Fake DJ Marshmello not hired by Zouk

DJ Marshmello playing at the official Ultra Singapore after party on Sept 11, 2016.
DJ Marshmello playing at the official Ultra Singapore after party on Sept 11, 2016.PHOTO: CE LA VI

A guest at Zouk who dressed up as DJ Marshmello on Saturday (Sept 10) fooled many people into thinking the real deal was at the club.

The real DJ Marshmello - who performs with a marshmallow-shaped helmet that obscures his face - was scheduled to play in Singapore the following day at Ultra Singapore and at the Ultra Singapore after-party at Ce La Vi.

Clubgoers had posted pictures of the imposter at Zouk on social media, excited at the surprise appearance of who they thought was DJ Marshmello.

Although the prankster did not helm the decks, a Zouk guest DJ, model Jade Rasif, accused the club of a lack of integrity for allowing the imposter to play.

In Facebook post, accompanied by screenshots of Instagram pictures of fans taken with the fake Marshmello, she claimed that Zouk had allowed the fake to perform at their console. She wrote: "Zouk, I know my job / resident night is on the line by posting this... But how could you allow a FAKE DJ MARSHMELLO to perform at your console?"

The real DJ Marshmello subsequently retweeted her on his account.

A few hours later, he addressed Zouk in a tweet: "Im all about the hustle & making ur money but tricking my fam into thinking I'm gonna play somewhere I'm not makes me so mad @zouksingapore."

The rising DJ, whose real identity and nationality are not known, expressed his disappointment in Zouk, before it came to light that it was just a guest playing dress-up.

In a statement released on Wednesday (Sept 14), Zouk clarified that it was not Marshmello himself, nor did it hire him.

It said that the guest was merely dressed in a mascot outfit similar to DJ Marshmello's.

"We would like to clarify that he was not hired by Zouk Singapore as a mascot or to DJ and we apologise for any confusion caused. We have always encouraged our guests to be creative and fun-loving, and it was never our intention to mislead guests at the club or be disrespectful," the statement added.

Zouk also said that it always issues official announcements in the lead-up to performances by guest artists that it hires.