deadmau5 in his costume performing at Coachella 2008.
|Birth name||Joel Zimmerman|
|Also known as||Halcyon441|
|Born||January 5, 1981|
|Origin||Niagara Falls, Ontario,Canada|
|Genres||Progressive House, Electro House, Neo-trance, House|
|Occupations||DJ, Producer, Remixer|
|Years active||2005 - present|
|Labels||Mau5trap Recordings, Ultra Records, Ministry of Sound Australia, SongBird, Play Records. Play Digital, WeWillDoo, EMI Records, Ministry of Sound, Virgin Records|
|Associated acts||Chris Lake
BSOD (w/ Steve Duda)
WTF? (w/ Tommy Lee, Steve Duda, DJ Aero)
|Nord Lead 2x, Moog Synth, Ableton, Allen & Heath Xone 3D, Allen & Heath Xone 4D, Lemur Input Device, FL Studio, Reason, Monome 256, Reaktor, Cubase, Kaossilator, Nuendo, Native Instruments Maschine|
deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse"; real name Joel Zimmerman) is a progressive house and electro house DJ from Toronto, Canada. His extensive discography includes tracks such as "Arguru" and "Not Exactly", which have been included in compilation albums such as In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza, MixMag's Tech-Trance-Electro-Madness (mixed by deadmau5 himself), and on Armin van Buuren's A State of Trance radio show. His debut album, Get Scraped, was released in 2006, followed by others in the next few years. On October 28, 2009, DJ Magazine announced the results of their annual Top 100 DJ Poll, placing Ultra Records artist deadmau5 at #6, a jump from #11 the previous year.
As well as his own extensive solo back catalogue, deadmau5 is recognised for his work alongside numerous other DJs and producers, such as: Kaskade, MC Flipside, Rob Swire of Pendulum, and Steve Duda under the BSOD alias.
Deadmau5 received two nominations for the Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2008 for a track with Billy Newton-Davis and Melleefresh. He did not win an award for Melleefresh's "After Hours" song, but he won the award for Newton-Davis' "All U Ever Want". He was also named "Producer of 2007" by DJ magazine's 2007 Top 100 winner Armin van Buuren, and by runner up Tiësto. In 2008, he placed number 11 in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, tying Infected Mushroom (2006) for the highest new entry in the poll's history, showing Zimmerman's fast rise to prominence. On May 1, 2008, deadmau5 became the most awarded DJ/producer of the Beatport Music Awards. He was named "Best Progressive House Artist" by Beatport. (In 2009, Beatport also awarded deadmau5 the most awards that year, winning 1st place in both of his nominations, as well as being given the "Greatest House DJ Ever" award, two years in a row). He also had a radio station dedicated to him in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP portable gaming consoles, as well as the iPhone.
His debut album, Random Album Title, was released electronically in September 2008 via Ultra Records in the U.S. and Ministry of Sound in the UK and Europe. Physical copies of the album were released in November 2008.
In the United States, deadmau5's collaboration with Kaskade, "Move for Me", reached number one on Billboard magazine's Hot Dance Airplay chart in its September 6, 2008 issue.. In 2009, he was nominated for Grammy Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical ("The Longest Road" (deadmau5 Remix) by Morgan Page featuring Lissie).
deadmau5 headlined the Dance Arena on Friday July 10, 2009 at Oxegen festival in Ireland. He also headlined LovEvolution in San Francisco on October 3. He also played at Belsonic in Belfast, Northern Ireland on August 28 and at the Leeds, Reading and Creamfields festivals on August 29 and 30 in the Lock Up/Dance Tent/Mixmag stage, drawing a large crowd at each of the events.
deadmau5 performed at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada on February 19, 2010 during the live medal presentations in men’s luge doubles and biathlon (women’s 15-km individual and men’s 20-km individual). His track "Moar Ghosts N' Stuff" was aired on national TV throughout America when it was played over loudspeakers during Hannah Kearney's gold-medal run in women's moguls.
In December 2007, Marcus Schossow, Maor Levi and Dj Eco created a project named Deadrat6 as a joke on deadmau5, claiming his tracks sound alike. A similar faux project was also created under the name of Sinterklaa5.. As a counter-move, deadmau5 created a track under the artist name "Marcus Fatsow",.
The rivalry between deadmau5 and Schossow escalated at an event in April 2008 in Oslo, where, according to Marcus Schossow, deadmau5 refused to play at a club if Marcus Schossow was going to play afterward. This led to Marcus Schossow being refused entry and made the night a deadmau5 solo event.
In an October 2008 interview with the Irish Daily Star deadmau5 was quoted as follows:
Zimmerman apologized for this comment on November 4, 2008. He explained that the interview was bad, and that it did not express his opinion about DJs correctly:
In 2008, an artist called DirtyCircuit claimed to have been threatened with legal action after using a sample called "LP_Faxing Berlin C_128bpm" that came bundled with FL Studio, and of which deadmau5 claimed copyright. The case caused a slight discomfort among the users of FL Studio, and some have pointed out potential inconsistencies in the EULA of the software.
deadmau5 pronounced "dead mouse", (real name: Joel Zimmerman) (born January 5, 1981 in Niagara Falls, Ontario) is a Grammy-nominated and Juno winning Canadian electro and progressive house DJ. He was ranked #6 on DJ Magazine's annual Top 100 DJ Poll. He has released 8 albums and made a cameo on the TV show Gossip Girl. Furthermore he has made tracks like "Arguru" and "Not Exactly", which have been featured on many compilation CD's and on Armin van Buuren's A State Of Trance radio show.
He was nominated for a Grammy in 2009 for his remix of the track "The Longest Road" in the category of "Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical"
deadmau5 won a Juno Award in 2010 in the category of "Dance Recording of the Year" for the album "For Lack of a Better Name".
On July 30, 2010 deadmau5 collapsed on stage 50 minutes into his set and doctors said he was suffering from exhaustion and vomiting. because of this, deadmau5 was forced to cancel his next nine shows for recovery.
The name deadmau5 started when Zimmerman found a dead mouse in his computer, while he was replacing his video card. He talked with people in chat rooms, and people started connecting him with this story. In the end, Zimmerman called himself deadmau5, as a shorter version of "dead mouse".