Deadmaus was born under the name of Joel Thomas Zimmerman in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. He is also known as Halcyon441, BSOD, Dred and Karma.  His stage name is Deadmaus coming from a true story that occured with a mouse in his father computer. His original Deadmau5 logo appeared in many different colors and designs while he was learning a 3D modelling software.

Now based in Los Angeles, he produces and mixes progressive house, electro house, tech house, complextro, trance and electronica and his tracks have been included in numerous compilation albums in Ibiza and around the world.

In the United States, Zimmerman’s collaboration with Kaskade, “Move for Me”, reached No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart in 2008.

Since then, Zimmerman has seen three of his tracks, all collaborations (“Move for Me” and “I Remember” with Kaskade; “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” with Rob Swire) reach number-one on Billboard’s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, making him the only Canadian on that chart to achieve that status.

He is also the fifth Canadian to top that chart, following Deborah Cox, Nelly Furtado, Dragonette, and Justin Bieber, with one apiece.

In 2009, he was the best-selling artist on Beatport with more than 30,000 digital downloads with his singles “Not Exactly”, “Faxing Berlin”, and “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff”.

Zimmerman is a playable avatar in DJ Hero 2, a video game released in October 2010.  The game featured several tracks by the artist.