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What happens when two great forces of inimitable talent collide and morph into one?

Carmada, of course. The “ones to watch” have truly delivered on their promise!

Upon finishing their 2014 Splendour In The Grass show in front of a 10k crowd, L D R U and Yahtzel, two of Australia’s most talked about young producers, decided to go beyond their infamous party-starting B2B sets and previous collaborative efforts by merging their mad production skills and sheer talent to officially form Carmada.

The pair locked themselves away in the studio for the first time after their joint single ‘The Only One’ dropped on Future Classic in March 2014, to create their groundbreaking first EP ‘Realise’ – a release so hot it had two of the world’s most exciting record labels in Sony Music and OWSLA looking to sign off on the spot.

Individually, Drew Carmody (L D R U) and Max Armata (Yahtzel) have been stirring up quite the tropical-future-bass storm over the past few years, repping Australia by establishing themselves as highly sought after pioneers of indie dance music.

Sydney’s own Carmody first made cyclonic waves in Aussie and international waters when he released his breakthrough single ‘The Tropics’ on indie label Future Classic. The success off the back of this release resulted in praise from EDM heavyweights like Skrillex, A-Trak, Diplo & What So Not, as well as a string of festival dates including Stereosonic, Big Day Out, Future Music and Field Day, also finding time for remixes of the likes of Flume, Lorde, Miami Horror and New Zealand’s post-Lorde claim to fame: BROODS.

In turn, Armata’s journey to becoming part of Australia’s elite squad of emerging electronic music innovators, kicked off when his remix of Rules’ – ‘Impatient’ was featured in Flume’s BBC6 Radio mix and on indie YouTube channel Majestic Casual. Heads turned when his follow up ‘High With Me”’ dropped earlier this year, racking up over 4 million plays across Youtube and Soundcloud – sending the 21-year-old on a 26-show Australasian tour, selling  out shows and performing at major Australian festivals including Listen Out, Future Music, Field Day and Stereosonic. Sharing the success of their previous collaboration, as well as sharing multiple festival stages and Soundcloud followers, the fusion was a no brainer.

With the release of their first single ‘Maybe’, Carmada have been added to rotation on NOVA, B105, 2Day FM and achieved the top played position on triple j for 3 weeks running. The track was also played in Jack Ü’s debut mix on Diplo and Friends, shared on Skrillex Selects, garnered half a million Soundcloud plays and reached the number 3 position on Channel V’s 10 Most Requested Videos with an official music video shot in Venice Beach. Their ‘Realise’ EP released in December debuted at number 1 on the iTunes overall album charts in Australia, being premiered by ThisSongIsSick and Skrillex while featuring on Nina Las Vegas’ Mix Up program. With their debut tour as part of 2014’s incredible Stereosonic line up alongside Disclosure, Diplo, RL Grime, Skrillex and What So Not, Carmada have cemented their name at the forefront of the Australian Dance Music industry and show no signs of slowing down.

My Bands Sessions

Wednesday, March 18

4:00pm CDT

Carmada Swan DiveCarmada

8:00pm CDT

11:00pm CDT

Thursday, March 19

1:45pm CDT