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Deadmau5, king of Twitter beefs, takes on Arcade Fire

Categories: Celebrities, Social Media

Win Butler, Deadmau5Comments from Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler, left, sparked a flurry of angry online posts by DJ Deadmau5. (Canadian Press)

For a fresh dose of "celebrities: they're just like us!," we offer up Canadian DJ and producer Deadmau5, purveyor of offbeat stream-of-consciousness posts and our candidate for king of Twitter beefs.

This week, the electronic music superstar took on another musical heavyweight - alt-rock troupe Arcade Fire - with a series of ranty tweets in response to the band's recent headliner gigs at Coachella.

"Shout out to all the bands still playing actual instruments at this festival," Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler declared during the music fest's first weekend. A week later, the Quebec band brought out Paft Dunk (a duo impersonating Grammy-winning French DJ duo Daft Punk) to join them.

Deadmau5, aka Toronto's Joel Zimmerman, responded with a flurry of angry posts, beginning with one directly calling out Arcade Fire.

After several further, similar posts, the DJ surprisingly meandered down a different road, turning his attention to opera - which he said he'd watch to see "real artists" before "wasting a f--king minute of my life with Arcade Fire."

There's been no word from Arcade Fire, but no worries: soon enough, Deadmau5 was back to social media business: shout-outs to cities where he's headed, responding to internet trolls and sharing pics of himself on the toilet.

It's just the latest spat for the Grammy-nominated artist, who never shies away from calling people out on Twitter, Facebook or in interviews - whether you're his former fiancée Kat von D (to whom he famously proposed via tweet), DJ/producer peers such as David Guetta and Skrillex or pop royalty Madonna.

Sure, you could call him a blowhard. But in an era where entertainers are packaged and managed down to the last hair (until the inevitable explosion), there's something strangely refreshing about an artist who shares his feelings so candidly and unreservedly.

At least Deadmau5's more than 2.7 million Twitter followers, who adore his shoot from the hip persona (as well as his musical prowess), think so.

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