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Perhaps the most palatable of the EDM superstars, in his cover story, deadmau5 -- born Joel Zimmerman -- attacks DJ "button-pushers" who command millions annually for their live performances, then merely take the stage and press play.
"David Guetta has two iPods and a mixer and he just plays tracks -- like, 'Here's one with Akon, check it out!'," he told Rolling Stone. "Even Skrillex [a friend of Zimmerman's] isn't doing anything too technical. He has a laptop and a MIDI recorder, and he's just playing his shit ... People are, thank God, smartening up about who does what -- but there's still button-pushers getting paid half a million. And not to say I'm not a button-pusher. I'm just pushing a lot more buttons."
Zimmerman also continue his tirade against Madonna, whom he previously criticized for making a poorly received attempt at gaining the Ultra Music Festival crowd's affections with a sly drug reference back in March.
"You want to be 'hip' and 'cool' and 'funky grandma'?," Deadmau5 said. "Fine. It's not my place to say you're irrelevant. If you're gonna come into my world, at least do it with a little more dignity. I understand she has millions more fans, and is way more successful than I'll ever be. But it's like talking about slavery at a fucking blues concert. It's inappropriate."
MDMA/Slavery comparison aside, hard to argue with the button-pusher critiques.