Brazilian dance music starlet Carola has cemented her reputation as one of Brazil’s hottest names, making an instant impact with her highly atmospheric house sound in a very male-dominated scene. Growing up lacking financial resources, the highly talented music producer taught herself from scratch to produce, mix and master her own music, eventually becoming the first female artist ever to release on Martin Garrix’s STMPD RCRDS. Since starting her journey, Carola has definitely been one to watch in Brazil’s electronic scene, accumulating over 12 million Spotify streams across her releases. The year of 2022 will see Carola continue her meteoric rise to stardom, ready to make her debut at Tomorrowland!

How did you start out as a DJ & producer?

My first contact with e-music was back in 2007 when a cousin of mine introduced me to the world of raves and psy trance, a genre which was popular at the time. Four years later, I got closer to the EDM scene, and it was at that moment I decided I wanted to become a DJ and music producer. But I didn’t have enough money to take classes, so I searched for tutorials on the internet and started learning by myself. I watched so many videos on YouTube, read lots of articles regarding mixing, harmonies, equipment, so on and so forth. Two years later, I started to learn music production, also by myself. Several friends of mine that are music producers noticed how committed I was, and they offered to answer any and every possible question I had. They helped me a lot.

What’s your favorite dance music record of all-time?

Swedish House Mafia ft. John Martin - Don't You Worry Child

What would be your dream music collaboration?

There are so many artists that inspire me, but if I could spend some time in the studio with Skrillex, Diplo or Flume, I’m sure we would create amazing things!

How can we increase diversity in dance music?

The lack of references reflects on our own image perception, if there aren’t people who are similar to me occupying certain spaces, I will hardly believe that I can occupy them too. We need to provide opportunities for everyone so that they can get to know and to occupy these prominent places, because in a plural world, it makes no sense to have a single voice, a single story or way of being.

What are you most excited about playing at Tomorrowland?

It is every artist's dream to be on that stage. It still hasn't sunk in that I'll be there.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My grandmother is my greatest example of strength and determination, without her I would never have come this far.