Joel Zimmerman doesnít like being called a DJ. The 28-year-old dance music phenomenon from Toronto, better known as deadmau5, rolls his eyes at the description, which he sees as a hopelessly outdated way of describing what he does. His sets are closer to live performances. He plays mostly his own material, assembling tracks on the fly, using cutting edge computer technology, including software heís helped write himself. ďThere are no CDs involved,Ē he explains. ďItís a technological orgy up there and I try and keep it more my music than anyone elseís. If people come out to see deadmau5 I want them to hear deadmau5 music.Ē
Itís an approach thatís catapulted deadmau5 into dance musicís A-list. Itís no exaggeration to say that heís the most exciting name in clubland right now. Over the last four years heís released a string of club hits, starting with the trance-house hybrid Faxing Berlin in 2006. It was followed by the euphoric filtered keys of Ghosts N Stuff in 2008.