Joel Thomas Zimmerman (born January 5, 1981), better known by his stage name deadmau5 is a Canadian progressive, electro, and house producer based in Toronto. Not technically a DJ but actually a producer and composer in his own right, deadmau5 is grouped in as a DJ by many. His debut album, Get Scraped, was released in 2006, followed by others in the next few years. As well as his own solo releases, deadmau5 has worked alongside other DJs and producers, such as Kaskade, MC Flipside, Rob Swire of Pendulum, Skrillex, and Steve Duda under the BSOD alias. He is known for often performing in a titular costume head, which resembles a mouse head, that he originally created while learning to use a 3D program.
He plays mostly his own material, assembling tracks on the fly, using cutting edge computer technology, including software he’s helped write himself.