In a recent interview with NME, Canadian progressive house Dj and producer, Joel Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5, has revealed that he often gets death threats on social media and sometimes thinks he could be murdered while performing on stage.
Deadmau5 discussed a number of alarming messages he’s received from unhinged followers with the British publication:
“I get chicks on Instagram saying that I raped them and that they’re calling their lawyer. I do all my own s**t – Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter – and I see everything, every weird private message from every random psycho. I’m not shielded from anything.” he said.
“I get messages from dudes saying, ‘I’m gonna kill you at the show!’ And I’m like, ‘Well, f**k – this could be it.” he says, referring to the ex-Pantera guitarist, Dimebag Darrell murdered onstage by an obsessive fan in 2004.
He also shared a story where he found himself in danger in one of his previous shows:
“I nearly killed a kid once… I’ve never told this story. So I’m playing live, up in the Cube. I’ve got this LED helmet on, I’m six foot in the air, I can barely see. All of a sudden I hear my manager screaming in my earpiece, and I feel someone grabbing at my waist. This kid has somehow climbed up into the Cube. I just panic, I kick back at him, and he just drops and lands on his back – bang. And he’s motionless. I take off my helmet and look down, and for what felt like a looong time I’m like, ‘I just paralysed or killed that kid.’ Then finally he bounces up and is all ‘Wooo!’ at the crowd. Never been so relieved in my life. Scary.”
You can read the full interview HERE.