Fox Theater, Oakland
April 24 – 26, 2017
Joel Zimmerman, more commonly known as deadmau5 (pronounced ‘dead mouse’), is one of the world’s most respected electronic music producers of modern times. Enjoying international chart success with his singles “Professional Griefers,” “Sofi Needs A Ladder,” “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff,” and “I Remember,” he has also released five critically acclaimed albums. The multiple Juno Award-winning and Grammy®-nominated artist performed at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards as part of its first ever telecast performance highlighting electronic music. He appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone (summer double issue, 2012), marking him as the first electronic artist to do so. His ability to push the boundaries of his talent grows at an equal rate to his fan base, which counts over 15 million over his combined social media channels. Earlier this year deadmau5 leaped into the virtual reality realm with Absolut and released a massive sample catalogue with Splice, while performing major festival plays throughout the world.
In the two years since his last album, deadmau5 has undergone a lot of changes. He moved from the city life of Toronto, where he couldn’t drive any of his car collection over 20 MPH due to traffic and congestion, to a farm in the country where he has chickens, ducks, goats and a 33-year-old horse named Joey.
For deadmau5, everything is about giving back to the fans. He spoke about that to the New York Times earlier this year. “I really come from a sort of low-income family, right? And now all of a sudden I’m worth millions and I feel like I need to justify that always because I would hate to think someone out there would believe that I’m making millions of dollars and just going out there and bottle popping and flying on jets and doing crazy amounts of shit,” he told them. “I’m not, literally money in, money out, is my big thing right now and it’s like money in, big studio gear.”