Carnage returns to El Paso with special guests

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Carnage returns to El Paso with special guests

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Mike Flores, Staff Reporter

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DJ Carnage is making his way to El Paso for his RARE tour on Feb. 3, starting at 7 p.m. at the El Paso County Coliseum.

Diamante Anthony Blackmon,  known as Carnage onstage, is from Guatemala City and fell in love with deejaying in high school, when his mom and stepdad gave him music software to toy around with. Blackmon’s first move was to produce on the software and share it with his followers on his MySpace page.

After experimenting with putting his music on MySpace, Blackmon’s work slowly started getting noticed. Blackmon eventually dropped out during his 10th-grade year in high school to pursue his career in the music industry, after the hip-hop duo, The Cataracts, took interest in one of his beats on social media.

Quickly chasing his dreams, Blackmon traveled to Los Angeles in hopes of taking his next leap in the art of deejaying.

However, his visions did not go as planned. Blackmon had no other choice but to move back in with his family, who did not support his decision to quit school in the first place, and he planned to start hitting the books again.

But this didn’t mean that Blackmon ever gave up. He remixed A$AP Rocky’s “Big Spender” and that’s when Blackmon became known as Carnage. Carnage was put on the map after the Trinidadian-rapper, Theophilus London, released the remix on his Rose Island Vol. 1 mixtape.

Now Carnage has produced his first studio album, “Papi Gordo,” and has claimed a spot on DJMags top 100 DJs for three-straight years. Carnage is responsible for two-top 100 singles: “I Like Tuh” and “November Skies.”

The 26-year-old DJ is known for his ability to combine electronic beats, house music and trap beats along with hip-hop trends in his work. Carnage has performed live in prestigious events such as Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival and Neon Desert.

El Paso loves their EDM music, and DJ Carnage does not disappoint in that category. Other EDM DJs such as Tiesto, Hardwell, Headhunterz and Borgore have combined their music with Carnage.

Rappers like ASAP Ferg, Migos, Young Thug, G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert and others have made their music with Carnage working his skills on the turntable.

For the special guest appearance in Carnage’s RARE show on Friday, the up-and-coming hip-hop artist Lil Yachty has confirmed his talents will be present on center stage. The two have collaborated to produce “Mase in ‘97”. But that is not the only contribution Yachty could bring to the Sun City, his hits “One Night,” “Minnesota” and “Broccoli” will likely be played for the fans in attendance.

Lil Yachty let his fans know how ecstatic he is to perform for his first time in El Paso via Instagram. The rapper posted a picture of the lineup and captioned, “I can’t wait to party with you El Paso.”

Opening up the night with GTA, Boombox Cartel, Super Duper Kyle, Junkie Kid and Skellism will be a treat the coliseum has stirred up for El Pasoans.

Tickets range anywhere from $20 to $45 at Ticketmaster or at the box office at the Coliseum.

It’s not the DJs first time in the border city. Carnage tweeted on Jan. 17, in anticipation of the concert, “Rare El Paso is about to be such a life changing experiment… I’m so excited.”

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