Joel Thomas Zimmerman was born on 5 January 1981 in Niagara Falls, Canada. He is known under the pseudonym, Deadmau5 (pronounced as “dead mouse”). When Joel turned 18, he moved to Toronto to start a music career. Initially, he was a music producer for the radio show The Party Revolution. Zimmerman worked together with his friend Steve Duda. Today, Deadmou5 is a well-known DJ and producer, who creates electro, house, and progressive music.
In 2005, Deadmau5 got an offer to make a remix for the track “Pure”, recorded by Orgy. The song made it into their latest album, Trans Global Spectacle. Later, Deadmou5 worked on the project The Smirnoff Experience, created for advertising. After some time, the DJ was noticed by producers, who wanted to make him successful beyond Canada.
In his neighborhood, everyone knew Joel as the computer guy, who was a fan of digital music. While working on remixing, Zimmerman collaborated with his best friend Steve Duda, better known as Loopmasta.
Between 2006 and 2007, Deadmau5 worked for a Belgian company Image-Line, which developed a popular software Fruity Loop or FL Studio. Joel also assisted with developing Touch Mix, a program for iPhone, which allows creating mixes on the smartphone.
In Canada, the musician worked with Play Digital label, which he helped become one of the most successful online labels on Beatport.com. Deadmay5’s singles were performed by such DJs as Chris Lake, Pete Tong, Nic Fanciulli, Sebastien Leger, and John Acquaviva. Later, Joel created his own labels, Mau5trap and Xfer Records.