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Category: ID Spotlight

ID Spotlight: Justin Gerstner

EDM and its events create a world without boundaries, an unfiltered version of reality. Where people are free to frolic around, act like themselves, and meet others that share such special moments together. I’ve spent many years going to different genres of music events, but it was only until EDM events that I’ve had such unforgettable experiences. To this day, I still remember how elated people were when I told them that EDC was my first ever EDM event/festival/experience. Each event I go to leaves me with countless stories to share with any and all that are there to...

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ID Spotlight: Airy Peterson

I love music and I love writing. The two may seem to be unrelated but they marry well together. That’s part of the reason I enjoy contributing to EDMID. I have my Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh so writing is second nature for me. When I was a kid, I would keep a diary where I would write about my day. As I got older and my family installed cable internet at our house, I wrote about gaming events I attended and whatever came to mind on LiveJournal. And while my passion for writing grew,...

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ID Spotlight: Ari Jakobson

I’ve always felt lost in this world, in some way or another.  To call myself an outcast is probably an offense to true outcasts, but I can’t say that I truly felt accepted at any point of my childhood. Whether that was a product of attending eight different schools growing up, or my own innate weirdness doesn’t really matter.  Point is, life can be hard. Everybody needs something to grab hold of in a storm. That used to be baseball for me.  Sports were the focal point of my life growing up, but throwing a baseball was the one...

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ID Spotlight: Drew Utterback

What is Drew’s identity? Music is an integral part of my life, whether it’s listening to trance or house while working or at a festival. I’m always out to discover new and exciting sounds. When video games RollerCoaster Tycoon and Unreal Tournament were the hot new games, one of my friends that I knew through the community forums introduced me to listening to trance on Digitally Imported Radio ( and I soon fell in love with trance, happy hardcore, hardstyle and other fast BPM (beats per minute) genres. Armin Van Buuren & Tiesto got me hooked on listening to...

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ID Spotlight: Tamlyn Koga

What is Tamlyn’s EDM.ID? Hi my name is Tamlyn Koga, I’m a 23 year old UC Santa Barbara graduate currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Apart from being the managing editor of EDM.ID, I work as a marketing manager and talent buyer for Electric State of Mind (ESM) as well as a promoter for Vital SC. I have been attending EDM events for just about 5 years now and have experienced everything from weekly club events to massives. As one can imagine I wasn’t always into EDM rather it was the complete opposite. From 2007 up until...

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ID Spotlight: Grant Gilmore

What’s My EDM Identity? My name is Grant Gilmore and I’m your Editor-in-Chief over here at EDM Identity. I’m a 25 year old graduate from San Diego State University and currently residing in America’s Finest City. My time is split between this site and my job with the Pro Player Foundation, which partners with athletes to achieve philanthropic and community needs. I’ve been guest writer over at The Scene Is Dead and I also promote for a variety of companies in the EDM world. You can find me in my spare time hanging around town, checking out local music,...

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