Diamanté Anthony Blackmon, aka Carnage, has announced his retirement from music and touring after a decade of enormous success. The internationally renowned artist will embark on a five-show grand finale tour titled “Carnage & Rare Presents: Thank You.” These shows will be the last opportunity for fans to see a CARNAGE performance. To complete the circle of Carnage’s evolution, he is returning to the venues and cities that catapulted his career over a decade ago. Tickets go on sale this Monday, details can be found on ThankYouCarnage.com
I went thru thousands of photos & videos to go back to my most memorable shows…. And I think I made the right decision….
— GORDO (@djcarnage) May 6, 2022
Carnage will pay tribute to the west coast club that gave him his first headline booking before becoming one of the largest acts to ever grace the stage on May 26th, when he takes over Avalon (LA) for the final time. Carnage will return to Webster Hall (NY) on May 28th, the venue that hosted his first sold-out show in New York, with celebrity guest appearances from acts such as Tiesto dating back to 2013. On May 30th, Carnage wraps up his North American existence at Stereo Live Houston for his true final performance. A very special market and location for Carnage and Diamanté. Carnage will make his final festival appearances in Australia on June 4th (Sydney) and 11th (Gold Coast) at Lunar Electric Festival before hanging up the jersey for good.
Carnage’s story: from Guatemala to tier-1 electronic music artist.
Diamanté Anthony Blackmon is the embodiment of the American Dream. Diamanté grew up in Guatemala but moved to the United States when she was 10 years old, knowing very little English. Against all odds, Diamanté grew into Carnage, one of the world’s most dominant musical superstars. Carnage first appeared on the scene in 2012, when he self-released his first song, “Teke Teke,” on YouTube. Carnage produced songs like “Loaded” and “Down For Me” for the then-unknown rapper G-Eazy that same year. Shortly thereafter Carnage released his first major single “Michael Jordan” quickly slingshotting Carnage to stardom. Carnage, known as a larger-than-life DJ and trap music sensation, quickly transcended dance music and became an artist with whom every major hip-hop and pop name wanted to collaborate. Having collaborated with the likes of Drake, G-Eazy, Migos, Mac Miller, Lil Pump, Steve Aoki, Tyga, XXXTentacion, and many more, the Carnage legacy will live on through his extensive and highly-influential music catalog.
Carnage’s relentless touring schedule brought his inimitable live shows to over 10 million fans worldwide, rocking the stages of Coachella, Lollapalooza, Ultra Music Festival, and Tomorrowland, all while producing his debut studio album Papi Gordo, which instantly became the #1 Dance Album in the United States. At its peak, the hit song ‘I Like Tuh’ with ILoveMakonnen charted in the top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified RIAA-Gold, while ‘Bricks,’ ‘Toca,’ and ‘WDYW’ topped charts worldwide. With a combined steam count of over 2 Billion, Carnage remains one of the most versatile producers to cross over between hip-hop and dance music as seamlessly as he does.
Carnage talks about the end of the project.
Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life.
After 14 years, CARNAGE has been put to rest and is officially dead.
As many of you know, I grew up in Guatemala and came to the U.S. as a child who did not speak any English. The descendant of illegal immigrants, my family came to America to pave the way for a better life for me.
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.
I started my journey as CARNAGE in 2008 and together, with the help of my loyal fans, 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.
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.
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.
In true Carnage style, he will undoubtedly go out with a bang. As he closes an unforgettable chapter, fans can expect some of the most intimate shows in Carnage history.
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