deadmau5 Talks Cube 2.1, Tour, in Exclusive New Interview
It’s a well known fact among psychologists that childhood is one of—if not the most—crucial life stages in one’s development. There is perhaps no greater proponent of those formative years than Joel Zimmerman, better known among dance music enthusiasts as “deadmau5.”
In the midst of countless, arduous hours spent rehearsing for his series of Spring shows under the 2017 “lots of shows in a row” tour, the “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” producer opened up about his childhood and its influential role in the structure of deadmau5’s latest marvel of production, the “Cube 2.1.”
Known somewhat as a heckler among social media circles—Twitter in particular—the renowned DJ wasted no time in turning his criticism on the puzzle game that enjoyed great popularity in the 1980s, the Rubik’s Cube. “I could never solve that f*cking cube in my younger years,” deadmau5 mused after taking several wistful sips from his Corona bottle, “my inability to conquer that cube, to right each side to a single color stayed with me, hence the inspiration for the Cube 2.1.”
The Cube 2.1’s roots in deadmau5’s childhood did not translate to his famed mouse silhouette helmet, bearing no relation or intentional resemblance to Disney’s Mickey Mouse. “I’m not even sure if I like mice all that much,” deadmau5 quipped, “believe it or not, I've always been more of a cat man myself, but I do share their love for cheese.”
When asked his favorite feature of the multifaceted Cube, deadmau5 responded “It looks cool. Which is actually my main criteria for picking art.” We have to admit that the “Strobe” producer’s answer surprised us, convinced he would highlight his ability to manipulate visuals from the DJ booth itself as the Cube’s choice capability.
Our final question to the six-time Grammy award nominated powerhouse producer revolved around the genre of electronic dance music and deadmau5’s introduction to it. “Some random guy told me where all electronic music came from. Idgaf where it came from, glad it’s here,” he stated. And so are we.