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Marshmello
Marshmello
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Marshmello at Open Beatz 2016
Background information
Chris Comstock
Genres
  • DJ
  • record producer
Instruments
2015-present
Labels
Skrillex
Website marshmellomusic.com

Chris Comstock,[1][2] better known by his stage name Marshmello, is an American electronic dance music producer and DJ. He first gained international recognition by remixing songs by Jack Ü and Zedd, and later collaborated with artists including Omar LinX, Ookay, Jauz and Slushii.[3] In January 2017, his song "Alone" appeared on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.[4][5]

Background

Appearance

Marshmello wears a custom helmet for public appearances. His identity is unknown.[6] It has been frequently suggested that Marshmello is American DJ Christian Comstock, also known as Dotcom, whose style is similar to Marshmello's. Skrillex also referred to Marshmello as "Chris" in an interview. In addition, both are managed by Moe Shalizi and allegedly have the same tattoo and birthday.[7][6]

Stage persona and identity

Marshmello's stage name, an alternative spelling of "marshmallow", and his marshmallow mascot head were both inspired by electro house music producer and DJ deadmau5, who also notably uses an alternate spelling for his stage name and performs wearing a "dead mouse" mascot head.[8] Acknowledgement of deadmau5's contribution to Marshmello's persona is evident in the music video for "Alone," which features Marshmello's pet mouse, Joel (Joel Zimmerman is deadmau5's real name).[9] While Marshmello has not yet confirmed his true identity, the most widespread speculation is that he is Chris Comstock, who is also known as Dotcom.[6] Journalists have also speculated that Marshmello could be Martin Garrix, Jauz, or a collective of producers and DJs managed by Shalizi.[10][11][12][7][6] On March 4, 2017, Feed Me posted an Instagram story of Dotcom in Marshmello's costume and another person with Marshmello's helmet.[13]

After his set at Electric Daisy Carnival in 2016, Marshmello jokingly "revealed" his true identity by taking off his helmet, but the performer on-stage was revealed to actually be Dutch producer Tiësto. The event was widely described as being a "troll", as the two artists have been seen with each other in other photos and had conflicting tour schedules, thus making it unlikely that Marshmello was actually Tiësto.[14][15][16][17]

On July 8, 2017, Indian actress Urvashi Rautela posted a picture of her, Chris Comstock, Maejor and Moe Shalizi on Instagram, claiming Comstock to be Marshmello in her picture by tagging Marshmello instead of Comstock's personal account or other alias Dotcom.[18]

Comstock was credited as the only songwriter other than featured vocalist, Khalid, by ASCAP for Marshmello's song "Silence".[19]

Musical style

His musical style includes groove-oriented, synth and bass-heavy electronic dance music.[7] Inspired by other masked DJs like Deadmau5 and Daft Punk, Marshmello appears wearing a full-head-covering white coloured bucket.[20] Despite the anonymity, his career received international recognition in 2015 when he began releasing tracks online, including remixes of Zedd's "Beautiful Now", Jack Ü's "Where Are Ü Now" and others, as well as his own single "Alone".

Career

2015

On March 3, 2015, Marshmello posted his first song "WaVeZ" as an original mix on his SoundCloud page.[21] As he released more songs, he began to receive support from established and well-known DJs like Skrillex who reposted his song "FinD Me" on his SoundCloud page.[22] Marshmello performed at New York's Pier 94, Pomona, California's HARD Day of the Dead festival, and Miami Music Week. In 2016, Marshmello released a compilation of his previously released tracks, Joytime, which reached number five on the US Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Included on the album was the single "Keep It Mello" featuring rapper Omar LinX. He is managed by Moe Shalizi of Red Light Management, who also manages artists such as Jauz, Ookay and Slushii.[23]

Marshmello at VELD 2016

2016: Debut album Joytime

On January 8, 2016, Marshmello self-released his debut album Joytime, consisting of 10 tracks, through his own label Joytime Collective.[24] Two singles were released from the album, titled "Keep It Mello" featuring rapper Omar LinX and "Want U 2".[25] The album peaked number five on Billboard's electronic/dance albums chart.[26]

Marshmello debuted on Monstercat with his song "Alone", which appeared on the compilation album Monstercat 027 - Cataclysm.[27] On June 3, 2016, it was announced that there would be a remix contest for "Alone".[28] The winner would have their remix released by Monstercat and a chance to play an opening DJ set at Camp Bisco.[29] It was later announced that future house duo MRVLZ had won the contest.[30] On July 2, 2016, he released the music video for Alone on his YouTube channel which has racked up over 600 million views as of November 2017, easily making it the label's most successful release.[31]

On June 19, 2016, Marshmello performed at Electric Daisy Carnival 2016 in Las Vegas where Dutch DJ Tiësto, who wore the same clothes as Marshmello, showed up on stage and took off his helmet assuming to be Marshmello.[14] It was later disregarded as a publicity stunt by fans and the media due to their conflicting tour dates and a photo of "the two helmeted DJs hanging out together pre-show".[15][16][17]

On August 20, 2016, Marshmello announced the Ritual Tour on Twitter, on which he performed in several countries including the United States, China, South Korea, India and Paraguay from September 30, 2016 until January 21, 2017.[32][33]

On October 27, 2016, he debuted on Skrillex's OWSLA label with a single titled "Ritual" featuring American singer-songwriter Wrabel.[34][35] An official music video was uploaded to Marshmello's YouTube channel.[36] He started his own record label Joytime Collective and signed Slushii as the first artist.[37]

2017: Collaborations and Forbes list

Marshmello collaborated with Ookay to release the single "Chasing Colors" featuring vocals by Noah Cyrus.[38][39][40] He later collaborated with Slushii to release the single "Twinbow", which was previously 'teased' by the duo.[41][42] On May 5, 2017, his third single of the year titled "Moving On" was released.[43] Marshmello debuted the song in 2015, two years before it received an official release.[44] A music video for the song was also released.[45] On July 8, 2017, Marshmello announced an upcoming collaboration with American hip hop recording artist blackbear on social media.[46] A single with singer Demi Lovato, co-written by Louis Bell, Brian Lee, Ali Tamposi and Andrew Watt, was also announced as Marshmello previewed a demo of the song at Coachella 2017.[47][48][49]

On July 28, 2017, Marshmello released a song titled "Love U" for free as appreciation to his fans.[50]

Marshmello earned $21 million in the 12 months prior to June 2017 and was named in Forbes' annual ranking of the world's highest-paid DJs.[19] He announced on Twitter, a single with singer Khalid titled "Silence", which was released on August 11, 2017.[51] This song was featured on Worldhit and marked the Top 200 in over 28 countries.[52] On October 25, 2017 was released his collaboration with Selena Gomez, the single "Wolves"[53] which was a commercial success, reaching the top 10 in more than 20 countries.

On October 20, 2017, Marshmello released the single "You & Me" through his label Joytime Collective.[54] An official music video made up of animation, produced and directed by Toon53, was released three weeks later on his YouTube channel, garnering over 20 million views as of January 15, 2018.[55]

2018

In January 2018, Marshmello officially released a collaboration with recently-deceased rapper Lil Peep entitled "Spotlight". Marshmello initially had no plans to release the single until he spoke with Lil Peep's mother, who requested as much of her son's unpublished music be released as possible.[56]

Discography

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome Ref.
2016 International Dance Music Awards Best Break - Through Artist (solo) Marshmello Nominated [57]
DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs Highest new entry Won (28) [58]
2017 WDM Radio Awards Best New Talent Nominated [59]
Best Trending Track "Alone" Nominated
Radio Disney Music Awards Best Dance Track Nominated [60]
Remix Awards Best Trap Remix "Alarm" (Marshmello remix) Nominated [61]
Best Use of Vocal Won
mtvU Woodie Awards Woodie to Watch Marshmello Nominated [62]
Electronic Music Awards New Artist of the Year Marshmello Nominated [63][64]

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