Marshmello played on the final day of Ultra Singapore earlier this month, with the event running on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September.
The fast-rising EDM star premiered a brand new remix of Martin Garrix’s track ‘Oops’ during his set, but now you can now listen to his show in full below.
Marshmello premiered a brand new remix of Martin Garrix’s track ‘Oops’ at Ultra Singapore over the weekend. You can listen to a snippet of the rework below.
The mysterious EDM producer played the festival’s main stage on Sunday afternoon, with Ultra Singapore also featuring headline sets from Deadmau5, DJ Snake, Afrojack and many more.
Garrix unveiled ‘Oops’ as part of a video game earlier this year, before later offering it as a free download via SoundCloud in June.
Lollopalooza festival founder Perry Farrell has revealed in a surprising new interview that he “hates” EDM, what it has done to his event, and dance music in general.
It’s difficult to know where to start when unravelling Marshmello’s year: 2019 has been a string of unique, ambitious, daring and sometimes quite absurd heights. Take the fact that his 2018 hit ‘Happier’ spent an entire year at No.1 in the Billboard Dance Chart — a feat that’s never happened before. Take his in-game concert on Fortnite Battle Royale. Taking place way back in February, it was the first of its kind and a record in gaming history with 10.7 million fans locked in live. That’s not counting those live streaming through Twitch. The scale of this is incredible and means Marshmello — real name Chris Comstock — may well have technically played to more people this year than the whole Top 100 DJs top 10 combined.
Following his Fortnite phenomenon, the Philadelphia artist then proceeded to unleash a range of pop tracks that pursued some interesting and diverse paths. First up was ‘Sell Out’, a riddim-rollicking return to his dubstep roots with Svdden Death. Then came ‘Here With Me’, a cosy guitar-strumming chill piece with Scottish band Chvrches. These were swiftly followed by a sleazy hip-hop jam with Chris Brown and Tyga (‘Light It Up’) and the trappy bumps and grinds of ‘Roll The Dice’ with rappers SOB and RBE. And if that didn’t straddle the mainstream continuum quite enough for you then his summer output most certainly did...
Cue his third album ‘Joytime III’. Released this summer, it launched with his own Beat Fever-style video game Marshmello Dance Music and featured a whole gamut of fellow big room bass-bumping collaborators such as Slushii, Wiwek and Crankdat (to name a few). But what stood out the most was an interesting rock fusion with cult metalcore band A Day To Remember. Breaking the Florida band’s three-year release silence, ‘Rescue Me’ whipped up tens of millions of views within months of release and showed an even broader side to Marshmello’s songwriting abilities...Something he then went on to level up again a month later with a new original track that wasn’t on his album: ‘One Thing Right’, Mello’s debut foray into the world of country music.
In a rare fusion that Avicii famously tested back in 2014 with ‘Wake Me Up’, ‘One Thing Right’ saw him don his double denims and link up with country heartthrob Kane Brown for a classic tale of boy-done-bad-done-good-but-will-probably-do-bad-again-in-future. The balance of country-style vocals and arrangement backed with Mello’s polished EDM proved a success on both sides of the musical canyon, with a No.1 in the Billboard Country chart and successes in various dance charts.
From heavyweight bass to country via rock, rap, trap and chill, musically alone Marshmello has cut an impressive and singular pop path with a range that — on paper — shouldn’t work, but is clearly incredibly popular. Beyond the music things get even more absurd; in October he bizarrely won the coveted WWE Smackdown 24/7 belt and was champion for all of about 20 minutes, and he appeared in Adult Swim’s animated series Robot Chicken in actual marshmallow form.
Like we said; unique, ambitious, daring, sometimes quite absurd… But really quite impressive, whichever side of the electronic musical canyon you stand.
What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?
“Giant paper straws.”
What’s your guilty pleasure?
DJ style: “Future bounce.”
Best known for: “Smile.”
Fave tune of 2018: “‘Reasons To Run’ Crankdat.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Slushii.”
Refusing to budge after first claiming the number 10 spot last year, the man in the big white can, Marshmello, holds place. “My Mellogang is family and their support means everything to me,” he tells DJ Mag about the win.
Aside from avoiding sharp sticks and campfires, Marshy has spent the past 12 months proving he’s one of the world’s hottest collaborators. His track with UK singer Anne-Marie ‘Friends’ (from her debut album), went platinum in August; he’s announced releases with Chicago rapper Juice WRLD and Arabic music legend Amr Diab are on the way; and perhaps the biggest team up of all came with the drop of ‘Happier’, featuring indie-rock/synth-pop group, Bastille. Despite being a massive, vocal-led dance-pop banger, it came with a heartbreaking video in which a young girl has to have her pooch put down —way to flip that one M-dawg!
Strangely, when the Mello Man’s second studio album ‘Joytime II’ landed in June, it didn’t feature any guests at all, with the producer instead opting to go solo across all nine tracks. This didn’t seem to bother fans too much, though, as the album still managed to hit the number one spot in the Billboard Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Outside of music, Grand-Marsh-ter Flash has been getting up to all sorts of hijinks too. Despite Skrillex accidentally revealing his identity a couple of times, and Forbes officially outing him as Chris Comstock (aka Dotcom) at the end of last year when they discovered both names were linked to the same tracks on royalty manager BMI’s database, the secretive DJ continued to have fun with his supposed anonymity. After previously having legendary Dutch DJ Tiësto and comedian Will Ferrell both reveal themselves as the man behind the mask, 2018 saw singer Shawn Mendes appear from under the helmet at the iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards.
The White One — or rather, a suspiciously athletic-looking version — also appeared on the American version of the obstacle course-based TV show Ninja Warrior. And it wasn’t all physical competitions either; his personal highlight of the year was “winning the Fortnite Pro-Am with my buddy Ninja,” he tells DJ Mag. He and the gamer/Twitch star secured a $1 million prize, which they split between charities of their choice. And being the sweetie (geddit?) that he is, Mr Mello recently donated another $500,000 to the Kids In Need of Defense Foundation, a charity which helps to protect refugee children within the legal system. What a lovely chap!
Words: BRIAN FANTANA