Carnage has shared a new single under his GORDO alias, ‘TARAKA’, via Ultra Music. Check it out below.
The Guatemalan-American artist debuted his new alias, GORDO, back in February with the release of ‘KTM’. 'TARAKA’, his second single, is named after his event series, which has previously taken place in San Francisco, Albuquerque, Baltimore and Bulgaria.
Halfway to EDC 2017, presented by Insomniac and Marquee Dayclub Dome at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, returns President’s Day weekend 18th and 19th February with W&W, Carnage and more.
Additionally, Andrew Rayel, CID, Carnage, Ghastly, and Sander van Doorn will also take the stage for the fifth annual affair, whilst the 21st anniversary edition of EDC Las Vegas is set to land in under four months.
Welcome back to the Top 100 Carnage... Or should we say GORDO? Last spotted in this poll in 2017, the Guatemalan EDM superstar is back with a bang. Trimmer, sleeker and deeper, this year has seen him unveil a brand new alias — GORDO. Two tunes deep, both ‘KTM’ and ‘TARAKA’ have been big milli-streaming smashes and shown a different side to his musical palette.
For the full Carnage/GORDO palette, however, it’s all about the DJ sets. Popping off like a rocket since shows opened again Stateside in the summer, his performances have ranged from his first-ever sunrise set at XS Las Vegas (where he’s a resident) to his TARAKA phenomenon, where he announces flash raves in random cities across North and Central America and plays to his fans for free — for upwards of six hours!
Don’t act too surprised. GORDO’s got a heart of gold and has previously invested in building schools in Guatemala and Nicaragua, cannon-fired $10,000 into the crowd and, most recently, invited his nan to be his roommate so he could look after her. Call him Carnage, call him GORDO, call him a gentleman.
From: Central America
DJ style: “Lit.”
Known for: “Being the iciest DJ in the world.”
What’s the next new big track? “Skellism 'In The Pit’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2016: “ASOC Boyz.”
The Carnage remix of Hardwell 'Spaceman' in 2012 not only ushered in a new dawn for the DJ (also known to the taxman as Diamante Blackmon) as his profile rocketed, it signalled a crossover moment in EDM as a whole. No longer was the hip-hop-inflected sound of trap a world apart from that of big-room club noise.
Since, trap/EDM has become a staple of mainstream clubland (across the States and beyond) and this guy, Carnage, has been at the heart of it. Last November saw him release his debut album ('Papi Gordo' on Ultra) on which he collaborated with everyone from hip-hop star Rick Ross to an underground Nordic techno name like Tomas Barfod, as well as Top 100 talent like KSHMR — it reached the top spot of the US Dance/Electronic Chart. He’s also developed his own festival RARE and dropped ‘Psy or Die’ onto Spinnin’ this summer, which is a banging trance collaboration with Timmy Trumpet.
And it’s not only musical dots that he's been joining. With dates all over South America, the States, Europe and the Far East in 2016, he's wreaking Carnage all over the place!
What have been the new frontiers for you this year?
“Developing my festival RARE. We have done three events so far with 30,000 tickets sold in total. Including Flux Pavilion, Yellow Claw, KSHMR, Young Thug and Mac Miller. Look out for RARE in some new markets in 2017.”
As a fan, what’s the top price you would pay to see yourself DJ?
“My first born child.”
Is electronic music taken seriously enough as an art-form?
“Yes, I think it is taken seriously, but some of the DJs are not.”
What can be done to prevent drug-related deaths at dance music events?
How can we increase diversity in dance music?
“Book more people like me!”
WORDS: ADAM SAVILLE
Over the past few years, the world of EDM and hip-hop have grown ever closer. Waka Flocka Flame and Lil John have featured on singles produced by Steve Aoki, Borgore and DJ Snake; while duo TNGHT, a collaboration between producers Hudson Mohawke and Lunice, inspired a whole sub-genre with their super-charged hip-hop productions.
But few have enjoyed the fruits of this cross-over more than Diamante Blackmon, better known as DJ Carnage. Blackmon, who was inspired to start producing EDM after being introduced to hardstyle by a friend, has bridged the gap between hip-hop and dance music by introducing elements of trance and EDM into hip-hop instrumentals, creating a festival-ready hybrid that picks up where TNGHT left off and runs with it.
Carnage has made beats for Theophilus London, A$AP Mob and Riff Raff but it was a trap remix of Hardwell’s ‘Spaceman’ that propelled him to EDM superstardom in 2012. He’s since become a staple of the festival circuit, despite occasionally landing himself into trouble for overrunning his sets. Blackmon drops his debut album, ‘Papi Gordo’, this month with a headline tour to follow in 2016.