Jan 23, 2015
His Top Career Regret & 14 More Things We Learned From deadmau5′ Reddit AMA

deadmau5 has never had a problem with telling people what’s on his mind. Arguably the most vocal producer on the internet, Joel Zimmerman recently participated in a Reddit AMA where he answered questions on everything from upcoming projects to his thoughts on virtual reality. Here are 15 things we learned.

1. His 20-minute version of Strobe is finished.

Q: How’s the 20-min version of strobe coming?

“it is done thankfully… my only thing is, i hope it doesnt subtract too much from the original…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 i’m happy with it!”

2. Playing the classics live can be difficult.

Q: 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?

“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 occasionally i’ll sneak in a classic of course.”

3. Being a loner has its pros and cons.

Q: Do you still feel you are connected heavily to the dance scene in toronto, and the up and coming acts there now?

“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?”

4. 7 deadly sins are getting a counterpart EP.

Q: when would you like your next album to be released?

“i was actually thinking of a follow-up to Seven which is in the works…of course the contrast to the first 7 (being the deadly 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.””

5. Film score? Not if it’s just ‘any old fuckin movie.’

Q: Have you ever thought about scoring a movie?

“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.”

6. Three people were eaten while during his attempts at a hardstyle kick.

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

“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.”

7. Salamanders still griefing his studio.

Q: How is the studio you are building going?

“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 unavailable for comment.”

8. The Guvernment finale should be interesting.

Q: Any hints as to what’s in store for us at Bonnaroo?

“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 opposed to being the ableton guy with a laptop in a massive show production.”

9. But no mau5 head at Guv?

Q: Will you bring some new epic mau5head to Gov ?

“actually, 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 :(“

10. Software still isn’t analogue, but ‘close’

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

“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 discredit “controllerism”…but its the tiny nuances that “controllerism resolution” just can’t achieve.”

11. His biggest regret thus far?


12. Not ashamed of being a goat f*cker

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

“i always figured everyone knew i fucked goats. shrug

13. Likes all kinds of music

Q: What genres do you enjoy?

“im not sure what genre to classify 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.”

14. Any plans for a Spor remix?

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

15. Dillon Francis has a powerful aroma

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

“more like piss and wet cardboard.”

You can read the rest of the AMA over on Reddit here.