Joel Thomas Zimmerman (born January 5, 1981), better known by his stage name deadmau5 (pronounced “dead mouse”), is a Canadian progressive-house music producer and performer from Toronto, Ontario.
Zimmerman produces a variety of styles within the house genre and sometimes other forms of electronic dance music. His tracks have been included in numerous compilation albums such as the 2007 In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza CD. The February 2008 issue of MixMag’s music magazine included a free CD which was titled MixMag Presents: The Hottest New Name In Dance! DEADMAU5 Tech-Trance-Electro-Madness, mixed by Zimmerman. Tracks have also been included and presented on Armin van Buuren’s A State of Trance radio show. His debut album, Get Scraped, was released in 2005, followed by others in the next few years.
Origins of the deadmau5
Zimmerman’s father claims that when his son was in his early teens, he was chatting with a friend on his computer, which then abruptly shut off. According to Zimmerman’s father, he said that it smelled like burnt wire and had a strange odor. Zimmerman started to dismantle his computer and happened to find a dead mouse. Zimmerman then became known as the “dead mouse guy” among friends. Joel tried to change his name to “Deadmouse” in the chat room, but it was too long, so he shortened it to “deadmau5”, which is a form of leet. In an interview with CBC Television, he mentioned that when he started making music, he went by the name “deadmau5”. Joel created the original logo while learning how to use some 3D modelling software. The “mau5head” appears in many different colors and designs, and has been shown on the cover of most of Zimmerman’s albums, with the exceptions of At Play and Vexillology. He was given the idea to wear a headdress based on the logo by one of his friends, Jay Gordon of the industrial metal band Orgy. In an interview with CBC Television, Zimmerman said that he wants his logo to be an “icon”. Fans often attend Deadmau5 concerts sporting their own copy of the mau5head.
Deadmau5 like Daft Punk use black album covers with high contrast colours used for the typography as well as imagery which are both very eye-catching to people walking past as well as easy to find because it is so different to other album covers. I have found that Arial Black is the font used with the leading altered so that the letters are all close together.