1. Joel Thomas Zimmerman (born January 5, 1981), known professionally as deadmau5 (pronounced “deadmouse”), is a Canadian progressive-house music producer and performer from Toronto, Ontario.
2. Zimmerman produces a variety of styles within the house genre and sometimes other forms of electronic music.
3. His tracks have been included in numerous compilation albums such as the 2007 In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza CD.
4. The February 2008 issue of Mixmag ‘ s music magazine included a free CD which was titled MixMag Presents: The Hottest New Name In Dance!
5. His debut album, Get Scraped, was released in 2005, followed by others in the next few years.
6. Today, deadmau5 is one of the highest paid electronic artists in the world. He has received six Grammy nominations for his work.
7. As well as his own solo releases, Zimmerman has worked alongside other DJs and producers, such as Kaskade, MC Flipside, Rob Swire of Knife Party and Pendulum, Wolfgang Gartner, and on a number of releases, he has partnered with Melleefresh.
8. An early 12″ single produced on vinyl titled “I Don’t Want No Other” was released by Joel Zimmerman and Derek Caesar The 2006 album titled deadmau5 Circa 1998 2002 was released using the alias “Halcyon441”.
9. He has also collaborated with Steve Duda under the alias, “BSOD”, as well as “WTF?” including Duda, Tommy Lee, and DJ Aero.
10. In late 2012, an old demo track by Zimmerman from 1995 called “Can’t Remember The Name” resurfaced on YouTube.
11. Zimmerman released his debut studio album, titled Get Scraped on July 26, 2005.
12. Three self-released compilations, Project 56, Deadmau5 Circa 1998-2002, and A Little Oblique, were finished in 2006, with Project 56 seeing an official release in February 2008.
13. In 2007, Zimmerman began his own record label “mau5trap”, which, along with Ultra Records and Ministry of Sound, released the 2008 album Random Album Title, which saw the collaboration of Zimmerman and Chicago producer Kaskade with “I Remember”.
14. In the United States, Zimmerman’s collaboration with Kaskade, “Move for Me”, reached number one on Billboard magazine’s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart in its September 6, 2008 issue. Since then, Zimmerman has seen two more tracks, also collaborations (“I Remember” with Kaskade & “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” with Rob Swire), reach number one on Billboard ‘ s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, making him the only Canadian to have three number-one tracks on that chart.
15. He is also the sixth Canadian to top that chart, following Deborah Cox, Nelly Furtado, Dragonette, Justin Bieber, and The Weeknd, each with one apiece.
16. On September 22, 2009, Ultra Records released his album For Lack of a Better Name in the United States, and October 5 internationally. For Lack of a Better Name includes two of Zimmerman’s most popular songs, “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” (featuring Rob Swire) and “Strobe”.
17. MTV named Zimmerman as the house DJ for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and MTV PUSH artist of the week on August 16, 2010.
18. He expressed gratitude towards Lady Gaga and David Guetta for bringing dance into the pop music scene and paving the way for him to the mainstream.
19. His fifth studio album, titled 4?4=12, was released on December 6, 2010 in the United Kingdom and December 7, 2010 in the United States.
20. Singles “Some Chords”, “Animal Rights”, “Sofi Needs a Ladder” have been released and have been featured on the album, with “Raise Your Weapon” released in 2011.
21. “Some Chords” was featured on an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation where Zimmerman made a cameo appearance, and an instrumental version of “Sofi Needs a Ladder” was featured in the film The Hangover Part II.