He’s quite possibly the most controversial figure in EDM. A legend, who helped build the genre from its youth, that has since turned into an irate figurehead who only makes headlines for his inflamatory rants against Justin Bieber and Skrillex. His recent explosive outburst about the mismatched pair via live stream brought him so much attention that, just yesterday, he threatened to end the deadmau5 brand for good. Today, we woke up to the notorious Joel Zimmerman‘s Twitter purged of 4 months of rants and digressions – and our immediate conclusion was that the our worst fear had come true, that the legendary deadmau5 had hung up his signature mau5 helmet for the last time.
Just now, though, he took to his infrequently used Facebook page to issue a bold statement. One that ostracizes his fans, both die-hard and intermittent, and calls into question his very state of mind. Check it out below.
The one line that slaps me in the face for its stark dissidence against modern internet culture, a culture that the mau5 has taken full advantage of with his wordy remarks on the current state of dance music and culture as a whole, is this:
“you’re just another number we can all add into our little follower count.”
It’s extreme, it’s borderline narcissistic, and it’s a statement that shows just how little deadmau5 actually cares about his fans.
More than that, this proclamation as a whole shows that deadmau5 has given up entirely on everything he so vehemently stood for and is now, in his own words, “just like the rest of the sheep.” It’s disappointing that someone who has prided himself on being outspoken against sellouts and the like can so easily give up on that conquest. Sure, his studio is nearing completion and he’s undoubtedly taking the time to make new music by stepping away from social media. But this post was wholly unnecessary and, in my opinion, an immature ‘out’ used by the Canadian producer that starkly contrasts with everything we’ve heard from him in the past months.
I encourage you to draw your own conclusions on Joel Zimmerman and his recent decisions, but he just lost a fan in me.
NOTE: This article reflects the opinion of the writer and not Your EDM as a whole.