Joel Thomas Zimmerman coined his now well known name as a teen when his computer packed in; when the hard-drive started smoking and smelling he took it apart and found a dead mouse inside, and would then be named forever after the event, changing it to Deadmau5 when the correct spelling was too long for his chat room username. Since then Deadmau5 has gone from strength to strength, releasing his first studio album in 2005 and went on to head his own Mou5trap label. He is one EDM’s most successful artists and brands and is well known in the media for his opinion on EDM as a genre.


$12 Million



  • Get Scraped (2005)
  • Vexillology (2006)
  • Random Album Title (2008)
  • For Lack of a Better Name (2009)
  • 4x4=12 (2012)
  • Album Title Goes Here (2012)
  • while(1<2) (2014)


  • Kaskade
  • MC Flipside
  • Knife Party
  • Pendulum
  • Wolfgang Gartner
  • Bighorse
  • Melleefresh


  • Aphex Twin
  • Boards of Canada
  • The Chemical Brothers
  • Daft Punk
  • Plastikman
  • Radiohead
  • Sigur Ros
  • Trentemoller
  • Squarepusher


  • He wants a pet allitiger. (Alligator-Tiger hybrid)
  • He has guest starred in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • Deadmau5 is a playable avatar in the video game DJ Hero 2
  • Once said "I just roll up with a laptop and a midi controller and 'select' tracks [and] hit a spacebar.”


  • Apogee Ensemble FireWire Audio Interface
  • Monome 256 Grid
  • Native Instruments Maschine
  • RME HDSPe MADI FX Internal Audio Interface
  • Thermionic Culture The Culture Vulture
  • Lexicon MX400 Effects Processor
  • Tube-Tech CL 1B Opto Compressor
  • Niio Analog Iotine Core Multi Layer Sound Processor
  • Vermona DRM1 MKlll
  • Thermionic Culture The Phoenix
  • BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer
  • Empirical Labs EL8x Distressor
  • Native Instruments Absynth 5
  • FXpansion Strobe Software Synthesizer Plugin
  • Waves H-Delay Hybrid Delay
  • Native Instruments Molekular
  • reFX Nexus2
  • Sonic Academy Nicky Romero KICK Drum Synthesizer
  • Arturia Minimoog Mini V Software Synthesizer
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