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Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Euan McGraw - 2017-10-17 12:50

One thing cannot be disputed: Marshmello is one of a kind. Disguised by a white cylindrical helmet that flashes, and armed with enough sugary dancefloor dynamite to melt hearts as well as ears, it's fair to suggest that the 'Mello's take on trap, electro and EDM is anything but mellow.

Going from mysterious newcomer to one of the world's most bookable stars in the space of two years, it was in March 2015 that a track called 'WaVez' was posted on SoundCloud by a previously unknown artist. A tune getting reposted by Skrillex (both literally and figuratively) unleashed a wave of saccharine Marshmello madness which immediately stole the hearts of youngsters and EDM clubbers across the globe, before Skrilly himself — alongside Diplo as Jack Ü — snapped him up for a remix.

January 2016 brought self-released album 'Joytime', which came with a slew of iTunes hit singles including 'Keep It Mello' with rapper Omar LinX and 'Want U 2', while his reputation sky-rocketed. A string of high-profile festival bookings then culminated in a publicity stunt which saw Tiesto unveil himself from under the white helmet at Electric Daisy Carnival last year, as hysteria around his identity reached fever pitch. However, it was Skrillex (again) that accidentally spilt the beans that the Marshmello man is in fact, allegedly, US DJ Chris Comstock, aka Dotcom, via a social media post wishing him happy birthday last year — but that hasn't spoilt the fun in the slightest.

Despite people supposedly knowing who he is, the force of the Marshmello hype is still strong. He appeared at a staggering amount of festivals once again this summer, recently released 'Silence feat. Khalid’, and sold out a show at London's Brixton Academy.

To date he's still never actually revealed his face in public, and his video interviews tend to involve him holding up placards rather than actually speaking. Hence, it's no surprise that he's turning down DJ Mag interviews — even when he adorned the cover of our DJ Mag USA sister publication in March — but anyone who's seen him play, like when he rocked our Miami pool party at Raleigh Hotel during Music Week, will profess that it's his heartfelt, intergalactic, J-pop-inflected trap that really does the talking.

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