Electronic dance music superstar Deadmau5 (real name Joel Zimmerman) is gracing the cover of Rolling Stone’s special Summer issue. Inside, he shares some rather candid opinions about fellow electronic music makers and Madonna.
Zimmerman on his electronic music peers:
“David Guetta has two iPods and a mixer and he just plays tracks – like, ‘Here’s one with Akon, check it out!’ Even Skrillex [a friend of Zimmerman’s] isn’t doing anything too technical. He has a laptop and a MIDI recorder, and he’s just playing his s*** … People are, thank God, smartening up about who does what – but there’s still button-pushers getting paid half a million. And not to say I’m not a button-pusher. I’m just pushing a lot more buttons.”
Zimmerman on Madonna appearing at the Ultra Music Festival, where she asked the audience, “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?”, which is a reference to the drug Ecstasy:
“You want to be ‘hip’ and ‘cool’ and ‘funky grandma’? Fine. It’s not my place to say you’re irrelevant. If you’re gonna come into my world, at least do it with a little more dignity. I understand she has millions more fans, and is way more successful than I’ll ever be. But it’s like talking about slavery at a f****** blues concert. It’s inappropriate.”
Zimmerman on most dance music out there:
“Just 120 bpm with a f****** kick drum on every quarter note” – but he’s been trying to get Dave Grohl to remix one of his own songs. “Because f*** dance music, you know?”
Read the full interview at Rolling Stone. The magazine hits newsstands Friday, June 22.