There was the state of trap music prior to Carnage‘s “festival trap” remix of Hardwell’s Spaceman, and then there was the era after. We can all recognize this release as a major reckoning, trap’s grand introduction to the world as a whole and a message to the scene that it was seemingly here to stay. DJ Carnage became a pioneer that day, through one genre bending creation which he dubbed “festival trap”.
Underground 808′s mixed with the feverish influence of American southern rap resonating as a realm of electronic dance music was officially recognized by the global edm community. Since then, just about everyone has taken their personal liberties toward the sub-genre. Hell, even Tiesto started dropping trap in his sets. Will trap’s elevated level of hype eventually be it’s own demise?
DJ Carnage weighed in last night (or this morning for that matter) expressing his passion for developing other aspects of personal production while challenging the scene as a whole to improve it’s methods of creating and curating the music. Recognize real talent and don’t fall victim to “the hype”.
im just looking out for all of my fellow bros out there….. dont get PIGEONED HOLED!!….for some .. its too late..
Carnage’s Cardinal Messages
1.) Don’t be scared to branch out. Be unsatisfied in your comfort zone. Without becoming ignorant or flippant, Carnage used a series of 140 characters or less to convict a complete truth to industry peers and dorm room producers everywhere who look up to him. Almost like a parent with years of circumstantial knowledge, he stressed versatility and originality. In layman’s terms: don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Dare to be different and push the envelope. Respect from true fans will remain. Real recognizes real.
At the end of the day, edm is only as strong as the ambition behind the people who create it. When creativity becomes stagnant we all lose. Diplo and Paper Diamond are two premiere examples of artists who continue to test their limits without fear of backlash. Can’t we all agree that those have been beautiful projects to witness?
2.) Blogs, fans and media alike should be open minded to change from their favorite artists. As the faces behind this community, we should expect artists to explore various dimensions of their creative expression. The music we listen to should always be evolving. Although Twitter may have not been the best way for Carnage to elaborate these ideas, it’s important to recognize that his intent was backed by a simple passion to see the music we love progress.
“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” – Frank Zappa
3.) Support good music. Carnage proceeds to address the fans in a plea to stop following the hype surrounding trap music right now. At first his tweets may seem slightly critical, however, the message is simple: If the listeners continue to buy into everything they hear without diligently distinguishing quality from haphazard production, then the sub-genre may be doomed to an overly saturated market of successful mid-grade production. Shaking your head? Many would argue that hip hop experienced a similar fate throughout the early part of the new millennium.
Sure, trap music will fizzle out at some point; It’s bound too. Will it die altogether? Doubtful. No future progress comes without influence from the past. Human nature thrives on evolution and discovery. Listen to good music and support those who aren’t afraid to experiment.