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Deadmau5 Discusses the Time He Nearly Killed a Fan at His Gig

Deadmau5 has described the time he almost killed a fan at one of his live shows.

The Canadian electronic producer – real name Joel Zimmerman – released new album ‘W:/2016ALBUM/’ this week (December 2), a record he has described as “fucking rushed” and said he doesn’t even like.

Deadmau5 graces the cover of NME this week (available nationwide now). During the interview, he discusses a time where he thought he had paralysed or killed a fan by kicking him off his custom-made, raised onstage booth during a performance.

“I nearly killed a kid once,” he said. “I’ve never told this story. So I’m playing live, up in the Cube [his booth]. I’ve got this LED helmet on, I’m six foot in the air, I can barely see. All of a sudden I hear my manager screaming in my earpiece, and I feel someone grabbing at my waist. This kid has somehow climbed up into the Cube. I just panic, I kick back at him, and he just drops and lands on his back – bang. And he’s motionless. I take off my helmet and look down, and for what felt like a long time I’m like, ‘I just paralysed or killed that kid.’ Then finally he bounces up and is all ‘Wooo!’ at the crowd. Never been so relieved in my life. Scary.”

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Read the full story by Luke Morgan Britton at NME

photo by Matt Barnes