"He’s An Arsehole, And Everyone Knows That"

Shots Fired! Skrillex hits back at Deadmau5

Shots Fired! Skrillex hits back at Deadmau5

Update: Read Deadmau5's Twitter-rant response here

Last month we brought you news of Deadmau5 releasing a parody of Jack U's Justin Bieber featuring track, "Where Are U Now", a track which Deadmau5 reckoned "blowed donkey balls". After that you'd be forgiven for thinking that there was no love lost between the two mega stars. But the truth is that way back in the hazy days of 2010, emo front man, Sonny Moore handed the DJ a USB full of tracks at a HARD event in California. 

That USB went on to become Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites and was released on Mau5trap records by a relatively unknown artist, called Skrillex. Since then Skrillex has gone on to reach the dizzying heights of dance music stardom that the Mau5 was enjoying when they first met. Meanwhile Mau5y has remained top billing on global events, but has seemingly declined in respectability as he becomes more widely known for his Internet trolling than his music production. 

Throughout Deadmau5's extensive trolling of basically everyone in and out of dance music, Sonny has remained quiet on the subject, until now. During an interview with New York radio station AMP 92.3, the subject of the "Where Are U Now" parody came up and Sonny gave up his thoughts on his former mentor's behaviour:

“I’ll always have love for Joel because he put me on at an early time, but he’s an arsehole, and everyone knows that, and he knows that. And that’s kinda his thing. I mean, the one thing that is unfortunate about it is that he has a record label. And when you have a record label, you gotta be a leader. He has people that are like, signed to him. And I couldn’t imagine being a leader, going out in the public image [with] such a negative attitude."

“I don’t take it personally because I’m secure with myself and what I do – I love what I do, but I almost feel bad that that’s his one way of getting attention rather than going into music and curating. I think his attitude’s changed over the last couple years…I think a lot of people are getting tired with his attitude, calling people out on Twitter.

“I personally have become less connected to his music because his personality is almost overshadowing that, when he is such an incredible artist.”

Ouch! You can watch the full interview below.


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Written by Matthew Francey

12 Aug 2015