Oct 8, 2017 | 0
ID Spotlight || Janelle Crowther
Meet Janelle Crowther in this week’s #IDSpotlight! It’s her birthday this week, so Happy Birthday from the team here at EDM Identity!
What was your first electronic music event?
The first music event I went to was Hard Summer 2015. I had never seen music being played in such a way and loved by so many people. It was a bit intense though, and my friend suggested I would be much happier with transformational festivals or Insomniac festivals where there was more PLUR all around.
What/who influenced you to attend your first event?
My friend, Travis Zebe, was a coworker with me at a restaurant. We were working over the summer as I was paying off my student loans, and he sat me down one day after work and showed me all different types of subgenres of EDM which I had never heard before. After that, he said I needed to go to a festival so I asked my roommate at the time to attend with me and we went to Hard Summer.
What is one moment from an event that was special and why?
The most special moment was during Symbiosis 2016 when one of the ADA patrons I was carting to the entrance of the festival, told me that the whole reason they could enjoy festivals was due to the care and help they get from Accessible Festivals. It truly made the job feel worth it and it always fills my heart with job to hear how much our help matters to the patrons.
What is your favorite festival or event?
My favorite festival is probably a tie between EDC and Dirtybird Campout. I loved the energy, people, and environment of EDC and the laid back, non judgemental, fun environment of Dirtybird. EDC was the first time I took a group of friends to a festival with me and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and it felt like home for me. I’ve only always worked Dirtybird but it was the first time I worked with Accessible Festivals and holds the greatest memories for me (Plus I love Claude VonStroke’s music).
What is your favorite electronic song and why?
“Peanut Butter Jelly” by Galantis. When I first heard it at Nocturnal 2015, I had the biggest smile on my face and cried so hard that people around me kept asking if I was rolling and I just danced and replied, “Nope, totally sober, I just really love Galantis!”. The energy and happiness in that song makes me forget about all my worries and dance. I’ve always been self-conscious of my dancing since I have no idea how to dance, but when I hear Galantis I forget about everyone else around me and lose myself to the amazing feeling of happiness that moves through my body.
Who are your favorite artists?
My favorite artists are Kaskade, Galantis, Eric Prydz, Lane 8, Claude VonStroke, Flume, Illenium, Netsky, Odesza, and Disclosure.
What are your favorite genres?
Deep House, House, Trance, Liquid DnB
What do you feel your “Identity” is in the electronic music community?
A lover but a worker as well. I originally joined this community for the love of music and to connect with those love the same music, but what I got out of it was two jobs which I immensely enjoy doing and many different families: my Insomniac Ground Control family, my Accessible Festivals family, my music festival attendees family, and, by doing this, I have become even closer with friends in my life that I’ve introduced to this lifestyle.
Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself for the readers?
Music is not just a sound to me, it’s a feeling, a cure, a vibe, a band-aid, an invitation, a dancing energy, a bond, and a life force. The first time I heard EDM, I found a world in which I craved and longed to be a part of. I’m happy to call this place my home.
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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 & Coachella subreddits and their Facebook groups. 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.
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