If you were to produce a new stage show with deadmau5 and a rapper right now, who would it be?
Anyone other than fucking Kanye. I fucking hate him. He’s just trying too hard. But the problem is he’s succeeding at it. It’s like, “Oh, I’m so hate-able.” And everyone is like, “Yeah, I hate him.” Ah fuck, he wins!
That’s you! You’re the white Kanye.
Not really, because I’m not trying. I mean it.
Okay, not Kanye, but who? What about your pal Tommy Lee?
Tommy’s rap… That was horrible. Don’t worry world, I still rag on him for that shit. The cornrows. I show him a photo every six months and say, “See what you fucking did?” He’s really sorry, trust me. He’s back to being Tommy now.
No more cornrows?
No more cornrows.
Is there somebody paving the way in the EDM like a Jay-Z? He evolved from rapper to businessman and made careers for everybody else.
He owns half my fucking parent management company. It’s in my best interest to not disagree with any of that. But as a businessman, yeah, he’s made some pretty fucking smart-ass moves. He’s done some big things, and I kind of look at him more as an entity of a ball mover as opposed to a ball washer.
Who’s doing that in EDM?
Who’s ball washing? I mean, who’s ball moving? It depends on which direction. There are kids like Skrillex, he’s a good example of making a movement, because he took this brostep thing and really commercialized it. And I’m not saying that’s bad, it’s great in a certain aspect. You got to be really careful with those mill markets, because they’ll turn on you in a fucking second. It’s like when my album came out, I actually became a fan of Mumford & Sons—not their music, I fucking hate it, it’s boring folk shit—but man does America like non-offensive Christian music. Not that I’m discrediting them as musicians, because when I talk about groups, I don’t talk about their ability to do something. I talk about their whole fucking bit with the marketing. I’m very marketing oriented. I wear my fucking logo—you cannot say I’m not marketing oriented.
What do you think about what’s happening in dance music right now?