Deadmau5 backs Noel Gallagher in row over ‘fucking lazy’ CD-playing DJs

Oasis man said EDM stars headlining festivals would be 'quite a bleak future'

EDM producer Deadmau5 has spoken out in defence of Noel Gallagher after the former Oasis musician criticised DJs for simply “pressing play on a CD player” during their performances.

Gallagher recently made headlines by dismissing the electronic acts. The former Oasis man told NME of the Swedish DJ: “I don’t know anything about Avicii. I don’t wish to know anything about Avicii. It sounds like an artist from the Renaissance period”.

He later told XFM that it was “disturbing if a dude in a hat and a pair of fake DJ decks pressing play on a CD player” could headline festivals. “That’s quite a bleak future,” he added.

Despite previously mocking Gallagher in a video posted online, Deadmau5 (real name Joel Zimmerman) has now taken the side of the Britpop icon in the ensuing debate over electronic performances.

In a blog posted to Tumblr, Zimmerman took aim at CD-ing playing DJs: “Are you or are you not a guy who can use a comupter to make music? Because you’re making in upwards of 200K to play a fucking CD…. so… wait. why?

“With all the resources you have attained in the past X years of getting to where you are now…. WOULD IT FUCKING KILL YOU, to be able to add some sort of modularity, performance, showmanship BEYOND putting a fist in the air, telling people to make noise, and or playing the top line on an invisible keyboard in the air to show the crowd ‘HEY! EVERYONE! THIS LEAD GOES HERE! WATCH MY HAND. IT GOES DOOT DOOT DOOT DOOT.'”


He added: “Do with an inexhaustible amount of income from all the good fine folk who gave you way too much money to be up there…. you couldnt even be fucked to plug in a keyboard to play 4 fucking notes from time to time?

“Look, you MADE the fucking track, you HAVE the stems (at least you BETTER have them fucking stems) DO SOMETHING. ANYTHING. You’re a fucking act. You’re beyond a CD player. At least YOU FUCKING BETTER BE if im going to pay 100 bucks to watch you.

“So you can’t play a keyboard? COOL! ME NEITHER! MIDI bro. It’s been around since the 80s which is about 11 years before you were even fucking conceived. And it STILL works great.

“Please, stop fucking up ‘EDM’ with your fucking bullshit lazy CD playing and get to fucking work like the many others who are… then, the people who do put forth the bits when they can, don’t look as fucking stupid as you.”

Deadmau5 concluded: “I think this hits the core of what Noel Gallagher was hinting at. Not EDM in general.”

Read the full blog post here.

Avicii recently defended himself following Gallagher’s comments, posting a South Park clip seemingly mocking Gallagher to Instagram, writing in its caption: “Sounds like you’re playing the wrong festival if you’re at the same time dissing its entire audiences music taste you silly sausage!”

The Swedish DJ added: “There are still good bands, still making great music that changes peoples lives – what is really ‘sad’ is hearing a old-time musician like yourself confessing so bluntly and openly to not having an open mind to new music by dissing shit you haven’t even heard, I really didn’t think someone whose whole image is being witty would turn all stereotype ‘bitter ol timer rocker’ like that.

“I wish you nothing but the best and hope you one day will broaden your music taste and keep developing [yourself] as an artist and musician. I would actually love to preview you my album song by song and hear your honest feedback but I dare you to say the same thing afterwards.”

Meanwhile, Noel Gallagher has previously said of the current state of electronic music: “Dance music sounds like a walk in the park now. Any fucker can do it – and quite frankly, every fucker is doing it.”