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Deadmau5 Opens Up about Death Threats & Insecurity

With the way Joel Zimmerman, a.k.a. deadmau5, talks online, you’d almost think he was impervious to people being jerks. After all, he is a pretty big jerk himself, right?

However, in a recent (rare!) interview with NME, deadmau5 revealed that his excessive social media presence actually is pretty harmful to himself, as well. Though he’s the one in the spotlight for being a “celebrity,” regular folks can say awful things on the internet as well. Oh, and stalk people to find the location of their home so they can break in.

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Deadmau5 has a thing for taxidermy.

“I’m at about the maximum level of weirdness I can handle,” deadmau5 said. “I do get freaked out sometimes. I have kids hop my fence, get into my back yard and just start screaming at me. I get chicks on Instagram saying that I raped them and that they’re calling their lawyer.”

Not only that, but some people flat out threaten to kill him.

“I do all my own s–t – Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter – and I see everything, every weird private message from every random psycho,” deadmau5 added. “I’m not shielded from anything. I get messages from dudes saying, ‘I’m gonna kill you at the show!’ and I’m like, ‘Well, f—, this could be it.'”

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Deadmau5 with his cat, Meowingtons.

Though he’s definitely got a reputation for being nasty online, this interview makes deadmau5 a bit more sympathetic. How easy would it be to be all sunshine and rainbows when you’re receiving death threats and having people lurking outside your house? No wonder the producer chooses to live in seclusion and brags about not leaving his house for weeks at a time.

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On the other hand, maybe it goes the other way. Maybe if deadmau5 were kinder to his online friends and stopped trolling people, the amount of haters would go down. However, there’s never any excuse for the kind of threats he gets.

Source: NME.com

EDM In Stereo Staff


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