His tracks have been included in compilation albums such as In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza, Mix Mag's Tech-Trance-Electro-Madness (mixed by Zimmerman), and on Armin van Buuren's A State of Trance radio show.His debut album, Get Scraped, was released in 2005, followed by others in the next few years.The "mau5head" appears in many different colors and designs, and has been shown on the cover of most of Zimmerman's albums, with the exceptions of At Play and Vexillology.He was given the idea to wear a headdress based on the logo by one of his friends, Jay Gordon of the industrial metal band Orgy.
Fans often attend deadmau5 concerts sporting their own copy of the mau5head.
His career began in the late 1990s, with a chiptune and demoscene movements-influenced sound.
Career: Self-released compilations: Three self-released compilations, Project 56, deadmau5 Circa 1998-2002, and A Little Oblique, were finished in 2006, with Project 56 seeing an official release in February 2008.
In an interview with CBC Television, he mentioned that when he started making music, he went by the name "deadmau5".
Joel created the original logo while learning how to use some 3D modelling software.
In the United States, deadmau5's collaboration with Kaskade, "Move for Me", reached No.
1 on Billboard magazine's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart in its September 6, 2008 issue.
MTV recognition: MTV named deadmau5 as the house DJ for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and MTV PUSH artist of the week on August 16, 2010.
He expressed gratitude towards Lady Gaga and David Guetta for bringing dance into the pop music scene and paving the way for him to the mainstream.
His mother, Nancy (née Johnson), is a visual artist, and his father, Rodney Thomas "Rod" Zimmerman, is a General Motors plant worker.
He has two siblings, Jennifer (older) and Chris (younger). He received his first keyboard for Christmas when he was a teenager.