Since 2008 Carnage has been making his way to the top of the charts, becoming one of the most recognizable electronic artists in the world. Born Diamonté Anthony Blackmon, he moved to the United States from Guatemala at the age of ten speaking very little English and with just about nothing to his name. Although, as you of course know, none of those obstacles restricted him from doing what spoke to his heart. Before becoming the world-renowned artist that he is, he was a regular at Ibiza's most famous underground clubs. Feeling the sounds of proper house and tech move through his bones inspired him to become the artist that he has - having performed at major festivals including Coachella and Tomorrowland.
Carnage collaborated with major names in music including Drake, G-Eazy, Migos, Mac Miller, Steve Aoki and much more. The legacy of Carnage and his highly influential music catalog will live on forever but, just today, the larger-than-life DJ announced his retirement.
14 Years Of
Blackmon's story is the true American Dream. Betting against all odds, he became one of the most dominant musical superstars in the world.
"It's honestly hard to describe the ups and downs in my life as Carnage over the past 14 years. Today you see all the success and the flash, but what you didn't see was my struggle. Years of grinding trying to turn my dreams into reality, countless nights in the studio, sleeping on friends' couches, scraping money together to get by. I was just a kid with a dream and looking back, I really do pinch myself," shared Carnage.
Carnage put himself on the map in 2012 when he self uploaded his first song onto YouTube, "Teke Teke." And, in that same year, he produced records including "Loaded" and "Down For Me" for the not-so-known G-Eazy. The track that launched him into stardom however was his first major single, "Michael Jordan." Transcending dance music and becoming a trap music sensation, Carnage became highly desired to work with. His collaborations include artists ranging from hip-hop to pop and everything in between.
"CARNAGE Has Been Put To Rest"
Closing out on all of his success over the past 14 years, Diamanté Anthony Blackmon, otherwise known as Carnage, has announced his retirement from music and touring. He shared in a statement, "Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life. After 14 years, CARNAGE has been put to rest and is officially dead."
The larger-than-life DJ continued to share, "I started my journey as CARNAGE in 2008 and together, with the help of my loyal fans, I have been able to achieve some of my wildest dreams. From working with music icons like Avicii, Drake, Swedish House Mafia, MIGØS, Tiesto, Young Thug, The Martinez Brothers, and Kanye West to selling out clubs, theaters, arenas, stadiums, and festivals around the world, all I can say is, thank you, it truly means the world."
Carnage expressed his love and appreciation for his fans in a statement saying, "ASOC Family, you mean everything to me. I would be nothing without my fans. I can't describe how many of you have touched my soul and changed my life, you are what kept me going these past 14 years. ASOC Family will live on forever." However, amid his tearful goodbye is exciting news for Carnage and his fans.
Going Out In Style
Closing out his statement, Carnage revealed that fans will have one more night to bask in his art. He stated, "Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, but that doesn't mean we can't go out in style. If CARNAGE is going to die there must be - A Grand Finale."
Carnage is bringing some of the most intimate shows in the history of his performances as he closes out this chapter. He is taking things full circle by re-visiting the venues and cities which launched his career over a decade ago.The 5 show grand finale tour, titled "Carnage & Rare Presents: Thank You" will be hosted in California, New York, Houston and Sydney, Australia.
On May 26 he will be joined by fans at Avalon in Los Angeles, California to pay homage to the club that gave him his first headline booking before becoming the major music act that he is. Carnage will then be at Webster Hall in New York City where he had his first ever sold-out show in New York. He will wrap up his North America portion of the tour at Stereo Live in Houston, Texas- a spot that lives rent free in the heart of Carnage and Diamonté personally. Finally, the world renowned DJ will perform his final two shows in Sydney, Australia on June 4 and Gold Coast, Australia on June 11 at Lunar Electric Festival.
Tickets for his farewell tour will go on sale on Monday with details at ThankYouCarnage.com.