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Deadmau5 Hits Back At Arcade Fire For Coachella Diss

Written by Nastassia Baroni on April 24, 2014

Amidst surprise bobble head guests, covering Blondie tunes with Debbie Harry and trolling their audience with a fake Daft Punk, Arcade Fire managed to pack in a quick dig at electronic music acts, during their filled-to-the-brim Coachella sets.

“Shout-out to all the bands still playing actual instruments at this festival,” frontman Win Butler said during the set, in a comment that was largely lost amidst the performance’s other major events. But the put-down wasn’t lost on EDM producer Joel Zimmerman, more widely known as the mouse-hat wearing Deadmau5.

In a characteristic Twitter rant, Deadmau5 hit back at his Canadian counterparts, telling Arcade Fire they needed to “settle down” and that “some dudes devote their lives to instruments, others to electronic composition by [computer].” “Dafuqs yer problem?,” he added

He also reminded the band that “a computer is a tool, not an instrument.” Deadmau5 added that while he doesn’t expect to see Daft Punk “pull a Steve Vai on stage”, referencing the famed Whitesnake guitarist, “I’ll go watch them fake it, and enjoy it more than you hate the fact that they cant play guitar. inb4 some fucking hipster throws a hackeysack at me.”

Deadmau5 rounded off his rant by metaphorically singing the praises of operatic and orchestral music, describing the orchestral pit as a “cesspool of pure skill” and tweeting, “If I wanna watch real artists perform, I’d pick the opera before wasting a fucking minute of my life with Arcade Fire. #do youevenscorebro?”

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