Deadmau5 Explains His Problem With Collaborations

Deadmau5 2012

As electronic music continues to breach the mainstream, more and more djs are pairing with major label acts in hopes of hitting the top of the charts. It’s business as usual for most, doing whatever they can to make it to the top, but Deadmau5 does not feel the same.

Taking to his Tumblr earlier this week, Deadmau5 opened up to fans about his issues with artist collaborations. In the post, Deadmau5 wrote:

“Theres a perfectly valid reason why i dont usually enjoy the idea of a ‘collaboration’ … although you can rest assure whatever collaborations i have done in the past were the results of stuff im totally into, like Flipside, the Foo’s, Cyprus Hill [sic], etc. All too often, there’s an influx of ‘big names’ that would get thrown around the label from time to time and of course, they fly off the table and out the fuckin door faster than they hit my desk. eg. do you want to do a track with big name X, remix huge pop act y, etc etc. no. i fucking don’t. i really REALLY don’t.

im passionate about music, engineering said music, and especially art… at least i certainly feel that i am. And the last thing i want to do… is take the meanings and feelings of a piece of music and have some fucking dipshit blab about lookin sexy, poppin bottles, “droppin bass”, or ANYTHING club related. which fortunately for the world *rolls eyes* makes up for 99% of the “electronic music” fad that’s apparently considered mainstream now.”

If you ask me, Deadmau5 is dead on. Collaborations should be about pushing the boundary and your recently conjoined sounds, but far too often it becomes a shameless cash grab, which onlyt further tarnishes the word “collaboration.”

What do you think? Is Deadmau5 onto something? Comment below and share your thoughts!

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