Toronto, , Canada
"Joel Zimmerman doesn’t like being called a DJ. The 28-year-old dance music phenomenon from Toronto, better known as Deadmau5, rolls his eyes at the description, which he sees as a hopelessly outdated way of describing what he does. His sets are closer to live performances. He plays mostly his own material, assembling tracks on the fly, using cutting edge computer technology, including software he’s helped write himself. “There are no CDs involved,” he explains. “It’s a technological orgy up there and I try and keep it more my music than anyone else’s. If people come out to see Deadmau5 I want them to hear Deadmau5 music.” It’s an approach that’s catapulted Deadmau5 into dance music’s A-list. It’s no exaggeration to say that he’s the most exciting name in clubland right now. Over the last few years he’s released a string of club hits, starting with the trance-house hybrid Faxing Berlin in 2006. Up to this point, his career stands earmarked by a series of firsts and shattered records. At the 54th annual Grammy Awards in 2012, he gave a monumental performance as part of the prestigious ceremony's first-ever telecast celebrating electronic music. He's also the first electronic artist in history to grace the cover of Rolling Stone. His sold out show at Toronto's Rogers Centre, documented on the MEOWINGTONS HAX 2k11 DVD, and London’s Earl’s Court, documented on the deadmau5 live @ earl’s court DVD, made him the first Canadian artist as well as the first electronic artist to headline both venues. With his cat Meowingtons gracing the artwork for > album title goes here < the music sits firmly entrenched in the deadmau5 universe. It's open and otherworldly and welcoming of all genres, species, etc. Ray Bradbury would be proud."