10 Best Artists To Wear A Mask
10 Best Artists To Wear A Mask
- Genre : Electronic
- Type: News
- Author : Super Admin
- Date : Tue, 22 Dec 2015
Some musicians bask in the spotlight, while others prefer to remain more anonymous. They wear a mask of one sort or another. It is seemingly so incongruous, that a career built around a public persona, performing and recording music for consumption by the masses, should lead one to hide his or her true identity. On the other hand, the pressures of presenting a public face can be overwhelming. Or sometimes it's based on the concept of performance art.
Whatever the reason, artists in all genres – from hip-hop to electronic to metal – choose to conceal their identities with masks, makeup, costumes, or a combination of all three. Here's our list of some of the most theatrical, from the famous to the infamous. Head over the Comments Section and let us know some of your favorites as well.
The great-granddaddies of rock-and-roll costumes and mask-wearing theatricality, Kiss has been playing dress-up since the early '70s. The Starchild, Space Ace and the rest of the crew never let their elaborate black-and-white makeup and comic-book costumes get in the way of rocking and rolling all night and partying every day. Age hasn't seemed to slow them down either.
The French electronic duo Daft Punk has had some huge hits, but has rarely ever shown their faces. They prefer to wear robot masks and black outfits, ensuring that they are never bothered on a trip to the grocery store, and taking the man-machine concept originated by Kraftwerk to its extreme.
It's impossible to talk about masked bands without mentioning GWAR. Sadly, this legendary metal band lost one of its founding members, Dave Brockie, last year. But the legacy of Gwar remains intact as the band soldiers on, bringing its insanely violent stage show with battles, blood, and acid-trip monster-warrior costumes to venues across the world.
Drama Club's hard-hitting electronic music is as dark and scary as the weird kabuki-esque porcelain doll masks they wear onstage. The duo, known as Zero and Andromeda, takes its pop-punk influences and twists them into fast-paced dance music, all while sweating behind some serious face armor.
The metal-faced villain and rapper par excellence, MF Doom, once known as Zev Love X, got his start as part of KMD, a group he formed with his brother DJ Subroc. Subroc was tragically killed in 1993, leaving X distraught and aimless for a few years. After rebooting his career and becoming DOOM, he took a cue from Marvel supervillain Dr. Doom and began wearing his signature mask for performances and interviews.
Iowa-bred nu-metal band Slipknot is a true horror show, resplendent in masks that must make Leatherface more than a little jealous. The members' philosophy is that their face gear and matching jumpsuits draws attention away from them as individuals, allowing fans to focus more on the music. Whatever the reason, Slipknot's scary imagery has them firmly ensconced in the "bands with masks" category.
Sadly, groundbreaking experimental electronic duo The Knife played its final shows in 2014, but its music and eerie aura remains just as interesting today. The two siblings played with concepts of gender, sexuality, and identity through a variety of masks and costumes, augmented by a kinetic live show full of projections and lighting effects.
Deadmau5 is part of the current wave of superstar DJs, playing to huge arenas and stadiums full of acolytes of EDM. Paying the adoring fans who likely clamor to see his face no heed, the Canadian DJ always wears a giant robotic mouse head with bulging eyes, content to let his computer and mixer do the talking for him.
This mysterious guitar wizard Buckethead claims to have been inspired by the Halloween movie series, occasionally opening his sets with music from the films and always performing with a Michael Myers mask, long hair, and KFC bucket on his head. He's performed with countless musicians, and even was a member of Guns N' Roses from 2000-2004.
The members of the moody indie post-punk band Clinic disguise their identities with surgical masks and scrubs, adding to the mystique of this British export. Vocalist Ade Blackburn has said this is a reference to bands like The Residents, another image-defying band that has doubtless had