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12 December 2014

DJ Carnage Opens School in Nicaragua, Urges Fans to Make a Difference & Give Back

In the United States, electronic dance music (or EDM as it is more popularly known) gets a bad rap.

Most folks believe EDM is a scene populated with scantily clad women, drugs, and over-paid DJs who are just pressing play on their iPods. Any veteran of the EDM scene will tell you differently.

People like Corrine the White Queen and countless others will say EDM, at its most basic form, is about uniting around music. Families have started and romances re-kindled all over some silly little melody with good beats and a catchy tune.

That is the truth about electronic dance music, and it's a story needing to be told.

Diamante Blackmon, better known as Carnage, is one of EDM's biggest DJs.

He's performed at some of the largest festivals in the world, like Tomorrowwland, Tomorrowworld, and Electronic Daisy Carnival Las Vegas.

And yes, Carnage has made a lot of money as a DJ. But his story, the story of a poor boy from Central America who came to the United States at age seven and changed his stars, does not end there.

On 11 December 2014, Carnage announced the completion of a Children’s Learning Center back in his native country -- Nicaragua.

(Carnage, one of EDM's biggest stars, helps open a new Children's Learning Center in Villa Japón, Nicaragua. Image courtesy Diamante Blackmon/Carnage.)
"Three months ago, I told my management I wanted to build a school back in Nicaragua and Guatemala," Carnage said. "Luckily, we found a great organization that could make this come through – Seeds of Learning."

Seeds of Learning is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving educational opportunities in rural Latin America. They work with North Americans and Central Americans to build and equip schools and learning centers, educate children and youth, and promote cross cultural understanding.

"Now the first of MANY learning centers are finished," Carnage continued. "Villa Japon, the location of my first learning resource center, is just one of many good things coming. I'm now working on my second school that I will be building in Guatemala."

Villa Japón is a rural community of about 3,000 people in the municipality of Tipitapa.

The majority of the people in the community work on large farms owned by national and foreign companies or in nearby free trade zones.

Most community members earn barely enough to support the most basic needs of their families. They live in conditions of extreme poverty, and houses are made of plastic tarp, cardboard, and sheet metal.

With help from Northern California-based organization Seeds of Learning, Carnage’s two-room Children’s Learning Center will house books and other traditional educational materials, a digital library, and a children’s room. The space will also be used to host technology classes, vocational workshops, and music and dance classes.

"I might come off like a dick sometimes," said Carnage. "You might not like my music; my sets; what the fuck ever. All I know is that when I die...I'm gonna rest happily in my coffin knowing that I helped. I changed families’ lives. Because some kid in that school is going to grow into a great woman or a great man and become a president or a governor or a scientist or whatever they want to be.

"I suggest you guys do the same for any culture or race you might be. Give back. Make a difference," Carnage concluded.