouver.
First ever headline outdoor UK show at London’s Victoria Park.
First ever electronic artist to headline Earls Court
with 17,000 capacity.
mau5 goes to South Africa, sells out 3 shows and meets the little monsters
deadmau5 introduces Amnesia Miami to The Veldt
Chris James submits vocal for The Veldt
Retains #4 spot in DJ Mag
top 100 poll for second year running
deadmau5 goes back to back with Richie Hawtin at SXSW.
First coffee run uploaded.
mau5 goes to India..
The first mau5trap vs PRYDA event takes place in Miami.
deadmau5 lends a helping hand and steps in last minute to close Ultra Music Festival.
- Winners of Spirit of the Gumball - 2014 Gumball 3000 Rally.
while (1<2) is released and meowington’s sits on some vinyl.
The most impactful revolutions aren't planned, plotted or premeditated.
They simply happen. There's also typically an enigmatic figure at the forefront of those aforementioned creative shifts. Canadian native Joel Zimmerman, more commonly known asdeadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse"), didn't set out to become a groundbreaking electronic artist. He just made some music and it happened to change the game and pop culture as we know it. Isn't that the best way for it to work though?
Up to this point, his career stands earmarked by a series of firsts and shattered records. At the 54th annual Grammy Awards in 2012, he gave a monumental performance as part of the prestigious ceremony's first-ever telecast celebrating electronic music. He's also the first electronic artist in history to grace the cover of Rolling Stone. His sold out show at Toronto's Rogers Centre, documented on the MEOWINGTONS HAX 2k11 DVD, and London’s Earl’s Court, documented on the deadmau5 live @ earl’s court DVD, made him the first Canadian artist as well as the first electronic artist to headline both venues.
In some fashion, everything has led up to > album title goes here < for deadmau5. He's dropped three critically acclaimed albums: 4×4=12, For Lack Of A Better Name and
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He also performed at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards as part of its first ever telecast performance highlighting electronic music. His fan base speaks the loudest though. He's garnered over 6.5 million fans on his Facebook page and over 1.3 million followers on Twitter. Plus, deadmau5 remains an impressive concert draw, headlining the biggest festivals in North America Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Sonar, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Ultra Music Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival.
He was the first Canadian and electronic artist to sell out Rogers Centre in Toronto. If that's not enough, he broke a record held by Rage Against the Machine for most consecutive shows at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC with a staggering six nights at the iconic venue. He adorned the cover of Rolling Stone's summer double issue in 2012, another first for an EDM artist.
With his cat Meowingtons gracing the artwork for > album title goes here < the music sits firmly entrenched in the deadmau5 universe. It's open and otherworldly and welcoming of all genres, species, etc. Ray Bradbury would be proud.