What makes Deadmau5 so great? Is he born with some kind of gift? Is he inherently greater than the millions of sound geeks that walk the Earth? Not at all, and he'd probably be the first to tell you. Deadmau5 has risen to great heights simply because he is relentless, dedicated, and refuses to settle for what's easy.
Deadmau5 is one of dance music's greatest sound engineers. He's mastered the crafts of sound creation, experimentation, and electronic exploration. He's spent decades honing these skills, and now, he's filtering years of experience, trial, and error into an online video instructional series for you, your sister, your friend, your dog, and anyone else who cares to learn for a fee of $90 per instructional session, thanks to the efforts of online educational group MasterClass.
"Kids, DJs … anyone can compose music with just a computer," he says in an emailed statement. "My MasterClass is a no bullshit look into what it takes to make great music, and it's not just buying millions of dollars worth of gear. I'm going to show my students how to play with sounds and mix melodies they can share with the world. I've never done something at this depth before."
Over the course of 20-plus classes, Deadmau5 (whose real name is Joel Zimmerman) will teach the ins and outs of beats, synths, melodies, mixing, mastering, and branding. He'll also teach you what not to do, in his most colorful of language and most unfiltered opinion, which is honestly just as important and certainly entertaining.
Zimmerman joins an illustrious group of instructors on the MasterClass roster. Christina Aguilera uses the online classes to teach singing, Kevin Spacey is on board to teach acting, Usher is coaching performance, Serena Williams with tennis, and so on in a star-studded array. Deadmau5 is a brilliant choice for the latest MasterClass series. No bumbling how-to videos here -- save those for YouTube.
Pre-enroll for Deadmau5' Music Production MasterClass now online, and check the official trailer below.