The History of deadmau5

Deadmau5 - Rock in Rio Madrid 2012 - 01

I’m sure some of you are asking yourselves “How did deadmau5 get his start?” I’m here today to answer that question for you.

Joel Thomas Zimmerman (born in 1981) started making music as a Canadian teenager under the online alias of Halcyon441. He posted his homebrew music online to anyone who was willing to listen, and had actually gained a very small fanbase.

Joel was very interested in technology, having begun to make this electronic music, along with being a gamer, and even doing some CG rendering on the side. On a day in 2004, while on a tech forum, he researched some problems he was having with his computer. He opened up the computer’s case, and inside, discovered that the problem was that a mouse had died inside of the case. He told his story on the forum, eventually gaining the nickname of ” the Dead Mouse guy.” Joel wanted to change his username to “deadmouse,” but the name was too many characters than the website allowed for usernames. Shortening it with 1337speak, he coined the name “deadmau5.”

From that point on, deadmau5 eventually reached the point of having a show called “The Party Revolution” on a local radio station named The Planet. The small show got his name out there, and from there on he began to rise into stardom. Joel began to work with dance artists who spread the word around about how much talent he had, and then it all began. Even though he had released some tracks beforehand, he released his first official track, “Faxing Berlin,” in 2007. Joel did his own renders for the cover, and even created his own label called “mau5trap.” He even created his own icon, eventually turning it into a mask to wear while he performed. The entire deal was solely done by him and him alone.

From that point on, listeners knew that they were hearing something special. With the releases of “Random Album Title,” “For Lack of a Better Name,” “4×4=12,” and “<album title goes here>,” the mau5 has gotten more and more popular with every new release. His concerts are crazy with LED lights and insane displays in order to back up the great quality of his music. He often sells out. He sells an overwhelming amount of merchandise, often with just a simple picture of a mau5head on it. His new hits often reach very high on the charts, and his fanbase is one of the most loyal and awesome fanbases out there.

deadmau5 is becoming a household name… and he’s definitely worth it!




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