Carnage & Tony Junior
Michael Jordan (Original Mix)
If there is one thing I can say about Global Dance Festival every year at Red Rocks in beautiful Colorado it is this; three epic nights with some of the best artists in the music world today. And of course for a music blogger, these are the experiences I live for, seeing live acts, sitting down with amazing musicians and seeing music lovers everywhere unite for a grand weekend. This past Saturday I had the chance to sit down with one of my favorite up and coming EDM artists (or as he says, the artist who is the death of EDM) Dj Carnage. Have a read below as I sat down with the King of the Chipotle gang as we discussed his new release “Michael Jordan”, his Maryland upbringing and why his music is like an Okapi.
TMN: On this lovely summer evening up at the beautiful Red Rocks theater, I have the pleasure of sitting down with the one and only Dj Carnage. Thank you so much for taking time before your set to chat with us.
TMN: It sounds like music has been part of your life for a very long time. So let’s start off from the very beginning when you were just a little nugget in your mom’s belly, did your mom tell you that she ever listened to any particular music while she was carrying you, put you up to the speakers and let some old Jazz tunes roll or anything?
DjC: Nobody has any musical background in my family, so no.
TMN: And how about when you were a kid, growing up, was there any music in your household? Have you been musically trained in any way, shape or form such as singing lessons or piano lessons?
DjC: Yeah I mean there was Spanish music in my household growing up.
TMN: Like a little samba in the kitchen kind of thing?
DjC: No, it was just, I was raised in Guatemala for 8 years, until I was 7 or 8…(laughs) I was raised in Guatemala until I was 8 (laughs). And yeah it was pretty chill and we used to listen to whatever, it was never a no music kind of thing just whatever was playing ya know?
TMN: Of course and I know there are stories about you going for long car rides with your mom where you would play mixed cd’s to pass the time along. Who were some of your favorite artists to have on those cd’s?
DjC: Eminem, 50 Cent, Mase, Ja Rule, Nelly, Chingy…Murphy Lee, D12.
TMN: Wow, you are bringing back some memories here from high school, Ja Rule needs to make a comeback right?
TMN: And then, in the back skirts of Maryland, you were given Fruity Loops and your world turned upside down a bit. How was it first teaching yourself to make your own music?
DjC: It was cool, you know when you are a kid and you get something cool and then you forget about it?
DjC: That is exactly how is was. I got Fruity Loops and then didn’t touch it for a year. Then I moved to the country side of Maryland and had nothing to do but play football and I didn’t have many friends so I started becoming a computer nerd and making beats with some of my friends.