In the music world, there are artists who choose to hide their identity behind masks or makeup. This can be to hide their personal identity, on the recommendation of someone in the music industry, or to overcome stage fright and shyness. Here are ten notable musicians known for their signature masks.
10. Pussy Riot
Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist protest punk rock band founded in 2011. They are best known for their provocative performances and their sharp criticism of the Russian political system, especially President Vladimir Putin. The band members wear colorful balaclavas during their performances and often keep their identity secret to protect themselves from prosecution and retaliation.
In 2012, the group gained international attention when three of its members were arrested after a performance in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, where they protested against the Orthodox Church and its close ties with Putin. The members were charged with “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” and received prison sentences, leading to worldwide protests and calls for their release.
9. Insane Clown Posse
This infamous rap duo, consisting of Violent Jay and Shaggy 2 Dope, never appear in public without their “clown” makeup. They choose this as a significant part of their personas.
These artists have chosen to hide their identity behind masks or makeup, adding to their mystique and appeal. It’s fascinating to see how this choice has influenced their career and public image.
This American rap rock band from Los Angeles is known for their masks, which they wear during their performances and in their music videos.
Buckethead, whose real name is Brian Patrick Carroll, is known for his innovative guitar playing. He wears a white mask and a KFC bucket on his head to overcome his stage fright.
6. MF Doom
Daniel Dumile, also known as MF DOOM, was an iconic figure in hip-hop, especially known for his signature mask. When he went solo, he rarely appeared without this mask in public.
Joel Thomas Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5, is almost always known for his mouse-shaped helmet. He started wearing this helmet on the advice of Jay Gordon.
This American metal band is known for their horror-inspired masks and black/red jumpsuits. They started wearing these outfits to hide their personal lives and let the media focus on their music.
This famous DJ, also known as Christopher Comstock, is known for his helmet with X-eyes in the shape and color of a marshmallow. He wears this mask to remain anonymous.
Founded in the early 70s by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss, KISS has left an indelible mark on rock history. Their signature “face paint” makeup, giving each member a unique persona, has helped them achieve legendary status. From the “Demon” (Gene Simmons) and the “Starchild” (Paul Stanley) to the “Spaceman” or “Space Ace” (Ace Frehley) and the “Catman” (Peter Criss), each member has their own unique style and character that adds to the overall mystique of the band.
1. Daft Punk
This French electronic music duo, consisting of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, is known for their iconic robotic helmets. They chose this look because of their shyness and to keep their personal lives private.