Deadmau5 says ‘sorry for being a dick’ as he reveals struggles with depression

EDM DJ recently deleted his social media accounts following a number of online feuds

Deadmau5 has apologised to his fans after he deleted his social media accounts following a series of online feuds, including a recent rant about Justin Bieber.

The Canadian DJ recently deleted both his Twitter and Facebook accounts but only after writing on his Facebook page: “Fuck ‘social media’. The only thing it’s useful for is promoting, advertising, and more advertising. As far as being a human being on social media, forget about it. You’re just another number we can all add into our little follower count, that ultimately adds up to NOTHING I require to make music.”

Now, the EDM producer has reactivated his accounts, explaining personal struggles in a Tumblr post. In the post he writes: “Like many other human beings, I’ve been dealing with some depression issues that I don’t need to go into detail with. I’d consider myself far from emotionally stable, though, not unstable enough to know support when i see it. Deactivating social media for a minute has nothing at all to do with popstars or dubstep tryhards. It was a kneejerk reaction to something i saw coming a long time ago. Also, nobody’s business but my own.”


He continues: “I’d like to apologise to my fans and supporters for fucking off so abruptly, and leaving them out of the loop in terms of developments in my career and some small glimpses into my personal life… I’ll resume that program for you. It’s the holidays, so I’ll slow things down until the new year, and chill out with friends and loved ones on vacation till the 17th or so. Then it’s back into the new studio, where I’ll just keep being me, and making music.”

“Once again, sorry for being a dick to those who are fans and supporters,” he signed off.

Before the social media shutdown the DJ – real name Joel Zimmerman – posted a video rant slating fellow Canadian musician Justin Bieber.

Deadmau5 called Bieber out for not writing his new album ‘Purpose’. Apparently saying: “I can accept that his album is probably good. What I’m mad about is that none of this is [his] … What did you do? Oh, you sang on it. Well, you know, I can credit you for having to be able to hold a pitch on two syllables throughout an entire 75-minute album.”

Earlier this month Deadmau5 was reported to have done a runner from hospital to play a gig in Miami.

The DJ was in the midst of a lymph node infection and took to Twitter to recount the experience, saying: “Literally snuck out of hospital, hopped on a jet, played a show for Red Bull, getting back on jet, going back to hospital. Such lols.”


Responding to a question about his condition, he added “nothing serious. thyroid/lymph node shit. Caused by some underlying thing that may or may not exist. All good.”

Later the same day (December 11) he confirmed he was ok, adding “back home. Everything is groovy. Just doing a huge overhaul of the new production PC. Installing/updating software and such.”