photo from: rukes.com
While it's been an incredible year for Toronto's red-hot producer Deadmau5, it was the sound of a needle scratching a record last week as the prog house producer was put on the defensive for making eyebrow-raising comments to an Irish daily.
Deadmau5 (aka Joel Zimmerman) told NOW Magazine back in September he "didn't get DJing", and prefers to rework his original material in a live setting. But Zimmerman's bile for DJs hit new extremes recently when an article surfaced recently with a headline proclaiming "Deadmau5 Hates DJs," including the very ugly "they're fucking c***s" quote. Here's an excerpt:
"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 disafuckingpear...it's so middle man, they're like fucking lawyers, you need them, but they're fucking c***s."
Much of the electronic music community was understandably livid at Zimmerman, flooding his website with enough venom that the producer felt compelled to blog a defence on his myspace:
"im 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, moreso 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."
Even if he was taken out of context, though that seems difficult when you read what he's saying - it's quite direct, I found myself feeling the same way a few weeks ago at CiRCA. After watching Justice, billed as a DJ set, collect $40 a head to play their laptops for literally one hour, maybe the current DJ-as-rock-star model needs to be re-examined.
As for Deadmau5, this isn't likely to slow down his career. His tracks are still dominating Beatport and DJs around the world are going to keep dropping his beats as long as they stay hot. And if you're an angry fan, why take Deadmau5 up on his offer to go on cruise. A "groove cruise" that is...