Deadmau5 has given one of his most candid interviews yet. Speaking at the Billboard’s FutureSound conference in San Francisco, which took place earlier this month the DJ, real name Joel Zimmerman, said he didn’t feel protective of the EDM scene, mixmag reports. He was typically outspoken on topics such as the EDM scene and his income.
“Burn all electronic music down, I don’t care,” he said. “At the end of the day, scenes don’t evolve. Scenes are scenes. They’re there and then they’re not.”
“Zimmerman seemed to be distancing himself from the notion of a general ‘scene’ in favour of progression within electronic music, which he went on to illustrate by having a dig at DJ Sneak and house music.”There’s no electronic music scene that has just kind of done all this or done all that. Otherwise DJ Sneak would be doing really cool shit right now,” he said.”We’re talking about this guy who comes in today, 20 years later, and says “fuck all this shit, this isn’t real house music”… You can’t drag that on and superimpose that on to what’s been moved and changed… Dude, do you go down to a river and beat your clothes on a rock and hate me because I use a washing machine?
When asked about the state of EDM, Zimmerman replied: “The way I see EDM right now, it’s a healthy industry for sure. Minimal work for maximum profit, right?” He then hit out at traditional DJing, adding: “Today it’s more artist driven, more about the producer as opposed to the guy who can string some tunes together. It’s no longer a technological feat to string some tunes together.”
At the same event, Deadmau5 also claimed that his place in Forbes‘ recent list of the Top 10 biggest earners in dance music was false, after the magazine reported he earned $11 million a year.
“After I saw the article, I called my manager and said, ‘Yo, what the fuck? I’m $9 million short, dude. We gotta talk. Nobody is making that kind of money.”
Watch the full interview below (Via Billboard)