"Who's the Man?" Introducing London's Carnao Beats
London boy Carnao Beats has been making quite the racket on the scene following a string of serious releases on the likes of Nurvous, CUFF and King Steet. Tough, club-ready tunes for the masses are the name of the game and it was his rework of Jean Jacques Smoothie’s ’2 People’ on Sam Divine’s popular Dvine Sounds imprint that stole the #2 spot on Traxsource and elevated the Londoner to global recognition.
This month sees Carnao Beats team up with Vanilla Ace for the ‘Who’s the Man’ EP on Low Steppa’s Simma Black.. We went to find out more about the exciting new talent that is Carnao Beats..
Hey, thanks for taking the time to chat to us! Where are you in the world right now and what are you up to?
I’m in London right now ready to hit the studio and finish off some collabs and and singles I’ve got going on!
Where did the name Carnao Beats come from?
I used to always give friends and family who ask for music a CD with my own production on, so one day I was in my friends car and he had so many blank discs laying around in the side compartment that he kept losing my discs. So he wrote Carnao Beats on one so he knew where it’s was and from then it’s just stuck with me.
How would you describe your sound, who or what are your main influences?
I’m not sure of my style, it’s just my own. Many tell me very deep, bass-driven hard dancefloor tracks. Influences are people like Dennis Ferrer, Dusky, and Roger Sanchez.
You’re a South London boy! Tell us about the scene in London right now, what makes it special? Are there any fresh young artists you’ve got your eye on?
London has always had a great house scene, very diverse. The ravers are always open to different sounds and always looking into new upcoming Dj/Artists. At the moment I’m looking at new guys like Eli Brown and J Russell.
Talk to us about your exciting upcoming release on Simma Black with Vanilla Ace! What was going through your mind as you made this one?
For us this was quite easy as we were on the same page wanting the same outcome on both tracks. An old Skool vibe with our own unique styles added to beef it up a bit and the outcome has been overwhelming from the DJs to radio.
This is an introducing piece, tell us something about yourself everyone knows and a secret no-one knows…
Something that everyone probably knows is that working with Roger Sanchez has been one of the highlights of my career to date, he’s a house hero of mine, so that was pretty special. A secret that no-one knows would probably be that when I was 15 years old I was part of a remix single with a group called Damage track entitled ‘So What If I’.
And finally – what was the last record you bought on Traxsource?
Supernova ‘The Roots’.