Deadmau5 lays into dance music's overpaid "button-pushers"

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This Friday 22 June, the new issue of Rolling Stone will hit newsstands in the U.S., with none other than dance music renegade Deadmau5 on the cover. While the full feature is yet to emerge, the magazine has posted some quotes from the ever-acerbic and entertaining mouth of Joel Zimmerman. One of his targets is the fleet of ‘button-pusher’ DJs in dance music – including David Guetta and, to a degree, America’s darling Skrillex.

“David Guetta has two iPods and a mixer and he just plays tracks – like, ‘Here’s one with Akon, check it out!’,” Zimmerman tells Rolling Stone. “Even Skrillex isn’t doing anything too technical. He has a laptop and a MIDI recorder, and he’s just playing his shit. People are, thank God, smartening up about who does what – but there’s still button-pushers getting paid half a million. And not to say I’m not a button-pusher. I’m just pushing a lot more buttons.”

He also reserves some cutting remarks for Madonna’s ‘molly’ reference at Ultra Music Festival – “It’s like talking about slavery at a fucking blues concert. It’s inappropriate” – and the current gold-rush in ‘EDM’. “Everyone’s up on the EDM bandwagon now because it’s another viable conduit for traditional pop music to ride for a bit, so they can get out of their little stagnant pool and make a dance hit,” he says. “I’m not really in it for that.”

You can see why we went with the title, Mouthing Off, for our 2011 interview with the mau5: he’s not afraid to speak his mind. That refusal to play the game is one of the qualities techno guru Richie Hawtin singled out in a recent panel. With his new EP The Veldt out here Friday 22 June, Deadmau5 is in the thick of the Northern festival season, with a tour that winds through to Creamfields in the UK at the end of August.

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Silkyyy

Silkyyy said on the 21st Jun, 2012

"THEY push some buttons. I'M just pushing a lot more buttons." - deadmau5

cheechvda

cheechvda said on the 21st Jun, 2012

What about knob twisters

Snap Kelly

Snap Kelly said on the 21st Jun, 2012

can this guy shut the fuck up already! does he not realise he wears a fucking mouse head when he "pushes buttons".. if thats not playing the game, then i dont know what is! you wouldnt catch the older generation of dj's playing dress-ups every time they perform.

Snap Kelly

Snap Kelly said on the 21st Jun, 2012

can this guy shut the fuck up already! does he not realise he wears a fucking mouse head when he "pushes buttons".. if thats not playing the game, then i dont know what is! you wouldnt catch the older generation of dj's playing dress-ups every time they perform.

Snap Kelly

Snap Kelly said on the 21st Jun, 2012

can this guy shut up already! does he not realise he wears a mouse head when he "pushes buttons".. if thats not playing the game, then i dont know what is! you wouldnt catch the older generation of dj's playing dress-ups every time they perform.

RaverSlut

RaverSlut said on the 21st Jun, 2012

Snap kelly is a button pusher!

David Guetta

David Guetta said on the 21st Jun, 2012

Lol at getting lectured on credibility by a man that wears a giant flashing Mickey Mouse head to work. Joel always has sand in his Flanger about something.

Joel Zimmerman

Joel Zimmerman said on the 21st Jun, 2012

Don't make me come after you David..



On twitter.

David Guetta

David Guetta said on the 21st Jun, 2012

By the way my mate Joachim Garraud said to say nice tat mouseboy..

zsmiles

zsmiles said on the 21st Jun, 2012

I beat Deadmau5 PUSHED Guetta's buttons for those comments

wstrvlt

wstrvlt said on the 21st Jun, 2012

I wonder how he defends working with Paris Hilton.

jarrardscott

jarrardscott said on the 21st Jun, 2012

Deadmau5 shits me, he plays live and doesnt understand what djs do.
sure some of them do just play one track then another, but i dont think he understand anything about layering, flow, key, multi-deck mixing, effects, using the eqs and filters correctly to great extent.

he has absolutely no idea about any of this

twistedbydesign

twistedbydesign said on the 21st Jun, 2012

Deadmau5 thinks a trigger finger is a 'midi recorder'?

angy

angy said on the 21st Jun, 2012

People need to stop taking the bait with Deadmau5, geez

rubbishtalk

rubbishtalk said on the 21st Jun, 2012

I've always wondered what Deadmau5 does behind that mask and LED cube... I suppose it's good he's owning up to the fact he does a lot more nothing than everyone else!!!!

mr flauge

mr flauge said on the 21st Jun, 2012

deadmau5 is a fucking genius, typical of you muppets on this forum to hate anyone who plays a mainstage.
he is standing up for what alot you believe and you just rip him to shreds. just because he hasn't been around since the 90s doesn't make him shit.
grow up and expand your horizons cunts

thechunk

thechunk said on the 21st Jun, 2012

wish i could get paid millions to push buttons. I am really good it, i swear!

1DAKOTA1

1DAKOTA1 said on the 22nd Jun, 2012

Joel is voicing his opinion, there is nothing wrong with that. What needs to happen is more artists need to start doing this. All hes doing is showing his concern on the state of EDM in North America

Funkedub

Funkedub said on the 23rd Jun, 2012

dead maufive keeps this site alive .. don't stop now dead mau 5 ... don't stop now!

xsvproject

xsvproject said on the 23rd Jun, 2012

You can push my buttons any day, baby ;)

damdamodam

damdamodam said on the 23rd Jun, 2012

A-trax skrill getting into this twitter

LifeOnMTV

LifeOnMTV said on the 25th Jun, 2012

I agree with what he said.

B_e_de

B_e_de said on the 26th Jun, 2012

Meanwhile, Australia got goddamn fucking Metallica on this months Rolling Stone.

Codi

Codi said on the 26th Jun, 2012

It's funny how many people get offended by this. Being a DJ is not difficult, and all we do is push play, match the beat for the next song, and cross fade. It's simple really.
Don't worry though, if you want a comparison to how easy it is; all Bach did was sit on a bench and push a key. Or, Jimmy Hendrix hung a guitar from his neck and strummed a chord.

Griggle

Griggle said on the 27th Jun, 2012

What's up with nearly every story on ITM have a quote from Deadmouse in it?

Is he sponsoring the site or something?

twistedbydesign

twistedbydesign said on the 27th Jun, 2012

'pushing more buttons' would be a funny troll if it wasn't the truth.