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Poll 2019: Deadmau5


Despite a comparatively quiet 2019 where gigs were concerned, Canadian electro-house producer Deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman) still found time to play several big-ticket festivals, including Ultra in Miami and Creamfields in the UK, and brought his solo show to Barcelona and Gothenburg.

This year, Deadmau5 added a film soundtrack to his already considerable discography. His score for Netflix thriller Polar, featuring new and previously issued tracks from the producer, was released on his label Mau5trap. The raucous rodent found time to put out a third volume in his ‘Mau5ville’ compilation series too, featuring collaborations and new tunes from label artists No Mana and C.O.Z. Mau5trap also emitted tracks from a variety of producers, with everyone from trance artist Matt Lange to EDM act Feed Me and up-and-comers such as Rolo Green getting a spin on the imprint.

Zimmerman continued to develop his techno-geared testpilot alias throughout 2019, recording a coveted Radio 1 Essential Mix in March and DJing at venues such as LA’s Exchange. Still to come this year are more Deadmau5 shows in Austin, Texas and Washington DC. 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2019-10-18 10:22


Poll 2018: Deadmau5


From: Canada
DJ style: Progressive/electro-house/techno.

Joel Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5, aka Test Pilot, aka Goat Lord (see Twitter), has had a busy year. He’s started scoring a film, started his own Mixcloud show mau5trap radio, booked a headline show at London’s epic Printworks, started building his own first-person shooter game, released a new orchestral album, created a new portable Cube 0.5 live set-up and sent a fan a jar of toilet water in the mail, all in the name of trolling.

The mau5 is never one to rest on his laurels, his ‘mau5trap: Level 1’ EP released earlier this year seeing him collaborate with Pendulum’s Rob Swire for the first time since the seminal ‘Ghosts N Stuff’, with the second installment ‘Level 2’ due imminently. Although Deadmau5’s melodic side has never been too far from even his most energetic tracks, his orchestral album titled ‘Where’s The Drop?’ more literally explores his relationship with traditional composition, including an orchestrated version of his classic track ‘Strobe’.

Based on 2018 alone, it’s hard to predict what the mau5 will do next. Usually we’d have no doubt he’d continue to meander from immaculately produced club- and festival-friendly tracks that got him attention and the intricate compositions the won him fans. However, following criticism over several unnacceptable and offensive outbursts on social media shortly before this magazine went to press, Zimmerman released a statement apologising for his actions, addressing his own struggles with mental health, and announcing he would be taking time off to work on himself.


Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-11 09:16

Poll 2017: Deadmau5

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It’s been a balanced year of old and new for Canada’s oft-outspoken mouseman Joel Zimmerman. Tapping into his roots and legacy, Joel dedicated time to celebrating a decade of Mau5trap, reminding us of just how much talent has passed through his label’s doors from Chris Lake to Noisia via Rezz and Excision. He also dug deep into his own vaults and gave away an entire album of old projects called ‘Stuff I Used To Do’ that featured a host of unreleased and rare Mau5 classics. 

Never one to sit still or ever languish in the past, he’s been much more innovative than he has nostalgic. His eye-melting Cube has been thoroughly updated and invigorated with a 2.1 reboot and remains up there with the likes of Prydz as one of the most striking and technologically-advanced performance concepts in the game. Taking it around the world to a huge array of big festivals and solo on his Lots Of Shows In A Row tour, its sense of spectacle backs up the strong opinions he’s happy to share online.

Musically we’ve also seen a cool departure from the big anthemic tracks he’s known for as he develops his collaborative relationship with Manchester MC Shotty Horroh. Recent single ‘Legendary’ shows a much darker, grittier side to Deadmau5… And one that we’d like to hear a lot more of in the future.


Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Jon Dommett - 2017-10-17 10:00