Joel Thomas Zimmerman, better known by his stage name deadmau5, is a Canadian progressive-house music producer and performer from Toronto, Ontario.
Zimmerman produces a variety of styles within the house genre and sometimes other forms of electronic dance music.
Zimmerman’s father claims that when his son was in his early teens, he was chatting with a friend on his computer, which then abruptly shut off. According to Zimmerman’s father, he said that it smelled like burnt wire and had a strange odor. Zimmerman started to dismantle his computer and happened to find a dead mouse. Zimmerman then became known as the “dead mouse guy” among friends. Joel tried to change his name to “Deadmouse” in the chat room, but it was too long, so he shortened it to “deadmau5”, which is a form of leet. In an interview with CBC Television, he mentioned that when he started making music, he went by the name “deadmau5”. Joel created the original logo while learning how to use some 3D modelling software. The “mau5head” appears in many different colors and designs, and has been shown on the cover of most of Zimmerman’s albums, with the exceptions of At Play and Vexillology. He was given the idea to wear a headdress based on the logo by one of his friends, Jay Gordon of the industrial metal band Orgy. In an interview with CBC Television, Zimmerman said that he wants his logo to be an “icon”. Fans often attend Deadmau5 concerts sporting their own copy of the mau5head.
He created “deadmau5.com” and began uploading songs to SectionZ and producing under the alias “deadmau5” in 2002
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