Remembering When Deadmau5 Used A Fan’s Vocals On One Of His Tracks

The web may’ve brought us many bad things, like dinosaur erotica, captchas and those endless Buzzfeed quizzes that all your friends take.

But without it incredible things like this would never happen: jump aboard the YouTube time machine and journey back to March 2012 when EDM doyen Deadmau5 was livestreaming himself.

The video has only recently found it's way onto Youtube and it shows Deadmau5 sitting there at his computer screen, being watched by thousands when he chanced upon a tweet from someone called Chris James. Mr James had created some vocals for an instrumental song Deadmau5 had made and put on his Soundcloud called “The Veldt”, inspired by a Ray Bradbury short story of the same name.

You can see in the recently uploaded video of the stream how genuinely excited Deadmau5 is when he hears the track with the added vocals—he’s so impressed he contacted James and a month later released an official version of the song with his added vocals.

Ladies and gentlemen, behold the awesome power of the internets in action!

Listen to the finished track below and why not tweet Deadmau5 with your own lyrics to his songs—good, bad, or just plain unlistenable.


About Deadmau5:
Joel Thomas Zimmerman (born January 5, 1981), better known by his stage name deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse"), is a Canadian progressive-house music producer and performer from Toronto, Ontario.

Zimmerman produces a variety of styles within the house genre and sometimes other forms of electronic dance music. His tracks have been included in numerous compilation albums such as the 2007 In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza CD. The February 2008 issue of MixMag's music magazine included a free CD which was titled MixMag Presents: The Hottest New Name In Dance! DEADMAU5 Tech-Trance-Electro-Madness, mixed by Zimmerman.

Tracks have also been included and presented on Armin van Buuren's A State of Trance radio show. His debut album, Get Scraped, was released in 2005, followed by others in the next few years.

As well as his own solo releases, Zimmerman has worked alongside other DJs and producers, such as Kaskade, MC Flipside, Rob Swire of Knife Party and Pendulum, Wolfgang Gartner, Bighorse, and on a number of releases, Zimmerman has partnered with Melleefresh. The release date is currently unknown, but an early 12" single produced on vinyl titled "I Don't Want No Other" was released by Joel Zimmerman under the alias "Dred And Karma".

The 2006 album titled Deadmau5 Circa 1998–2002 was released using the alias "Halcyon441" and the collaboration with Joel Zimmerman and Steve Duda was under the alias "BSOD" (which stands for "Blue Screen of Death").

In November 2013, Zimmerman deleted three years worth of music from his SoundCloud account, replacing them with an EP of seven melancholy piano sonatas (simply called 7), named after the Latin translations for the Seven Deadly Sins: "Acedia", "Avaritia", "Gula", "Invidia", "Ira", "Luxuria", and "Superbia".

Also in November 2013, Zimmerman signed with record label Astralwerks, the famed NYC-based imprint that houses artists such as Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, and The Chemical Brothers. Speaking on the partnership, Zimmerman admitted, "I found a place that knows what to do with my music."

On January 7, 2014, Zimmerman announced via his Twitter account that his much-anticipated new album is complete. "In other news...i finished my album today," the tweet read. "2 discs. 2 continuous mixes. 25 tracks. and something im proud of." The album will be titled While(1<2) and will be released on June 17, 2014


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