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Founded 2007
Founder Joel Zimmerman (Deadmau5)
Country of origin Canada
Location Hollywood, United States
Official website

Mau5trap (stylized as mau5trap; pronounced "mousetrap") is an independent Canadian record label founded in 2007 by electronic music producer Deadmau5.[1] The label was formerly a vanity label, hosting releases through Ultra Music and Virgin Records. In June 2013, Mau5trap departed from Ultra, and partnered with Astralwerks, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group.[2] As of October 2015, Mau5trap is fully independent with music rights and publishing at Kobalt Music Group.[3]


Former Mau5trap logo, featuring Deadmau5's 'Mau5head' logo

In 2007, Mau5trap was founded by Canadian electronic music producer Deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman). The label's first release was Zimmerman's "Faxing Berlin", also released by Play Records and Cinnamon Flava. The second artist on the label was Canadian DJ Glenn Morrison, which Zimmerman later revealled to have ghost produced for.[4][5] In 2008, after more artists were signed to moderate success, Mau5trap partnered with Ultra Records and released Zimmerman's third studio album, Random Album Title to commercial success.[6]

In 2010, Mau5trap signed American producer Skrillex, and released his second EP Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites in partnership with Big Beat Records.[7][8]

In 2012, Mau5trap signed English hip hop group Foreign Beggars and released their third studio album The Uprising, Moguai released his second studio album Mpire, Noisia released a special edition of Split the Atom, and Mau5trap debuted the compilation series We Are Friends.[9]

In 2013, following Zimmerman's departure from Ultra Records, Mau5trap ended their partnership with the former partner label.[10] In June 2013, Mau5trap briefly partnered with Astralwerks, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group.[2] In 2015, Mau5trap became a fully independent record label with music rights and publishing managed through Kobalt Music Group.[3]

In 2016, Zimmerman's eighth studio album, W:/2016ALBUM/, became Mau5trap's first fully independent album release.[11] In 2017, Mau5trap also independently released the debut studio album by Canadian music producer Rezz, titled Mass Manipulation.[12]

In 2017, Mau5trap celebrated its ten-year anniversary, and released a thirty-three track compilation album titled Mau5trap Ten Year Anniversary.[13][14]






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External links

  • Official website
  • mau5trap at LabelsBase
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