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EDITORS’ NOTES

As electronic music surges across the world in ever-increasing waves, a few artists stand out with knowledge of both the genre's history and an understanding of the importance of chasing that infinite beat. Only one of them wears a mouse mask. For his 2012 effort (with a title that judiciously follows his previous efforts, Random Album Title and For Lack of a Better Name), Deadmau5 stacks up the synths and pitch-shifting and defiant beats. "Maths" is an outer-space funk odyssey that runs at double speed, while "Professional Griefers" is a teenage riot compacted into less than five minutes with help from My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way. Both Imogen Heap and Cypress Hill drop by to help make sure the mouse gets his message of complete abandon across.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As electronic music surges across the world in ever-increasing waves, a few artists stand out with knowledge of both the genre's history and an understanding of the importance of chasing that infinite beat. Only one of them wears a mouse mask. For his 2012 effort (with a title that judiciously follows his previous efforts, Random Album Title and For Lack of a Better Name), Deadmau5 stacks up the synths and pitch-shifting and defiant beats. "Maths" is an outer-space funk odyssey that runs at double speed, while "Professional Griefers" is a teenage riot compacted into less than five minutes with help from My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way. Both Imogen Heap and Cypress Hill drop by to help make sure the mouse gets his message of complete abandon across.

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About deadmau5

deadmau5 is well-known as one of EDM’s most irascible figures: His rants are legendary, his feuds are legion, and he even pokes fun at himself in titles that double as wearily self-aware in-jokes (a 2018 collection of orchestral reworks of his music is called where’s the drop?). At the same time, the Toronto producer (born Joel Zimmerman in 1981) is responsible for some of the most sentimental EDM of the 21st century, draping wistful melodies and spine-tingling counterpoints over rock-steady progressive-house grooves. He got his start in the '90s, turning out lo-fi club tracks with rudimentary software, and by the mid-2000s, he’d parlayed his skills into a powerfully punchy take on electro-house, putting gargantuan synth sounds atop jacking drum-machine rhythms. But his 2008 album, Random Album Title, marked his first major breakthrough: The squelchy “Sometimes Things Get, Whatever” captured a newfound sense of fun, while the Kaskade collaboration “I Remember” took his melodic instincts to wistful new heights. With 2009’s For Lack of a Better Name, he just kept pushing outward—“Ghosts ’n’ Stuff,” featuring Pendulum’s Rob Swire, is a thrilling fusion of alt-rock and EDM—even as tracks like “Strobe” doubled down on his classically inspired melodic gifts. Since then, he’s gotten noisier (“Sofi Needs a Ladder”), flirted with dubstep (“Raise Your Weapon”), experimented with ambient (“Coelacanth I”) and techno (as Testpilot), dabbled in disco (“Cat Thruster”), and doled out more than his share of floor-fillers (“Imaginary Friends,” “4ware,” “Phantoms Can’t Hang”). Throughout it all, he’s remained one of electronic music's most reliable artists—a notoriously self-critical figure whose admitted neuroses further fuel his excellence.

HOMETOWN
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
GENRE
Dance
BORN
January 05, 1981

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