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