Marshmello: The Face of Electronic Dance Music

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Marshmello is one of the most popular electronic dance music artists out there right now. His unique style and sound have made him a favorite among EDM fans around the world.

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at what makes Marshmello so popular, and some of the best tracks he has released.


Marshmello is an electronic dance music producer and DJ who rose to prominence in the late 2010s. He is best known for his hit single “Alone”, which was certified platinum in the United States, and for his collaborations with artists such as Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Khalid, and Anne-Marie.

Born in Pennsylvania, Marshmello first gained attention with his remix of Jack Ü’s “Where Are Ü Now”, which was released on Skrillex’s OWSLA label in 2015. He followed this up with a number of successful singles, including “Alone”, “Silence”, and “Wolves”. In 2018, he released his debut album, Joytime, which peaked at number five on the US Billboard 200.

Marshmello has headlined several major music festivals, including Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival, and Tomorrowland. In 2019, he was ranked 28th on DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs list.

Early Life and Career

Marshmello’s career began in March 2015 when he started releasing tracks on soundcloud under an anonymous name. In an interview with Forbes, he stated that his name was inspired by the marshmallow candy. In the same interview, he revealed that the logo is based on his chef’s uniform when he used to work at a Cody’s restaurant before becoming a professional musician.

In June of 2015, Marshmello released his debut single “WaVEZ” which received little attention. His second single “KeEp iT MeLLo” featuring Omar Linx was much more successful, peaking at number fifty-six on Spotify’s US Viral 50 chart. This was followed by the release of his third single, “Alone”, which has become one of his most popular songs to date and has been certified platinum in the United States and Canada.

In 2016, Marshmello collaborated with Wrabel on the song “Ritual”, which was included on the soundtrack for the video game FIFA 17. He also worked with Jamaican singer OMI on the track “My World”, which was released in August 2016 as part of Marshmello’s debut album Joytime. In October 2016, he collaborated with American singer Khalid for the song “Silence”, which peaked at number twenty-four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.

In January 2017, Marshmello collaborated with English electronic music duo Chainsmokers on the single “You Owe Me”. In April 2017, he released a remix of American singer Selena Gomez’s song “Wolves”. The remix peaked at number ten on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Songs chart. In May 2017, he collaborated with American singer Anne-Marie for the single “FRIENDS”, which reached number two on both UK Singles Chart and Ireland’s Official Singles Chart

Rise to Fame

Marshmello’s first big break came in 2015 when he was commissioned to do an official remix for Jack Ü and Justin Bieber’s hit song “Where Are Ü Now”. The remix was an instant success, and propelled Marshmello into the spotlight. He followed up with a string of successful releases, including his hit singles “Alone” and “Silence”, both of which topped the dance charts.

In 2017, Marshmello collaborated with American rapper Logic on the single “Everyday”. The song was a huge hit, reaching number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This made Marshmello the first electronic dance music artist to have a top-five single on the Hot 100.

Marshmello’s biggest year to date came in 2018. He released his debut album, Joytime II, which debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 chart. He also collaborated with Selena Gomez on the single “Wolves”, which reached number one on the Hot 100 chart. This made Marshmello the first EDM artist to have a number-one single on the Hot 100.

Marshmello’s success has continued into 2019. He has released several successful singles, including “Here With Me” and “Light It Up”, both of which have been hits on the dance charts. He has also collaborated with several other artists, including Khalid and Bastille.

Music and Style

Marshmello’s music and style are a reflection of his fun-loving personality. His music is often described as “Happy Hardcore” or “Bubblegum Bass”, and his style is a mix of EDM, hip-hop, and pop. Marshmello’s music often features positive messages and feel-good vibes. His goal is to make people smile and have a good time.

Marshmello’s style is playful and approachable. He often wears a marshmallow mask to conceal his identity, and he sometimes wears other fun costumes, like a unicorn or minion. Marshmello’s fashion choices reflect his desire to stay true to his brand and remain approachable to his fans.


In spite of his massive success, Marshmello’s career has not been without its controversies. In 2017, he was accused of plagiarism by electronic duo Knife Party for his track “Alone.” Knife Party claimed that the melody of “Alone” was too similar to their own track “Boss Mode,” which was released two years earlier. However, no legal action was taken and the matter was eventually forgotten.

More recently, in 2019, Marshmello sparked controversy when he performed at a concert in Saudi Arabia. Human rights groups criticized him for performing in a country with a notorious human rights record, and some even accused him of promoting gender segregation by performing at a men-only event. Marshmello responded to the criticism by saying that he hoped his performance could help bring people together, regardless of their background or beliefs.

Personal Life

Marshmello’s true identity was a mystery until 2017, when Forbes revealed that he is actually Christopher Comstock, a 26-year-old producer and DJ from Philadelphia.

Prior to his career in electronic music, Comstock was a drummer in a punk rock band called Sixth Grade commencing in 2009. He then switched to producing electronic music in 2010. In early 2016, he created the Marshmello project and took on the persona of a fictional DJ and producer, who wears a full-head almond-shaped marshmallow mask.

Comstock has cited Jack Ü, Skrillex and Zeds Dead as his inspiration for pursuing electronic dance music.

In October 2019, Marshmello’s debut studio album Joytime II was released. The album features 14 tracks, including the singles “Rescue Me” and “Tell Me”.


Controversy followed Marshmello in 2017 when he was revealed to be American artist and producer Chris Comstock, also known as Dotcom. Some accused Marshmello of “taking the easy way out” by wearing a mask, while others believed that it allowed him to create music without being pigeonholed by his previous work. Regardless of the mixed reactions, there’s no denying that Marshmello has had a huge impact on electronic dance music and popular culture. Thanks to his infectious beats and imaginative stage productions, he has become one of the most popular DJs in the world.

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