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DEADMAU5: "BURN ALL ELECTRONIC MUSIC DOWN, I DON'T CARE"

27 November 2012
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DEADMAU5: "BURN ALL ELECTRONIC MUSIC DOWN, I DON'T CARE"

Deadmau5 has given one of his most candid interviews yet.

Speaking at the FutureSound conference in San Francisco, he was typically outspoken on topics such as the EDM scene and his income.

The man in the Mau5 mask, otherwise known as Joel Zimmerman, was in conversation with Bill Werde, the editorial director of Billboard, at the conference, which took place on 15-16 November.

When Werde asked him if he felt protective of the EDM scene, Zimmerman promptly replied, "Burn all electronic music down, I don't care. 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?"

Werde also asked him about the state of EDM, to which Zimmerman stated: "The way I see EDM right now, it's a healthy industry for sure. Minimal work for maximum profit, right?"

He then continued, taking a shot at the traditional form of DJing: "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."

Deadmau5 also rubbished the Forbes highest-paid DJ list, which reported that he raked in $11.5m a year.

You can watch the full interview below.

TAGS: BILLBOARD / CAT / DEADMAU5 / FORBES / FUTURESOUND / INTERVIEW / MAU5 MASK / VIDEO / WATCH

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