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Deadmau5 Biography

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Birth Name: Joel Thomas Zimmerman
Born: 1981/01/05
Birth Place: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Years Active: 2005 - present
Genres: Progressive House, Electro House, Neo-trance, House

Joel Thomas Zimmerman (born January 5, 1981), better known by his stage name Deadmau5 (stylized as deadmau5, pronounced "dead mouse"), is a Canadian progressive, electro, and house producer based in Toronto, Ontario. As well as his own extensive solo back catalog, deadmau5 has worked alongside numerous other DJs and producers, such as Kaskade, MC Flipside, Rob Swire of Pendulum, Skrillex, and Steve Duda under the BSOD alias. He is known for often performing in a titular costume head which he originally created while learning to use a 3D program, which resembles a mouse head.

His debut album, “Get Scraped,” was released in 2005. His album, “Random Album Title,” was released electronically in September 2008 via Ultra Records in the United States and Ministry of Sound in the United Kingdom and Europe. Physical copies of the album were released in November 2008. In the United States, deadmau5's collaboration with Kaskade, "Move for Me," reached #1 on Billboard magazine's Hot Dance Airplay chart.

Two more of his tracks, both collaborations “I Remember” with Kaskade and "Ghosts N Stuff" with Rob Swire, reached #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Airplay chart, making him the only Canadian to achieve that status (he is also the third Canadian to top that chart, following Deborah Cox and Nelly Furtado, both with one a piece).

In 2009, he was the best-selling artist on Beatport with more than 30,000 digital downloads with his singles "Not Exactly," "Faxing Berlin," and "Ghosts N Stuff." He released the album, “For Lack of a Better Name,” that same year and was nominated for a Grammy for his remix of the track "The Longest Road" by Morgan Page featuring Lissie in the Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical category. “For Lack of a Better Name,” reached the Top 20 of the U.K. Albums chart and #11 on the Billboard Dance Albums chart.

His studio album, titled “4x4=12,” was released in December 2010 and reached #2 on the Dance Albums chart. It featured the singles "Some Chords," "Animal Rights," and "Sofi Needs a Ladder."