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"Animal Rights" is a single by deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner featured on deadmau5's fifth studio album, 4x4=12. It was released on 6 September 2010 under mau5trap, Ultra Records, and Virgin Records. This track marks the duo's first collaboration and served as the album's second single.


The collaboration began when Zimmerman randomly called Wolfgang Gartner before a gig in North Carolina. He offered to fly Gartner to Los Angeles to work together at Tommy Lee's studio. Gartner agreed and arrived a few weeks later with his own ideas. When producing the track, the pair did not discuss which tools they would use. In the end, the main lead was created with the Cypher2 synth, while the bassline was created with the Strobe synth. [1]

On 11 August 2010, MTV published an interview with Wolfgang Gartner which revealed he was working on a collaboration with deadmau5. In the article, he states "I just did a track with deadmau5 that should be out in the next couple of months, which I'm really happy with. It was a really fun one."[2]

On 28 August 2010, the track was previewed on BBC Radio 1's coverage of Creamfields 2010. [3] Shortly after, on 6 September 2010, the song was released as a Beatport exclusive.

Following the song's release, it entered the UK Singles Chart and peaked at number 70, and also reached number 10 in the UK Dance Chart.



No. Title Length
1. "Animal Rights" 6:15

Promo CD[]

No. Title Length
1. "Animal Rights" (Original Mix) 6:16
2. "Animal Rights" (Radio Edit) 2:37
Total length: 8:53


  • The song is considered to be one of Wolfgang Gartner's most positively received tracks.



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