David Guetta has two iPods and a mixer and he just plays tracks –- like, ‘Here’s one with Akon, check it out!’,” he says. “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.”
More buttons = more sophisticated music. Gotcha.
On Madonna, who recently tweeted “From one mouse to another, I don’t support drug use and I never have. I was referring to the song “Have You Seen Molly?” written by my friend Cedric Gervais who I almost worked with on my album” at Deadmau5:
“How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?” –- a barely coded reference to Ecstasy. “You want to be ‘hip’ and ‘cool’ and ‘funky grandma?,” says Zimmerman. “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.”
Yeah, he went there. On dance music, in general:
“Just 120 bpm with a fucking kick drum on every quarter note” – but he’s been trying to get Dave Grohl to remix one of his own songs. “Because fuck dance music, you know?”
Sounds like a nice guy. The issue is on stands tomorrow.