Davide Carbone

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Davide Carbone
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Davide Carbone, 2011
Background information
Also known asDavid Carbone, DC
OriginMelbourne, Australia
Occupation(s)Record producer, DJ, sound designer
Years active1987–present
LabelsShock, BS1 Records, 31, Renegade Recordings, Intec, React, Warner
Associated actsCarl Cox, s:amplify, Future Sound of Melbourne, Josh Abrahams, School of Synthesis
Websitesamplify.com.au, bs1records.com, schoolofsynthesis.com

Davide Carbone (born 1971, in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian music producer, composer and sound designer who began his career as a DJ in the underground dance-music scene of the late 1980s. Carbone has released several records, composed music for TV, film, theatre and video games and created sound design for TV, film, video games and synthesizers.


Carbone was born in 1971 in Melbourne and started as a DJ in the Melbourne nightclub scene. In 1990 he started an electronic music show called Rhythmatic on Australian radio station 3RRR. Carbone formed the techno group, Future Sound of Melbourne (FSOM) with Josh Abrahams and acid house DJ Steve Robbins. They released 12" singles on the Shock Records imprint, Candyline Records. Future Sound of Melbourne also released tracks on Belgium's underground dance-music label, Two Thumbs Records, with the Thomas Heckmann remix of their track "Welcome" featured on the inaugural IF? Records compilation Zeitgeist. Future Sound of Melbourne won the ARIA Award for "Best Dance Release" for their Chapter One album in 1996.[1]

In 1998, Carbone relocated to Bristol, England where he started drum and bass record label BS1 Records. The label was responsible for launching the career of artists such as TC. Carbone performed at the 1999 Roskilde Festival in Denmark.[2] Carbone also released several drum and bass singles through BS1 Records, 31 Records and React. His single El Dorado debuted at No. 5 in the UK dance singles chart in 2002. In 2004, Carbone moved to London where he produced the sample pack Davide Carbone's Drum & Bass Masterclass for Loopmasters. Released in 2006, the sample pack garnered critical acclaim from the music press including an MTM (Music Tech Magazine) recommended award.[3][4] During his period in London, Carbone composed several pieces for TV, film and Video Games. His music appeared on Discovery Channel and the Japanese video games Get Amped 2, Get Amped Tournament Edition and Cosmic 21. Get Amped 2, an Massively multiplayer online game (MMO) has over twenty million registered players. Carbone also joined UK music production house Delicious Digital where he composed over one hundred pieces of music, some of which featured on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Two and the promo video for House of Saddam which was awarded a 2009 gold Promax Award.[5]

In 2009, Carbone returned to Melbourne, Australia where he formed s:amplify with Josh Abrahams. Under this new moniker Carbone teamed with Carl Cox to co-write and co-produce Cox's artist album All Roads Lead to the Dancefloor,[6] released in 2011. This trio also provided remixes for Moby, Miguel Bosé[7] Josh Wink and Gilles Peterson, among others. Carbone also provided complete sonic and music branding packages for 774 ABC Melbourne, Melbourne TV network Channel 31, Melbourne public transport company Metro Trains Melbourne, Macquarie University in Sydney, Tahiti Toursime,[8] and Fiji Airways for which the rebranding package that included Carbone's music was awarded with the Rebrand 2014 Best of Award.[9] s:amplify have also composed music for Tourism Australia,[10] Alienware,[11] Ford,[12] Jaguar Cars,[13] and the International Cricket Council.[14] and produced several tracks for various artists including the recent cover version of Wuthering Heights by Robyn Loau.[15]

In 2011, s:amplify were featured on the front cover of the April issue of Music Tech magazine[16] and were appointed musical directors for the City of Sydney New Year's Eve fireworks show.[17] The 2011/2012 12-minute NYE Fireworks show on Sydney Harbour showcased 24 Australian songs including original composition from Carbone.[18] Carbone and Abrahams were again appointed musical directors for the 2012/2013 Sydney New Year's Eve fireworks show where they worked alongside Kylie Minogue to produce the 12-minute soundtrack for the show which culminated in a music composition by Carbone that featured exclusive content from Kylie.[19] Carbone also created the 30-minute soundtrack for the highest commemorative status given to an Australian event since the Sydney 2000 Olympics, the International Fleet Review. Carbone worked closely alongside the Royal Australian Navy Band to create the soundtrack.[20] Carbone along with Abrahams was again appointed musical director for 2013/2014 Sydney New Year's Eve fireworks show where he worked alongside creative director Reg Mombassa and composed several pieces including the orchestral finale which was attended by 2 million people and broadcast to over a billion people worldwide.[21][22]

Carbone has tutored at various universities and colleges including the City Literary Institute and RMIT University. In 2012 Carbone founded the School of Synthesis in Melbourne which was set up to offer high end intensive courses in advanced music and audio production.[23]

Carbone was nominated for best soundtrack for his work on the award-winning short film 'Woody' at the 2013 APRA Screen Music Awards [24] and was again nominated at the 2015 and the 2017 APRA Screen Music Awards for his work for Tahiti Tourism and Hennessy.[25][26] He also produced the top selling sample pack 'Carl Cox - My Life in Music' which was awarded 10/10 by Computer Music Magazine quoting 'One of the most essential sample packs we have ever heard'.[27] In 2015 Carbone designed 'Carbon Electra', a virtual analog synthesiser that features factory presets from internationally acclaimed artists including Mike Huckaby, DJ Pierre, Freemasons, Kosheen, D-Product and Dom Kane. Carbon Electra received several positive reviews in major magazines including Sound on Sound, DJ Mag, Computer Music and was awarded the Music Tech Magazine ‘Editors Choice Award’.[28]

In 2016 Carbone wrote several pieces of music for the video game Ticket to Earth including the trailer music,[29] Drum and bass, Techno, Sci Fi, Filmic and Orchestral pieces. Carbone also created sound design using synthesis and sampling techniques. The game was featured on the App Store (iOS) and received may positive reviews. The soundtrack was also well received. Pocket Gamer, wrote " A good story, nice graphics, and an awesome soundtrack, this game feels special. The beautiful art style and soundtrack are key elements to immersing yourself.".[30] Touch Arcade awarded Ticket To Earth 'Game of The Week' whilst stating "Fantastic music - seriously, turn the sound up."[31] Carbone has also remixed several tracks as part of the Carl Cox Collective [32] and produced and co-wrote an album for Australian artist Wednesday titled 'Fading' which debuted in the top 10 [Triple J] Unearthed charts.[33]

In 2017 Carbone as Carbon Electra released the 'Mussenden EP' on Intec Digital,[34] and as FSOM released 'The 90's Anthology' album featuring tracks never before available online.[35] Carbone also released the music software plugin 'Scaler' to worldwide critical acclaim as the first piece of software that analyses musical performances and notation in order to detect the scale and key and suggest alternate scales, chord voicings and chord progressions. Scaler received several positive reviews in major magazines and webzines including 9/10 in Computer Music,[36] 4.7/5 at Rekkerd[37] and a Music Tech Magazine ‘Editors Choice Award’.[38]

In 2018 Carbone relaunched his BS1 Records record label with its first release since 2009 'Abruzzo' and 'The Upside Down' by Davide Carbone launched to a global audience on Apple Music Beats 1 radio station.[39] Carbone also composed the new theme for ABC Radio program Life Matters[40] and co-composed the music for Tumi's global campaign featuring the actor Alexander Skarsgard.[41] Carbone has also written the soundtrack for the video game 'Torque Drift' announced at the 2018 Game Developers Conference.[42]


  • "Melodia" / "Alien 8" (1992) Candyline Records
  • "Beyond E.P." (1992) Candyline Records
  • "Shiva Ratri" (1993) Two Thumbs
  • "The Avatar E.P." (1994) Candyline Records
  • "System X" (1995) Volition
  • "Chapter One" (1995) Volition
  • "Dicted" (2000) BS1 Records
  • "Do You Copy?" (2000) BS1 Records
  • "Direct" (2001) Industry Recordings/React Music
  • "El Dorado" (2002) Industry Recordings/React Music
  • "Friday" (2002) Industry Recordings/React Music
  • "In Your Mind" (2002) BS1 Records
  • "Innocence" (2002) Industry Recordings/React Music
  • "Check It Out" (2003) BS1 Records
  • "Chinatown" (2003) BS1 Records
  • "Dum Dum" (2003) Industry Recordings/React Music
  • "Escape" (2003) BS1 Records
  • "Get Down" (2003) Industry Recordings/React Music
  • "Heavies" (2003) BS1 Records
  • "Secret Levels" (2003) Industry Recordings/React Music
  • "Frisco Disco" (2004) Industry Recordings/React Music
  • "Hold My Breath" (2004) BS1 Records
  • "Let It Roll" (2004) Defunked
  • "Lift You Up" (2004) BS1 Records
  • "Lovin' Me" (2004) Rubik Records
  • "Low Til I Smoke" (2004) Industry Recordings/React Music
  • "My Thing" (2004) Industry Recordings/React Music
  • "Soul Salaam" (2004) Industry Recordings/React Music
  • "Thousand Miles" (2004) Industry Recordings/React Music
  • "Totally Distracted" (2004) Defunked
  • "After Dark" (2005) BS1 Records
  • "Enamorada" (2005) 31 Records
  • "Keep on Pushing" (2005) Renegade Records
  • "Pull Your Body" (2005) 31 Records
  • "Ready With This / Six Hills" (2005) Intrinsic Recordings
  • "Strictly Rollin" (2005) BS1 Records
  • "Liquidiser" (2006) BS1 Records
  • "Misty VIP" (2007) BS1 Records
  • "Unusual Sound" (2008) Levitated
  • "Cienfuegos" (2009) BS1 Records
  • "Radionuclide" (2009) BS1 Records
  • 'Arroz Con Pollo" Giles Peterson <Carl Cox Remix> (2010) Little Idiot
  • 'Ayurvédico" Miguel Bose <Carl Cox Remix> (2010) Warner Music Latino
  • "All Roads Lead to the Dancefloor" Carl Cox (2011) Intec Digital
  • 'Walk With Me" Moby <Carl Cox Remix> (2011) Little Idiot
  • 'If I Ever Lose my Faith" Scumfrog & Sting <Carl Cox Remix> (2012) Armada Music
  • 'Popof" Lidl Girl ft Arno Joey <Carl Cox Collective Remix> (2016) Hot Creations
  • 'Talking to You" Josh Wink <Carl Cox Remix> (2016) Intec Digital
  • "The 90's Anthology" FSOM (2017) FSOM
  • "Mussenden EP" (2017) Intec Digital
  • "Abruzzo" (2018) BS1 Records
  • "The Upside Down" (2018) BS1 Records

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations received by Davide Carbone[edit]

Year Event Award Recipient Result
1997 ARIA Music Awards Best Dance Release "Chapter One" Won
2008 Radio Academy Awards Best Station Imaging "BBC Radio 5 Live" Nominated
2009 Promax Awards Gold Award "House of Saddam" Won
2013 APRA Awards (Australia) Best Short Film Soundtrack "Woody" Nominated
2015 APRA Awards (Australia) Best Music for an Advertisement "Tahiti Tourism" Nominated
2017 APRA Awards (Australia) Best Music for an Advertisement "Hennessy" Nominated


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  2. ^ "Roskilde Festival 1999". Roskilde Festival (Roskilde). Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Davide Carbone Drum & Bass Masterclass MTM review". Loopmasters. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  4. ^ samplify.com.au/projects/davide-carbone-s-samplify
  5. ^ "Promax Awards – Promax BDA Europe 2009". Clear Cut Sound. Archived from the original on 14 December 2003. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  6. ^ "DMC World". Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Terra Noticias". Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Youtube Tahiti Tourisme". Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Rebrand Awards 2014". Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  10. ^ Canning, Simon (31 May 2010). "The Australian". The Australian. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  11. ^ "PC Authority". Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  12. ^ "Youtube Ford". Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  13. ^ "The Motor Report". Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  14. ^ "Future Brand". Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  15. ^ "Robyn Loau". Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  16. ^ "Music Tech Magazine Interview". Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  17. ^ "City of Sydney". Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  18. ^ "Sydney Morning Herald". The Sydney Morning Herald. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  19. ^ "The Daily Telegraph". Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  20. ^ "Royal Australian Navy". Archived from the original on 7 September 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  21. ^ "Sydney NYE Biggest Ever Show Sydney Morning Herald". Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  22. ^ "Sydney NYE Fireworks Finale". Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  23. ^ "A Different School of Thought". Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  24. ^ "2013 APRA Screen Music Awards". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  25. ^ "2015 APRA Screen Music Awards". Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  26. ^ "2017 APRA Screen Music Awards". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  27. ^ "Carl Cox My Life in Music Review". Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  28. ^ "Music Tech Editors Choice Award Carbon Electra". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  29. ^ "Ticket To Earth Trailer". Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  30. ^ "Ticket to Earth Feature". Pocket Gamer. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  31. ^ "Ticket to Earth Review". Touch Arcade. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  32. ^ "Carl Cox Collective Popof Remix". Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  33. ^ "JJJ Unearthed Charts". Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  34. ^ "Dance Rebels". Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  35. ^ "FSOM 90's Anthology Review". Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  36. ^ "Computer Music Scaler Review". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  37. ^ "Rekkerd Scaler Review". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  38. ^ "Music Tech Scaler Review". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  39. ^ "Beats 1 One Mix". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  40. ^ "ABC Life Matters". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  41. ^ "Tumi Latitude Global Campaign". Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  42. ^ "Torque Drift GDC Trailer". Retrieved 23 March 2018.

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