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- Posted on Mar 20th 2012 5:00PM by Jason MacNeil
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"There's a perfect valid reason why i dont usually enjoy the idea of a 'collaboration'," the Grammy-winning DJ wrote, "although you can rest assure whatever collaborations i have done in the past were the results of stuff im totally into, like Flipside, the Foo's, Cyprus Hill, etc."
Deadmau5 added that the "influx of 'big names'" that get mentioned as possible collaborating partners for tracks or remixes "fly off the table and out the f---in door faster than they hit my desk."
"I'm passionate about music, engineering said music, and especially art... at least i certainly feel that I am," he continued. "And the last thing i want to do... is take the meanings and feelings of a piece of music and have some f---ing dips--- blab about lookin sexy, poppin bottles, 'droppin bass,' or ANYTHING club related which fortunately for the world *rolls eyes* makes up for 99 percent of the 'electronic music' fad that's apparently considered mainstream now."
Deadmau5 then discussed how a 1950 Ray Bradbury short story entitled 'The Veldt' inspired him to create a soundtrack which he uploaded to Soundcloud. From there, he stumbled on a vocalist named Chris James who -- after reading 'The Veldt' -- added vocals to the track.
"For whatever reason, i took a shot and checked it out...i was f---ing near in tears," he wrote, giving James kudos. "Not because i think he's the best singer in the world...but because HE F---ING GOT IT. TOTALLY and COMPLETELY got it."
Deadmau5 concluded the rant by saying that the moral of the James story was to emphasize "what songwriting should be about" and to "provoke feeling and thought."
The DJ's Facebook page soon had many fans weighing in on both sides of the argument, prompting him to post the following on Facebook late Monday evening: "Am i really such an arrogant, ego centric, jerkoff, hypocritical dumbs---?" he asked. "You can believe that if you wish, because we don't know each other. I had the balls to speak my mind freely and say what I felt. What will you stand up for today?"
In related news (and in a separate post), Deadmau5 stated why he was asking fans to stop posting YouTube clips of him working in his studio from footage taken from his live studio site.
"I am nowheres NEAR litigious enough to persue any form of 'THIS GUY IS STEALING, STOP THEIF, STOP VIDEO UPLOADER, WE WILL HUNT YOU DOWN AND SUE YOU, CRIMINAL,'" he wrote. "All we ask is for a little control over the content expressed over the feed to ensure the quality."
Some fans responded negatively to the request, which prompted him to post comments to YouTube. "I'd rather not enjoy 'uncontrolled' or potential s--- quality versions of a work in progress all over the intarwebs," he said. "not to say your videos are s----y, i really enjoy a lot of your uploads!" A second reply said that the live studio site "should remain exclusive to the awesome fans like yourselves...sort of a club, where we can all, including yourselves, control the quality from within."
Deadmau5 will perform at this year's Juno Awards set for Ottawa's Scotiabank Place on April 1. He has a string of European dates in June before performing at London's Wireless Festival and Madrid's Rock In Rio on July 6-7 respectively.