Masked mogul Marshmello might just be electronic music’s fastest rising star with his rapid acceleration of fans turning the Mellogang into quite the phenom. The music producer famous for his helmet gimmick and all white attire has turned heads in recent years and his following has spread duly across the globe. Where some loathe the producer, more have come to invest their love, and Marshmello’s consistent and driven success has turned the artist into an international sensation.
Following his last visit on English soil, the unique artist delivered a fiery performance for the hoards of crowds who attended the mammoth Creamfields Festival. In fitting with his Mello nature, the explosive character returned to Manchester’s iconic Albert Hall with his Mellogang in tow for what was set to be an all-out EDM bout.
The northern Mancunian powerhouse runs with a high expectation when it comes to music. Illustrious events have come and conquered the city, triumphing in the history books and remaining talked about for the years following. There would be no exception for the mighty-mask wearing DJ whose international reputation was to be upheld. Rightly so, a fitting venue in that of the Albert Hall paved the way for a fitting artist ready to write more dance music history.
For those unfamiliar with Manchester’s Albert Hall, the hall comprises of a two-tiered viewing platform with a horseshoe layout giving some of the finest views that overlook the stage and beyond. Glass stained windows and giant arches surround this grade-2 listed building, historic in its own right. The Albert Hall has hosted legends in its time. including Eric Prydz, Armand van Helden and Fatboy Slim, who have all graced the inner walls of this monumental venue.
Action ready: In comes Darkzy, a 20-year-old hailing from Nottingham, inspired by the gritty low sub frequencies and influences of the underground UK scene. The DJ has chewed up Bassline, Drum & Bass, Grime, and Garage and spat them back out developing his own unique sound. No stranger to the club circuit, he makes his way from city to city emerging as one of the UK’s brightest talents. Where his ‘Gun Fingers VIP‘ rings loud, the crowd screams in excitement. That was the case on Friday evening as the talented DJ lit up the Albert Hall.
Long-time Mello friend and Monstercat labelled Slushii is the perfect special guest for any Marshmello event. An American DJ whose talent has brought the young gun scintillating success. Called up to the big leagues, Julian Scanlan played at Tomorrowland 2017 and continues to find his name booked among the biggest of stages. Identifiable for his cartoonist t-shirts and coloured hair, Slushii collaborated with Marshmello on their epic track ‘Twinbow‘ racking up more than 5.6 million views on Youtube. His infectious sound grasps your ear and leaves you wanting more.
Cue the man of the moment, Marshmello. Although arriving late to the show, having been caught up in customs, the Mellogang were quick to forgive and the show carried on. It really is no surprise the DJ attracts so much attention, as his sets explode from the onset. The DJ also holds a commanding and dominant presence aloft the stage and behind the decks. Squeezing the mic under his helmet is always met by roars from the crowd, as the DJ makes sure his fans are feeling it. However, it is Marshmello’s music the Mellogang have come for and that’s what the American DJ delivered. His famous track ‘Alone‘ bounced along the walls of the Albert hall, a fan favourite that enlists more than music, abundant with emotion and feeling.
No Marshmello set would be finished without his fairly recent track ‘Silence‘, which features vocals from the outstanding singer Khalid. Confetti rained down and through the Albert Hall, a sea of tiny white paper as the venue erupted in its final moments. Marshmello came and conquered, and the Mellogang were once again satisfied by their idol who waited at the end to take pictures.
His status as one of the best artists in electronic music continues to shine through. Marshmello’s empowering talent is notching him from collaboration to collaboration with a host of big-name artists, which in the past has included Skrillex, Diplo, Jauz, and Zedd. Marshmello is one DJ to keep your eye on as no doubt the artist will look to end the year in spectacular fashion.