In February, a mysterious Outkast medley surfaced on dance-music blogs, credited to an unknown artist who signed his work simply in white paint strokes. Less than nine months later, that anonymous act had a hit single in 10 territories, a U.S. deal with Columbia Records and a booking at HARD Day of the Dead directly preceding Deadmau5 -- feats made even more impressive by his categorical rejection of the music press and most social media.

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