If you thought that feud between Deadmau5 and Madonna that erupted in March was ancient history, guess again. Turns out the superstar DJ (real name: Joel Zimmerman) has sounded off once more about the Material Girl’s use of the term “Molly” (a reference sometimes used for the drug Ecstasy) at the Ultra Music Festival, this time in the pages of Rolling Stone.
Deadmau5 graces the cover of the mag’s Summer Special issue, and he had this to get off his chest about Madge: “You want to be ‘hip’ and ‘cool’ and ‘funky grandma’? Fine. It’s not my place to say you’re irrelevant. If you’re gonna come into my world, at least do it with a little more dignity.”
That probably would have been enough to get the point across. But Zimmerman took it all a step further by adding, “I understand she has millions more fans, and is way more successful than I’ll ever be. But it’s like talking about slavery at a fucking blues concert. It’s inappropriate.”
The EDM artist’s ire stems from Madonna’s Ultra fest query of “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?” while on stage in late March. This initially prompted Deadmau5 to post the following on his Facebook wall: “‘HUR DUR HAS ANYONE SEEN MOLLY???’ such a great message for the young music lovers at ultra. quite the f’n philanthropist. but hey, at least yer HIP AND TRENDY! Fucking cant smack my head hard enough right now.”
But during a Twitter Q&A session with fans on the day MDNA was released in March, Madonna seemed to clear the air with Deadmau5 by tweeting a photo of herself wearing Mickey Mouse ears with a caption that read: “From one mouse to another, I don’t support drug use and I never have. I was referring to the song ‘Have You Seen Molly?’ written by my friend Cedric Gervais who I almost worked with on my album.”
“David Guetta has two iPods and a mixer and he just plays tracks – like, ‘Here’s one with Akon, check it out!’ Even Skrillex [a friend of Zimmerman’s] isn’t doing anything too technical. He has a laptop and a MIDI recorder, and he’s just playing his shit … People are, thank God, smartening up about who does what – but there’s still button-pushers getting paid half a million. And not to say I’m not a button-pusher. I’m just pushing a lot more buttons.”