When he’s not busy playing Rocket League on his Twitch channel, engaging fans over Reddit, or antagonizing his musical peers on Twitter, Joel Zimmerman is undoubtedly busy revolutionizing his pocket of the music industry. Perhaps that is why he is tough on “Macbook slapping EDM DJs” and, indeed, himself as an artist. Yet, one need look no further than his stunning Cube 2.1 display or his laundry list of progressive discography to know deadmau5 rules the roost.
Now Zimmerman has given the guys at Linus Tech Tips an exclusive look into his home studio in Toronto, with a special cameo by Mr. Meowingtons. Some of these state of the art features in include: a server room solely for his house; two walls of analog modular systems; an underground LAN center with custom built machines matching his five “tricked out” cars; and over a dozen synthesizers, with the most retro of his models now worth upwards of tens of thousands of dollars (among these classic synthesizers, which were built in the 1970s using components that aren’t available today, is the still working model used to create R2D2’s sounds in the classic Star Wars series).
No wonder deadmau5 is so quick to call producers out today. It seems all Zimmerman hopes for is that newcomers challenge themselves into becoming fellow industry pioneers. Can you blame him?