Deadmau5 vs. Drake: Saturday ACL Face-Off

8:20pm, Honda Stage; 8:30pm, Samsung Galaxy stage


Government name: Joel Thomas Zimmerman

Birthday: January 5, 1981

Profession: DJ

Active since: 1997

Hometown: Toronto

Previous careers/professions: Light-twirling raver/computer geek

Number of albums: 7

Outrageous act, real or rumored: Painted his limited edition Ferrari 458 Spider as a Japanese Nyan Cat ("Purrari"), and received a cease and desist letter from the automaker

Surely unintentional musical influences: Mickey Mouse, Giorgio Moroder's disco divas, Nintendo

Notable collaborators: Kaskade, Rob Swire (Pendulum), Wolfgang Gartner

Songs he has to play: "Strobe" and "I Remember"

Song he shouldn't play: "I Said"

Most egregious example of passive-aggressiveness: Funded a parody video game called Ghosts 'n DJs that attacked "fake DJs" – namely Steve Aoki and David Guetta

Precursor act: The Orb, Kaskade, Faithless, Daft Punk, Basement Jaxx

Best lines: Apparently drug-free, so none

Notable beefs: Most of his contemporaries. Latest: Skrillex. Previously: Aviici, Noel Gallagher, Arcade Fire, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, the Walt Disney Company

Last show in Austin: March 12, 2013, Stubb's, during SXSW – a tag-team set with Richie Hawtin (as Testpilot)

Signature accessories: Big ol' maus head and a case of Red Bull

Nonmusical point of interest: The only EDM artist to be drug-free

Further signs of beta activity: Notorious Twitter GangsterBloodCripDisciple

Relationships: Miami Ink tattooist Kat Von D


Government name: Aubrey Drake Graham

Birthday: October 24, 1986

Profession: MC

Active since: 2001

Hometown: Toronto

Previous careers/professions: Actor – played Jimmy, a paralyzed former basketball star, in Canada's Degrassi: The Next Generation series

Number of albums: 4 (upcoming – Views From the 6)

Outrageous act, real or rumored: Got urinated on in a movie theatre by one of T.I.'s associates

Surely unintentional musical influences: Eighties Keith Sweat, Babyface, Lenny Williams, mid-Nineties LL Cool J

Notable collaborators: Lil Wayne, Baby, Big Sean, Rick Ross

Song he has to play: "Marvin's Room"

Song he shouldn't play: "Miss Me"

Most egregious example of passive-aggressiveness: Drake is passive-aggressive personified

Precursor act: 808s-era Kanye West, Carl Thomas, Jay Z, mid-Nineties LL Cool J

Best lines: "You love her, then you gotta give the world to her/ Is that a world tour or your girl's tour?/ I know that you gotta be a thug for her/ This ain't what she meant when she told you to open up more" ("Back to Back")

Notable beefs: Meek Mill, Chris Brown, Jay Z, Common, Pusha T, Tyga

Last show in Austin: Sept. 6, 2014 – Circuit of the Americas with Lil Wayne

Signature accessories: OVO (October's Very Own) Records merchandise, a glass of Merlot, and a shoulder to lean on

Nonmusical point of interest: His Saturday Night Live hosting gig

Relationships: Lately, Serena Williams; rumored, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj (see Meek Mill beef)

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