Canadian record producer and DJ

deadmau5 pronounced "dead mouse", (real name: Joel Zimmerman) (born January 5, 1981 in Niagara Falls, Ontario) is a Grammy-nominated and Juno winning[1] Canadian electro and progressive house producer, DJ, and performer.

deadmau5 performing in Madrid; 2012
deadmau5 performing in Madrid; 2012
Background information
Birth nameJoel Thomas Zimmerman
Also known asdeadmau5, Halcyon441, BSOD, Dred and Karma
Born (1981-01-05) January 5, 1981 (age 43)
Canada Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresProgressive House, Electro House, Trance, EDM, Electronica
Occupation(s)DJ, record producer
Years active1998–present
Labelsmau5trap, Ultra, Ministry of Sound, SongBird, Play, Virgin/EMI

He has released 8 albums and made a cameo on the TV show Gossip Girl.[2] Furthermore he has made tracks like "Arguru" and "Not Exactly", which have been featured on many compilation CD's and on Armin van Buuren's A State Of Trance radio show.

deadmau5 has worked together with DJs like: Kaskade, MC Flipside, Rob Swire of Pendulum and Knife Party, and Steve Duda under the BSOD alias.

Personal life


The name deadmau5 started when Zimmerman found a dead mouse in his computer, while he was replacing his video card. He talked with people in chat rooms, and people started connecting him with this story. In the end, Zimmerman called himself deadmau5, as a shorter version of "dead mouse".[3]

In an interview with Irish Daily Star, he mentioned that he didn't like being referred to as a DJ. He was quoted as saying:

"It puts me to fucking sleep, to be quite honest; I don't really see the technical merit in playing two songs at the same speed together and it bores me to fucking tears and hopefully, with all due respect to the DJ type that will fucking go the way of the dinosaur, I'd like them to dis-a-fucking-ppear! It's so middle man, they're like fucking lawyers! You need them, but they're fucking cunts. God bless them, they're my number one customer right, so I'm not gonna go diss every fucking DJ. But to say you become this massive, "up on a podium" performer by playing other peoples productions, at the same speed as someone else's productions and fading between the two of them, I don't get it..."[4]

He later said that he was sorry for his comment and said that the interview was bad, and it did not express his opinion about DJs correctly:

"Let me start by admitting … I did not grow up in the EDM scene. I don't consider my career to be about "being a DJ". I don't have "DJ roots". I never had any intention of becoming a DJ, and my conception of "DJ's" in general from this standpoint has always been being forced into some nightclub when I would have rather stayed home, and watch some dude mash the "play/stop" button and occasionally move a pitch slider. Love it or hate it … that's just been my conception of the traditional "DJ". Mind you, I'm not a total fucking idiot, and I recognize talent when I see it … and there are many talented DJ's out there for sure. In my eyes, those would be the individuals who utilize technology to deliver the music in ways that are both skillful and innovate, more-so than my vision of the "play/stop/pitch" DJ. To me, the club is about "the party"; the people make the night; the DJ obviously needs to use that to his advantage, it's give and take."[5]

deadmau5 previously dated American model Lindsey Evans but they broke up in September 2011. He then dated tattoo artist Kat Von D in and they broke up in November 2012 however deadmau5 proposed to her on Twitter and she accepted.[6] In June 2013, Von D announced that had ended their engagement.[7]

On July 30, 2010 deadmau5 collapsed on stage 50 minutes into his set and doctors said he was suffering from exhaustion and vomiting. Deadmau5 was forced to cancel his next nine shows for recovery.[8]



Studio albums


Compilation albums



  • He was ranked #6 on DJ Magazine's annual Top 100 DJ Poll.[9]
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2009 ""The Longest Road" (deadmau5 Remix) by Morgan Page featuring Lissie" Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical Nominated
2012 "Raise Your Weapon" ft. Greta Svabo Bech" Best Dance Recording Nominated
2012 4x4=12 Best Dance/Electronica Album Nominated
2012 "Rope" - Foo Fighters (deadmau5 Mix) Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical Nominated
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2008 "After Hours" (with Melleefresh) Dance Recording of the Year Nominated
2008 "All You Ever Want" (with Billy Newton-Davies) Dance Recording of the Year Won
2009 Random Album Title Dance Recording of the Year Won
2009 "Move for Me" (with Kaskade) Dance Recording of the Year Nominated
2010 For Lack of a Better Name Dance Recording of the Year Won


  1. "From corporate jingles to Grammy nod, Toronto's deadmau5 keeps scoring hits". CP24. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
  2. "DEADMAU5 APPEARS ON THE CW'S GOSSIP GIRL TONIGHT, MONDAY, MARCH 29 (U.S)". deadmau5. Archived from the original on 2010-04-27. Retrieved 2010-04-22.
  3. Deadmau5 Discography at Discogs
  4. "DJ/Producer Deadmau5′ Public Statement About DJs : 'They're F**cking C**ts'". trainspottr. Archived from the original on 2013-07-28. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  5. "The Mau5 Who Used to Love DJs". trainspottr. Archived from the original on 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2013-05-12.
  6. "Deadmau5 proposes to Kat Von D". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
  7. "Deadmau5 and Kat Von D End Engagement". People. Archived from the original on 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
  8. "DJ Deadmau5 collapses onstage in Washington". BBC. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
  9. "Top 100 DJs Powered by: Track it Down/Time to Burn". DJ Magazine. Retrieved 2010-02-21.

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