Deadmau5 On Why He Sold Out With Dubstep And Has Harsh Words For Madonna

    As the past few weeks have demonstrated, Deadmau5 isn’t afraid to speak his mind, even if it lands him in hot water. While being critical regarding his peers, the Canadian producer is also not always in full tune with his own actions, as he revealed during a conversation with CBC’s Q radio.

    The artist also known as Joel Zimmerman said to the Canadian station: “It’s a conduit now for previously mainstream pop acts to use. I’ve only ever made one dubstep track and I will admit I only did it because it was cool at the time… I’m not a fan of dubstep but I figured ‘Okay, well I’m sure I can engineer something that’s palatable or on par with the whole Skrillex thing that everyone is into.”

    He continued: “I sold out on that one track – that would be me admitting yes, I absolutely sold out because I did it for the popularity factor… But now a lot of pop acts like she who shall not be named [referring to Madonna] and a whole bunch of other people are going to use the whole dance/rave thing that died in 1992 that somehow got revived as mainstream dance music and they’re going to use that and sell it out and over-saturate it.”

    If that wasn’t enough, he went for the kill with his critique of Madonna when he said:

    “I’m not stupid, I know what’s going on with this whole thing. I’m wearing this mouse head and I’m watching kids get carried out by paramedics over the front railing and I’m playing. Sometimes I just want to stop the show, it’s not cool and I really don’t like it and it upsets me. So for her to just go with it and have a great time. I just thought, fuck it and give her a blast because it’s fucked up.”


    The beauty of Deadmau5 is that he isn’t afraid to say what he thinks, but one of these days, someone is going to get really mad. It could happen sooner or later, but in the interim, enjoy his candidness.