Highlights from Deadmau5' Keynote Interview during Canadian Music Week 2014

posted by Marjana Jaidi on May 19, 2014

Joel Zimmerman and Jian Ghomeshi at CMW 2014 by Marjana Jaidi

Toronto, Canada -- One of Canadian Music Week's most anticipated (and attended) conference events was the Keynote Interview between Joel Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5, and Jian Ghomeshi, host of Q on CBC Radio and TV.

Early in the interview, the pair discussed the growing stigma surrounding EDM, which, according to Zimmerman, is not a boom or fad, but rather "it's just getting attention."

Attention, but perhaps not respect, if Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler's comment during Coachella ("Shout out to all the bands still playing actual instruments at this festival!") was any indication.

"You went ape shit on Twitter," Ghomeshi teased, referring to Zimmerman's reaction, to which Zimmerman replied that he's generally "really misunderstood."

"Maybe it's different in the live context," Ghomeshi continued, "but what you brought to the table didn't happen overnight and you are a musical guy."

"Thanks to EDM, that's what I look like," Zimmerman responded. "As a part of this EDM world and being a frontman of that, I'm a part of this instant gratification production buzz thing. So when someone like Arcade Fire - I'm not saying they're the fucking spokespeople of music - but I can see other people kind of agreeing with that sentiment."

The pair also discussed the inevitable over-saturation of the EDM genre, which, according to Zimmerman, occurred two years ago. "If you look at it like an organism, or a single entity, hive-mind creature, that's why we had these weird little anomalies happen off of it like trap and dubstep because it's trying to un-fuck itself. That's what's happening."

Zimmerman also believes that while there is a lot of money being thrown around in the EDM space, "they're kind of investing in the wrong shit. Investing in a festival, making a festival brand... Events are becoming superstars... I fucking love Depeche Mode! That's electronic music! That, to me, is EDM, too, but you can't take a group like Depeche Mode and get twenty more groups like that and make a festival and have that work."

"What I would like to see happen in a perfect world, or in a common sense world," he continued, "would be investing in an artist or an act... I would like to see more artist connection with sponsors."

You can catch Deadmau5 at a variety of European festivals this summer, including Sziget, Pukkelpop, and Creamfields

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