Get to know EDM Identity Team Member Jonathan Sherman and learn more about his favorite festivals, who he listens to, and the first event he attended!
Name: Jonathan Sherman
Rave Name: Shermanator
Hometown: Kennebunkport, ME
Current City: Washington, DC
Occupation: Management Consultant / EDMID Team Member
Facebook: Jonathan Sherman
What was your first electronic music event?
The first electronic music event I ever attended was EDC Puerto Rico in February 2015. I’ll never forget seeing Fatboy Slim on stage in front of a crowd of thousands at Sixto Escobar Stadium, as well as Kaskade and Afrojack closing out their respect nights. It seemed as though the whole island of Puerto Rico was dancing well into the morning hours.
What/who influenced you to attend your first event?
A group of raver friends whom I had met at a local meetup event and that became my drinking crew and concert-going crew. They were always introducing me to new music and to new vibes, so when EDC Puerto Rico came up, I said “sure, why not.”
What is one moment from an event that was special and why?
A moment that I will never forget was my debut show at Flash Nightclub in Washington, DC. With so many friends, family, and supporters in hand, it was so wonderful to see everyone dancing and having a great time in the twilight-lighted room to open up for Martin Jensen.
What is your favorite festival or event?
My favorite event was the ODESZA World Tour in Fall 2017. I got to see them at the Anthem, and it was one of the most magical experiences I had ever seen. Between the stage lighting, gospel-choir, and images projected on the screen, it felt like being in the midst of the cosmos.
What is your favorite electronic song and why?
My favorite electronic song is “One More Time” by Daft Punk. This song has been such a big part of my life, from my Bar Mitzvah to the closing of my set at Arlene’s Grocery in NYC, and has been my rock through good times and bad times. It was my entry into the electronic music scene and became the anthem for my performances as a DJ/Producer.
Who are your favorite artists?
Daft Punk, Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, Floorplan, MK, Oliver Nelson, Yung Bae, Kygo, Purple Disco Machine, David Penn, Yuksek, Oliver Heldens, Camelphat, Rufus Du Sol, and Avicii.
What are your favorite genres?
Tech House, Disco House, Funky House, Jackin House, Progressive House, Electropop, Soulful House, Deep House, Funk, R&B, Hip-Hop, Indie Rock, Classic Rock, Disco, Melodic House, and Techno.
What do you feel your “Identity” is in the electronic music community?
My “identity” within the electronic music community is a “champion.” I have always loved performing and creating music, from being a jazz musician to a disco DJ/Producer. Yet, my true passion is discovering new talent, writing reviews, building tours, managing labels, and helping artists navigate the difficult road from the bottom to the top. That is why I call myself a “champion” because my strongest quality is not so much being the center of attention, but ensuring that artists have the tools and support they need to reach their dreams.
Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself for the readers?
You can check out some of my music at these links: Beatport, Spotify, SoundCloud.
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