Joel Thomas Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5, is a Canadian producer of progressive, electro and house music. In 2010 he was resident at Cream, Amnesia, and also for that party made several performances in 2011, 2012 and 2013. This summer will also have a performance at Cream on August 28th.
His stage name originated when Joel found a dead mouse inside his computer while replacing his video card. After talking about it in the chat he normally visited, he became known as ‘that dead mouse guy’, and he became to use his new Nickname, deadmau5. He is easily spotted at any party, while performing with a costume head in the shape of a mouse, the mauhead5, designed by himself in 3D.
He produces his remixes by computer, and doesn’t like to be considered a DJ. In an interview in 2008 he had some very harsh words for traditional DJs, and apologized shortly after to calm all the controversy he had created.
He has been awarded with the ‘Best Electrohouse DJ’ (2008 & 2011) and ‘Best Internacional DJ’ (2010) at the Ibiza DJ Awards, ‘Best American DJ’ (2010 & 2011) and ‘Best solo artist’ (2010 & 2011) at the International Dance Music Awards. Nominated to four Grammys, one in 2009 as ‘Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical’ for The Longest Road, and 3 more nominations at the 2012 Grammys. It was at 4th position in the ranking of top DJMag 2011 and 5th in 2012 DJMag ranking of top 100. 2013 Ranking of the DJMag top 100: 12th
See its full live set at Ultra Miami 2014: