Deadmau5 on Joys of Collaborating: 'It's Like a Hooker, You Don't Have to Marry It'
Deadmau5 on Joys of Collaborating: 'It's Like a Hooker, You Don't Have to Marry It'

Deadmau5 will take a one-and-done collaboration with another artist over a more elaborate project any day, telling Billboard that a full album with one partner would get "real stagnant."

"I like the collab thing," he told Billboard's editorial director Bill Werde (@ bwerde) at the recent FutureSound Conference. "It's like a hooker, you don't have to marry it. Bad example, sorry! Okay, I like the temporary aspect of it."

For his latest release, "Album Title Goes Here," the electro-house producer -- real name Joel Zimmerman -- recruited Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, Imogen Heap and rap veterans Cypress Hill to add vocals.

"I love Gerard, he's a cool dude," he said of his 'Professional Griefers' collaborator. "That was awesome, you know what I mean? But can you really imagine a whole album of him being pissed off at the world and me doing electronic music. And then that's an act in itself and that would get real stagnant with me."

He seemed cautious when the idea of a Kanye West/Deadmau5 album was brought up, only allowing, "I can guarantee that would be interesting."

In a larger discussion, Zimmerman talked about the EDM scene, comparing it to the disco craze of the 1970s ("Not too many people are forward-thinking about electronic music"), and spoke on his mouse head brand and how Forbes flubbed a list that claimed he made $11.5 million in annual earnings.

"After I saw the article, I called my manager and said, 'Yo, what the f---? I'm $9 million short, dude. We gotta talk,'" he joked. "Nobody is making that kind of money."

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