Marshmello is an American electronic music producer and DJ who catapulted to prominence after his January 2016 track ‘Alone’ became a major hit. The video for the song has over 2 billion views and 20 million likes on YouTube.
Since then, the musical superstar has released big chartbuster hits like ‘Silence,’ ‘Wolves,’ ‘Friends,’ and ‘Happier,’ as well as collaborating with prominent singers such as DJ Khalid, Selena Gomez, Anne-Marie, and James Arthur.
But who is the man behind the white LED mask, and why has he remained a mystery for so long?
Since Marshmello’s rise to fame, some of the most often asked questions about him have been, “Why does Marshmello cover his face?” and “What is Marshmello’s real name?”
His public appearances have all been made while wearing a white helmet, leaving his followers perplexed.
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Marshmello revealed in a tweet on August 5, 2017, that he kept the mask on because he didn’t want to be famous.
Even before that, on July 3, 2016, he stated that he intended to make a difference and did not care about fame.
“If I wanted the fame that 90% of you won’t, I’d take off my helmet. But I don’t give a damn about that nonsense. I’m interested in making a difference “The DJ penned.
The man behind Marshmello’s Famous Mask
In November 2017, Forbes verified that Christopher Comstock, also known as Chris Comstock, was the man behind Marshmello’s renowned mask.
The publication provided numerous documents and sources to back up the report.
When Marshmello’s debut track was released, established rappers Dotcom and Skrillex praised his music, which was one of the first sources.
Marshmello’s tracks were similar to those of Dotcom, whose true name is Chris Comstock, prompting conjecture that Comstock was Marshmello without the mask. Surprisingly, both Dotcom and Marshmello were represented by the same label, lending credence to the charges.
The most conclusive evidence came during Skrillex’s interview with Forbes, which took place the same month Forbes established Marshmello’s identity.
Skrillex’s phone rang during the interview, according to sources, and the interviewer, Couric, informed Skrillex that it was Comstock’s call. Skrillex answered the phone and said, “Oh Marshmello.”
Skrillex was encouraged by this knowledge and disclosed that Marshmello’s real name was Comstock.
Forbes even looked into the song producers’ BMI portfolios. To everyone’s surprise, Comstock’s and Marshmello’s BMI repertoire pages had the same songs and credits, confirming that Comstock was the man behind the mask.
Marshmello’s corporation was also registered under his given name, Comstock.
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Previously, on March 20, 2016, the FPIA, which is known for exposing celebrities, posted a series of images on Twitter. The photographs revealed that Dotcom and Marshmello both had tattoos at the same location on their bodies, indicating his identity.
If you need additional proof that @marshmellomusic is @iamDOTCOM, these may be of assistance. @shalizi tho is credited. Thank you, @IowaEDMFam. https://t.co/O4B8cMRWRq
In addition, in July 2017, Bollywood actress Urvashi Rautela posted a selfie of herself with Comstock, Maejor, and Moe Shalizi on her Facebook page and tagged Marshmello’s Facebook page in the shot. The image is no longer available on Facebook.
Another noteworthy episode occurred in March of that year when dubstep and electro house producer Feed Me posted a picture on his Instagram Stories wearing Marshmello’s mask.
However, he was unaware that Comstock was visible in the mirror, dressed in Marshmello’s distinctive all-white outfit, which further confirmed that Marshmello was, in fact, Comstock without a mask.
Having said that, neither Marshmello nor Comstock has confirmed the specifics to date. The explanation, as stated by Marshmello, could be that he was born to make a difference rather than claim fame.