June 21, 2012


Deadmau5 Knocks David Guetta, Madonna in Rolling Stone Cover Story

Jason Merritt
Jason Merritt

Deadmau5 is on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone, which signifies another big moment for EDM, the newly omnipresent classification of dance music that's swept America over the last few years. Just imagine those balding, classic rock-loving Baby Boomers opening their mailbox to find a dude in a neon-yellow mouse helmet. So what does Deadmau5 do with his big moment in the limelight? He takes the opportunity to do what he does best: knock a few people, including MadonnaDavid Guetta and even Deadmau5's own label signee Skrillex

About David Guetta and Skrillex, Deadmau5 has this to say: "David Guetta has two iPods and a mixer and he just plays tracks – like, 'Here's one with Akon, check it out!'" Clearly Deadmau5 isn't a David Guetta fan. "Even Skrillex isn't doing anything too technical," he adds. "He has a laptop and a MIDI recorder, and he's just playing his s**t... People are, thank God, smartening up about who does what – but there’s still button-pushers getting paid half a million. And not to say I’m not a button-pusher. I’m just pushing a lot more buttons.”

But he saves the most venom for Madonna, who he's tangled with before: "You want to be 'hip' and 'cool' and 'funky grandma'? Fine. It's not my place to say you're irrelevant. If you're gonna come into my world, at least do it with a little more dignity. I understand she has millions more fans, and is way more successful than I'll ever be. But it's like talking about slavery at a fucking blues concert. It's inappropriate." Wow. That's harsh.

There is, however, one person that the man born Joel Thomas Zimmerman does like: Dave Grohl. Back in February, Grohl made an apparent dig at EDM during his GRAMMY acceptance speech, only to clarify a week later in a self-written press release. "I love ALL kinds of music. From Kyuss to Kraftwerk, Pinetop Perkins to Prodigy, Dead Kennedys to Deadmau5," Grohl wrote. Apparently the feeling's mutual. Deadmau5 told Rolling Stone that he's been trying to get Grohl to remix one of his own songs. "Because fuck dance music, you know?" 

What do you think of Deadmau5? Is he crotchety or his he right? Both? Let us know in the comments!