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MEET THE EDM IDENTITY TEAM

Grant Gilmore

Grant Gilmore

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.

Tamlyn Koga

Tamlyn Koga

Creative Director

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.

Connor Taylor

Connor Taylor

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.

Drew Utterback

Drew Utterback

Co-Founder

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 Varvel

Cassey Varvel

Publisher

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.

Angel Martinez

Angel Martinez

Artist Relations

Lead Correspondents

 

Abisola Oseni

Abisola Oseni

Lead Los Angeles Correspondent

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.

Cliff Moore

Cliff Moore

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.

Maria Clinton

Maria Clinton

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.

Carlos Lopez

Carlos Lopez

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.

Correspondents

 

James Dutta

James Dutta

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.

Hector Tovar

Hector Tovar

SoCal Correspondent

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

Zachary Lefevre

SoCal Correspondent

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.

Christine Mattappillil

Christine Mattappillil

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.

Grace Backer

Grace Backer

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.

Contributors

 

Sebastian Rusu

Sebastian Rusu

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Rachel Fee

Rachel Fee

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Raver. Burner. Writer. Ranter. Festival Adventurer. Cyclist. Unicorn. Magic Bear. The Queen. Electronic Music. Turn Up The Love.

Sarah Nobari

Sarah Nobari

Bay Area

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!

Matt "MyStro" Schaitel

Matt "MyStro" Schaitel

San Diego

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.

Gina Senegor

Gina Senegor

Seattle

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.

Margaret Kern

Margaret Kern

Minneapolis, MN

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.

Sami Buck

Sami Buck

Miami

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.

Airy Michelle

Airy Michelle

Southern California

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.