Deadmau5: "I sold out on that one dubstep track"

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Electronic superstar Deadmau5 doesn’t do many interviews, but his 45-minute chat on Q Uncut this week is a recommended listen for fans. The interview finds Joel Zimmerman in a relaxed and expansive mood, touching on his technology obsession, close connection with fans, attitudes to drug use and EDM’s march into the mainstream.

When asked about pop stars hijacking dance music, Zimmerman mentions his own brief jump onto the dubstep bandwagon. “I’ve only ever made one dubstep track, and I’ll admit I did it ‘cause that was cool at the time,” he remarks. “I’m not a fan of dubstep, but I figured I can engineer something that’s at least palatable or on par with the whole Skrillex thing that everyone’s into. I sold out on that one dubstep track, ‘cause I did it for that popularity factor. A lot of pop acts are going to use the whole dance, rave thing that died in ’92 and got revived as mainstream music. They’ll sell it out and oversaturate it.”

When it comes to Madonna’s “molly” clanger at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, the producer elaborates on his Facebook flare-up. “I’m not stupid,” he says on the topic of drugs. “I know what’s going on at my own shows. I’m wearing this mouse head and I’m watching kids get carried out my paramedics over the front rail while I’m playing. Sometimes I just want to stop the show. It’s not cool to me. It upsets me.

“So for her to go out with it like, ‘Have a great time’, I’m like, ‘Nah, fuck it, it’s fucked up.’ I’d advocate responsibility. Be responsible, for fuck’s sake. I’m not a voice on that subject. I’m not a dictator, so I don’t want to preach anything. People are like, ‘If you’re so against this, then why do you play electronic music?’ What kind of stupid statement is that?”

Overnight, Zimmerman uploaded an impromptu remix of the Nine Inch Nails track Survivalism from the band’s 2007 album Year Zero. Sharing the remix with his followers first is typical of Deadmau5’s approach, and he also touches on that close connection with fans in the Q Uncut interview.

“I come from a low-income family. And now all of a sudden I’m worth millions and I feel I have to justify that, always. I would hate to think that someone out there would believe I’m making millions of dollars and just going out bottle-popping and flying on jets. Literally, money in, money out is my big thing right now. I would feel bad about hording all of that, having this mountain-top estate that no-one has access to. So I feel my work is owed back to those people.”

Nine Inch Nails – Survivalism (Deadmau5 remix thing)


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gedwashere91 said on the 18th Jul, 2012

Much respect to Deadmau5 for always keeping it honest.


TwiztedBlue said on the 18th Jul, 2012

Looking forward to listening to that interview :)


Twizard said on the 18th Jul, 2012

I can imagine watching people OD would not be a highlight.


cizza said on the 18th Jul, 2012

Good to finally hear him say things that actually make him sound like he's got a brain in his head.


PistachioRodriguez said on the 18th Jul, 2012

For someone who's "not a fan of dubstep" he sure releases a lot of dubstep tracks on mau5trap


SANDSHREW said on the 18th Jul, 2012


David Guetta

David Guetta said on the 18th Jul, 2012

I may have sold out but even I wouldnt go as low as dubstep.


barto said on the 18th Jul, 2012

People on here seem to be appreciating him a bit more now that 'EDM' is going the way of the dinosaur.


slinky87 said on the 18th Jul, 2012

@ David Guetta you obviously haven't listened to the second CD of your latest release then.


khas said on the 18th Jul, 2012

He released "Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites" on his label helping bolster Skrillex's name and yet he rubbishes the guy for being part of a POS genre. About time he made some truths.


Shayno89 said on the 18th Jul, 2012

Which track is referring to as "I sold out on that one dubstep track"?


josh_goods said on the 18th Jul, 2012

@slinky87, probably not, no.

David Guetta

David Guetta said on the 18th Jul, 2012

@ Slinky87 Its more awkward that you have.


F_Grimes said on the 18th Jul, 2012

@Shayno89 'Raise Your Weapon'


SANDSLASH said on the 18th Jul, 2012

And then Jesus ascended back to the heavens in a flash of warming light, leaving only a freshly raped altar boy in his trails...


Woooody said on the 18th Jul, 2012

great article, deadmau5 much respect man do like your view on things!

mr flauge

mr flauge said on the 18th Jul, 2012

deadmau5 is a genius.
deadmau5 is a legend.


sounds_echoed said on the 18th Jul, 2012

he's a complete sell out. anything else and he's a fucking liar.


sjenkin said on the 18th Jul, 2012

Drug advice from a pack a day smoker, nice.


Shayno89 said on the 19th Jul, 2012

Yeah I was going to say, what about that horrible One Trick Pony song?


DANCINGDI said on the 20th Jul, 2012

It's alway surprised me the amount of venom that gets thrown at this guy. I haven't listened to any of his music for years, but he did do some music I liked then, saw him pre mouse head, quite a good set. Always seemed quite intelligent, even if I don't agree with all he says. Didn't seem to be enough to hate him the way some do. And i hope he did report that twat to Security Hahaha!!

Dr Bones

Dr Bones said on the 22nd Jul, 2012

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Brilliant, just brilliant.