Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Canada, Joel Zimmerman (aka “deadmau5” or “Halcyon441”) has become one of the most sought-after artists on the electronic music scene.
He first started his career as co-producer of the Niagara Falls radio show “The Party Revolution” (101.1 The Planet). After gaining exposure to all the many facets of electronic music, Joel then moved on to collaborate with many other artists and record labels in many studios throughout the globe.
‘Deadmau5’, Zimmermans’ DJ name, comes from an incident where a mouse crawled into his computer and died. ‘Dead Mouse’ was too long for an IRC login name, so he abbreviated it to be the “leet speak” spelling “Deadmau5”.
In 2005, deadmau5 released his first album, “Get Scraped.” His latest album is “For Lack Of A Better Name,” released in 2009.
Deadmau5 has collaborated with a number of artists, including Melleny Melodya, Steve Duda, and Orgy.
He has also done collaborations with top names such as Chris Lake and Glenn Morrison…
1) Deadmau5 was ranked #6 on the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ Poll 2009.
2) In 2009, he was nominated for Grammy Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical (“The Longest Road” (Deadmau5 Remix) by Morgan Page featuring Lissie)
3) In 2010, he won 3 awards from the international dance music awards.
4) He has been voted #1 DJ in the world by BeatPort.