Forbe’s 30 Under 30: 2018 has revealed the the identity behind the bucket.
Marshmello, known for being one of the best and most well-known EDM DJs right now, is also known for the big white bucket atop his head that covers the identity of the DJ underneath. Marshmello has never revealed his identity and, in a recent interview, he made it very clear he never would.
A few months after this video was published, Marshmello put out a touching tweet saying, “I don’t take my helmet off because I don’t want or need fame. I’m genuinely trying to create something positive for people to connect with.”
Despite Marshmello’s dedication to keeping his identity hidden for his suggested anti-fame reasons, this morning, Forbes officially ripped the bucket off of Marshmello’s head.
Marshmello’s real name is Christopher Comstock. But wait, why does that name sound familiar too? Christopher Comstock is also Dotcom, another EDM DJ. Dotcom produced great EDM music, but the DJ’s career never quite took off. This alias as Marshmello, with a new face or bucket head and new music style, seems to be working extremely well.
Fans, enemies, critics, journalists, and many others have all joined in on the identity hunt of Marshmello over the past few months. There are hundreds of YouTube videos, blogs, and social media activity claiming the identity of Marshmello as Dotcom. In 2016, Twitter users gathered photos of Dotcom’s leg tattoos and compared them to photos of Marshmello’s leg tattoos. Though the photos were so blurry that I would have laughed it off and said, “Wow, another internet conspiracy,” the obsessive Twitter detectives were right.
No, Forbes did not just use these Twitter photos as proof to finally identify Marshmello. They have been digging deep for months now trying to figure out who the mysterious bucket headed man/woman is. Forbes was finally able to hit an evidence jackpot after searching through music royalty manager BMI, where Marshmello is registered as a songwriter and performer.
BMI links artists’ real names with their aliases. If you were to search Marshall Mathers, BMI would link you to Eminem. If you searched for Marshmello, BMI would link you to Chris Comstock, a.k.a Dotcom.
Not surprisingly, after Forbes emailed Marshmello’s management for comment about the linkage between Marshmello and Comstock on BMI’s database, only 12 hours later all of Comstock’s links and information disappeared from BMI. “Thankfully, previously-captured screenshots chronicle the credits,” says Forbes journalist Natalie Robehmed.
Although Marshmello’s manager, agent, and lawyer rejected the offer to comment on the connection between the two artists, many confirmations of Marshmello’s double identity have surfaced from Forbes staffers who are industry insiders. Forbes was also able to come forward with more proof to back up these claims.
Marshmello’s friend Skrillex unfortunately has helped with the de-bucketing of the famed EDM DJ’s head.
During an interview with Katie Couric, Skrillex’s phone rang. Couric grabbed the phone, looked at it, and said, “It’s Chris.” When Skrillex took the phone from Couric’s hands to put “Chris” on speaker, Skrillex said, “Oh, Marshmello.”
This is not the first time Skrillex has helped make the connection, either. On May 20, Skrillex posted a video on Facebook with a caption that said “Happy bday marshmello.” May 20 is one day after Chris Comstock’s birthday, according to his voter registration.
Happy bday marshmello shout out Getter JAUZ and Ookay ??????
Posted by Skrillex on Friday, May 20, 2016
Other evidence Forbes has collected against Marshmello includes Bollywood actress Urvashi Rauteli posting a Facebook photo of Comstock but tagging Marshmello instead, then removing the tag a few days later. Unfortunately, Rauteli’s slip up cannot be as easily covered up as Marshmello’s face, the edit history of the photo proves that this tag addition and removal did happen.
Lastly, royalty monitor ASCAP listed Chris Comstock as the songwriter of “Silence” featuring Khalid, even though this is arguably one of Marshmello’s best and most popular songs. According to Forbes journalist, Natalie Robehmed who has recently published an article about this says, “Following the publication of my article, it was subsequently updated to credit Marshmello instead of Comstock.”
Though the mysterious Marshmello has been identified, it seems like he will keep the bucket on and continue to make amazing music. Maybe the bucket is good luck.
It’s been two years since Marshmello’s first gig and he has already made more gains in the music industry than many of his peer DJs in the game.
One of his most popular songs “Alone” went platinum in October, ‘Wolves,” Marshmellos’ latest track produced alongside vocalist Selena Gomez, reached the No. 1 spot on Billboards Hot Dance/ Electronic Songs this month, and he has been named one of the world’s highest-paid DJs in the annual ranking after he reportedly earned $21 million in 2016 before taxes.
Although Marshmello failed to keep his identity hidden, he will continue on with his enormous success in the EDM world.