The biggest DJ to emerge from the Great White North, Deadmau5 is known the world over for wearing a gigantic mouse head while performing. Then there’s his music. Is it house? Is it trance? Even he isn’t quite sure—but he’s got a knack for it, and crowds dig it, too. So much, in fact, that he was the best-selling artist on BeatPort last year, was the house artist for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, and today is one of the hottest talents on the electronic music circuit. Deadmau5 follows up his Memorial Day performance at Wet Republic with an Oct. 15 return to revive Body English for one intense night of sound and light. Before that, Vegas Seven had a quick talk (no one could accuse him of being verbose) with the man behind the mouse, Joel Zimmerman.
I would be remiss if I didn’t at least pose a few quick questions about your signature look, the mouse head. How many of them do you have?
Six, including the LED head.
How much does each weigh?
It varies, but up to 14 pounds for the LED one.
Leave it to you to wire 14 pounds and six amps of electricity to the top of your head. You’re obviously into computers and technology—what’s your current gadget obsession, beyond masks covered in LED lights?
The designing controller screen on my iPads. I use them to control Ableton wirelessly. Kind of cool.
So how does it feel to be the highest-profile DJ in Canada?
You and Tommy Lee have released a few tracks together—“Chicken” and “Redic”—under the name WTF. Was that a onetime project or do you guys plan to release more tracks?
It was just a one-off at the time—not to say that the one-off won’t happen again; just not right now.
Any plans for future collaborations?
There is a possible something with artists [whom] I worked with at the MTV VMAs. Nothing definite—yet—but watch out.