What about to your face? Would you prefer that or would you punch them out?
No. I would pull the Danzig and fucking knock your shit out. Even if I felt like I was just having a bad fucking day and I didn’t really give it my all for that ticket price. A lot more often people will say, “You fucking killed it, I had a great time.” I shit you not, like at these really gnarly gigs, and maybe my management who are paid to lick my nut sack and fans that aren’t paid to lick my nut sack. Then I have to put aside that I just had a shit day and say, “Wow, well you know what? Faked it, didn’t fake it, I fucking pulled off a shit show.” Hey, I made this kid’s day. I did fine and that’s all right.
You still didn’t answer, do you have advice for the young budding DJ?
I have no advice for the fucking kid that wants to play everyone else’s music and be famous for it.
Another mask wearer, DJ Bl3nd, is also in this issue of VIBE. He said, “I like deadmau5 music.” But you once said he’s not successful and, “Don’t compare me to him.” Bl3nd claimed your words motivated him and said, “Negative will never take me down… I learned from it.”
There was a chick in my life once that fucking told me, “You’re not Tiësto.” She actually said that! A year later I wrote her back and said, “You’re right, I’m not Tiësto, I’m fucking deadmau5! Suck it.” It was awesome, it felt so good. Can we get kettle and pot on the line? If I’m going to size this guy up now for wearing a fucking mask and for having a number in his name, good for him that maybe he’ll take that constructively. To me, he’s like a comedian that laughs at his own jokes. You just feel bad, but you can turn that around because I don’t know what the fucking kid looks like. Everyone knows what I fucking look like.
Are you friends with Tiësto?
Sure. I’ve never been a dick to him, he’s never been a dick to me. I’ve heard about how he was a dick to this other guy, and I hear all these stories about how I’m a dick to everyone else. When we get together it’s just like, “How’s life?” We talk about music and shit.
In an MTV interview, you thanked David Guetta for paving the way…
Yeah, well he did.
But in Rolling Stone, you said all Guetta needs is two iPods and the wave.
Well it’s true. I can do that, too—and I have [laughs]. The Grammy show, what? We all did that live? Fuck no, man. Look at the way that it’s done. All those shots, the timing, when the thing starts and exactly when it ends has been produced fucking eight months ago. The whole structure, the whole show is produced.
What about the mau5 heads? How do you continually evolve the design?
I work closely with the guys over at the Jim Henson Creature Lab and they do the fabrication. But I’m in Burbank at their creature lab when it comes to “oh, we have to do this head for this thing” or if I have to do this Halloween thing. The Halloween one was my favorite project of them all, and it sucks that it’s worn out.
Well, Halloween happens every year.
Yeah, but I can’t wear the same thing every year. Now it’s just a trophy and I can’t wear it because I think Halloween is the exception to the parody rule in a performance.
If you were to produce a new stage show with deadmau5 and a rapper right now, who would it be?