Canadian-born DJ and record producer Deadmau5 got his first keyboard when he was in his teens. He worked as a programmer prior to just starting his music career. He released his first album Project 56 independently before signing a deal with Play Records to release his second studio album Vexillology. He has since released 8 studio albums, 8 EPs. 9 compilation albums and 2 live albums. His most successful studio albums are Album Title Goes Here and 4×4=12.
He mostly produces progressive house and variations of it, for which he has received multiple Beatport Music Awards, DJ Awards, International Dance Music Awards and Juno Awards. He has also been nominated for a World Music Award as well as 6 Grammy Awards. He has constantly been ranked in the top 35 of DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs list since 2008.
His most commercially successful single to date is Ghosts n Stuff which was certified platinum in the USA, triple platinum in Canada and silver in the UK. His music has been featured in at least 15 video games including Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, GoldenEye 007, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, FIFA 13 and Midnight Club: Los Angeles to name a few.
Deadmau5’s DAW of choice is Ableton Live, though in the past he used to use FL Studio. He uses a wide variety of software instruments including Native Instruments Absynth 5, FXpansion Strobe, Native Instruments Reaktor, Xfer Serum, Native Instruments Komplete, Spectrasonics Omnisphere, Native Instruments FM8 and Native Instruments Alicia’s Keys among others
On the hardware side, he uses a Native Instruments Maschine, Phat Boy MIDI controller, MOTU Micro Express USB MIDI interface, BBE 482i Sonic Maximizer, Lexicon MX400 Effects Processor, M-Audio Trigger Finger MIDI Controller and Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 Audio Interface to mention a few.