Mar 12, 2021
Carnage pres. GORDO - 'KTM' Exclusive Mix & Interview
After three years, the biggest ID from Carnage’s sets is finally here and it’s time to celebrate! Tried and tested on dancefloors around the world like the iconic Club Space in Miami, “KTM” is here to change house music. “KTM” is also an exciting signal of Carnage’s intentions from his new house alias GORDO, and quickly following up on his EUROBOUNCE remix of “Lemonade,” another clear example that Carnage won’t be bound by any genre boxes. Read on for a closer look at the records through Carnage’s eyes, his growing relationship with Diplo, plans for GORDO, and much, more more!
Diamante, thanks so much for joining us to celebrate “KTM”! It’s a 3 year-old ID that’s finally seeing the light of day after so much hype! How does it feel to finally have it out and getting so much support from DJs and the community?
It’s incredible, I have been waiting to release this record for so long and it just made sense to use this track to officially launch GORDO. I’ve been playing it out for years and always got such a crazy reaction from the crowd. That translated on socials as well, but nobody really knew it was me. It was always, “what song was that from your set” or “send me that link.” Obviously many DJs knew though so the support has been truly unprecedented from the get go. Appreciative of all the OG DJs who see GORDO and this record for what it is.
It’s an exciting new chapter in your life with the official debut of GORDO! How does GORDO fit into your artistic vision and identity today as a producer and musician?
I’ve had a passion for house music for years, from playing shows at Burning Man to crazy after hours sets, and I’ve always lived and breathed house music. With that I wanted to do my own thing and leave my mark on the scene and that’s when I sat down and came up with this passion project known as GORDO. A brand and persona strictly for pushing my house tunes. I will forever hold trap and hip hop in my core, and will continue to release bangers under Carnage, but GORDO is for the whole other side. One I am really liking right now.
You’ve recently been playing b2b with Diplo a lot, from Burning Man two years ago to a 10 hour marathon b2b at the iconic Space Miami. What makes the chemistry between the two of you so special when playing together?
Diplo and I have always had a great friendship that feeds off each other's energy. We’re both all over the place with what we like to make and I think that creativity allows us to push boundaries and create some really amazing music and sets. That dude is my brother. We mess around a lot but that’s our vibe, we have a mutual love to create and perform which is the recipe for success if you ask me.
You’ve been working hard to develop a new sound in the studio called EUROBOUNCE, starting with your remix of Internet Money - “Lemonade.” What inspired the creation of this sound?
Any real Carnage fans knows that I absolutely love playing shows in Europe because the energy in those venues like Bootshaus or the small undergrounds during ADE – or even the major festivals like Airbeat One – provide a platform for experimentation as an artist that I personally have learned a lot from. I would always hear these electric, house, bounce, catchy tracks while abroad and that’s when I went back home to the lab to try and put my spin on it which eventually created this eurobounce sound that I love. I mean it when I say the “Lemonade” remix I just dropped on SoundCloud is one of my favorite to date.
We couldn’t be more excited for your upcoming studio album as well which you’ve been teasing a lot this year! Can you tell us more about that and what we can expect to hear from you in the album? Any special collaborations?
Oh man I can’t share just yet, but all I can say is there are some BIG ONES on the album. We’re tapping into hip hop, trap, house… even a little pop … this is about to be a big one.
What are some words of advice you’d give to younger producers that you wish someone had given you when you first started out?
I think the best advice I could give to aspiring producers is to stay true to themselves. Don’t jump on the hype train for the next “hot sound,” make music that makes you happy and that you enjoy. The second thing I would tell them though is don’t be afraid to innovate and do something new, you don't have to fit into the box of being this or that kinda producer.
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