2009 saw the release of the singles collection It Sounds Like, along with the mix album For Lack of a Better Name, while the studio album 4 X 4 = 12 followed in 2010. The next year, he released the DVD Live @ Earl’s Court and a compilation of Remixes. Two 2012 singles, “Maths” and “The Veldt” with Chris James, landed on that year’s >Album Title Goes Here<. The cleverly titled album also featured appearances from producer Wolfgang Gartner and vocalists Imogen Heap and My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way.
Deadmau5’s next full-length, While(1<2), was released on Mau5trap/Astralwerks in June 2014. Named in reference to the programming language used to loop indefinitely, the double album contained the singles “Avaritia” and “Seeya,” featuring guest vocals from Colleen D’Agostino, as well as remixes of How to Destroy Angels’ “Ice Age” and Nine Inch Nails’ “Survivalism.” 5 Years of Mau5 arrived at the end of 2014 and celebrated the Mau5trap imprint’s fifth anniversary. After a brief period when the future of his Deadmau5 persona remained uncertain due to personal challenges, Zimmerman returned to his music in the spring of 2016 with the single “Snowcone.” That track would appear on his eighth LP, W:/2016ALBUM/, which was released in December. ~ Chris True & Neil Z. Yeung