Oh, that Deadmau5. He’s so crazy. In keeping with his reputation as EDM’s most cantankerous contrarian, the Canadian producer recently discussed why even as his stardom continues to explode, he finds himself without that most basic form of personal identification and symbol of freedom, a driver’s license.
“I don’t drive. I don’t have a driver’s license at 31 years old,” the artist born as Joel Zimmerman said in an exclusive interview with KROQ Los Angeles’ Stryker. “It’s not because I’m incapable, I just have this…thing. When I was 18, around that time when you’re supposed to go get your license, I was just such a slacker. I was always on the computer like, ‘F— mom, get off my ass about getting a license.’ I was thinking I’d have to get a f—ing car and pay for gas, so I put it off. And then all of a sudden this whole f—ing thing blew up, you know?”
With “this whole f—ing thing” being a lucrative career as EDM mega-star Deadmau5, Zimmerman began to realize that existing in such rarefied air allowed him certain options in terms of getting behind the wheel.
“I was thinking ‘Yeah, I should go get my license. But then I was like, ‘Wait. I won’t,’ he added with a leer. “I was gonna see if I could go through my whole f—ing life without, like, driving. Then I got thinking: I’ll get my pilot’s license before I get my f—ing driver’s license. How about that?”
But like money, love changes everything. Now that Deadmau5 is living in Los Angeles, likely due in no small part to the producer’s budding romance with tattoo celebrity Kat Von D, he suddenly finds himself increasingly in need of a driver’s license.
While Deadmau5 begrudgingly embarks on acquiring that much-needed license, it’s been announced that he’ll be needing his passport early next year. He’s been scheduled to perform alongside such acts as Pearl Jam, Major Lazer, and Passion Pit and more for the South American edition of Lollapalooza, which is set for Brazil and Chile in late March/early April of 2013.
–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local