November 26, 2012 21:49
Deadmau5 denies earning $11 million a year
Joel Zimmerman has said that 'nobody is making that kind of money'
The electronic artist has refuted his place in Forbes' recent list of the Top 10 biggest earners in dance music – called the Electronic Cash Kings list.
Deadmau5 – real name Joel Zimmerman was ranked sixth in the list – which was topped by Tiësto - with estimated yearly earnings of $11.5m (£7.4m).
However, Zimmerman has now said that he earns nowhere near that figure.
Speaking at Billboard's FutureSound Conference, he said:
After I saw the article, I called my manager and said, 'Yo, what the fuck? I'm $9 million short, dude. We gotta talk. Nobody is making that kind of money.
During the Q&A session, Zimmerman also spoke about other artist's branding gimmicks, with reference to his oversized mouse mask. He said:
"I'm not gonna condemn them for doing that, because 'oh, I was the first guy to put something on my head.' I can't have any hatred for anyone doing that, but I can understand how hard it must be to have a unifying brand identity with your art."
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