Joel Zimmerman was born in 1981. In 2008 he became the most-selling artist on Beatport with more than 30,000 digital downloads on just Beatport alone with his singles “Not Exactly” and “Faxing Berlin”.
Deadmau5 received two nominations for the Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2008 for a track with Billy Newton-Davis and Melleefresh. He did not win an award for Melleefresh’s “After Hours” song, but he won the award for Newton-Davis’ “All U Ever Want”. On May 1, 2008, Deadmau5 became the most awarded DJ/producer/remixer of the Beatport Music Awards.
He was named “Most influential, forward-thinking and relevant person” by Beatport. He was also named “Producer of 2007” by DJ magazine’s 2007 Top 100 winner Armin van Buuren,and by runner up Tiësto. In 2008, he placed number 11 in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, tying Infected Mushroom (2006) for the highest new entry in the poll’s history, showing Zimmerman’s rise to prominence in such a short period of time.