Early Life in the Shadows: Marshmello, the elusive DJ, has managed to keep his childhood and early life shrouded in mystery. Even though many speculate that he is actually Chris Comstock, there is little information available about his background. The extent of our knowledge about Chris Comstock is that he hails from Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, and later moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music.
A Prolific Career Emerges: Marshmello's emergence onto the electronic dance music scene in 2015 marked the beginning of a remarkable journey. Since then, he has released a studio album, twenty singles, eighteen remixes, eighteen music videos, and three other charted songs, solidifying his status as a prominent figure in the music industry.
The Remix Trailblazer: Marshmello's rise to fame began when he started releasing remixes of popular music tracks on his SoundCloud page in 2015. These remixes became instant hits, gaining recognition among music enthusiasts and DJs worldwide. His knack for transforming existing tracks into fresh and infectious tunes quickly won him a dedicated fanbase.
From Remixes to Originals: In 2015, he posted his first original song, 'WaVeZ,' on SoundCloud. Shortly after, he gained support from influential DJs like Skrillex, who reposted his song 'FinD Me' on SoundCloud. The release of 'Keep it Mello' in 2015, featuring OmarLinX, marked a significant milestone in his career, achieving Gold certification from the RIAA. This track also found a place in his 2016 album, 'Joytime.'
Joytime and Beyond: In January 2016, Marshmello released his debut album, 'Joytime,' featuring a compilation of his previously released singles. The album soared to the number one position on iTunes the very day it was released. This achievement underscored his growing influence in the music world.
Collaborative Success: Marshmello has continued to make waves with a series of collaborations. His singles, 'Silence' with Khalid and 'Wolves' with Selena Gomez, achieved Platinum status in multiple countries in 2017. 'Friends,' a collaboration with British singer Anne-Marie, also went Platinum in several countries in 2018. He ventured into other collaborations, including a posthumous release with Lil Peep, 'Spotlight,' fulfilling a request from Lil Peep's mother.
Awards and Recognition: In 2016, Marshmello clinched DJ Mag's 'Top 100 DJs' award for Highest New Entry. He further received the 'Best Use of Vocal' award at the Remix Awards in 2017 for his remix of 'Alarm' by British singer Anne-Marie.
A Private Persona: Marshmello has maintained a mysterious public persona, seldom engaging with journalists. In a video interview in June 2017, he famously rejected questions about revealing his true identity. His Twitter statement that he wears the helmet to avoid the trappings of fame aligns with his belief in creating positive connections through his music.
The Man Behind the Mask: Marshmello's true identity continues to be the subject of speculation, with many sources asserting that he is, indeed, Chris Comstock, also known as DJ 'Dotcom.' Nevertheless, Marshmello remains an enigmatic and influential figure in the music world.