MEET THE EDM IDENTITY TEAM
Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief
Grant has been listening to electronic dance music since the early 2000s. Actively involved in the EDM community, Grant is an admin for the EDC Subreddit and their Facebook group. Previously he has been part of several EDM startups and promotion companies such as Shamele55, Electric State of Mind and Q-Dance. Originally listening to trance artists such as ATB, Armin Van Buuren and Paul Oakenfold, Grant has expanded his listening experience to include a full set of genres ranging from hardstyle to deep house and has been regularly attending both festivals and club events since 2010.
Apart from being the creative director of EDMID, Tamlyn works as a talent buyer for Electric State of Mind. She has been actively involved in the EDM community since the early 2000s and has attended everything from small club events to massives. Through EDMID she hopes to positively influence the way you view EDM and introduce you to different aspects of the genre and the culture that comes with it.
Webmaster & Content Editor
The first dance music track he heard was “Communication” by Armin Van Buuren. Ever since that day he was hooked. He attended his first rave at Electric Daisy Carnival 2011 and hasn’t turned back. An admin of the /r/electricdaisycarnival subreddit and associated Facebook group. By day he works for a Software Development company as a Quality Assurance & Testing Analyst. By night, he’s among you dancing the night away.
Music is an integral part of Drew’s life, whether it’s listening to trance or house while working or at a festival. He’s always out to discover new and exciting sounds. When video games RollerCoaster Tycoon and Unreal Tournament were the hot new games, one of his friends that he knew through the community forums introduced him to trance on Digitally Imported and he soon fell in love with trance, happy hardcore, hardstyle and other fast BPM (beats per minute) genres.
Cassey resides in the Midwest. Music is her main hobby — her favorite genres of electronic music being Trance and House. She enjoys intimate club shows as well as other events like Groove Cruise, EDC, and more. Apart from being publisher for EDM Identity, she works full time in network security. Other than music, she also has a passion for video gaming, spending time with family/friends, and studying for certifications to further progress her career.
Los Angeles Editor
Abisola has been listening to electronic music since high school. Though she enjoys a variety of sub-genres she mainly listens to Trance, House and Techno. Abisola has attended multiple events in the Southern California region and is beginning to expand to out-of-area and international festivals. She is a full-time school psychologist and also enjoys eating, traveling and video games.
Matt "MyStro" Schaitel
MyStro’s been embedded for years in dance music industry – finding the passion during the early years of the internet when in 6th grade.Since the passion began, he’s done a bit of everything – DJed in Ibiza, promoted and thrown his own parties, VJed, created promotional material, worked A&R for labels, and of course, wrote for blogs.Now he is here with EDM Identity, ready to make waves with his honest and unique perspective honed through years of varied experiences in the industry.
Lead New York Correspondent
Originally from the Seattle area, Cliff now resides in New York City after spending several years in California. Cliff loves to travel and has enjoyed club events all over the world as well as large festivals. Electronica artists such as Benny Benassi, Crystal Castles and mashup DJs like Girl Talk, Super Mash Bros and 2ManyDJs were his introduction to dance music in the early & mid 2000s.
Lead Gulf Coast Correspondent
Maria Clinton hails from Buffalo, NY but currently lives in Gulf Shores, Alabama. She has always been very passionate about music but first fell in love with electronic dance music in the early 2000’s when she heard a little tune called “Satisfaction” by Benny Benassi. Since then she has dived head first into the scene and become dedicated and passionate about the trance, techno, and tech house genre’s. Festival’s like EDC and TomorrowWorld hold the key to her soul and dance music will always and forever be a major part of her life. A few other fun facts about Maria is that her second love is animals and has a whole house full of dogs, a cat, a ferret, and even a snake! Also, she loves to play board games with the girls and doesn’t need any excuse to pop open a nice bottle of wine. She values following her heart and living life the way she wants to live it, letting nothing hold her back.
Lead San Diego Correspondent
Carlos was first introduced to EDM by his younger brother in 2014 at EDC Las Vegas. It was his first festival, first concert, his first rave. That single, life changing experience caused him to seek out more. He attended Summer Set Music Festival and Nocturnal Wonderland with his brother before he was ready to tackle going to a festival alone. By the time he attended Escape and Day of the Dead a vast majority of his friends were people he had met at festivals. The music was addicting and therapeutic, while the community was overwhelming and accepting. He suddenly found a place where he honestly felt at home. In 2015 he became a member of the UniSquad his rave family and shortly after that moved to San Diego to be closer to everything.
During the day Carlos is a web developer and uses that passion to fund his horrible habit of being down for anything and wanting to attend everything. You will see him at festivals both large and small, such as EDCLV to Phoenix Lights or Dancefestopia, from festivals like Beyond Wonderland in California to Mysterland USA in New York. The music is why he goes, the people are why he stays.
San Diego Correspondent
Southern California music enthusiast who listens to everything from Dubstep to House to Future Bass. Always up to be introduced to new music, artists, and people. Passionate about everything dance music related and pizza.
Twenty-three years young, living in Los Angeles, California. I’m a current Mathematics for teaching major at UCLA, soon to be a High School Math Teacher. My musical tastes include Future R&B, Trap, House, Hip-Hop, and all things Bass.
Zachary Lefevre has been listening to electronic music since the early 2000s. Although his first live show was underground hip-hop, he began listening to a variety of different genres and found his niche within electronic community. After attending more concerts and festivals, Zachary was seeking out a platform that would allow him to express his passion and love for live music and share it with friends, family, and the world.
Having always been an avid writer he began to combine the two arts and shortly after writing his first article Zachary became part of the EDM Identity team in August 2015.
San Diego Correspondent
Christine first fell in love with EDM at 6 years old when she heard her older cousin blasting trance and techno. Since then, she’s explored all avenues of EDM and found favorites in Above & Beyond, Andrew Bayer, Armin Van Buuren, Markus Schulz, and Deadmau5. Moving from Chicago to San Diego expanded her love for the EDM world with its greater access to concerts and festivals. In addition to being a contributor to EDMID, Christine is a registered nurse practicing holistic medicine as well as a nutritionist who contributes to professional publications like One Stop Paleo Shop and Fit365. She can usually be found at festivals like Escape From Wonderland and EDC in bright and sparkly outfits of her own creation trading Kandi and shuffling the night away under the electric sky.
Ann Arbor/Chicago Correspondent
Grace has been listening to electronic music ever since she tagged along with her friends to EDC Las Vegas 2014. She fell in love with the music and the culture under the Electric Sky, and she hasn’t been able to get enough of it ever since. Her favorite artists include Porter Robinson, Party Favor, Slander, and RL Grime. Grace seeks out her favorite genres of house, trap, and dubstep at music festivals across California and beyond. While pursuing her musical interests, she is also a full-time student studying Communications and Economics at the University of Michigan.
New York Correspondent/Photographer
Southern California native currently based in New York, who loves some heavy bass with a dash of dubstep. I love attending festivals and meeting all the lovely souls that come with them. Also, I highly appreciate the food trucks at all the festivals. Much love. Capturing moments through a lens is how also one of my favorite pastimes. With a passion for both music and photography, a career as a music photographer only seemed fitting. Through music I have developed life long friendships as well as a new found family. I plan to continue exploring the music world though different genres, artists, and festivals and see where it takes me. Feel free to join me on my journey!
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Christopher, or Brown Bear as his Festival Family and most of his friends call him, got his humble beginnings in the dance music scene when he was a child from none other than his mother. The weekends were filled with dance music from the 80’s and 90’s like La Bouche’s “Be My Lover” and Corona’s “Rhythm of the Night”. In 2010 his friends showed him a video from Bonnaroo of Pretty Light’s “I Know the Truth” and he immediately dived on in. Since then he has attended every live music festival from Spirit of Suwannee’s, Purple Hatters Ball (Jam Bands), to Let It Roll Drum & Bass Festival in the Czech Republic.
Chris has an eclectic palate for music; from Shpongle and Bassnectar to Oliver Heldens and Porter Robinson, he vibes with it all. He has traveled from coast to coast and around the world looking what he calls The Bear Necessities of Life; the simple things that make you smile, or you find visually moving. This pursuit and travels inspired Bearlosophy, his photographic journal of all his adventures. He aspires to travel the world taking photos for non-profit organizations or to work for one of the top EDM photography teams like aLIVE Coverage.
A product of Southern California, Sami naturally loves to be on the go and is always down for an adventure. She started going to events about 9 years ago, the first event being in San Francisco, and has been love with the scene ever since. Currently, Sami works as a sales administrator out of Cayman Islands. She loves to create costumes, accessories, revamped jackets, hats, and more!
You can catch Sami at festivals like EDC, CRSSD, Desert Hearts, Burning Man… you name it, she’s there. You won’t miss her either, as she’ll be rocking something with sequins and a bunch of glitter too. Camping festivals have won her heart most of all, as there is rarely a dull moment at them and they always have the best vibes too.
MUSIC IS LIFE.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Raver. Burner. Writer. Ranter. Festival Adventurer. Cyclist. Unicorn. Magic Bear. The Queen. Electronic Music. Turn Up The Love.
Erin has been listening to electronic music on and off since the early 2000s, which is when trance music captured her heart and soul. Over the years, she has expanded into a number of other styles and genres, especially techno and house. Originally from Chicago, she spent the better part of the last decade seeking out any electronic music she could find, and traveled the length of the country in search of some incredible moments at festivals like EDC, TomorrowWorld, and the Dirtybird Campout. Having since settled in Denver, she focuses her energies primarily on the house and techno scene around town and traveling to mountain and west coast festivals whenever possible.
Sarah is a student and avid festival-goer. She currently studies psychology and early childhood development at Humboldt State University. Her free time is spent driving up and down the coast to different shows and festivals. Find her at west coast events, especially anything with Dirtybird. When it comes to genres she loves house, techno, and moombahton just to name a few. She is extremely excited to join the EDM Identity team!
Maggie grew up in San Bernardino County, California. She moved to San Diego in 2007 to attend college where she discovered electronic music and attended her first event in Mission Beach. Since then she’s gone to numerous events and festivals across the country including Electric Daisy Carnival, Lollapalooza, Summerset, and Soundset. She now lives in Minneapolis, MN and is the current Midwest Correspondent for EDM Identity finding any and every EDM friendly event from Nebraska to Wisconsin.
Sydney attributes her love for music from her mom, who insisted on playing The Foo Fighters and The White Stripes rather than Kiss FM whenever she drove carpool and agreed to allow Sydney to attend Coachella in the eighth grade as long as she could go with her. That first festival only greater affirmed Sydney’s passion for the scene, but it was not until 2013 when she attended Swedish House Mafia’s One Last Tour concert in Los Angeles that she discovered electronic music. She was hooked instantly and has since attended a total of 23 festivals, with countless concerts in between.
Sydney’s favorite artists include RL Grime, Jauz, Jai Wolf, Louis The Child, Slander, Bearson and Big Gigantic but she is constantly on the look out for new music and artists to dance to. When she’s not scouring the internet for new tracks or grooving at a concert, Sydney studies Journalism and Biology full-time at the University of Oregon.
Gina was bred in suburban central California and relocated to Seattle in 2009 to escape from the virulent monotony. There she worked random jobs whilst pursuing her academic passion of sociocultural anthropology at the University of Washington. Meanwhile becoming hopelessly enveloped by the vibrant world of electronic music. Obsessed with the catharsis of dance and novel sense of community, Gina quickly became embedded in the scene through unremitting attendance at local powerhouse Foundation Nightclub. She now promotes and works for Foundation, and eagerly aspires to contribute back to the electronic musical community, which has shown her interminable acceptance and meaning.
Currently residing near the Metro DC area, Airy has been an EDM enthusiast since the early 2000’s. She was introduced to electronic music mainly through music games such as Dance Dance Revolution. She was born and raised in the Midwest where she attending her first event: Hardcore Synergy back in 2007. She soon moved to Southern California to pursue a business internship. She fell in love with California and its huge EDM scene. She also travels across the country for music festivals including Electric Zoo, Ultra Music Festival, and many more. As well as music, fashion is another big aspect of her life. Rave and Lolita attire are her favorite styles. She will be contributing to EDMID with her articles related to fashion. You can spot her at events by her signature blonde hair, bright kandi, and cute backpacks filled with these bracelets to share.