Carnage stands out at Ultra Music Festival

Nicaraguan-Guatemalan to hit main stage with 'dirty hybrid banger'


MIAMI – The Ultra Music Festival's main stage in downtown Miami this weekend belongs to white Dutch males, who dominate the electronic dance music industry.

There weren't any female DJs on the main stage. There were also no African-American DJs. But standing out from the three-day list of mostly Europeans were two Brazilians and one "Papi Gordo" from way of Los Angeles. 

The "Papi Gordo" is better known as DJ Carnage or Diamante Blackmon. The socially conscious U.S. Latino is Nicaraguan and Guatemalan, and has lived in Maryland and California. 

"Driving around Guatemala you can see kids selling Chiclets and candy for 1 or 2 quetzals ... sometimes we would go to San Salvador and Honduras," he said in a 2014 published in YourEDM. "It was the same situation everywhere -- lots of poverty. Children not in school, because they had to work."

He dropped out of Walkersville High School in rural Maryland. He moved to Los Angeles, came back home to get a high school diploma, and returned to L.A. He found success in trap music, a sub-genre of dance music that has origins in hip hop. 

Carnage gained notoriety in 2012 for his remix of Hardwell's "Spaceman."  He was at Coachella and Electric Daisy Carnival. And by 2014, he was already giving back. He made a donation to Seeds of Learning, a California-based nonprofit,  to build schools in Central America.

Carnage's "dirty euro-trance/trap hybrid bangers" earned him worldwide stardom and  "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," DJMag's Adam Bychawski said in 2015.

His most recent work was with Section Boyz, a rap group from London. Carnage released their "BIMMA" song on YouTube earlier this week. "I have been holding this song for a bit ... You guys are gonna love it," Carnage said before sharing it on Twitter. 

Carnage will be playing at the UMF main stage at 6:20 p.m., Sunday. He will also be hosting a Sunday pool party with David Solano, Junkie Kid, Shaun Frank, Tiger Lily, Tritonal, Tujamo and Vinai at the SLS Hyde Beach, 1701 Collins Ave., in Miami Beach. Tickets were $23.48.



4 p.m.:  Julian Jordan: Netherlands

4:30 p.m.: Blaster JAXX: Netherlands

5:35 p.m.: Dash Berlin: Netherlands

6:40 p.m.: Kygo: Norway 

7:45 p.m.: Kaskade: Chicago

8:50 p.m.: Armin van Buuren: Netherlands

9:55 p.m.: DJ Snake: France

11 p.m.: Martin Garrix: Netherlands



12 p.m.: Vintage Culture: Brazil

1 p.m.: Alok: Brazil

2 p.m. Dyro: Netherlands

3 p.m.: MakJ: San Luis Obispo, Ca.

4 p.m.: DVBBS: Los Angeles, Ca.

5:05 p.m. W&W: The Netherlands

6:10 p.m.: Steve Angello: Los Angeles, Ca.

7:15 p.m. Tiesto: Netherlands

8:50 p.m.: Afrojack: Netherlands

9:55 p.m.: Avicii: Sweden

11 p.m.: Hardwell: Netherlands



12 p.m.: Tommie Sunshine: New York

1 p.m.: Mykris: France 

2 p.m.: Michael Calfan: France 

3:05 p.m.:  Borgeous: Los Angeles, Ca. 

4:10 p.m. Fedde Le Grand: Netherlands

5:15 p.m. Galantis: Sweden

6:20 p.m.: Carnage: Los Angeles, Ca. 

7:25 p.m.: David Guetta: France

8:30 p.m.: Zedd: Germany

9:40 p.m.: Pendulum - Knife Party: Australia


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