Ten Things Deadmau5 Hates Most About EDM

Photo by Danny Mahoney

Who's the biggest hater in EDM? Do we even have to dignify that question with an answer?

Deadmau5, AKA Joel Zimmerman, can't go two weeks without making some headline about how he's angry. Or he's sad. Or he's breaking up with his fiancée over Twitter. Or he's quitting Twitter. Or he thinks other DJs are stupid.

The guy is holding on to a lot of emotional baggage, and he's made it his business to share that open suitcase with the world. We'd say it's annoying, but we actually love dirty laundry. So we're airing his grievances in preparation for this Saturday's free show at Ice Palace in downtown Miami.

Just don't set off one of these trigger points and everything should be OK.

UPDATE Check out Crossfade's review and photos, "Deadmau5's Free Show for the Real Fans: "Miami's Been Redeemed.'"

People Texting on the Dance Floor
Speaking of this free show, it all came about because broseph played a set at Mansion, and throughout the set, rich kids wouldn't stop texting in the VIP. He blamed it on the shitty bottle-service club atmosphere, but we think it might have something to do with the 45-minutes-in-lull that characterizes every Deadmau5 set we've seen since 2010. But we're critics, and we're assholes. He and us are probably both a little right.

See also: Deadmau5: "I Won't Be Playing Any More Miami Clubs"

Having to Do Anything
A-Trak is a great DJ, but there were a few years there around 2011-2012, when every one of his sets started to sound exactly the same. It was the same remixes, the same live edits, the same routines. It was boring. Then Deadmau5 came out and said, "We're all button pushers" on his public diary Tumblr, and A-Trak was all "I resent that remark." He filmed a nasty trick routine to the Mau5's "Ghosts n Stuff" and has been merkin' the decks ever sense. Deadmau5, meanwhile, still "presses play."

See also: 13 Richest DJs of 2013: From Deadmau5 and DJ Pauly D to Calvin Harris

Location Info


Ice Palace Film Studios

1400 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: General

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Reuben DeOro
Reuben DeOro

he should hate the fact the he made the term EDM become what it is

Amanda Mesa
Amanda Mesa

I agree with Sam 100%. Some of his production is beautiful, though. That said, he would still be producing and playing mindcraft in his bedroom had the things he supposedly "hates" not given him a voice. "No cheese for VIPs" but who funds his $500,000 paycheck to play for 2 hours?

Sam Heywood
Sam Heywood

This is a guy who fell in LOVE with Kat Von D. A caricature. Via Facebook. A guy who takes a stand against the very things - high ticket prices, recreational drugs - that made him wealthy enough to take self-serving "stands" in the media. A guy who makes formulaic build-up/break down music that appeals primarily to 18 year olds. Excuse me if I don't take his criticisms too seriously.

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