Deadmau5′ “Trolling” During Ultra Set Sparks Controversy with Tiesto

Due to Avicii’s hospitalization, Joel Zimmerman, also known as Deadmau5, filled in last minute to close out the night of Ultra Day 2; and though we were sad to hear of Avicii’s unfortunate health problems and show cancellation, Joel threw down an incredible entertaining and energetic set. In the midst of his classics, Zimmerman interjected a playful series including a mashup of Avicii’s “Levels” and his “Ghosts N Stuff,” as well as McMangos’s Old MacDonald edit of “Animals.” Though most fans applauded Zimmerman for his whimsy and comedic interlude – calling him TrollMau5 – some DJs like Tiesto took offense.

Perhaps because of his notoriety for Twitter controversy and sarcastic humor, Zimmerman seems to be receiving unnecessary reprimands for his intentions when he clearly expressed his honor and gratitude for filling in for Avicii both on Twitter and during the set.

Regardless, a great fill in performance by Deadmau5, and again, best luck of luck to Avicii on a quick recovery.