Deadmau5: ‘I sold out by going dubstep’

Joel Zimmerman also continues spat with Madonna

Deadmau5 – the stage name of Joel Zimmerman – has admitted that he ‘sold out’ by going dubstep.

Speaking on CBC’s Q radio – via Spinner – the electronic artist said:

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 added: “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 [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.”

Referencing Madonna – who he berated earlier this year for seemingly endorsing club drugs – he went on to say that her “message just really upset me”. He continued: “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.”

Deadmau5 yesterday released a remix of Nine Inch Nails‘ ‘Survivalism’, which was the first single to be taken from the industrial band’s 2007 album ‘Year Zero’.

Deadmau5 returns to the UK to play Creamfields Festival over the August bank holiday weekend. He is also currently working on the follow-up to his 2010 album ‘4×4=12’, which is due for release later this year.