deadmau5 taught by KISS
deadmau5 learned his sense of showmanship for his live sets by watching 70s rockers KISS
This article is from 2012.
deadmau5 learned his showmanship from KISS.
The producer wears a mouse shaped helmet when performing and is known for putting on one of the most spectacular visual shows in dance music - making him one of the most highly paid DJs in the world - and he claims the idea came from the 70s glam rock band.
He said: "The big turnaround for me was going to a Kiss concert. They're terrible. They suck so bad. I hope they don't read this. But their show is a f***ing show. They put a lot into making it entertaining. At one point, the guitarist pulls out a fricking bazooka and blows off a bit off the stage.
"How things have changed. I remember when [Nine Inch Nails frontman] Trent Reznor used to bring out a crappy old keyboard and smash it up, and everyone would say: 'Oh wow, that was so cool, we were at the concert where Trent snapped and smashed up his keyboard!'
"Bull***t. He used to do that every night. I loved the theatrics. It's about spectacle. That's what I realised."
deadmau5 - real name Joel Zimmerman - added that he's become so used to playing in front of thousands of fans every night, high stakes gambling is the only thing that still gives him a rush.
He added to Shortlist magazine: "I play a nightclub and everyone's freaking out: 'I love you, deadmau5!' I'm desensitised to it. If you wanna really get my heart rate going, gimme $100,000 credit in a casino, let me burn it down until I have $20 left and then I'm in a panic."