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DJ Carnage — he's "just chilling, eating food, watching Netflix," doing whatever.
You might have heard his breakout Bang! EP. Or you might have heard about how he pissed off a bunch of aggro commenters by saying he was over trap. Or you might have seen him killing it at Ultra Music Festival or Tomorrowland.
Ultimately, though, despite the hype and occasional controversy, Carnage just wants to have a good time. And he's seriously stoked about playing his first show at Mansion on South Beach. So last week, we at New Times chatted with him, talking SoBe, EDM, burrito utopias, chill moms, and bringing that big-room energy no matter what.
New Times: So, what responsibilities come with being the leader of the #ChipotleGang?
Carnage: Y'know, making sure people are good. It's kind of just, like, setting an example, letting it be known what to do and what not to do. I'm just trying to lead by example, showing what these kids need to be. You know, when MySpace just started and everyone was friends? It's like a utopia of happy people and giving no fucks.
And burritos. People need Chipotle.
It seems your mom was hugely instrumental to your career. You used to listen to music together, and she bought you FruityLoops software, encouraging you to get into making beats. Is she the proudest mom in EDM right now? Does she take any credit?
Nah, she's just chillin'. It's, like, me and my mom and Martin Garrix's mom and Borgore's mom. Random moms are just superproud.
You were involved with the hip-hop scene for a while. But you seemed to resent being labeled a trap artist when the Bang! EP got so big, and then you delivered what people called "rant," tweeting that " 'hype' is ruining trap." Why do you think people take what you do as an artist so personally?
Because with the internet, people have a bigger platform to speak, so they feel obligated to speak their mind. It's annoying, but whatever. The true fans will like you for what you do. But I don't know; people just have a stick up their ass.
You've been playing a bunch of festivals, and that shows in the music you're making. What appeals to you about that big-crowd, big-room sound?
The energy, it's all 'bout the energy. I've always been a person about energy, and the energy is bigger. I just love the energy. It doesn't necessarily have to be about big house. But when you bring that festival energy, it's so much cooler.
What are some of your favorite tracks to drop right now?
I've been playing a lot of hardstyle lately.
Kids seem to be into that, and there's a lot of that influence in the trap dance songs.
Yeah. I think people are looking for the next thing that's harder, and I think hardstyle is the next one. I don't know if it will go fully on, but kids are definitely responding to it way better than they were a year ago.
Give me some hype for the show at Mansion. Are you going to bring some of that hardstyle to the bottle club?
Hmmm, yeah, I don't know. I'm just going to play whatever I want, honestly.
As always. It seems like that's your M.O.
Yeah, I just do whatever I wanna. People don't like what I play, just don't come to my shows. I mean, I know how to not go overboard. I'm not going to go to Mansion and just play all drum 'n' bass, y'know? But my song selection will be all good.
You've never played Mansion before, right?
No, I never played. I've been there a couple of times, and I've always wanted to play it, so it's going to be fun. It's going to be different. You can put money on that.