Is Anonymous The New Famous?

Why these artists choose to remain faceless in a celebrity driven society.

Sia made the decision this year to perform away from the spotlight. Rather, in a corner, facing a wall during all her live performances. She decided to put her music over her celebrity persona and magazines went crazy wondering why.

The public has become so accustom to associating a face with the music they listen to that hiding your celebrity seems bizarre. These artists have detached themselves from their music, wanting to let the music speak for itself.

Here are 6 artists that don’t want to be defined by the music they produce.

Kanye West performing on The Yeezus Tour, 2014

“Fuck whatever my face is supposed to mean and fuck whatever the name Kanye is supposed to mean” — Kanye West

Sia performing in the Right corner, The Ellen Degeneres Show

“I don’t want to be famous or recognizable” — Sia

SBTRKT performing live in the UK

“[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.” — SBTRKT

The Gorillaz drawn by Tank Girl

“I think the idea of it, not having a human face, immediately freed up the [music] process.” — Damon Albarn of The Gorillaz & Blur

Deadmau5 performing.

“It’s a brand, it’s something you can identify a whole buch of stuff with… its not just my name and a logo anymore. Now it’s just, like, you could just show the head and everybody knows.” — Deadmau5

Daft Punk Performing in 2013.

“We’re interested in the line between fiction and reality, creating these fictional personas that exist in real life” — Daft Punk

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