This is the conversation between two Canadian electronic dance music superstars, Deadmau5 & Richie Hawtin at the Austin Convention Centre before the SXSWi closing party.
“Probably how we first bonded was we’re two kids — or we were two kids — who found a love of technology and communicating through technology… that took us to a place where we never imagined we’d be today,” offered Hawtin, 42, at the outset. “It’s probably because we’re both geeks. We feel pretty cool with computers rather than people sometimes.”
“Do the complexities of what people expect from an electronic performance kind of bring you down sometimes?” asked Hawtin.
“Not to blow smoke up your ass, but if someone had told me 10 years ago that I was gonna DJ with Richie Hawtin… well, whatever: I’m honoured,” said Zimmerman. “I’ve always aspired to be a little more underground. I listen to techno, I listen to the really dubby old stuff and all of your old stuff. And I like it.”
“You’re probably the No. 1 gatekeeper for electronic music right now,” Hawtin said. “I would say that’s your responsibility, to open up the doors as wide as possible.”
“Tim Hortons. They put something in it,” said Zimmerman. “I had one right across from my studio,” offered Hawtin.
“Really? I have one right across from my studio, too,” chuckled Zimmerman, quickly racing to clarify: “There’s a Tim Horton’s on every f—ing corner in Canada.”