TRAP CITY PRESENTS
Ultraviolet, Napsty, Thizz Markie, Le Swndle, Teleport_
San Francisco, CA, 94103
9:00PM (event ends at 4:00 am)
"Making music is about having an impact," exclaims DJ Carnage.
It's easy to feel the impact on every track the Los Angeles-based artist produces or remixes. With a versatile mindset and deft approach, he siphons electro, hip hop, pop, and trap into an intoxicating brew unlike anything out there. It's dirty, defiant, and diverse.
Carnage embraced music at a very young age. Before moving to the suburbs of Maryland, he grew up in Nicaragua and Guatemala. It gave him an international consciousness and perspective at a young age that would pervade his art. In order to get through long car rides with his mom, he'd make mix CDs of everything from Kanye West to Michael Jackson, and they'd listen to them together. It was with mom's encouragement that he began actually building his own tracks.
He recalls, "It's funny because one day my mom was like, 'Why don't you make your own beats?' I'd never thought of it before, so she bought me Fruity Loops. From there, I just got hooked."
He carved out a sizable local following in Maryland, slinging independent mixtapes and solidifying an online presence. Niles from The Cataracs actually stumbled upon his MySpace page and immediately became a fan. Their correspondence turned into a creative partnership and led to Carnage's signing with Indie Pop.
One of his first projects under that banner was a tripped-out and captivating remix of Yuna's "Live Your Life". Soon, Tiësto began spinning the cut on his popular Club Life podcast, while Paul Oakenfold inserted it into regular rotation on his radio show, Planet Perfecto. Carnage began turning heads. His "Festival Trap" remix of Hardwell's "Spaceman" soon exceeded 100k plays on Soundcloud, and he teamed up with Theophilus London and ASAP Rocky for the 2012 single, "Big Spender", and he co-produced The Cataracs "All You", featuring Waka Flocka Flame and Kaskade.
Everything simply laid the groundwork for the release of his proper debut, "Bang", on Fool's Gold though. It's an incendiary instrumental with a big hip hop bounce and a dubstep drop at just the right moment. "It's really massive," he enthuses. "It's a rap record with a huge drop. You never hear that kind of climax in hip hop or trap records. It's the perfect introduction to who I am because it touches on so many genres."
The single's B-side is a grimy and guttural gem that sees him collaborate with 15-year-old Chicago underground rap sensation, Katie Got Bandz. It's bound to get the internet going crazy.
There's nothing quite like seeing Carnage live though. Every show explodes based off his hyperkinetic energy and formidable presence. He's rocked stages at Nocturnal Wonderland, Electric Daisy Carnival, Coachella, and more as well as performing alongside Borgore, A-Trak, The Cataracs, and countless others.
"I'm a big black guy who loves to rage," he chuckles. "I'm not what you expect. I feed off the crowd and go for it."
That's why Carnage's impact will be felt for a long time to come.
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There are few DJs out of the Bay who command the respect and underground cred of UltraViolet. With a career spanning 15 years, UV aka Eva Lee holds an undeniable place as a don of San Francisco bass culture, and a master of urban beats.
Eva debuted behind the decks before she could legally vote. Long fascinated with hip hop and other street-born music, she landed a job at a well known San Francisco record store and was quickly captivated by the futuristic sounds of jungle/drum and bass. It wasn't long before DJ UltraViolet had established herself within the fast-growing SF DnB scene, and was playing the largest raves in the Bay Area alongside the biggest names in the game…all just after graduating high school.
She's accomplished a lot since those early days (or rather, nights). Eva's forward-thinking selection and top-tier mixing skills have earned her a reputation as a true tastemaker, and an establishment in the SF bass scene. Never pre-planning sets, UltraViolet draws inspiration from each individual crowd to tailor unique bass-driven experiences which send dancefloors into a frenzy. UV and her crew Redline pioneered some of the first large-scale dubstep events in the Bay Area, hosting the global bass music scene's biggest talents in clubs and dingy warehouses alike. She's continued to headline shows in California and beyond, in addition to sharing the stage with the likes of E-40, Los Rakas, Mary Anne Hobbs, Excision, Datsik, Dieselboy, Reid Speed, LTJ Bukem, Lazer Sword, KOAN Sound, Bassnectar, AC Slater, 12th Planet, UZ and Eprom - to name only a select few.
2012 has been a big year for UltraViolet. In addition to heavy touring (including headlining gigs in Puerto Rico and SMOG in LA), UV and company have spearheaded the burgeoning trap and future bass scene in San Francisco, founding the monthly party Trap City with huge success. Having already hosted the likes of Trap-A-Holics, Heroes x Villains, and Trill Murray (not to mention a drool-worthy crew of residents), Trap City shows no sign of slowing down. With original productions and collabs making the rounds amongst the bass scene elite - UltraViolet stands poised to run the trap in 2013. Watch out...
DJ Napsty has been been an instrumental part of the bass music scene in the Bay Area for some time now. Rooted in Hip Hop and matured in the many styles of contemporary bass music, Napsty has become a staple in San Francisco nightlife and beyond. A DJ, Promoter and Producer you can expect quality and freshness wherever he is involved.
Trunk candy supplier. Lazer blap addict.
Host of San Francisco's first and longest running glitch hop and future bass radio show. Veteran party wrecker.
Steady faded at the rap rave.
Recent bookings with: Trap-a-holics, Baauer, gLAdiator, HeRobust, EPROM, ill Gates, UFO!, Freddy Todd, Love & Light, Stylust Beats, #etc #yadada