EDM Identity Team

Founder / Editor-In-Chief

  • Grant GilmoreGrant Gilmore’s authoritative voice as a media professional lends credibility not common to EDM journalism. As the founder of EDM Identity he has effectively raised the bar on coverage of the past decade’s biggest youth culture phenomenon. After ten years of working for nonprofit organization Pro Player Foundation, Gilmore launched EDM Identity as a media outlet offering accurate informative coverage of the rave scene and electronic music as a whole. Although they cover comprehensive topic matter, they have taken special care in interviewing the likes of Armin van Buuren, Adventure Club, Gorgon City, Lane 8 and Afrojack. In addition to household names, they have also highlighted unsung heroes of the industry through their ID Spotlight segment. Whether he’s covering it or not, you can expect to find Grant Gilmore attending the next big electronic music event. To find out what’s next on his itinerary, follow him via the social links below.

Managing Editor

  • Ashley NguyenFrom growing up singing, dancing, and learning instruments, music has always been at the center of Ashley's life. Her world opened up after attending Beyond Wonderland Bay Area in 2014, and since then, her love for electronic music has brought her across the globe from The Gorge to Amsterdam Dance Event and the Armada Studio for ASOT Live. She loves all things uplifting trance, progressive house, and melodic bass. Her favorite artists include Above & Beyond, Illenium, Odesza, Ilan Bluestone, Arty, Andrew Bayer, Elohim, and ZHU. Catch her on dance floors across Denver and the SF Bay Area!

Culture Editor

  • Jared "JSkolie" SkolnickJared, aka JSkolie, was introduced to electronic music in the 1990’s by way of Orbital. He raved in parks and fields in South Florida where the entirety of the production was a DJ in a box truck. Now living in NYC, he attended his first Above & Beyond show in 2016 and his life has never been the same. Jared has been energized by the Trance community and its PLUR ethos. He is a supporter of harm reduction and is a DanceSafe volunteer. Jared enjoys endurance events and has danced for 12-hours straight while often recovering from raves with bike rides just as long. Or longer.

House & Techno Editor

  • Maria ClintonMaria first fell in love with electronic music in the early 2000's when she heard a little tune called "Satisfaction" by Benny Benassi. Since then she has dived headfirst into the scene and is wildly passionate about the trance, techno, and tech house genres. Festival's like EDC, Dreamstate, and Dirtybird Campout hold the key to her soul and dance music will always and forever be a major part of her life.

Bass Editor

Hard Dance Editor

  • Josue ParedesUniversity of California, Santa Barbara graduate. Hard Dance enthusiast. I live my life at 150 beats per minute. E-mail: josue@edmidentity.com

A&R / Playlist Manager

  • Holly MetcalfHolly has always considered herself a fan of electronic music, but it wasn't until 2019 that she found a home in the dance music scene. Since then, she has been attending shows whenever she can and discovering tons of incredible new artists along the way. Her taste is all over the place and ranges from House to Techno to Drum & Bass. Holly is a recent graduate of Indiana University Bloomington with her Bachelor of Science degree in Arts Management.

Content Strategist

  • Matt "MyStro" SchaitelMyStro'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.

Social Media Manager

Writers

  • Andrew GoldfarbEver since the dawn of time, Andrew was fascinated with music. From singing and dancing to playing instruments, and everything in between, the music continually shaped him into his quirky self. Some of his favorite artists include Sacha Robotti, Elohim, Autograf, Odesza, VNSSA, Walker and Royce, Yung Bae, and Yaeji to name a few.
  • Ashley LittlefieldAshley is a passionate artist from Orange County that loves to escape into Los Angeles to dance any chance she can. Ashley's flair for music started at the young age of six when she received her first Casio keyboard to start her self-discovery through the sound. In High School, she began to learn guitar, write songs, and attended many shows to discover new genres. Her first memory of electronic music is attributed to her parents during a road trip, where her father played Moby in the car. Music helped her grow personally and professionally while studying to earn her Bachelor's of Fine Art degrees in Creative Photography and Illustration at California State University of Fullerton. Jamie xx, Tycho, Ratatat, and Above and Beyond are some of her favorite artists. You can find her in the crowd, grooving, and sharing genuine smiles wherever she goes.
  • Carlos LopezCarlos was first introduced to the world of EDM in 2014 when he attended EDC Las Vegas. The event changed his entire perspective on music and community. Now you can find him traveling to festivals such as Mysteryland USA, Summerset Music Festival, Tomorrow World, Spring Awakening, and many others. By day he works as a full time application developer.
  • Christopher PercyHi! My name is Chris (he/they). You may know me from my project spring street, however I've been involved in the electronic music scene for more than seven years now. From discovering artists in my dorm room and organizing events for my uni EDM club to now playing one of the largest venues in Boston, my journey has definitely not been a typical one. However, I have been and will always will be a fan of the music first, as I truly feel at home with the community being a queer person in the US. I hope to shed some more light on major issues that are slowing (or undoing) progress made by all of the incredible minority artists in our world. It's crucial that we bring in voices that experience the problems that exist and make sure to have them be a leading voice in how to proceed with change for a better future.
  • Emily PetersEmily has a Music Business degree from University of Colorado, Denver with the hopes to eventually become a tour manager. She first fell in love with EDM in 2012 after attending a Zedd show with her brother. Since then, she has been to countless shows and festivals, as well as having the opportunity to follow her favorite artists on numerous tours. She is extremely passionate about her custom clothing brand, her dogs, and hats. Emily’s favorite artists include Madeon, Porter Robinson, Said the Sky, Gesaffelstein, and Pendulum.
  • Hannah RobertsHannah Roberts is a graduate of San Diego State University, receiving a degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations. While being a fan of dance music since she first heard deadmau5' "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" in middle school, she officially started attending EDM events and festivals in 2015 and hasn't left the scene since. Her favorite festivals are Ultra Miami and Electric Forest, and her favorite artists include Excision, Adventure Club, and deadmau5. Whether she's grooving to some tech house, getting down to dark techno, vibing to uplifting trance, or headbanging to bass music, you can be sure to catch her dancing her heart out at a variety of shows.
  • Holly MetcalfHolly has always considered herself a fan of electronic music, but it wasn't until 2019 that she found a home in the dance music scene. Since then, she has been attending shows whenever she can and discovering tons of incredible new artists along the way. Her taste is all over the place and ranges from House to Techno to Drum & Bass. Holly is a recent graduate of Indiana University Bloomington with her Bachelor of Science degree in Arts Management.
  • Jackie PepplerBased out of Southern California, Jackie grew up with a deep love for all things edm. Over the years she’s worked in many different facets within the music industry including writing for various media outlets, helping run socials for Audio San Francisco, volunteering with Burning Man, and working as artist transpo at Life Is Beautiful. She fell in love with Anjunadeep during her time at Audio — with progressive, deep house truly encapsulating her heart. However, her other love is heavy bass and dubstep so you can catch her on either ends of the festival grounds. In her spare time, she is teaching herself how to DJ with the hopes of making her own music one day.
  • Jaide HawnI am a clinical research coordinator for lung health at University of Michigan Hospital by day, and raver by night. I love hard dance, bass music, and psytrance. I am also a content creator.
  • Janelle CrowtherJanelle began her EDM journey with house music at Dirtybird Campout in 2015 and has thrived ever since. She spent many of those beginning years at events working ADA with Accessible Festivals, finding a love of assisting patrons in enjoying their festival experience. As an LA native, she made her way to countless events and festivals containing a wide variety of genres. From techno festivals in France to bass events in Canada, she has traveled all over to explore many types of EDM music. After moving to Utah post-academia to work in Clinical Research, she discovered a passion in writing to allow her to stay connected to the community she loves. She enjoys meeting new friends, so please say hi and introduce yourself if you see her dancing in the crowds!
  • Janice RoqueJanice's love for electronic music began at a young age, only growing and solidifying over time as she began to attend live shows regularly. Now, she takes pride in partaking and promoting in the underground dance music scene in the Bay Area, after moving there from her hometown of LA. Follow her on socials to keep up with what she's planning or promoting next.
  • Jennifer MarrA slave to the rave for nearly a decade now, Jennifer's passion for electronic music originally stemmed from her roots as a basshead and has since spread to all genres that make up the scene. In particular, she is drawn to styles of music with grittier basslines, textured sonic elements, and clean production. Inspired by her diverse exposure to dance music culture spanning from her first Coachella, Southern California desert parties, events in Berlin and Amsterdam superclubs, and highly regarded international festivals such as Dimensions Festival (Croatia) and Bass Coast (Canada), she brings a nuanced and critical perspective to all things electronic music and events. An attorney by day with a specialization in music business issues and a recent JD from Harvard Law, she can also be found in and around the Los Angeles nightlife scene - running sound and lighting for events through her production company, curating local showcases and spinning signature sets under her moniker "Party Fowl".
  • Jillian NguyenJillian's origin story dates back to the early 2000s as an elementary schooler listening to her parents' Eurodance CDs in their minivan. She fell fast and hard into the live EDM scene after attending Ultra 2017 as her first live music event and has been chasing her favorite DJs since, much to the detriment of her wallet as an NC native. Catch Jill shuffling with two left feet at any festival's house stage!
  • Logan GarrisonIt was a decade ago that Logan Garrison, better known as DJ Lo_G, first took the stage to spin sets for crowds in the snowy towns of Lake Tahoe and Aspen. Originally spinning sounds in the realm of glitch and bass music, he began to develop a passion for all things house as he returned to his hometown and hasn’t looked back since. Over the years, DJ Lo_G has become a fixture in the Aspen nightlife scene as he has found a home at Belly Up and regularly warms up the stage for some of dance music’s biggest artists like The Chainsmokers, Chris Lake, Slow Magic, Nora En Pure, and most recently ZHU. Joining the EDM Identity team back in 2018, he’s dug even deeper into dance music and the festival scene. Whether he’s covering events like Mysteryland and shows in Aspen, interviewing artists like Hannah Wants, and reviewing fresh releases, his passion for the entire community shines throughout.
  • Miguel FlorencioIf you were to step inside Miguel's mind—depending on the minute—you'll find yourself at the center of a warehouse rave, under the scorching desert sun at Coachella, or in a buzzing Las Vegas club; there's never a quiet moment. With a passion for storytelling, he hopes to bridge audiences to the magic of dance music through writing, photography, and social media.
  • Miranda HallaWhen not working or riding the rail, Miranda is happiest on a hill with some chicken tenders, great vibes, and stellar music. Miranda is a long-time rave mom, an avid supporter of female DJs, and believes in creating safe dance spaces for everyone to enjoy. Miranda loves Excision, Rezz, Alison Wonderland, and Apashe. She never misses a Hippie Sabotage tour.
  • Sheila LimSheila is not your average dance music enthusiast. She found her way to EDM through her immense love for artists like The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix, Alan Walker and Calvin Harris. EDM has marked so many parts of her life. Important moments, nostalgic memories and unforgettable times. You can always find her at the front row of resident DJ's club sets in Las Vegas. In her own words "goosebumps never lie" and Tomorrowland will always have a special place in her heart.
  • Steph WanderlingPhotographer and writer from Chicago, IL. Photographing live music since 2017 but has been attending festivals since 2009. Some of my favorite artists include Daft Punk, Disclosure, SG Lewis and Golden Features!
  • Tavon BoamanMusic has always been a strong proponent for Tavon's life, growing up learning instruments and becoming integrated with the evolution of electronic music at a young age. Ever since attending the ARISE music festival in 2015, he has been active in the local Colorado art & music initiatives and sharing the beauty of that culture with others.
  • Zachary LefevreZachary 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.

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