Oct 31st, 2012 - 11:00 pm Venue : XS Nightclub @ Encore
Over the last three years, the world of dance music saw the emergence and victory of a phenomenon, known as Joel Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5 in music circles. He is a DJ, music producer and a performer par excellence. He produces house music and electronic dance music. What makes Deadmau5 stand out from the crowd of DJs is the fact that he loves his music and creates it. When he is playing music, he is not playing CDs; he is playing his own creations. So, if you go to see Deadmau5 performance, you will hear more of his music than anybody else’s. This has made him one of the most popular and respected names in the dance music industry.
Deadmau5 was born as Joel Zimmerman on January 5, 1981 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. This musician is also a computer freak and has proficiency in software programming. That is how he creates his music, using his own software programs. He started experimenting with music at an early age of 15 years, and he began by creating chip tunes, which involved creating music out of computer chips. Later on, some immensely popular performers used these compositions in their music.
Then after three years, at an age of 18 years, Deadmau5 left for Los Angeles from Ontario in order to begin his career in music. His early experiments with music, the chip tunes, had already invited appreciation from some music stalwarts like NuMetal and Tommy Lee. This ushered him on to a path of success in the music industry. In 1999, he collaborated with Methods of Mayhem and Motley Crue to roll out a metal rap album. Some of these collaborations are still on, and Deadmau5 recently released a couple of tracks in collaboration with Lee called “WTF”.
A turning point came in the career of Joel Zimmerman, in the year 2006 when he came together with Steve Duda, his music producer friend from Los Angeles, to roll out music known as mockery house music. They created a track called “This is the hook” under the name of blue screen of death or BSOD. The track went on to become a chartbuster on Beatport, and this was when Deadmau5 realised that he can carve a better career out of creating music. Today, Deadmau5 is a frontrunner in the electronic dance music world. He has taken the electronic dance music to new heights with his own wonderful tracks. The fact that he uses state-of-the-art technology to produce music which gives a feel and sound to his tracks, and that’s the signature of Deadmau5.
His performances are electrifying, and his use of jaw dropping lasers and light towers creates an ambience that is stimulating and full of energy. He has had the privilege of performing in front of a world audience at the 2010 MTV awards. His popular albums include “For lack of a Better Name”, “Random album title” and “4X4=12”. His music has earned him several awards and accolades. He has international dance music awards, Juno awards and four Grammy nominations in his kitty.