Joel Zimmerman doesn’t like being called a DJ. The 28-year-old dance music phenomenon from Toronto, better known as Deadmau5, sees that as a hopelessly outdated way of describing what he does.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 he’s helped write himself. “There are no CDs involved,” he explains. “It’s a technological orgy up there and I try and keep it more my music than anyone else’s. If people come out to see Deadmau5 I want them to hear Deadmau5 music.” The title of Deadmau5’ latest album > album title goes here < will likely serve as a litmus test to record buyers – haters will imply it confirms IDM’s “lack of creativity” (an ignorant complaint levied by rockists ever since they first encountered a drum machine) while fans will revel in its linguistic anarchy. Regardless: The man is a creative force giving the kids what they want… And couldn’t the same be said for a new Foo Fighters record? Check it out.

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