Joel Thomas Zimmerman, known by his stage name deadmau5 is a Canadian-born progressive house music performer and producer. He was born on January 5, 1981 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Besides his music, he is known for his very unique logo (called “mau5head”) that features a grinning red mouse with large ears that are similar to those of Mickey Mouse, although the two are otherwise unrelated. He also wears his logo as a large mask during most of his concerts.
Deadmau5 Net Worth - $53 Million
Birth Name - Joel Thomas Zimmerman [AKA: Halcyon441, Karma K, testpilot]
Date of birth - January 5, 1981
Zodiac Sign - Capricorn
Birth Place - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Nationality - Canadian
Height - 5′ 9″
Profession - Record producer, Musician, Disc jockey
His peculiar stage name, deadmau5, is pronounced “dead mouse”. The name originates from an old username he had when he registered on an online chat room, which was short for his nickname, “Deadmouse”. He got his nickname after he told his friends he found a dead mouse when he dismantled his computer to fix a power shortage problem.
The deadmau5 net worth is estimated to be around $53 million. He produces and performs a variety of styles mostly in the house genre. He has also experimented with other forms of electronic music and is well known and quite popular in the field. He’s one of the best paid electronic artists in the industry. Before he started doing music, he used to work on web design and animation. His first job in music was as a DJ, traveling to Europe and South America for several of his early gigs.
Early in his career, he garnered some significant attention on the retail site Beatport, which featured indie dance tracks. His two instrumental songs “Not Exactly” and “Faxing Berlin” were very well received. His debut studio album was titled Get Scraped and was released on July 26, 2005. It featured songs such as “Try Again”, “8bit” and “Unspecial Effects”, which are expanded from a previous compilation of his Project 56 (which saw an official release later in 2008).
He has collaborated or has appeared alongside a number of well-known DJ’s such as Kaskade, Rob Swire, Wolfgang Gartner, Steve Duda and MC Flipside. Some of his tracks have been presented on Armin van Buuren’s radio show, A State of Trance.
Deadmau5 is also popular among gamers and members of the video game industry. He is a playable avatar in the music game DJ Hero 2 and his music has been featured in Grand Theft Auto IV, several Need for Speed games and in Sony’s Sound Shapes for PS Vita.
In terms of accolades, he has been nominated six times for a Grammy Award. He performed at the 2012 awards alongside the Foo Fighters. He has won the Canadian Juno Award four times in a row (2008-2011), and was nominated in both 2012 and 2013.