In the world of EDM, there are a select group of artists who seem to have an exceptional flair for publicity, whether this comes through their unique take on the music they make, an extraordinary dress sense or an outspoken social view. An artist who ticks all these boxes with what seems to be relative comfort is Canadian superstar DJ/Producer, Joel Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5. Since popping up on the radar more than a decade ago, Deadmau5 has gained a reputation for applying his incredible talents in a unique way. From the larger than life mouse head that initially concealed the DJ’s face, to his ‘no-holds-barred’ social commentary.
While Zimmerman’s unorthodox approach has gotten him into a consistent war of words, the 36-year-old producer is adored by critics and fans alike, with good reason. Sporting a finely tuned skill for avoiding labels, Deadmau5 has managed to blur the lines between genres that seemed mutually exclusive before. Managing to top any and all expectation, Zimmerman has officially announced the release of his collaboration with Manchester based rapper Shotty Horroh , through Zimmerman’s Mautrap Records. This announcement comes as a welcome surprise, as the producer had been teasing eager fans with previews on his YouTube channel for some time.
‘Legendary’ marks what is undoubtedly bound to be a pioneering step forward for both Deadmau5 and EDM, merging 90’s influenced hip-hop, a few essential organic elements, and a growling bass line that would make drum & Bass heavyweights ‘Noisia’ sign up for Zimmerman’s production masterclass. While the crossover between British rappers and the greater electronic music industry are nothing new, Deadmau5 and Shotty Horroh have unwittingly produced a unique piece of art that promises to further bolster efforts in the fusion of what we know as EDM.
You can now listen to the collaboration below