From deadmau5's MasterClass


You've made it through the class and learned all types of skills. Now here's Joel's advice for how to start putting it to use.

Topics include: Closing


You've made it through the class and learned all types of skills. Now here's Joel's advice for how to start putting it to use.

Topics include: Closing


Teaches Electronic Music Production

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Well, I guess if there's one thing you should take out of this, it's all about experience and experimentation and developing your skill while doing all these other things in parallel with it-- like meeting people, connecting with like-minded individuals, and just being part of a community. Tomorrow, honestly, you should just go out and do some footwork. If you're exhausting the limits of your production ability in being behind the computer, well, get out on the street and start researching some more. Talk to your local radio station. Maybe they're hiring interns. Record stores. All that kind of scene. Be active in the music community as an actual human being and not some Gmail address that-- is basically, I'm trying to say is you have to go out there and get experience. And sometimes, it happens in five years. Sometimes, it happens in 10 years. Sometimes, it happens in 20 years. And sometimes, it doesn't happen at all, but it is it's definitely 100% not going to happen if you don't go out there and try it for yourself. Later.

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Before he was deadmau5, all Joel Zimmerman wanted for Christmas was old toasters to take apart. Now, you can watch him take his music apart. In his first-ever online class, Joel teaches you how he approaches melodies, mixing and mastering to make unique sounds you can't find in a cookie cutter sample pack. You'll not only get his lessons, you'll learn how to create your own music without spending money on million dollar gear.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Excellent. Joel was very straightforward and frank about his process, which is truly something to appreciate.

Strong class. It's topic-specific, but it's a good primer with lots of information that I've already found useful. Could have had more depth.

There's an amazing wealth of knowledge here. I don't really make EDM personally, however, I have found the production and workflow that Joel lays out here to be extremely helpful. Thanks for the insight!

Great series, I really appreciated Joel's candid style and honest explanation of how the music industry works. Thanks very much!


Emill S.

The thing I loved most about this class is that Dead Mau5 is being himself and brutally honest. I think it relates to people like me who didn't go to music school and want ourselves to be reflected in our music (instead of a ton of pre-made loops), and that mix and masters their own stuff. I have a lot of music just sitting on my desktop or in logic that I haven't put out because I don't feel it good enough or that I am not happy with in the mix that my wife and friends badger me that it is good and that I'm too much of a perfectionist. This class has inspired my way of making music and today I'm printing some long overdue songs for release.

A fellow student

I like it. I learned the inside life of a DJ... but.. I really want a more technical class... I know could be boring but I think it will be interesting. Next class could be. Anyway, Thanks Joel. I live in Argentina in this kind of information is very engaging. Thanks

Robert G.

I'm not a DJ by trade and just a very small production company dealing in a few parts of the entrainment of music. I went through this course last year. I just finished listening for the second time this morning...Its somewhat inspiring and I love his music and have for years before I started my company. I tried this just for fun and a good learning experience..

Bryan W.

I greatly enjoyed this class. I finished this class in Dec. 2018. It helped me release my first album titled ADHD LULLABY. It is a unique album, which merges neuroscience with rhythmic and non-rhythmic musical elements, to specifically help kids with ADHD fall asleep faster. The album was released Feb. 15, 2019 and is doing very well. I learned a lot about the production of music in this class, specifically how to better use electronic music which I coupled with traditional instrument playing in the album. Thank you Joel your class made a big difference in my finished product.

Serge R.

Joel Joel, Look man, I don't expect you to encounter this little vignette, but if you do, know that some dudes genuinely appreciate you taking the time and I fall in that category heavily. People have hasty feet toward opening their yapper a bit too soon, in other words -- business as usual. But if one knows what information is, this was it for me. The thing about 5 or ten years or never, is what triggered me to action. I hope to do some damage one day, by producing dope. And we all know how people love dope. Thanks man for sharing what you have gleaned.

Kyle R.

Love me some Deadmau5! I make a little bit different kind of EDM but please take a listen if you have a few minutes!

Don R.

Awesome class!!!! I learned a lot of cool stuff. I've had outboard gear this whole time that I didn't think about using. I'm gonna start hooking up my guitar pedals!!!

Hamza A.

Very nice class, I started learning this week and this weekend I've completed my first "track" using a lot of things I learned here. I'm pretty happy with the synths but the construction is pretty bad I think (Need to learn the DAW) If you can leave some feedback/advice I would appreciate it :)

Jose M P.

Could I get some feedback on this?


After the class, I have made this track. Thanks for the class. I enjoy it a lot.