It seem’s like every day there is a new masked DJ emerging on the scene. We’ve collected 10 of our favorites for you to get familiar with.
If you haven’t had your eyes on the australian house music scene, Golden Features might be a new name for you. His golden face mask and deep pumping rhythms set him apart from the crowd and make him a name hard to forget. I remember first coming across Golden Features for his track “Factory“, which was included in his self title EP and hit heavy rotation in my playlists as well as international support. With his debut album on the way, Golden Features is one to keep an eye on.
Im gonna paste straight from UZ‘s Soundcloud bio because it really says it all”
The mysterious UZ surfaced in 2012 with his amazing Trap Shit series. Immediately gaining attention and praise from tastemakers and top record labels,he dropped records on OWSLA, Mad Decent, Jeffrees, BNR, Mau5trap, and SMOG, all within months of his first releases.
Though the details of his personal identity are unknown, his productions and style have a life of their own. His sounds are minimal, yet powerful, with a menacing intensity, maturity, and restraint. A consummate performer, the last 3 years has seen UZ perform on 6 continents and play such notable festivals as Coachella, EDC, Hard, Sonar, and Stereosonic.
He is more then a sound, or a mask, and can only be described as one
This Sweedish duo decided it would be a good idea to put casette tapes on their heads and call themselves Cazzette. Crazy wordplay amirite? Plus those tapes look pretty heavy, right? Can they even see? Either way the duo makes some dope tunes spanning genres from progressive house to future house to commercial house.
At this point in time, everybody know Marshmello. He even just threw down a crazy Coachella set featuring a drum battle with Travis Barker. You can’t go to a festival without finding someone sporting a homemade white smiling blob on thir head. This fluffy masked producer/DJ has caused quite a stir among the industry through both his music and persona. While rumor has it that he is actually a rebranded Dotcom, who really cares anyway. The whole point was to make it about the music.
Perhaps the most recognized masked figure in all of music, Deadmau5 arguably set the trend for all these masked artists in the industry. Despite his mask, Joel Zimmerman makes himself very well known with his frequent trolling and outspoken opinions. Heading up the label Mau5trap and continuously touring, Deadmau5 shows no signs of slowing down.
“Slow Magic is the sound made by an unknown imaginary friend.” Known through his technicolor wolf mask, his unique performance style and fantastically chill music make him a Sunday afternoon essential.
“In a now long forgotten world, many generations ago, a bird like shape emerged from wooded darkness, floating and fluttering, drifting and dreaming. Backlit by a bright glow of iridescent light, the undecipherable form wore a dazzling golden mask. Its long beak swooped down like an inverted horn and since then, people have referred to the mythical being simply as Claptone…”
Somewhere in between horror movie clown and 90’s metalhead is DJ BL3ND. His popularity exploded through his viral YouTube videos…which are strange. See for yourself.
“[I’d] rather not talk about myself as a person, and let the music speak for itself. The name SBTRKT is me taking myself away from that whole process (of . I’m not a social person, so having to talk to DJs to make them play a record is not something I want to do. It’s more about giving them a record as an anonymous person and seeing whether they like it or not. If they play it, they play it…SBTRKT wears modern interpretations of native society ceremonial masks designed by A Hidden Place”
Who is Malaa? The masked man came into the game and immediately started making lots of noise in the house community. His Who Is Malaa mix series has heard millions of listens and recent Illict EP seen support from some of the biggest names in the game. He has even been putting out tracks on Tchami’s Confession label. “If you fuck with real house music, put your mask on”
Written by Hunter Saillen