By Scott T. Sterling
When Deadmau5 is in a bad mood, no one is safe.
The mouse-headed DJ born Joel Zimmerman lashed out at Pournouri on Twitter with a series of profane messages directed his way in response to an exchange between the manager and DJ/producer Steve Angello, a former member of the Swedish House Mafia.
It all started innocently enough, with Pournouri initially responding to a tweet from Angello stating that “no one will ever care about your own career more than yourself.”
While Angello’s original tweet was sent out back in January and Pournouri responded to it in May, Deadmau5 didn’t see it until this month, when he replied to both parties suggesting that Avicii’s manager really only cares about his commission from managing the Swedish superstar: “Bring him down to 5% and we’ll see.”
“@SteveAngello: No one will ever care about your own career more than yourself.” Not true! :D—
Ash Pournouri (@AshPunani) May 25, 2014
Pournouri took the high road in his response to Deadmau5’s outburst. “I’m sorry (you) even care to comment that way,” he replied. “It would be great if (you) knew what (you) were (really) complaining about for once.”
Deadmau5 did not take kindly to Pournouri’s response, firing back with more profanity, telling him to “shut the f— up” and “go manage s— or whatever the f— you do,” adding a compliment to his own management firm, the Three Six Zero Group, for not expressing opinions on Twitter and “knowing what’s up.”
Neither side has commented on the situation since, but given Deadmau5’s propensity for what can kindly be termed public debate, any beef with him can never be deemed truly over.
Deadmau5’s new album, While (1<2), is set for a June 17 digital drop date, with the physical and streaming versions due a week later on June 24.