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ID Spotlight: Ashley Miller

ID Spotlight: Ashley Miller

When I reflect on my adventures with EDM, what stands out the most is the connection and harmony I have made with strangers. The people I have met at shows, through mutual friendships and online groups, have been the most incredible and genuine people I’ve ever known. There is a special and unique connection that develops with someone who has a love for similar music. Have you ever been at a show while your favorite song is blasting, goosebumps taking over your body, and you simply look over at a complete stranger or significant other and have a moment with them while you’re both enjoying the music? Sounds crazy, but it’s moments like this that make the EDM scene amazing. My favorite part about a show is not only the music, but being surrounded by people who are loving life just as much as I am.

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I started out in the early 2000s listening to Trance music. I accidentally ran into a track on Youtube and I played it on repeat. I didn’t even know it was “trance”, but I knew I loved it. Shortly after I then discovered Armin’s A State of Trance show and began downloading random episodes on Limewire just to play them on repeat. It was then that I fell in love with EDM, thanks to artists like Alex Morph, Lange, Sunlounger, Thrillseekers, Andy Moor, Nic Chagall, and more. Unfortunately, back then I didn’t have any friends that enjoyed this genre of music as much as I did, or were even willing to give it a chance. #givetranceachance!

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Ten years later, I now live with three people who have a love for EDM and Trance just as much as I do, fueling my passion for music. My roomate and my best friend, Cassey, introduced me to a whole new level of EDM last year. She took me to my first show, John O’Callaghan, at Sound Bar in Chicago. The next night we went to see Aly & Fila at Castle Chicago. I met so many new people who welcomed me into their family (#trancefamily<3). It was one of the most fun weekends of my life and from then on I knew that I had found my place.

Now, my roommates and I travel around the country to attend shows and experience these moments again and again!

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“The music saves my soul.

The beat saves my life.

Tonight… The DJ saves my night.” ♥ ♫

Favorite artists:

Aly & Fila

Ferry Tayle

Above & Beyond

Gareth Emery

John O’Callaghan

Armin van Buuren

Favorite songs:

Aly & Fila ‘Altitude Compensation’ and ‘For All Time’

The Thrillseekers ‘Find You’

Cosmic Gate & Orjan Nilsen ‘Fair Game’

DJ Shah & Adrina Thorpe ‘Who Will Find Me’

Cassey Varvel

Cassey Varvel

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.
Cassey Varvel

About The Author

Cassey Varvel

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.

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