Deadmau5 gives his reasons for hating dubstep

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If there’s one guy you can count on to speak his mind, it’s Deadmau5. No stranger to making his opinion heard (see: Madonna’s “molly” incident, button-pushers and “these fucking festival things”, etc), Joel Zimmerman lived up to his reputation for giving a good interview in a recent chat with Fuse. As well as talking over his latest >album title goes here< and musical progression, the ever-debatable topic of dubstep got a solid airing.

Zimmerman’s admitted he won’t be hurrying back to the genre any time soon, but he was happy to expand on what’s at the crux of his distaste for the American bass embrace. “Dubstep: I don’t hate it for the culture; I love it for the culture. I don’t hate it for the artists,” he begins. “I hate it for the fucking sound. It is a fuck you to every audio engineer in the world because these kids go out and they want it loud, loud, loud. You’ve got a volume knob for that, dude. And if it’s not loud enough buy an amp and some better speakers.” You can start watching from around 4:18 to hear his whole reasoning.

In that earlier 45-minute chat with Q Uncut, Zimmerman mused that he “sold out” by dabbling briefly in dubstep. Unsurprisingly, his latest LP kept clear of the sound. “I’ve only ever made one dubstep track, and I’ll admit I did it ‘cause that was cool at the time,” he told the radio show. “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.”

In an interview with inthemix, Datsik – one of the fast-rising stars in the U.S. ‘brostep’ fraternity – touched on the issue of sound. “When you talk to people from the UK, they say Canada and the U.S. are all about noisy dubstep,” he said. “But I think that the only reason it’s like that is because Canada and the U.S. haven’t really experienced good, deep dubstep on a big system. It was never introduced like that. It’s really hard to get some of these big UK producers who started the genre over to the U.S., because kids have never heard of them. It’s hard to fork out the money to bring these big heads over and have them play a show of deep dubstep when kids have no idea. That’s why the noisier stuff tends to do well over here.”


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Sailax said on the 11th Oct, 2012

Durrr drugs are bad, dubstep is bad, and buy my albums as I am the only genuine guy out there who makes music. I should run for office. Vote conservative!


reubot said on the 11th Oct, 2012

He's got a point about the volume knob.


TheEndZoneStore said on the 11th Oct, 2012

This guy is trying so hard to not come off as a cunt, he is becoming the epitome of a cunt.


JulesPLees said on the 11th Oct, 2012

hmm he got his teeth fixed - i guess kat wasnt a fan of 'ass breath syndrome'. now its just 'ass hole syndrome' she has to contend with.


MickeyZ said on the 11th Oct, 2012

I think he is compeltly correct, especially the volumn knob comment.


karlsav said on the 11th Oct, 2012

Best thing iVe heard him say. Hes 100% correct about the production of dubstep. ..


Anred said on the 13th Oct, 2012

Ya, A guy who gas his own brand of trainers sold out by making a dubstep track! What a douche.


Heist9000 said on the 14th Oct, 2012

HE'S having a whinge about over-compression? His tracks have an RMS readout of about 5db on average.

Dance music was formerly very uncompressed (in 12" versions of tracks) so that when you play it on a big sound system, the changes in dynamics really smacked you in the face. Its not meant to sound the same on your crappy home speakers.


SlicyDicer said on the 15th Oct, 2012

He's right, dubstep fucking sucks.


rubbishtalk said on the 15th Oct, 2012

If it was anyone other than Deadshit5 saying this, I'd agree completely...


Fewsion said on the 16th Oct, 2012

Doesn't he look a little worse for wear.


CircusMidget said on the 16th Oct, 2012

Canada has a horrible place in clubbing


SpamBot said on the 18th Oct, 2012

I reckon in about 5 years from now the US heads will actually understand deep dubstep and start making it while the next genre is already here.


Kellyboop said on the 19th Oct, 2012

'sif it does....some of the best clubs in the world according to DJs (not this top 100 list) are from Canada (Stereo, Guvernment). We also have events like Shambhala, Mutek, Bal en Blanc, Piqniq to name a few.

There are so many other producers that kick whatshismau5 out of the water and give Canada a great name.



DJ_LG said on the 24th Oct, 2012

fuck all the haters