We can finally listen to :/2016ALBUM/ deadmau5’s long-awaited eighth studio album available on all musical platforms. Thankfully, yet hesitantly, deadmau5 aka Joel Zimmerman, agreed to have an interview with NME, where he gets insightful, revels in his life, and shines a light on the true side of the man underneath the mau5 head.

We’ve all come to know Joel as a tech geek and antisocial but during the interview he goes more into depth about his personal preferences.

“Going out and being nice to the world at large doesn’t make me feel good so I replace that with things, with technology that does get me excited and does get my brain spinning until one day it stops spinning and then you can bury me.”

Joel also talked about his interest in finding new vocalists like he did with Grabbitz or Chris James, and how he’s always pushing envelopes in his own creative spectrum, especially through the help of his own record label. This is the first time he’s released an LP on his own label, mau5trap after leaving a deal with EMI.

“I make music for my peers more than my fans. If I made music for my fans I’d still be writing shit like ‘Faxing Berlin’. I’ll definitely get some fans being like, ‘Man, deadmau5 used to be good, now he sucks’ but it’s like, no, I’ve done that sound and I’ve moved on.

“But it’s not just a monetary thing, it’s also about control of your own creative vision. If it was all about money I’d quit this shit in a second and go into fuckin’ commercial real estate.”

The interviewer new how to approach any conversation and topic with Joel as he got him to speak of an untold story where he punted a fan off his Cube many years ago, and thought the worst.

“I nearly killed a kid once, I’ve never told this story. So I’m playing live, up in the Cube. I’ve got this LED helmet on, I’m six foot in the air, I can barely see. All of a sudden I hear my manager screaming in my earpiece, and I feel someone grabbing at my waist. This kid has somehow climbed up into the Cube. I just panic, I kick back at him, and he just drops and lands on his back – bang. And he’s motionless. I take off my helmet and look down, and for what felt like a looong time I’m like, ‘I just paralysed or killed that kid.’ Then finally he bounces up and is all ‘Wooo!’ at the crowd. Never been so relieved in my life.”

Thanks to the Joe Madden for the great interview and really getting comfortable with the man himself. For the full article and interview, click here.

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