Deadmau5 or Joel, however familiar you feel you are with him, has never been shy from public scrutiny (except that one time he was off Twitter, but…). He has his own site at where he regularly streams himself creating tunes or even performing full 2-hour sets. What you might not know is that the man even has his own subreddit, /r/deadmau5.

Following the public release of the tracklist of his new album While (1<2)Joel took it upon himself to address his dearest fans directly.

well, there you go. tracklist is out. It’s another culmination of another years worth of work. and i’ve always made a point to share most of my work in progress with my fans and supporters. It is a little disheartening to see negative feedback about the lack of “new” music to the die hard fan who has probably been heard everything on there… but thats just the nature of “oversharing”. I’m still proud to call this body of work a good representative album of my production capabilities, whether youve heard it or not.

the idea i like to keep in mind, is that it might be hard for you to see it, but i think the larger portion of the mau5 world hasnt heard any of this. at all. think about new fans? or people who’d like an introduction to whatever it is i do. its not “for” those people, its not “for” the die hard fans… its kinda for everyone.

id hate to just lock myself in the studio, with no streams, no fan interaction, no song previews, no free releases on then just make an annual appearance once a year with an album full of new stuff… thats just not my style. Albums (for me) arent produced in a single sitting, overnight. They take time… and during that time, i like to keep people posted on my progress and how its moving along, whether its a stream, soundcloud preview, or release…. and if thats something that “COMPLETELY RUINS AN ALBUM” for you… then… well, shit. i dont know what to tell you.

in the end, im proud of this album. And whether you’ve heard some, most or all over the course of the time it took me to do it, i hope you enjoy it as well. 🙂

So, the mau5’s previous – “It’s a good mix of sh*t I want to do versus sh*t people want to hear or what they would expect. It’s a good balance” – stays pretty much constant even now. No matter how ridiculous or offensive the man may seem, he’s got a very solid head on his shoulders and cares deeply about his fans; or at least those who have a good head on their shoulders, as well.