08/05/2017 by Julia van der Doesch
Marshmello (stylized marshmello) is an 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. In January 2017, his song “Alone” appeared on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Marshmello wears a custom helmet for public appearances. His identity is unknown. It has been frequently suggested that Marshmello is American DJ Chris 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.
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. Acknowledgement of deadmau5’s contribution to Marshmello’s persona is evident in the music video for “Alone,” which feature’s Marshmello’s pet mouse, Joel (Joel Zimmerman is deadmau5’s real name). 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. Journalists have also speculated that Marshmello could be Martin Garrix, Jauz, or a collective of producers and DJs managed by Shalizi. On March 4, 2017, Feed Me posted an Instagram story of Dotcom in Marshmello’s costume and another person with Marshmello’s helmet.
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 the 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.
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.
His musical style includes groove-oriented, synth and bass-heavy electronic dance music. Inspired by other masked DJs like Deadmau5 and Daft Punk, Marshmello appears wearing a full-head-covering white coloured bucket. 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”.