How do you feel about all the new emerging DJs that are having a moment right now?
It’s easy to show up with that one hit, but the problem is not stagnating in a pile of your own fucking shit. That’s something I’m always aware of when starting a new project. If you’re not being diverse, people will get bored. I like Avicii, he’s a real nice kid, but Avicii has got this “Le7els” thing, and I almost feel bad for him. It’s probably not even his fault. He did the track, and it was all right—it was catchy—but I, dead-fucking-mau5, cannot name another Avicii track. I shit you not. I can’t.
He’s also had “Fade Into Darkness” and “Silhouettes.”
I don’t know if it’s him, because from barely knowing the guy on a “hey bro, what’s up?” level, I really didn’t take away that he was running the show. It was more his management, and it was like, “We’re going to release this track with 40 different remixes and 20 different languages.” Man, I just feel bad. Dude, you just got the wrong fucking management.
Did you tell him that?
No, I should have. Something funny happened at Coachella with his manager and a guy on my label, Feed Me (a producer named Jon Gooch), who is such a cool dude. It was really funny ’cause I’ve never seen Jon riled up; he’s such a nice guy. Jon’s fucking awesome, but he got really gnarly. There were some comments going back and forth on the stage. I can’t remember what started it, but remember what ended it. Man, if my manager ever got involved like that with another artist, I wouldn’t have a fucking manager. Dude, I would break his fucking leg. I’d do five years, and then not have a manager over something like that. So it just kind of says this kid’s got the shittiest management right now.
If you could give advice to the new bedroom producers right now, and show you’re not an asshole, what would it be?
I’m not an asshole. The reason why I am looked at as an asshole is because I just don’t give a fuck about pretty much anything. I tell it the way it is, sometimes more often than I should, and that is detrimental. It’s like poking at this whole DJ [button-pushing] thing. I’m calling myself out more than anyone. I’m guilty of doing this just because of the nature of the technical aspect of putting on a show. A lot of people think that I am creating music on the fly, when I’m literally playing all the versions that you get on the album. I’ve gone through life, walked down the fucking street, played a show, met someone backstage, and never once had someone come up to me and say, “You suck,” or “You’re a disgrace.” Not once.
No one has ever said, “Your set was weak tonight”?
At me? On Twitter, all the fucking time.
What about to your face? Would you prefer that or would you punch them out?