Deadmau5: All You Want To Know
So, who’s this Deadmau5 your friends have been recommending you? Well, all of the information related to the top ranking DJ has been summarized in this blog post.
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Joey Thomas Zimmerman, professionally known as Deadmau5 is a record producer, musician, and DJ based out of Toronto, Canada. Counted among the top 100 DJs, Deadmau5 is known for focusing his interests in cultivating EDM and similar progressive and electronic music. His works have been endorsed by many contemporary artists and DJs like Tiesto, Rob Swire, Wolfgang Gartner and many more.
Since the year 2000, Deadmau5 has been actively producing and releasing his singles and albums – most popular ones being the singles ‘Professional Griefers,’ ‘The Veldt’, etc. which have moved him up the ladder to becoming one of the top 100 DJs on a global scale. He has also released many singles/albums under various stage names like ‘Testpilot,’ ‘Karma K,’ ‘Halcyon 441.’
In recent years, Deadmau5 founded his own music label aimed at furthering the recognition of progressive house and electronic music. Many fans and music critics compare him to other DJs and artists like Daft Punk, and Marshmello primarily because he likes to wear a mask shaped like a mouse while making professional appearances and giving public performances. Deadmau5’s released his most current album titled ‘W:/2016Album/ in the year 2016 which included popular singles like ‘Let Go,’ ‘Snowcone’ etc.
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Joel Zimmerman was born to Nancy Johnson and Rodney Thomas Zimmerman in Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada on 5th January 1981. While his mother was a visual artist, Deadmau5’s father worked in the General Motors plant. Being a middle child, he has an older sister named Jennifer and a younger brother named Chris.
Deadmau5 finished his schooling from the Westlane Secondary School, Niagara Falls after which he started working as a programmer with an online music company – a job which most likely proved to be the basis of his future as a musician. Sources close to him say that another factor which could have steered him towards electronic music was when he received a musical keyboard as a gift for Christmas.
How did he begin his journey?
‘Deadmau5’ pronounced as ‘dead mouse’ essentially originated in the musician’s teens when he lived in Canada with his family. Sources close to the renowned DJ say that after finding a dead mouse in his computer, Deadmau5 came to be known as the dead mouse man to his friends which he chose to keep as his username for conducting online chats as well. For the sake of keeping it easy, he kept his username as ‘Deadmau5’ where the number 5 essentially is symbolic of the letter ‘S.’
Later, in an attempt to maintain his individuality, Deadmau5 chose to get creative with his name by wearing a mask which basically represented a mouse. The logo of his Music Label ‘Mau5trap’ was also in the shape of the head of a mouse. In an interview, Deadmu5 explained that he wanted to maintain his personality and uniqueness which was what motivated him to take on the stage name of ‘Deadmau5.’
Deadmau5 started his musical career in the late 1990s where he self – released various singles and musical compilations like ‘Just Before 8bit,’ ‘Uploading and Downloading,’ ‘Nice try, Kiddo,’ etc. until his debut album ‘Get Scraped’ was finally released in the July of the year 2005. Soon after, many other of his projects like Deadmau5 Circa 1998 – 2002, Project 56, etc.
Between the years 2006 – 08, was professionally speaking a very productive year for Deadmau5. He released two albums – ‘Random Album Title’ and ‘Vexillology’ – and started his record label Mau5trap. His work during these years fast-tracked his place on the list of top 100 DJs. He also owes his success to many successful collaborations with other artists like Kaskade on ‘Move for Me,’ ‘I Remember’ and with DJ Rob Swire on the single ‘Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff.’
Deadmau5’s success continued to soar fast like a rocket in the following years where he continued to release music albums in 2008-2010.
In 2009 The EDM Reocrd label Ultra Records Studios released Deadmau5’s album ‘For the Lack of a Better Name’ which include many of his famous singles too. Further, in the year 2010, MTV announced Deadmau5 as their in – house DJ for the MTV Video Music Awards and was also declared as the artist of the week.
In 2010 Deadmau5 also releases the smashing hit album ‘4×4=12‘ blasting him to the top of edm charts and went viral on social media networks like Facebook. Interestingly, he also featured on a soundtrack for Jersey Shore, a reality TV show produced by MTV.
In 2019 Deadmau5 releases his 6th dance/house music album called ‘Album Title Goes Here’. The album was a huge success, just like the previous three albums in 2008, 2009, 2010.
In the year 2015, it was speculated that Deadmau5 was suffering from depression after he deleted most of his social media accounts on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, etc. Many sources reported that the Top DJ was most likely ending his musical career or taking an indefinite leave of absence. However, only a few weeks later, Deadmau5 had tweeted an apology and gave an explanation to his fans for his absence and disappearance citing depression as the main reason for not being able to produce any more music at least for the coming year. True to his word, Deadmau5 returned a year later and released his album ‘W:/2016Album/’ digitally, on CD as well as vinyl.
Most recently, in 2017, Deadmau5 released an album titled ‘Stuff I used to do’ which was a compilation of his early work ranging from the late 1990s to early 2000s. Further, Deadmau5 also dabbled with video games as well. In 2010, the game DJ Hero 2, included Deadmau5 as a playable character. He was also featured on other video games like Goat Simulator, Rocket League, the mobile app of Family Guy and many such more video games.
The Awards He Was Blessed With
Deadmau5 is a gifted musician who is counted among the top 100 DJs in the world. In total, he has been nominated for over 42 awards out of which 15 he took home. He has been nominated for the Grammy awards, DJ Awards, Juno Awards, etc. It is needless to say, his nominations are proof of his talent.
What’s Deadmau5’s current status?
After dating Kat Von D, a tattoo artist and television personality from the United States of America, on and off from 2012 to 2013, it was reported that the couple broke it off and Deadmau5 moved to Ontario where he continued to purchase a home in the town of Milton.
Eventually, in 2017, Deadmau5 married his longtime girlfriend Kelly Fedoni in a lavish ceremony which was exclusively private and guests were restricted only to close family members and friends.
However, most recently, Deadmau5 declared himself to be on a leave of absence to take care of issues related to his personal health.
So that’s a wrap and we tried to cover each and every possible bit of information about your favorite DJ. One of the legendary icons in the industry. What more could he possibly achieve when he has done it all!