Ah, 2011… a simpler time. Porter Robinson was joining Tiësto on his college invasion tour, Deadmau5 and Skrillex were still buds, and Justin Bieber was a young lad at just 17 years old. But even back then, the mau5’s ire ran deep on social media, and he had a particular distaste for the Canadian pop star.
Yesterday, back in 2011, acclaimed photographer Rukes was on tour with Deadmau5 when they decided to hit up a nearby Skrillex gig in Australia. Somehow coincidentally, Bieber’s photographer was also in the area and showed up at the show, and handed mau5 a signed photograph complete with the message, “deadmou5 [sic] i will kill you!”
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On this day in April 29, 2011 I was on tour with @deadmau5 in Australia. @justinbieber’s tour photographer at that time happened to meet up with us at a @skrillex gig and had given him an infamous autographed photo for Joel. #deadmau5 #justinbieber
Deadmau5 talked about the encounter in a podcast with H3 back in 2018.