An Update On Deadmau5' Sanity
With the rapid rise of the American electronic dance music scene Joel Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5, has gone through a series of events that have taken a toll on his body, attitude, and possibly his reputation. Like any successful performer an increase in shows can be detrimental to their health. On July 30th, 2010 the producer, already diagnosed with a heart condition known as neurocardiogenic syncope, collapsed on stage while performing in Washington, DC. The Mau5 was hospitalized for exhaustion and vomiting and, under doctors orders cancelled the nine shows he was scheduled to play in the following three weeks.
Fast forward to November 2011 when Zimmerman went on a twitter rant tweeting “i think im legitimately depressed” then blaming “the stress, touring, music making, trying too hard to meet everyones high expectations, making relationships work, projects, house.” This was then confirmed via his facebook page writing "Anyway, just gunna wrap up these shows this year and try to have a little fun. I've been dealing with severe depression and anxiety all year. Taking a long time off after my birthday [January 5th] to hopefully get it sorted out before I say or do anything more stupid than I already have."
Well he just said something stupid again. With the release of the July issue of Rolling Stone Magazine a new tension has risen between Deadmau5 and his peers. In the cover story article Zimmerman is quoted disrespecting most DJs as “button-pushers” and more specifically names David Guetta and Skrillex as some of the people tearing at the seams of the current EDM scene (which is pretty silly seeing as Deadmau5 was the person who first signed Skrillex to his Mau5trap label. He even talks about the incident in which Madonna made a reference to MDMA at Ultra Music Festival in March saying “it’s like talking about slavery at a fucking blues concert. It’s inappropriate.”
For now Deadmau5 is showing no signs of slowing down. His latest release, The Veldt EP, features the title track “The Veldt ft. Chris Jones", and this soft-spoken ravers lullaby was inspired by the short story of the same title by the recently deceased Ray Bradbury. The EP also includes two remixes and a somewhat un-Deadmau5 track titled “Failbait” featuring Cypress Hill and some serious throwback swagger. The EP spans a range of musical intrigue and is sure to climb the charts.
Zimmerman has also just begun a European tour, returning for the first time in almost a year, while squeezing in a stop in his hometown of Toronto for the VELD Music Festival. We wish the best of luck to him and Professor Meowington (his FIV positive cat). Take it easy and keep making the music that melts our hearts into the dance floor.
Listen to "The Veldt", and check out Deadmau5' upcoming tour dates below:
Upcoming Deadmau5 Tour Dates:
6/29 - Rock Werchter - Werchter, Belgium
6/30 - Open Air - St. Gallen, Switzerland
7/2 - Postepay Rock In Roma - Rome, Italy
7/6 - Barclay's Wireless Festival - London, U.K.
7/7 - Rock in Rio - Rio Madrid, Spain
8/4 - VELD Music Festival - Toronto, ON, Canada
8/24 - Deadmau5, Congorock & Cocorico - Riccione, Italy
8/26 - Creamfields - August Bank Holiday, Daresbury, Cheshire, UK
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