i do a bunch of music and stuff sometimes.


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mandms452344 karma

Are u tru mlg pro?

reddit_mau53737 karma

blasts airhorn

QuantumPope2254 karma

You are more outspoken than most musicians on Twitter. Why do you break the more conservative mold that celebrities and public figures usually stick to?

reddit_mau54531 karma

i probably have some mental health problems.

Wildore2150 karma

How many nudes do your fans send you per day?

reddit_mau53939 karma

not nearly as many as i'd like.

dark_humor_man2126 karma

Would you rather Fuck a goat with no one knowing, or not Fuck a goat but having everyone think you fucked a goat?

reddit_mau53565 karma

i always figured everyone knew i fucked goats. shrug

wrongbuton1902 karma

How do you feel about people who pronounce your name deadmaufive?

reddit_mau53910 karma

how do you feel about people who pronounce your name "wang butt"

djedwardsmith1719 karma

Is there any possibility in the near future of you being the Star in a reasonably price car on UK Top Gear?

Tittie_Salad831 karma

I can picture Jeremy messing up deadmau5 name.

Tephlon825 karma

Joel Zimmerman... Or dead mau five.

Toobusyforthis1041 karma

They sit down.
JZ: "So its actually pronounced 'Deadmaus,' you know."

JC: "Oh, I'm sorry. Production crew must have screwed up because there is definitely a '5' at the end of it on my notes here."

reddit_mau51693 karma

i guess im the only person whos ever wondered what the fuck an aerosmith was too.

FireFlyz3511568 karma

How fun was it to put Skrillex's phone number out to the public?

reddit_mau52610 karma

most satisfying troll. ever.

d3nstuff1522 karma

How's the 20-min version of strobe coming?

reddit_mau52260 karma

it is done thankfully.... my only thing is, i hope it doesnt subtract too much from the orioginal.... i had to make it in such a way that the track could be at least "reproduced" in a live-ish fashion... since its for a "live PA" type show... so... of course theres the odd track mixed in that gives it a little help, but im happy with it!

Thunderclaww1451 karma

What was your reaction when you learned that Blizzard had put in an item into Diablo 3 based on you?

EDIT: The item in question: Halcyon's Ascent

reddit_mau52202 karma

at first i was so stoked.... but then i realized it can never roll decent. ever. ancient or otherwise.... touche Blizzard, touche.

djedwardsmith1290 karma

Why did you choose to fly all the way on to Ibiza during the GumBall instead of riding shotgun with Tory?

reddit_mau53048 karma

because i was arrested in france and they wouldnt let me drive anymore. :( le poop.

rushad881237 karma

How excited for Windows 10 are you on a scale of 1 - 4.9 ???

reddit_mau52482 karma

hololens tho....

hotbld51201 karma

How does soup work?

reddit_mau52802 karma


TheKyle191027 karma

I am an aspiring producer with 0 experience and resources, but an immense love of music. What do you recommend to someone new, who wants to get into producing?

reddit_mau51919 karma

piano lessons! or even a cheap as free midi controller... plenty of free utilities and programs out there to start experimenting.

GiantWithDwarfism938 karma

What's your greatest fear?

reddit_mau52016 karma

being burned alive.

badboystwo872 karma

Do you still accept mail for things to be signed? or did I miss the boat on that? ...local Toronto mail?

reddit_mau51405 karma

of course, i get a pile every now and again and ship er back... the PO box is somewhere on my facebook page still i think

FuckOff_ImFunny827 karma

What's up deadmau5? When you have a craving for chocolate milk, do you go premixed or do you use powder/syrup? If the latter, do you rather powder, or syrup?

reddit_mau51705 karma

premixed.... i dont trust myself.

RobInChains768 karma

Is there a particular reason as to why you don't play your old songs while touring or do just none of them work in conjunction with your newest releases?

reddit_mau51495 karma

yeah... thats a pain in the ass... its like, they give you a timeslot... and you just want to play all your new stuff... you know? i figure thats what i want people to hear.... but occaisionally ill sneak in a classic of course

CapitanLawl713 karma

Hello! how long have you been making music? What did you want to do when you were a kid?

reddit_mau51251 karma

ive been making music since.. i was 13? perhaps? just toyed away on a p[iano my grandmosther left me, until i took an interest in computers and graphic design... and found a way to combine both!

scattrrbrain713 karma

Hey Joel, long time fan, What do you recommend for finding great music now? Are you nervous about your upcoming set at Guv? Do you still feel you are connected heavily to the dance scene in toronto, and the up and coming acts there now?


reddit_mau52259 karma

honest answer: i dont really feel connected to any kind of community. i dont mean any disrespect, but i dont think i've ever really felt a part of any group.... i always, and sometimes still do, loathe that i've never really had any connection in my passions with others... but, perhaps maybe that was the disconnect i needed to do the things i do?

DanishDude87614 karma

Thanks for doing the AMA!! You've donned many different mouse heads in your career, what was your favorite one and why?

reddit_mau51251 karma

i love the carbon one... simply because its the lightest by far. :D i am big on comfort when it comes to donning massive headgear.

itchd613 karma

What kind of mouse did you find in your power supply?

reddit_mau51586 karma

a dead one... medium rare.

KantusThiss587 karma

What are your thoughts on Porter Robinson and his belief that edm has become repetitive and stale? Are you a fan of his music?

You rock btw!

reddit_mau51788 karma

ive been saying that before it was cool.

D1RTYD556 karma

when would you like your next album to be released?

reddit_mau51322 karma

i was actually thinking of a followup to Seven which is in the works... of course the contrast to the first 7 (being the dealy sins) i'd like to do the 7 virtues.... and do it all on modular synths.... which is a nice contrast to the piano only "sins"

chrisisbeast1517 karma

Did you ever think that you would get as big as you did when you first started out?

reddit_mau51083 karma

i had no idea.... even today i still question my presence in the electronic music world.... i suppose thats natural.

takuyafire484 karma

How many times have you put lego on your cat's bum?

reddit_mau5919 karma

twice actually.

TheFryerOfChicken455 karma

Have you ever thought about scoring a movie?

reddit_mau5821 karma

all the time.... i've been working on getting a special project on my plate... and who knows where that will take me... i've always just waited for the right film for me... it wouldnt feel right just taking any old fuckin movie that would be some box office smash or whatever.

Ditto73425 karma

How many NSFW subreddits have you checked out, and which one would be your favorite?

reddit_mau51035 karma

i think all of them.

Nestorow385 karma

Have you ever tried to produce a hardcore or hardstyle kick? How did that turn out?

reddit_mau51654 karma

GREAT QUESTION! i have consulted with 7 of the worlds leading audio engineers and sound designers.... For 8 months, we rented out an isolated chamber deep inside the hills of west virginia to solve this mystery. Night after night... scratching our heads to unlock the secrets of this EDM holy grail. 3 men were lost in the process and we resorted to cannibalism. To this day, the deep mysteries of the hardstyle kick still eludes us until further funding is available.

Tychh373 karma

What genres do you enjoy?

reddit_mau51201 karma

im not sure what genre to clissify it as, but when i want to listen to music... i enjoy a good bit of Tycho, Flying Lotus, NIN, Radiohead, little dragon... i dont know if any of thats really a genre. but they all hold something special for me. such as good music should do in the first place

Ilynatus362 karma

is it bad for my kicks to reach 12db on an eq?

reddit_mau5676 karma

ehhh... i'd max that out to about -6db. but ... different strokes for different EDMs i guess.

rasharahman326 karma

How is the studio you are building going?

reddit_mau5714 karma

building one in the home until someone comes here and does a 2 year long study of the rare blue spotted salamander... who is still unvailable for comment.

hello_questionmark288 karma

any hints as to what's in store for us at Bonnaroo? Also will I be seeing you on the Electric Forest lineup this year? ;)


reddit_mau5377 karma

were passing around the stage drawings... and setup and production and all that now actually... "team beating" as i like to call them, this week. But the Guvernment nightclub finale show will be somewhat of a precursor to the newer show builds..... im more and more keen on taking a mixing console and a whole lot of synths on stage now as oppossed to being the ableton guy with a laptop in a massive show production.

danmellon280 karma

did you have fun in philly when you played MIA?... more importantly did you have a cheesesteak?

reddit_mau5711 karma

man... i had the best cheesesteak.... and im not going to tell you if it was from Ginos or Pats lest we need a mile long thread war. :D

Mc_Shank260 karma

How're you enjoying the 650s?

reddit_mau5459 karma

McLovin it. Im not sure i'd even get the P1 without owning that first.

Bomdigity256 karma

Hi there joel! Love your stuff, any news on being on Top Gear any time soon?

reddit_mau5456 karma

im starting to lose hope :( all i can do is wait.

Klockwerk246 karma

What inherent benefits do you feel analog synths have over software synths? Could software synths ever emulate those benefits?

reddit_mau5502 karma

the nerd technical answer to synth emulating analogue is "never" but... were hitting that "close enough" stage. But the benefits to me is tactile feedback, or "performing" a sound....not to discreit "controllerism" ... but its the tiny nuances that "controllerism resolution" just cant achieve.

arutyun238 karma

Will you bring some new epic mau5head to Gov ?

reddit_mau5546 karma

actualkly, i dont think ill be carting a mousehead to guv.... i know im going to catch shit for that.... but have to been to guv when its packed? you dont wanna be wearing no friggen mouse head. believe you me. also, im going to need to be paying attention up there... that particular show will require a good bit of constant attention from me.... so no fist pumping this time im afraid :(

srpiine213 karma

Do you play any games other than Diablo ? Thanks for making good music for me to game to!

reddit_mau5422 karma

im a one game guy.... besides, i suck at everything other than diablo anyway.

synunlimited170 karma

Were you always a fan of cars or did that come later on in life?

reddit_mau5385 karma

that came much later in life. funnily enough, as soon as i was liscensed to drive one.... once my foot made that connection with the pedal, and the car made the connection to the road... it fell into place pretty fast!

I_see_your_value_now169 karma

Does Dillon Francis smell like butterscotch? I bet he does.

reddit_mau5713 karma

more like piss and wet cardboard.

Dynamate162 karma

Who will become big in 5-10 years in the EDM scene you think?

reddit_mau5516 karma

at least 400 others would have been big, and out, in 1/2 that time.

beaverslayer148 karma

What was your favorite thing about India?

reddit_mau5413 karma

the food! someones gotta come retrain your indian guys over here in Toronto.... coz the indian here is seriously lacking in what "actual" indian food is!

MrLovenLight137 karma

Is there a system that you use for chord arrangements in your songs (circle of fifths) or do you just play around with random midi until it sounds right?

reddit_mau5413 karma

honestly, i just mess around with notes... until they sound good. :D experimentation over systems, for me.

Lasers_go_pewpew125 karma

Hi deadmau5! Everyone knows that you're not a fan of the moniker EDM and the producers under its umbrella term, but who are some artists out there that you think are definitely worth a listen to in your mind at the moment? Would love to hear some suggestions!

reddit_mau5479 karma

com truise is a great pick.... if i had to call it anything, id call it future retro? but music is your personal thing. yours to interpret and discover on your own, thats the beauty of it.

CuddyG113 karma

Will You be My friend?

reddit_mau5425 karma

4% chance.

DatDerpyGuy95 karma

What do you enjoy the most about producing new sounds/music?

reddit_mau5249 karma

sonic experimentation... sometimes to me, its more about the timbre of the sound, much less the melody.

LegalNerd194092 karma

When's your next US tour? Anything big planned? When your next album?? Can't wait!

reddit_mau5225 karma

we havent really solidified any "tour plans" this has been the hot topic these days... but... the wheels are in motion for something special, and im excited to unveil it when the time is right :D

lasercats10189 karma

Hi Joel! How's the new house been treating you?

reddit_mau5243 karma

its been good! quite smooth actually... too smooooth... hmmm.... takes some getting used to living out in the woods!

Spazzzo81 karma

If you were to play WoW, what class would you be?

reddit_mau5192 karma

is there a wizard of sorts? i havent played wow, but if there was a wiz class, its on!

isseu75 karma

what websites do you normally frequent?

reddit_mau5201 karma

verge, muffwiggler, liveleak, gearsluts

HaxxOfficial74 karma

Are you still planning on doing a Spor remix for the upcoming album?

reddit_mau5185 karma

hmm i dont know if ill go there... i love jons work just the way it is. such a talented dude.

Mox_au73 karma

ass or titties?

reddit_mau5366 karma

ass.... AND.... titties. ass n titties ... ass ass and titties titties... however that fuckin song goes.

SillySalamander670 karma

What do you regret the most during your career?

reddit_mau5364 karma


jkouba68 karma

Have you had a chance to work with Trent Reznor at all?

reddit_mau5121 karma

not directly, we've had a few sitdowns here and there and passed the notion around.... i wouldnt bug the guy. if it happens, it happens.

K1ngJam3s64 karma

Is there a tattoo you regret getting?

reddit_mau5275 karma

naw. you dont get tattoos to regret them later.

TerWood49 karma

You still mad at /mu/?

reddit_mau593 karma

yes. lol. who isnt?

adityapstar46 karma

How often do you get started on a track and end up tossing it?

reddit_mau587 karma

probably more often than i should.... but i do "bank" a lot of those and tend to revisit them later.

jay_dorn33 karma

How's the astrophotography going? Ever stop by /r/photography?

reddit_mau575 karma

still waiting on some parts and aclear night.... need a good finderscope (on order) so i can calibrate this beyotch!

IJIrving29 karma

Do you think you're more famous than you deserve to be?

reddit_mau575 karma

sometimes i feel that way.... other time i catch myself in the notion that i've committed to something, and worked hard at it. but that comes and goes... thats just life.

kingoros27 karma

How much would it cost for me to purchase Meowingtons?

reddit_mau587 karma

ill give you him for free.

jrod696 karma

So what do you really think about Kygo and his "elevator music?" Tropical house is getting big now and i'd like your thoughts on it's expansion.

reddit_mau522 karma

you got me there... did hear some in bed bath n beyond earlier today.

totallyskewed6 karma

what's was the most memorable moment of the gumball?

reddit_mau510 karma

most memorable moment was, well, so hard to choose... i took so many home last year.... looking forward to making many more on this years rally!