deadmau5 Gets Honest About EDM, Marshmello Beef & Paranoia in New Interview

Matt Barnes
Deadmau5

deadmau5 is done talking about his Marshmello beef – sort of.

When Rolling Stone asked how the Canadian producer felt about other “artists” like Marshmello using helmets in a recent Q&A, he took the opportunity to address his Twitter rant against the newcomer.

“Wait, did you say artists like Marshmello? You mean people like Marshmello? Let's fucking clear the air on this one. I don't care if you're wearing a fucking helmet, I don't give a shit – with that logic, I ripped off Daft Punk. The thing that pissed me off after awhile was the constant dick riding [on Twitter]. "You trolled me, I trolled you" – whatever. Don't pass it off as a marketing technique. According to social media, all I do is sit around and burn pictures of this guy.”

He also re-addressed his comments in 2014 on the impending end of EDM, an end he says totally happened.

“It already did in 2015. Where have you been? 85 percent crossed over. It's fucked. It's out of the innovators' hands; it's not really grassroots anymore. I'm partially responsible – I've done my part to commercialize shit. Oversaturation.”

Fans are used to hearing deadmau5 opinions about the scene and its biggest players, but the interview got really interesting when he opened up about his own personal shortcomings. We've known he uses the helmet to avoid seeing the massive crowds before him, but the bits about his paranoia of being attacked on stage offer new humanizing details to his strict no-camera policies.

“I hear stories all the time, from as minor as Dillon Francis getting smacked in the head with a flying beer can to Dimebag Darrell [getting shot onstage]. All that shit freaks me the fuck out ... we employ a very strict nobody-on-fucking-stage rule. Automatically, that's dismissed – photographers get all pissed off, and if we move a video camea, they think I'm a goddamn princess.”

He also talks his new album W:/2016ALBUM and life in the countryside of Canada. the upsides of moving to the middle of nowhere. Read the full Q&A at Rolling Stone