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Deadmau5 Rails Against Collaborations

Dance music producer says he constantly rejects offers from pop acts


Deadmau5 performs during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

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Electronic dance music star Deadmau5 posted a rant against being forced into collaborations on his Tumblr earlier today. “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,” the producer wrote. “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.”

Deadmau5 went on to explain that while he has enjoyed working with the Foo Fighters, Cypress Hill and Flipside, he has no interest in creating music that will “have some fucking dipshit blab about lookin sexy, poppin bottles, ‘dropping bass,’ or ANYTHING club related.”

Though the producer declined to name names, he expressed some bitterness about how those themes get filtered into most crossover dance hits. Later in the post, Deadmau5 wrote about a more organic collaboration with an unknown singer named Chris James, whom he found on Twitter after James added vocals to a Deadmau5 track online.

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