Joel Thomas Zimmerman
(born January 5, 1981), better known by his stage name deadmau5
(pronounced "dead mouse"), is a Canadian progressive-house music producer and performer from Toronto, now based in Los Angeles. deadmau5 produces a variety of styles within the house genre and sometimes other forms of electronic dance music. His tracks have been included in numerous compilation albums such as the 2007 In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza
CD. The February 2008 issue of MixMag's music magazine included a free CD which was titled "MixMag Presents: The Hottest New Name In Dance! DEADMAU5 Tech-Trance-Electro-Madness mixed by deadmau5. Tracks have also been included and presented on Armin van Buuren's
A State of Trance radio show. His debut album,
Get Scraped'', was released in 2005, followed by others in the next few years.
As well as his own solo releases, deadmau5 has worked alongside other DJs and producers, such as Kaskade, MC Flipside, Rob Swire of Pendulum, Wolfgang Gartner, Bighorse and on a number of releases deadmau5 has partnerd with Melleefresh. The release date is currently unknown but an early 12" single produced on vinyl titled 'I Don't Want No Other' was released by Joel Zimmerman under the alias 'Dred And Karma'. The 2006 album titled 'Deadmau5 Circa 1998-2002' was released using the alias 'Halcyon441' and the collaboration with Joel Zimmerman and Steve Duda was under the alias 'BSOD' (which stands for 'blue screen of death').
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