Music is an expression, music is an art. For many people this rings true, but never more so than for the lyricist MC D.
Cutting across genres whether it be Hardstyle, Hardcore, UK Hardcore, Trap, Breaks or House, D prides himself on the fact that no matter what the style of music is, he’s able to step up and command the microphone like no other. One look at D on stage, it’s obvious that it’s more than just emceeing, it’s a release. What sets D apart from any other emcee is his ethic, “all I want to do is just jump up there and treat the crowd to something special.” D does that and more as many will attest to, here and abroad.
Growing up in a predominantly R&B/Soul household, his teen years marked the start of his love affair with electronic dance music through the form of happy hardcore. Starting out when he was 13 rhyming over old happy hardcore mixtapes, it wasn’t until he was 18 that emceeing became a reality. Confessing his early influences to be Stanton Warriors, Aphrodite, Freq Nasty, Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Cosmic Gate, Dumonde, Scot Project, Darren Styles, Showtek, Davide Sonar, MC Storm, MC Whizzkid, MC DV8 it’s easy to see that D has a love for various styles of music, something he considers his strength. Locally he’s forged strong bonds and has evolved with Suae, Pulsar, Steve Hill, Weaver, Arbee, Dillytek, Che Valino, Ravine, DnA, many of whom have supported him throughout the various scenes and continue to do so.
Carlos honed his craft early in his at iconic clubs such as Sublime @ Home Nightclub, Progress @ Gas Nightclub, HSU at The Gaff, but his first big event was Fantasia: The Masquerade Ball which was predominantly UK Hardcore. It was at “MASIF: The Event” in 2007 alongside Sydney’s best and also Steve Hill, Luca Antolini, Dark By Design and during this time, the bond between D, Steve Hill, Suae and Pulsar would begin and carry right through to this present day.
D’s achievements are long and fast such as hosting Masif Saturdays with Yoji (formerly known as Yoji Biomehanika, SHOKK, SHOCK:FORCE and Dark By Design, the Black - Hardcore arena at the first Def Qon 1 Festival in Sydney, Australia alongside Evil Activities, The Viper, Art Of Fighters, Endymion, DJ Decipher, Noize Surpressor, The Playah, Spellbound & Kasparov and again in 2010 he was back in the Black Arena along side Outblast, Mad Dog, Evil Activities, Korsakoff, Promo and Unexist. Also hosting the main stage at Magic City which featured such artists as Zany, Donkey Rollers, Noisecontrollers, Kamui, Alex Kidd, Kidd Kaos, The Pitcher, Jowan, Dr Willis, Toneshifterz and fulfilling a life long dream emceeing alongside one of his influences MC DV8. 2011 has seen him consistently tearin’ roofs off clubs alongside Flarup, Davide Sonar and back again at Magic City with D-Block & S-te-fan, Wildstylez, JDX, Kai Tracid, Dumonde, Stephahie and Zatox and back for the 3rd year running at Def Qon 1 Australia in the Black Arena.
2010 also marked the beginning of what has been a great journey with the start of Masif Saturdays which in 2012, became top 5 clubs as voted at the Hard Dance Awards. Alongside good friends DJ Pulsar, Suae and Steve Hill, as the resident MC D has had the opportunity and honor of hosting and emceeing alongside some of the worlds best including, Headhunterz, Brennan Heart, D-Block & S-Te-Fan, Zatox, Showtek, The Prophet, Alpha Twins, Isaac, Kutski, Da Tweekaz, Alex Kidd, Atmozfears, Tranzlinquants, Marlo, Technikal, Dark By Design, Uberdruck, Rebourne, ASYS, Chris One, DERB, A-Lusion, Slim Shore, Scott Attrill, K90, Audio Freq, Tatanka, Activator, Digital Punk, Scope DJ, Toneshifterz, Code Black, Nitrouz, Wasted Penguinz, Marcel Woods, Scot Project, Luca Antolini, Sean Tyas, W&W, Simon Patterson, Jordan Suckley, Roger Shah, Kidd Kaos and more!
2012 was D’s break out year with the release of his first track alongside good friends The Viper and Evil Activities for the banger ’Highest Ace’, and doing the vocals for The Viper and Nosferatu "Who We are" both which are featured on The Viper’s album ’Nothing to Lose’ while also appearing during The Viper’s set at Defqon.1 Netherlands.
It’s safe to say D has also cemented his place as a leader in the Australian harder styles scene as the resident for Harder Styles United who are responsible for Knockout and Midnight Mafia, resident of Masif Saturdays, which is known as the Home of the Harder Styles and the leading club in Australia, but also appearing at Defqon.1 since it first began in 2009 and hosting the mainstage for the past 3 years! Also being the first Australian MC to host a stage at Defqon.1 Netherlands (Qult stage) 2 years in a row! So what does he owe his success to? “I wouldn’t be where I am without friends and family that have supported me. I have the best position in the world. All I do is go out there and have the time of my life and I hope others see that. For real it’s a release.”
On the recording front, D had his first taste of chart success in 2015 on the hardstyle.com and beatport chart teaming up with the Italian hardstyle legend and good friend Tuneboy with their track “I’m Bulletproof” hitting #1. Having teamed up with artists such as Alien-T, Ruffneck & Nosferatu, Deciper & Shinra, Davide Sonar, Outbreak, Bioweapon, and more recently with Da Tweekaz for Hitmen which was the Midnight Mafia anthem for 2016 and also Toneshifterz for their game changer “PSYSTYLE”, so you can see his versatility knows no bounds.
So what’s on D’s agenda for the future when he jumps up on the mic? By the looks of his plate at the moment a lot more. ".. When it comes down to it, it’s all about the crowd, without them, DJ’s, Emcee’s, even those behind, the scenes wouldn’t be given the chance to do what we love." It’s this respect for the crowd and also the fact that he puts 100% when he begins to spit on the mic that will ensure his longevity within the scene.
Even he laughs to himself when he thinks about the past. "Never thought I’d have the opportunity to be able to work with the likes of Headhunterz, D-Block & S-Te-Fan, Technoboy, Tuneboy, The Prophet, I mean these guys are the reason why I have such a passion for music. Even Suae, Pulsar who I was and still am in awe of. But the one thing I’ve realised easy come, easy go..." For the scrawny kid from Sydney, the journey has only just begun..