Women of the Disco: Chloe Gershenson - August 2022

While it’s no secret that women are underrepresented in the Music Industry; Female leadership has proven to be an imperative factor for the success of the Electronic Dance scene. Women of The Disco is an initiative to highlight some of those powerhouses who are trailblazing the path and shaping the future of EDM. This month’s feature is Chloe Gershenson, a music marketing manager for Crowd Control, based out of Los Angeles.

Chloe Gershenson

Chloe Gershenson

Give us background on your career and how you got your start in the entertainment industry.

I dabbled in promoting in college for clubs in DC Nightlife once I turned 21. I was sick of going to the same frat parties and hearing “Clarity” by Zedd and Justin Bieber on repeat every night. After college, I was working at the feminist activist collective The Outrage where I learned the ins and outs of social media and paid marketing, and how to build a brand. When I wasn’t at protests or registering people to vote at concerts, I was frequenting local venues such as Echostage, Flash, Soundcheck, and U Street Music Hall (RIP), Nu Androids Pop-ups, and 930 Club, and I quickly realized that the best way to save money on concert tickets was to know the promoters. I left DC in 2018 because I realized that music was my passion and I needed to be in LA to pursue that passion.

Thanks to the marketing skills I gained working at a brand, my first job in music was an entry level role in the Ticketmaster digital marketing department at the Hollywood office. I was promoted after a year because I was a fast learner and had strong writing and analytical skills. I was supposed to transition to the marketing team at Live Nation, but was furloughed in October 2020 due to the pandemic. Because the future of Live Events felt uncertain at the time, I took a job at a marketing agency working on HBOMax’s digital ad strategy where I gained even more paid media experience. When the opportunity presented itself to go back to music by working at the boutique agency Crowd Control Digital, I jumped at the chance. I was offered back my old job at Ticketmaster, but I wanted the opportunity to focus on Music instead of Entertainment and work with more clients in EDM, my favorite genre.

Describe your current role or day-to-day responsibilities.

As a marketing manager, I work on digital campaigns across platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, Google, Programmatic, and YouTube to promote music and sell tickets. My clients range from artists and brands to venues, promoters, and individual tours. In a typical day, I could start off in the morning working on a multi-channel marketing proposal for an upcoming EP release, then take a meeting with one of my venue clients to discuss marketing campaigns for that week’s shows, and end the day by setting up a campaign or helping a brand brainstorm copy for their creatives before leaving the office to go to a client’s show.

What attributes have helped you find success within your profession?

Asking lots of questions, knowing how to write a professional email, staying organized and time management, creativity, curiosity and passion for my industry, maintaining friendships and connections – especially with other women in a male dominated industry. Knowing how to advocate for yourself. Staying curious and on top of industry and marketing trends and having a pulse on pop culture.

Do you have any advice for other women in this field?

Communication is key. Without communication an entire project or campaign can completely fall apart. Know how to communicate clearly and professionally, and remember that active listening is a part of communication. Also, be respectful in how you communicate and don’t look down on people. The intern you talk down to could be your boss one day!

Some of Chloe’s notable achievements:

  • Paid media strategy and campaign management for the 2022 Subtronics Fractals tour (which featured 25+ sold out shows).
  • Social media ad management for Sound Nightclub and Framework.
  • Complete management of digital ads for Asteria Music Festival 2021, increasing ticket sales by over 50% in the month leading up to the festival.

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Disco Donnie Presents Honors First Responders, Veterans, and Gold-Star Families with $1,000,000 Ticket Donation

Veterans Day

Disco Donnie Presents, one of the country’s leading live music promoters, has pledged to donate $1,000,000 worth of tickets to its 2022 festivals and club events, including Ubbi Dubbi, Sunset Music Festival, Freaky Deaky, and over 1,000 club shows around the US.

The donation was made to non-profit organizations Vet Tix and 1st Tix. Vet Tix and 1st Tix (which is powered by Vet Tix) are national 501(c)(3) non-profit foundations supporting our military and first responder communities. These services provide free event tickets to first responders, currently serving military, veterans, and gold-star families to sporting events, concerts, performing arts, and family activities.

The donation is dedicated in memory of PFC Jason Hill Estopinal, Donnie’s younger cousin, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010 during his service in Operation Enduring Freedom.

“Our first responders and veterans are the ones who keep us safe and they’ve had a rough year. We wanted to show them some love, honor their work, and spark a little joy, by welcoming our heroes to our best festivals and club shows. We invite other promoters from all types of music to join us in this effort,” Disco Donnie said.

The $1,000,000 worth of tickets donation follows up on a $150,000 donation of 2021 Freaky Deaky Texas tickets, which just took place this past Halloween. In addition to ticket donations, Freaky Deaky has also made donations to local groups, including $10,000 to the Houston Food Bank and $10,000 to the Texas Association of First Responders. DDP also donated $25,000 to Americares for Hurricane Ida relief. In total, DDP has donated over $500,000 to local charities where the festivals are operated. DDP’s combined ticket and cash donations over the past eight years total over $1.5 million, reinforcing their commitment to giving back and supporting the communities that support them.

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Women of The Disco: Part 7

While it’s no secret that women are underrepresented in the Music Industry; Female leadership has proven to be an imperative factor for the success of the Electronic Dance scene. Women of The Disco is an initiative to highlight some of those powerhouses who are trailblazing the path and shaping the future of EDM.

Women of The Disco: Top10

Liz Miller

Liz Miller

Facebook & Instagram | New York City, NY

Liz got her start in the music industry in 1996 by passing out flyers for raves in Boulder and Denver in exchange for free entry, which eventually led to being paid to pass them out. After doing that throughout college, the role turned into a full-time job in 1999 working with the promoter Together Productions putting on legendary events like the Skylab series.

Then in 2003 Liz was the second employee to join the not-yet-launched platform called Beatport where she helped conceptualize and implement account management strategies for labels and distributors selling their music on the platform.

In 2006, Liz moved to Berlin to help expand the Beatport label account management team, to then later be headhunted to move to NYC in 2010 to act as General Manager and oversee the re-launch of the legendary Big Beat Records imprint under Atlantic Records.

After some time at two other electronic music-focused companies (SFX and Dubset), Liz has now been in a role at Facebook and Instagram since 2018, where she is a Strategic Partnerships manager for music artists in all genres working with anyone from Metallica to Coldplay to Willow Smith. The role consists of talking with artists and their teams about new products across platforms and ensuring they are effectively using these features to reach fans and find new ones.

Liz’s piece of advice for women in the industry; “Whatever opportunity you’re given, even if it’s a menial task, do it the best you can and make sure the people around you feel like you’ve added real value. You never know who is watching or who you will impress that can lead to your next career move.

Alex Simpson

Alex Simpson

Live Nation | Toronto, CA

Alex Simpson is a festival manager for Live Nation currently based out of Toronto, Canada. As a festival manager, her job is to create immersive fan experiences reminiscent of those that inspired her to join the music industry and create these large-scale events. Like many in the events industry, her talents don’t fit in just one box! She’s a jack queen of all trades, with her hands on everything from socials and branding to ticketing and VIP programs to production and lineup curation. She fell in love with the magic of festivals in 2012, and joined Live Nation as an intern in 2014. There, she got her first taste of working in the electronic festival space and never turned back.

In just 6 months, she had a full-time role on that same team, and she’s been forging her own path at Live Nation for the last 6 years to her current role as festival manager, where she will oversee multiple properties nationally. She’s worked on many festival properties, most notably Dreams Music Festival, as well as VELD, CBC Music Festival, Field Trip, Escapade, and Matty Fest. She is also joining the JUNOS Dance Recording committee for 2022 to help shine a light on emerging electronic talent in Canada. Over the years she has worked with many initiatives that highlight musical talent from marginalized groups like women, LGBTQ+, and POC. In her climb to the top, she attributes her success to authenticity and staying grounded in her ultimate goal to create memories that last a lifetime.

Courtney Durler

Courtney Durler

Sleeveless Records | Healdsburg, CA

Courtney’s journey in music began in 2015 when she was living in San Francisco. She took on merch design and fulfillment responsibilities part-time for Sleeveless Records and even bought a sewing machine to get her feet wet in merch production. As time went on, Courtney took more on and then decided to quit her job in tech and move to LA in 2016 to be closer to the electronic music scene and to manage Sleeveless Records full time.

Courtney’s job responsibilities include all kinds of administrational work, setting up an LLC and keeping up with business taxes, sourcing merch in LA’s fashion district and working with various printers and vendors on production, order fulfillment, receiving demos and filtering promising submissions, running various social media accounts and campaigns, working with artists on release strategy and timelines, creating engaging content via Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects, and building the Sleeveless community online and at events through merch vending and group meetups.

In 2018, Courtney stepped into the role of day-to-day manager for Stylust, label boss of Sleeveless Records. This gave her the chance to be more involved in tour planning, intensive brand building, and artist strategy.

Courtney has found success in her role as label and artist manager through routine work ethic and a burning passion for underground bass music. Being able to help young and upcoming artists get their music out into the universe has helped drive her purpose, and she is looking toward the future with hope and excitement after an unprecedented 2020.

Inbal Lankry

Inbal Lankry

Prisma Artists | Miami, FL

Inbal Lankry is the founder of Prisma Artists, an independent talent agency established in 2017, representing electronic musicians and brands worldwide with a focus on North & South America. For over a period of 15 years, Inbal has developed a solid foundation in various aspects of the music industry ranging from promotions, event production and marketing to bookings and management.

Lankry’s beginnings can be traced back to age 15 when she was promoting for legendary New York Clubs, Limelight, Tunnel and Palladium, while simultaneously helping out older brother DJ Baby Sean with his residencies at various hot spots all over the city. She later migrated to South Florida in 2003, where Inbal & her siblings opened Sonar nightclub in Hollywood, voted Best Club of 2004 and 2005 by Miami New Times. A natural progression into DJing followed, making her one of the only female DJ/promoters in Miami’s local underground house music scene at the time. With her return to Miami in 2020 from a long interlude in Los Angeles, she has come back to Djing and has gained a reputation over the years for super tasteful cross-genre sets and has performed at some of the best parties & venues in both cities.

After gaining some notoriety in the South Florida scene through her club and satellite parties, she took on the role of Marketing & Booking Director for the legendary Electric Pickle in Miami 2009-2012. Inbal was instrumental in the success of making the venue one of the most sought-after gigs in the United States for artists across the globe. During her time there, the Electric Pickle was voted one of the Best US club by Rolling Stone. Simultaneously, she also produced several events throughout Miami yearly including Get Lost, Paradise, Crew Love, etc.

In 2012 she became one of the agents on Damian Lazarus’ formed Rebel Agency that was later to join CAA. After joining CAA and working in the corporate agency world as an agent at CAA, Winidsh/Paradigm where she developed several acts including Hercules & Love Affair, Purple Disco Machine, Soul Clap, Amtrac, Kindness, Fur Coat, etc. she finally branched out and founded Prisma Artists in 2017 where she continues to develop her roster with a passion for innovative artists.

With a far-reaching contact base and years of experience in the industry she provides a high level of service and a unique approach of touring to the following clients on the Prisma roster including (but not limited to): &ME, Francesca Lombardo, Max Cooper, Rampa, Jennifer Cardini, Keinemusik, Telefon Tel Aviv, Patrick Holland, Satori, Adam Port, Moscoman, Tiger & Woods, etc.

Valerie Lee

Valerie Lee

Twitch Music | Los Angeles, CA

Valerie Lee is the Premium Music Content Manager for Twitch. At Twitch, she oversees content strategy for Premium Music Partners, working with industry leaders like Rolling Stone, Bowery Presents, Relix, Rolling Loud, Shawn Gee’s BlackStream Live, Beatport, Paxahau, and more. Valerie has worked in the world of music, tech, and media for over seven years. Previously, she worked on content partnerships with virtual concert start-up Wave XR, working on The Weeknd’s groundbreaking show on TikTok; as the Global Culture Editor at Mixmag, where she oversaw editorial, live events, and live streams; and as the Content Manager at International Music Summit, where she helped to launch the debut IMS China in 2015.

In addition to her work behind-the-scenes, she has also cultivated a voice and presence in music media, contributing as a writer to Billboard Dance, launching an award-nominated podcast for Mixmag, hosting her own news and interview show called The Newsfloor, and hosting the record-breaking Coachella live stream. Valerie lives in Los Angeles and besides music, she is a big fan of the library, dogs, cats, and cooking.

Paige Turner

Paige Turner

Tour Coordinator / Assistant Tour Manager | Knoxville, TN

Paige began her journey in the music industry by studying film lighting, at that time she was also working as a local stagehand to make money while in school. Her first touring job was in 2002 as a lighting tech, then in 2005 she became a Production Assistant and Merchandise Manager. In these roles, Paige couldn’t help but notice that she was one of only a few women on the entire touring staff, but did not let that deter her. Paige continued to flip between these two roles until about 2012 when she made the leap to Production Coordinator, shortly thereafter moving on to Tour Coordinator / Assistant Tour Manager, and hasn’t looked back since.

Her current role involves much more than meets the eye, including weeks of prep before the tour begins and weeks of work wrapping things up after it’s ended. Paige’s day-to-day workflow varies drastically while touring. Some of her responsibilities include taking care of band/artist’s needs/wants, coordinating with local promoters, maintaining daily float, and being an overall badass. Paige attributes her professional success to being organized, being a great multi-tasker, having an amazing tribe of women to lean on, and just a bit of magic.

Amanda Medina

Amanda Medina

iHeartRaves & EmazingLights The Emazing Group | Phoenix, AZ

Amanda’s first taste of the industry came when she was in college and interned for Infected Mushroom’s tour management. At that time, Amanda found herself enamored with the EDM community as a whole, both professionally and personally. She fell in love with the culture and fashion of festivals so much so that she decided to dedicate her career to spreading that sense of wonder and community with as many people as possible. Fate handed her the opportunity to do just that when she found a Craigslist listing to work with a new start-up, building e-commerce brands in the EDM space; this once start-up is what today stands as iHeartRaves.

Amanda currently manages the acquisition, retention, and brand marketing teams for all 3 of the Emazing Group brands’ websites as well as the on-site promotions, partnerships, and sponsorship at festivals. Amanda owes the success of her career and iHeartRaves as a brand to the deep connection they both have with the EDM fan community.

Quote from Amanda: “The most rewarding aspect has been seeing the path I’ve paved for the women on my team to follow their own dreams and work in a career that ties their passions to their strengths.”

Lauren Kenner

Lauren Kenner

Mercy Agency | Jacksonville, FL

From EDM to hip-hop to pop to television, Lauren has made waves across many areas of the entertainment industry. She is the co-founder of Mercy Agency, an expansive marketing collective focused on developing major artist brands, organic content, and social media strategy. Lauren attributes her success in the industry to networking, a strong work ethic, and strong moral values.

Quote from Lauren: “I’m so lucky to work closely with some of the most hard-working and resilient women out there. Being a woman in the music industry can really suck sometimes, but banding together with other strong women has really helped me grow and thrive. Look for your community of good, professional humans and keep them close!”

Sam Kern

Sam Kern

Grim Photos | Shanghai, China

Sam found her interest in photography all the way back in middle school when her mom gave her her first camera. In high school, she was fond of taking pictures of her friends and local bands. Sam was always the person with the camera taking everyone’s picture. This continued through college, however, it wasn’t until after college when she moved to Shanghai to start a career as a teacher that she first dipped her toes into the EDM scene. After seeing advertisements for artists she liked coming to Asia, she began sending emails to photograph shows. Following countless emails, Sam’s first gig was with Zed’s Dead at Creamfields Hong Kong 2017. She was so shocked to even have the opportunity, she almost didn’t believe it was real. From there Sam’s career began spiraling! She continued to work local events in Shanghai and all over Asia, doing videography and portrait photography and being a tour manager.

During the pandemic, there was really no opportunity to be working with foreign artists so Sam shifted her focus on local talent and added MUA to her skill set along the way, all while still maintaining her teaching job. Sam prides herself on it being rare for her to work with an artist then never work with them again, stating one of her most notable tours were two she did with Rezz in 2018. Sam says passion is what makes her so successful in her career. Currently, she has moved back to the states and looks forward to all her upcoming festival bookings both with reoccurring artists and new ones!

Quote: “I love capturing the energy of shows, I love traveling and experiencing new cultures, and most importantly, gotta love the music. <3"

Susan Zimmerman aka SiouxZ

Susan Zimmerman aka SiouxZ

Publicist Magnum Publicity | New York City, NY

SiouxZ attributes her start in the industry to a moment of ‘right place, right time’. She started her professional career out as a receptionist for a late-night cult TV music show called “Night Flight”, where she learned about music promotion, combining music and visuals, and continued her passion for creative writing. Following this role, SiouxZ became assistant to Head Writing and Director of Music Video Acquisitions, then moved on to TVT Records where she began her career in publicity. Nowadays SiouxZ is straight hustlin’. Being a publicist means constantly dealing with deadlines, sifting through emails daily, industry research, and lots of time management. SiouxZ has worked with an impressive list of clients including Disco Donnie Presents.

As far as achievements go, SiouxZ’s are endless. From working with Nine Inch Nails for 10 years to Avicii to Daft Punk, just to name a few. Previous to Magnum PR, SiouxZ was the proprietor of Formula PR which was one of the first independent U.S. electronic /dance music-oriented PR firms. She attributes her success to running her business on passion, noting that every client she has ever worked with she wholeheartedly believes in, and dancing like nobody’s watching.

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Women of The Disco: Part 6

While it’s no secret that women are underrepresented in the Music Industry; Female leadership has proven to be an imperative factor for the success of the Electronic Dance scene. Women of The Disco is an initiative to highlight some of those powerhouses who are trailblazing the path and shaping the future of EDM.

Presenting Part 6 as where we feature women from all corners of the industry who keep the Disco ball spinnin! 💃 ✨

alexis sturm

Alexis Sturm

Alexis Sturm Media | Austin, TX

Alexis Sturm is a freelance event photographer and owner of Alexis Sturm Media where she shoots for RealMusic Events and GolfClap. Proclaimed a lead creative in her field by her peers, Alexis has an eye for detail and unique style. She has had her photos printed in DJ Mag and has worked with multitude of Artist & Festivals such as AC Slater, Chris Lorenzo, GG Magree, Friendship, LAN, Electric Zoo, Spring Awakening, Ubbi Dubbi & more! Her love of music started in highschool where she quickly realized that concerts were her happy place. Once she graduated, she purchased a camera and began teaching herself everything there was to know about photography. With determination and perseverance she began bringing her camera to small local shows around Austin to practice and build a portfolio. In Fall 2018, Alexis joined RealMusic Events where she has covered events such as Seismic, DB BBQ, Anjunadeep Open Air, Desert Hearts, and more. She simultaneously was networking and shooting shows with various artists throughout Texas which opened up the Door to becoming the professional she is today.

ally maas

Ally Maas

AEG Presents Southwest | Dallas, TX

Ally Maas is the Marketing Director at AEG Presents Southwest Where she is currently responsible for handling shows within the southwest region (Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Louisiana- with the occasional Arizona show sprinkled in) and overseeing marketing for The Theatre at Grand Prairie. Ally handles marketing aspects from small 200 capacity shows through large capacity national touring events. Throughout her years in highschool & college Ally volunteered at as many events as possible. She took every opportunity available which included working on street teams, working merch, and interning with labels and magazines. Ally was a huge believer that there is no such thing as a small job and found the value in every position. After working a few festivals in Dallas, Ally was offered a position working with a non-profit organization on Warped Tour. That experience motivated her to pursue music, so she changed her major and transferred colleges to be closer to a more active music scene. Ally dived head first into the industry following her time with The Canvas Foundation. She began working at iHeart Media in Dallas where she worked her way up from answering phones to National Promotions Coordinator. Ally’s heart has always been in events and so she eagerly applied for a job with the AEG team in 2017. Since joining AEG Presents Southwest, she has continued to advance professionally working her way up from a marketing assistant position to the marketing director role.

andrea graham

Andrea Graham

Bass Coast Music Festival / DJ & Producer | Squamish, BC, Canada

Andrea Graham, better known by her stage name The Librarian, is a celebrated Canadian DJ, producer, and curator. She is the co-founder and music director of Bass Coast Music Festival – known internationally for its innovative music programming and installation art – and is widely considered one of bass music’s leading creative minds and tastemakers. Equally an artist and entrepreneur, Andrea’s reputation as an inclusive community-builder in the electronic world has brought her a legion of fans and industry followers across the globe. As a DJ, Andrea’s sets move through bass music, footwork, jungle, garage, 130, halftime & drum and bass, tying those diverse genres together with low end frequencies that push the boundaries of the world’s biggest PAs. Andrea performs throughout Canada, the USA, Australia, NZ, India, & Central America. Past performance highlights include Coachella, Symbiosis Gathering, Bumbershoot, Lightning in a Bottle, Bass Center, Freestyle Sessions, Rainbow Serpent, and Shambhala. Andrea studied classical piano, jazz piano, guitar and voice until early adulthood, before translating that classical skillset into her passion for electronic music in the early 2000’s. The Librarian moniker was given to her by friend and Bass Coast co-founder Liz Thomson, referring to her signature glasses and expansive library of music.

caitlin kreider

Caitlin Kreidler

Atlanta, GA

Starting out in her hometown of Atlanta, GA, her first gig was assisting the Artist Relations team at Magnetic Music Festival in 2013 where she was quickly scooped up by Andrea Brown, one of the “50 Women of Disco”. Since then, she’s had the honor to work alongside Brown on the Talent Relations side of countless festivals including powerhouse Disco Donnie Presents productions Sunset Music Festival, Freaky Deaky, Ubbi Dubbi, Something Wicked, Something Wonderful and Sun City Music Festival. Outside of Disco Donnie Presents she has also worked festivals and shows including Friendship Festival, Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, SHAQ’s Funhouse, Gronk’s Beach Party and more. Her work in the industry does not stop there. Caitlin was also a part of an esteemed lifestyle public relations firm in Atlanta, Caren West PR, where she developed a new role within the company, Artist Relations Specialist. She assisted and set up interviews between artists and media on Imagine Music Festival and Relentless Beats productions including Phoenix Lights, Decadence, Goldrush and more. Towards the end of 2019, Caitlin decided to break out on her own as a personal publicist for restaurants and bars where she creates a strong brand awareness in the press and social media, all while continuing her talent relations work. Her passion and true loyalty to her clients, employers and co-workers has helped her find strength and happiness in her field of work, but it’s her hardworking, can’t stop, won’t stop mentality that keeps her moving forward. It’s been one wild ride for Caitlin so far and she feels very fortunate to have had a career filled with a whirlwind of possibilities and encounters with truly incredible people in the music industry.

diane tamulavage

Diane Tamulavage

Universal Music Group for Brands | Philadalphia, PN

Diane Tamulavage is the Senior Digital Strategy Manager for Universal Music Group for Brands and living proof that strong networking skills can help you find your dream job. After graduating college Diane Tamulavage knew two things were certain: She loved Electronic Music & She loved to write. While being fully immersed in the NYC / Philly dance scene, Diane came across an opportunity to combine both of her passions and began writing for Your EDM. She would go on to land her first role as social media coordinator for Tiesto’s label, Musical Freedom Records. There she would discover Fame House – a digital marketing agency for artists & festivals. Diane eventually found herself in a full time role at Fame House as a Digital Marketer, which would lead her to her current role with the UMG Brand Partnerships division. Diane says her success can be attributed to “Saying yes to unconventional opportunities, being willing to wear many hats, & understanding no task is too big or too small. I’ve also had the privilege of being surrounded by great teammates & colleagues who push and challenge me”. In her current role, Diane ideates & manages the digital components of partnership campaigns between brands & UMG artists. This can be anything from brainstorming creative concepts to managing media spends & social media calendars, working with influencers and tapping into innovative tech partners. She’s helped bring in (4) Music Ally Best Music Marketing Campaigns of the Year awards with clients such as Robin Schulz, Disco Donnie Presents, and Imagine Festival. Diane has also had her hand in some larger cultural moments such as the Pokémon 25 partnership with UMG including the Pokémon Day virtual concert with Post Malone & the Lenovo & Jonas Brothers ‘For All Creators’ campaign.

heather garcia

Heather Garcia

See Tickets US | Burbank, CA

Hailing from the Golden State of California, Heather Garcia is the Web and graphic designer at See Ticket US. As a multimedia student in her early 20’s, Heather’s world revolved around music. With a special attraction and interest in electronic music, she yearned for the moments when she could go to shows and enjoy them with her closest friends. While looking for an internship she wanted to find a position that would merge both of her passions. Thus leading her to apply to Flavorus, an online event ticketing platform, later becoming See Ticket US. Now being with the company for 7 years Heather has been able to work on web and marketing content for some of my favorite festivals and venues. She would occasionally travel to work on the field at large events, which was so fun that it never truly felt like work. Now Heather mainly focuses on building websites for their music/venue clients, building seating charts, and handling client design requests. In the last 12 months, she have built over 25 websites for See Ticket clients. Heather says “The job isn’t always a walk in the park. When I run into challenges I always remind myself to take a deep breath, count my blessings and keep going.”

heather kohler

Heather Kohler

Event Management Consultant | Nashville, TN

Heather started working in production in 2009 with Ultimo Presents in Nashville, TN managing club shows. Her love for the industry grew from there, she had found something that she was passionate about and that she excelled at. Then, she decided to broaden her horizons and went on to managing various areas of production within music festivals and large events. Those roles included, Box Office, Medical Administration for the on site hospitals, Director of Operations for the Burning Man Transportation airport, among many other roles. A few notable events on her resume include, The Disco Donnie music festivals, Lollapalooza, Burning Man, Bonnaroo, Holy Ship, EDC, and countless more. She thrives when it comes to creating, improving, and implementing processes while keeping a huge focus on customer service. Heather is the epitome of what it means to be a freelancer in this industry. Hopping from one city to the next and working on several events at the same time, all the while keeping a smile on her face and an energy drink in her hand. She has been a part of 30+ events each year for the better half of a decade now and is looking forward to getting back into the hectic, ever-evolving event world that she loves.

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Kiri Gragg

Target ME Marketing & Events | Tucson, AZ

Kiri began in the industry over 20 years ago running large scale nightclubs, which lead to hosting national acts inside, and then building larger scale in their parking lots. While working with small teams, Kiri jumped in the deep end, wore all the hats when needed. From starting in the trenches by pushing road cases she became skilled in so many different departments by learning from the bottom up. To go from nightclubs to building in parking lots to being apart of the Team to bring TomorrowWorld to the US, my journey, as w/ all of us has been ever evolving. For the last few years, Kiri has been privileged to work with industry leaders such as Medium Rare and Backbone International. Her focus has shifted to over-all operations and logistics of larger scale events. Including festival and campground operations, food and beverage consulting, and most recently in the livestream world w/ Shaquille O’Neal’s Shaq Bowl. Throughout the years she has played crucial roles in events such as Shaq’s FunHouse, Gronk Beach, TomorrowWorld, Decadence, Electric Zoo, EDC/Camp EDC, Okeechobee, Presidente Festival (Dominican Republic) and so many more. While Kiri claims to have been blessed to be a part of some amazing events & Teams, we know that those events were really blessed to have her.

maria southgate

Maria Southgate

Never Say Die Records / NSD: Black Label | London, UK

An experienced marketing and PR manager, Maria oversees promotional efforts for Never Say Die Records and NSD: Black Label. Her primary focus is to maximise exposure for the two labels and their rosters, as well as to handle product management and help each release reach its full potential. Maria got her start in the industry as a Press Assistant for D&B label Viper Recordings. She then progressed on to a Campaign Manager role at Infectious PR, before settling into her all-encompassing role at NSD. Having been obsessed with dance music for as long as she can remember, Maria has a particular passion for dubstep, drum & bass and the more underground sounds. Thanks to this, she has built up an enviable wealth of expertise within bass music, as well as within the wider dance music realm. Much of Maria’s work with NSD is front-facing, but a lot happens behind the scenes; working with the wider NSD team to pinpoint strategy and bring your favourite artists’ releases to life. Maria says “As a woman, don’t be afraid to own your space in the industry! Focus on achieving great results and don’t let anyone undermine your worth. Your hard work will do the talking.”

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Pamela Crick

Coalition Entertainment | Los Angeles, California

There is a clear lack of women talent buyers in the Electronic Music industry and Pamela Crick is here to change that. Working full time talent buying for Coalition Entertainment, Pamela works on collaborative efforts within their team as well as running her own accounts. A few of their clients include Myth Nightclub in Jacksonville, FL, Public Works in San Francisco, Elements Festival in Pennsylvania and Imagine Music Festival in Georgia. Pamela started her journey in the music industry booking concerts at UCLA. She would go on to work at APA, then CAA with her former boss Ferry Rais-Shaghaghi. Pamela left the agency world and went back to her roots with the booking side of the industry. She joined Coalition Entertainment in February 2020, right before the pandemic hit. She did not let the roadblock set her back and continued to find growth in her new position. After work hours, Pamela is also a DJ/producer under my alias Pam Sessions and even performed on the Desert Hearts live stream. If you didn’t think she was busy enough, Pamela also owns a local events company, Sound Dunes, that hosts house music parties around Los Angeles.

The 50 Women of The Disco Series: Week 5 of 5

While it’s no secret that women are underrepresented in the Music Industry; Female leadership has proven to be an imperative factor for the success of the Electronic Dance scene. The 50 Women of The Disco is an initiative to highlight some of those powerhouses who are trailblazing the path and shaping the future of EDM.

Presenting week 5 of 5 as where we feature women from all corners of the industry who keep the Disco ball spinnin! 💃 ✨

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Angelica Babas

HAM promotions | Texas, USA

Angelica Babas is the co-founder of the Dallas-based independent production company HAM promotions. HAM Promotions has had one thing in mind, to bring the best experiences to Dallas through bass music, and that’s just what they are doing. Growing up in Los Angeles, Angie got her start as a member of the insomniac street team for Insomniac Events in 2014. As her music taste evolved and she continued to network, she eventually started with Insomniac as an independent contractor. Angie moved to Dallas in 2017, where she met a group of lifelong friends who came up with the idea of starting HAM promotions. Since the beginning of 2018, they have had over sixty shows with over four hundred artists, raised 3k+ for the Grant Halliburton Foundation, created and hosted the first-ever Dallas Open Decks and now series, not to mention the awesome opportunity to work with hundreds of local acts along with notable national tours. Angie says, “I feel that a good team attributes to success, finding people you can work with. Situations can always get tough, but it’s about finding the people you’d get through those with.”

Alli Schloeman

Alli Schloeman

Hit Command / Lights All Night | Texas, USA

Alli Schloeman is a project manager at Hit Command, and a Festival Director for Lights All Night. Her creativity has led her to be proclaimed as the ‘Content Queen’ by her peers & co-workers. Alli started out as an intern for LAN in 2012 and has since worked for the festival for almost 10 years now. Alli recently got hired as the project manager for Hit Command, which aims to bridge the gaps between musicians, brands, gaming culture, and fans. Day to day she helps manage teams from different media worlds to create new and exciting interactive experiences on Twitch for artists and fans. Communication and problem solving are some of Allis greatest strengths Alli says “Every day I wake up having to solve a new problem, and make sure that the solution gets implemented properly. As an added bonus, I’m so passionate about the space I work in that I couldn’t imagine doing anything else, and that definitely drives my motivation to succeed.”

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Reid Speed

Play Me Records & Play Me Too / Apple | Los Angeles, CA

DJ, producer, label boss, paradigm shifter. With over 2 decades of experience and a lifetime of persistence, Reid Speed is a premier purveyor of the art of DJing and a respected veteran of the North American Drum & Bass and underground dance music scenes. She came up in the New York City underground selling records at the USA’s first all-jungle/drum & bass shop Breakbeat Science, where she was one of the first American DJs to branch out into multi-genre-ism, incorporating 2-step and speed garage into her mixes, and later breakbeats, house, dubstep, trap, and other heavy bass music genres. She was the first female American Drum & Bass DJ to break through on a national and international level as both a DJ and producer and has served as an inspiration to generations of female talent since. Her labels, Play Me Records and Play Me Too, are stalwarts of the American Drum & Bass Scene and helped kick off the early explosion of the North American dubstep /heavy bass scene, having discovered or launched the careers of some of bass music’s top hitmakers like Dillon Francis, Bro Safari, Dodge & Fuski (Disciple), Eliminate, and many more. They’ve released over 400 artists in their decade of existence and continue to usher in wave after wave of successful new talent with a focus on drum & bass, halftime, dubstep, and leftfield heavy bass music. Reid’s graced the decks at countless events around the world like Electric Daisy Carnival, Sun & Bass, Shambhala; has done guest mixes for BBC Radio 1, Triple J, Ram Live, Beatport, and more, released music on Prog:ram, Viper, Play Me, and more, and has rocked raves, clubs, and venues from Limelight to The End. Her music has been licensed by brands like Nike, Puma, and Lenovo and she’s curated mixes for fashion brands Skingraft and Unbeing. She’s done 5 years of a drum & bass podcast (Speed of Sound), a multi-genre radio show on Dash (Full Speed), and recently launched her newest mix series, No Speed Limit. She’s even DJ’d on TV (the Jamie Kennedy Experiment). Reid Speed’s storied career has been based on constant, steady growth and breaking barriers for women in the industry. And whether live, in the studio, or in her role as a label boss, she consistently proves that she’s a force in the industry and one of the best and most versatile DJ’s in the game.

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Allison Blythe

Los Angeles, CA

Artist management has always been a dream for Allison Blythe, and she would eventually make that dream a reality. As a day-to-day manager for various sized artists, her responsibilities change on the daily. Whether it’s A&Ring certain tracks for pitching to labels, advancing shows/livestreams, coordinating marketing plans for releases, developing social media plans and marketing, maintaining regular contact with our artists, or planning for the year ahead. Growing up in New York, Allison would work small jobs at local recording studios just to be around any and all kinds of music. She started interning in artist management at Control Music Group while at UCLA studying Music. She would then venture into the hip hop realm at G.O.O.D. Music, then back to EDM at Little Empire Music, then to All Access Management & Four Four Offset. In addition, Allison does marketing independently with pop artist Connor Bvrns. She was also the Artist Liaison for Space Yacht Events from 2017-2020. Allison has also had experience in tour managing and helps out on the side for those without Management or who need extra support.

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Julie Nguyen

JET Management | Los Angeles, CA

Julie Nguyen is a day-to-day and digital marketing manager at JET Management, working with artists such as Shiba San, Eden Prince, Madeon, and more. She worked on Madeon’s Good Faith campaign, which is Grammy-nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album, advising on digital/social media strategy, and led tour marketing for Good Faith Live. Julie got her start in the music industry interning at companies like Spirit Music Group, Live Nation, Hasbro Studios, and Paradigm. Her internship at C3 Management led to a full-time position in 2018. Now at JET Management, Julie oversees digital marketing/social media strategy, runs ad campaigns, email blasts, graphic design, video editing, and more. Julie attributes her success to her love of music, “First & foremost, I am a fan (especially of electronic music) which continues to drive my passion for working in this industry.”

Sydney Rogers

Sydney Rogers

Baked Up | Texas, US

Sydney Rogers is the founder, owner, and CEO of Baked Up, LLC. In early 2018 at just 21 years old, she launched Baked Up to combine her passions for electronic music, food, and bringing people together to enjoy various forms of art. From curating themed events like Weird Wubz and Candy Shop, to designing different merchandise, to baking and decorating custom desserts for performing artists, Sydney deeply appreciates being creative in various ways and sharing her creations with others. To date, Sydney has booked/worked with over 500 artists from around the world, thrown over 150 events in multiple states in the U.S., and collaborated with over 60 companies. She currently manages several artists, including Saratonin, LovelyBones, Zkosta, Lazy K, Kayten, Ghost In Real Life, Milazzo, and more with the help of her management team. Baked Up also recently added a record label under their umbrella called Hot Out Of The Oven Records, which Sydney is the CEO of as well. Her love for electronic music and the amazing people she works with as well as her deep desire to support others continues to motivate her as she strives to create a larger, stronger community that encourages people to express themselves through creative outlets.

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Mouna Dif

Quality Goods Records | Paris, France

Head Of Operations at Quality Goods Records and Artist manager for a diverse roster of Electronic artists including UZ, Ian Munro, clavette and more! Distributed by Ingrooves/UMG, Quality Goods Records takes pride in having released a lot of artists in the trap electronic scene at the early days of their careers, their priority has always been to support the new up & comers; ATLiens, SAYMYNAME, Quix, Nitti Gritti, sumthin sumthin, Rome in Silver, TYNVN to name a few. Mouna also handles A&R, Admin, Branding, Release strategies, legal & other operation aspects for Quality goods. Music has always ran deep in her veins as she started out as hip hop singer/songwriter in the early 2000s. As she evolved into electronic music — her stage name being Moona – first in the UK house garage scene & deep house who was playlisted then by Diplo on his BBC radio show Diplo & friends in 2011, included in Shy FX official Ministry Of Sound takeover compilation. In 2014 Mouna becomes UZ’s Tour Manager and by the force of hands, a few years later became his Manager & launched his own label imprint Quality Goods Records in 2016.

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Gabrielle Pharms

Texas, US

Gabrielle Nicole Pharms is the lead copywriter for a marketing agency. She is also in the process of creating the voice identity of Our House, the world’s first museum dedicated to electronic music, specifically house. Gabrielle also contributes to outlets such as Reverb, Shondaland, and more. You can also catch her doing whiskey tastings/reviews since she’s recently expanded her beat outside of solely covering entertainment. Gabrielle has made some notable achievements in her career as she was the lead copywriter and created the tone of voice for the American edition of Mysteryland. You can also find her write-up on DJ/producer Kaytranada in this year’s GRAMMY program book. Gabrielle says, “It takes perseverance and humility. The quality of humility is so underrated. Being humble doesn’t mean letting someone walk all over you. Instead, it means not thinking more of yourself than is necessary. Also, kindness and generosity take you far. My mom always taught me that when you’re tight-fisted, you’re not letting blessings out — or in. Thus, I feel like there’s enough sun for everyone. I like sharing opportunities with other creatives in the industry.”

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Lily Moayeri

Los Angeles, CA

Lily has been a freelance journalist since 1992. She has contributed to numerous publications, including Billboard, NPR, Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, Grammy, Variety, Spin, Los Angeles Magazine, A.V. Club, and more. Lily hosts the Pictures of Lily Podcast, a bi-weekly podcast about her interviewing experiences. She has participated as moderator and panelist at numerous music conferences and is a guest speaker at Grammy Camp. She has also served as a teacher-librarian since 2004, focusing on guiding students in navigating the intersection of technology and education. She only has one item left on her journalism bucket list, and that is to interview Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees.

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Brianna Stockman

The Bomb Factory | Texas, US

From handing out flyers for DJs in college to managing 3 of the most prominent independent music venues in Dallas, Bri climbed the ladder quickly in just a few short years. As a college student in Orlando, she spent late nights standing outside a local club handing out flyers and occasionally working the front door, all for free. This is where she found her passion for live music. As the Box Office Manager, Bri works closely with artists teams to set up events online by backend building the event that actually allows guests to purchase tickets, additional experiences and see any necessary information for the occasion. She also oversees Meet & Greet / VIP experiences, organizes merchandise sales, and ensures guests have some of the most memorable nights of their lives at events. Being personable, energetic, and goal-oriented has allowed Bri to continuously evolve professionally, and she has no intention of stopping anytime soon.

Ubbi Dubbi Donates $15,000 to Texas Food Banks

Ubbi Dubbi Donates to Texas Food Banks

Despite the economic impact of COVID-19, Ubbi Dubbi Festival producers Disco Donnie Presents (DDP) announced this week the company has donated $15,000 to three Texas Food Banks in the wake of the Texas ice storm, which has left many Texas families in need of food, shelter, and other necessities. Three food banks will receive $5,000 each, which include Houston Food Bank (Houston), North Texas Food Bank (Dallas), and Central Texas Food Bank (Austin). The funds will be shared as gifts from each of the festival characters, Ubbi, Dubbi, and Tubbi. The donation equates to approximately 7,500 meals for those in need. Nearly 1/3 of DDP’s staff was affected by the ice storm, so the challenges faced by Texans hit close to home.

DDP has long donated to charitable causes and philanthropic organizations. A full list of their charitable partners can be found at the Disco Donnie Presents website. Most recently, as a thank you for supporting the sold-out debut of the Ubbi Dubbi Festival, DDP also donated $15,000 to three separate regional Texas charities: The Fort Worth POA “Cops for Kids,” Fort Worth B-Cycle, and Girls Rock Fort Worth. Donating to charities and being involved with the community is an ongoing tradition at DDP.

“Serving the communities we operate in and helping those in need has always been an important part of DDP culture,” the company reaffirmed in a statement. In addition to the donations made by DDP, the company encourages fans and others to give, as even small donations to food banks, such as $30, can feed a family for a month.

Join Ubbi Dubbi and Disco Donnie Presents by making a donation of your own! Donate to the Houston Food Bank, North Texas Food Bank, and Central Texas Food Bank.

The 50 Women of The Disco Series: Week 4 of 5

While it’s no secret that women are underrepresented in the Music Industry; Female leadership has proven to be an imperative factor for the success of the Electronic Dance scene. The 50 Women of The Disco is an initiative to highlight some of those powerhouses who are trailblazing the path and shaping the future of EDM.

Presenting week 4 of 5 as where we feature women from all corners of the industry who keep the Disco ball spinnin! 💃 ✨

Christina Boemio

Christina Boemio

SLVYVLL Management | Texas, USA

Christina Boemio is the manager for Spock & day-to-day manager fo Pouya, Getter, Terror Reid, ELIOZIE, Parker, Yakz, AWEMINUS, and Axel Boy. Christina handles pretty much anything and everything, from advancing shows, touring & event logistics, visas, booking travel, artist relations, contracting, distribution, marketing, social media, creating & updated websites, and graphic design. After having prior experience working in artist relations in New Orleans, she knew this was the industry she was destined to be in. In 2014 Christina moved to LA with the dream of wanting to work in Electronic Music. After 6 months of living in LA, she landed the publicist job for Borgore’s Buygore Records. A Year later she transitioned to management full time. Christina is known for her organization and creativity. Her natural curiosity and vivid imagination brought her to pick up photography and graphic design on the side. This allowed her to expand her skill set and where she does photography for Clutch Creations, Content for Rave Nailz along and other freelance gigs.

Hyacinth Belcher

Hyacinth Belcher

Onstage Systems | Texas, USA

Hyacinth Belcher has been breaking stereotypes since the moment she fell in love with music. From being the first girl in her high school to be put on the snare drumline in marching band to taking over as CEO of Onstage, Hyacinth has overcome countless adversities in the industry. While studying theatre at SMU she began working as a call steward and lighting technician for her family’s company. She would spend the next decade playing electronic drums, acoustic drums and fretless bass for various local industrial and rock bands in DFW. During that time she started programming lights, then stage managing and finally Production Managing festivals while learning the in’s & outs of AV in our family business. As time went on, she was determined to run the family business and despite many negations along the way that “A female can’t lead a business in this industry; it’s a man’s world”, she knew what I wanted more than anything. Her efforts prevailed and, and shes made so many notable achievements a reality for Onstage. Including being named one of the top 10 AV companies in 2020 by Bizbash, working with clients like Disco Donnie, Lights All Night, George Strait, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Mark Cuban and supporting non profits like the Komen Race for the Cure. Most recently shes explored uncharted terrain by creating projects including a drive in series during Covid, that found a way to get people back to work safely. This not only helped events stay live, but allowed many people a momentary return to ‘normal’ in a time where so many are struggling.Hyacinth didn’t stop there and she joined as the Texas Vice Chair of the newly formed advocacy group for the industry, the Live Events Coalition.

Ascia Johnson-Popov

Ascia Johnson-Popov

GroundUP Music | Texas, USA

Ascia Johnson is a marketing genius and secret virtuoso. Growing up surrounded by music and its art, Ascia was proficient in 10 different instruments (yes, you read that right. TEN!). While she had a natural talent and passion for performing, she decided to take a different path and pursue a career in music on the business side. Graduating from Babson College Ascia immediately packed up her car and drove to Los Angeles, to begin two internships with Dim Mak Records and Wantickets. After some other internships and temp jobs in the industry, she was drawn back to Dim Mak where she was the marketing coordinator for 3.5 years. In November of 2019 Ascia began her own journey and found herself wearing many hats. As a full time digital marketing consultant for a variety of artists and brands, every day is different and filled with new tasks. Her main responsibilities involve release campaign strategy, social media management, and branding, with a sprinkle of graphic design and video editing.

Elizabeth Flynn

Elizabeth Flynn

Made Events | New York, USA

Brooklyn born and raised with an accent to prove it, Elizabeth Flynn (AKA LizzIe) is a one of a kind leader who means business. Lizzie got her start in the industry at various nightclubs where she learned the ropes of the New York music scene. Whether it was producing marches and parades for NYC Pride or the Village Halloween Parade in NYC, project managing corporate events for Fortune 100 brands, AR leading or box office managing; Lizzie has kept the mantra of “Evolve or Dissolve ” throughout. This year has caused major devastation to the music industry so Lizzie took matters into her own hands and “pandemic pivoted” to working on the frontlines to assist fighting the big C19 since April. She continues to make an impact on her community as she waits to get back to working on Made Event’s year round calendar of events & Electric Zoo Festival.

Taran Cornejo

Taran Cornejo

AEG Presents Gulf Coast | Louisiana, USA

Dancing straight from the bayou, Taran Cornejo is the Sr. Marketing Manager at AEG Presents Gulf Coast (Winter Circle Productions, BUKU Music & Art Project, Hangout Music Festival) + Artist Management for sfam. After attending Lights All Night in 2012, Taran Cornejo fell in love with culture and knew that this was the path she was destined to take. Starting off as a street team promoter, she worked through flyering, managing street teams, volunteering and years of merch, operations, health and safety and box office at different gigs until she reached her current role with AEG. Taran is responsible for the marketing of all shows and festivals which include around 100 shows a year, BUKU, Hangout and various large capacity events around Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest & Halloween. Taran says “the way music connects and has an impact on people is a beautiful thing, and being a part of that in any way is pretty cool.”

Mystee Yannarella

Mystee Yannarella

Subsonix / JYNXX | Oklahoma, USA

Based in Oklahoma City, Mystee Yannarella doubles as a marketing director by day and DJ by night. Her day job includes working with various artist management teams and partners developing local ad plans and market strategies to coordinate the best ways to promote different events, on top of overseeing the Subsonix street team. Her DJ career began six years ago, and has since played a variety of shows as well as the festivals such as Dancefestopia & Ubbi Dubbi. In addition to taking on all these responsibilities, she wanted to make an impact on her community and thus reformed the Subsonix Angels. This program was designed to help combat issues in the music scene such as sexual assault and suicide awareness. Her dedication to creating safe environments to dance is one of the many things that makes her stand out from the crowd

Jade Gaines

Jade Gaines

Artist Manager | California, USA

Originally from Denver, Colorado – Jade is currently an artist manager living in LA, working with some of your favorite artists like Of The Trees, Chee, 1788-L, G Jones, Eprom and more. Getting her start in the event world, Jade got into the industry interning at clubs like Beta Nightclub in Denver and Q Nightclub in Seattle. Her main experience has been in marketing and artist relations for a handful of different venues and artists before making her way into the management world a few years ago working at C3 Management. Many people know Jade for being forward facing with fans, running groups for her artists and helping with merch across her team’s roster, but most of her work is behind the scenes handling everything across the board to help make her artists’ visions come to life. She will soon be part of launching a new management venture with the other partners on her team.

Megan Lazaroff

Megan Lazaroff

Disco Donnie Presents / B&W Productions | Saint Louis, MO

Megan is an assistant to the Disco Donnie Presents talent buyers and the Event Director and Artist Liason for B&W Productions, a company based out of Saint Louis, MO. For Disco Donnie Presents she is responsible for creating offers, artist advancing, managing the event calendar, and reviewing contracts. She is responsible for the Box Office, artist management, and event planning for B&W Productions hosted events. She started off as a ticket clerk and street team coordinator for B&W Productions which eventually grew into the Event Director and Artist Liason. Her hard work finally landed her a job at Disco Donnie Presents four years later.

Anna Marie Taylor Cavitt

Anna Marie Taylor Cavitt

Substrukt Group / Disco Donnie Presents | Texas, USA

Anna Marie Taylor Cavitt – AKA AMC – is an artist manager for Substrukt (Zaxx & GHOST DATA) and regional marketing & operations manager for Disco Donnie Presents Texas. Growing up in Dallas, AMC has been making her mark on the scene before she was even old enough to get into the shows she was promoting. At the age of 17 she worked her first major festival called Tomorroworld and hasn’t slowed down since. Over the past 10 years, AMC has been involved in 46 festivals and 1000+ shows including Ubbi Dubbi, Freaky Deaky, Electric Zoo, Friendship, Lights All Night, Spring Awakening, Sunset Music Fest & many more!

Devon Feilding

Devon Fielding

Universal Music Group | Philadelphia, USA

Every Marketer and digital writer can memorize rules, but how you get people’s attention requires innovative creativity and Devon Fielding makes it look easy. She is responsible for giving a voice to the characters from Ubbi Dubbi which became a nationally recognized festival in its first year. Devon is currently the Digital Marketer at Universal Music Group in E-commerce and Label Services Department. She handles all e-commerce promotions efforts for UMG subsidiary UMG Nashville, pitching, planning, and executing promotions on their artist stores. Devons also coordinates with her clients creative teams to get assets for the stores, socials, and ads. In addition, she also works on a few other projects for UMe, the catalog arm of UMG, including the Go-Go’s, Ed Sullivan Show, and Steve Miller Band, coordinating all of their marketing from socials to email to merch to livestreams and more. She attributes her success to transparency and ability to build relationships, even over email, that could last a lifetime.

The 50 Women of The Disco Series: Week 3 of 5

While it’s no secret that women are underrepresented in the Music Industry; Female leadership has proven to be an imperative factor for the success of the Electronic Dance scene. The 50 Women of The Disco is an initiative to highlight some of those powerhouses who are trailblazing the path and shaping the future of EDM.

Presenting week 3 of 5 as where we feature women from all corners of the industry who keep the Disco ball spinnin! 💃 ✨

Andrea Brown

Andrea Brown

AMB Event Group / Thats How It Starts Event Management | Texas, USA

Andrea Brown is a highly regarded industry vetern who is known for her unwavering hospitality and ability to make the impossible a reality. Andrea got her start in the Live Events industry back in the 90’s, producing and promoting raves in Texas. She has spent the last 25 years honing her skills in Event Operations including talent relations, logistics, access control/ticketing, creative programming, production and the legal side of events. A music lover first and foremost, her forward momentum in the industry comes from the amazing opportunities she has earned through her hard work, dedication, creativity, and passion. The founder of AMB Event Group & Co-Founder of That’s How It Starts Event Management, her companies work with multiple brands including BLNK CNVS, Medium Rare, Lights All Night, Insomniac, Backbone International, All My Friends/Friendship, Electric Zoo and Disco Donnie Presents for the past 11 years.

Canaan Starnes

Canaan Starnes

Eventbrite / Freelance | Nashville, USA

In 2013 Canaan got her start in the music industry with managing the box office operations and handling artist relations + hospitality for a concert venue in Houston. 500+ concerts, 12 Steve Aoki cakes and 400 Dada Life pillows later, in 2016 Canaan decided to leave her job in Houston and move to Nashville. She transitioned into the freelance world and has had the amazing opportunity to work with events / festivals such as EDC LV, Imagine, Middlelands, Mempho, Freaky Deaky, Shaq’s Fun House, Gronk’s Beach Party, and Beyond Wonderland.
While working different events and music festivals, as of 2017, Canaan is also working full time for Eventbrite on the Payment Operations team. Most of her primary day to day focus includes reviewing contractual agreements, reconciling complex payment calculations, and leveraging data from multiple banks and 3rd party payment processors to make sure buyers can easily pay for tickets, process refunds, and payments to event creators are issued correctly on time.

Chole Suit

Chloe Suit

Liquid Stranger, WAKAAN Record Label, SSKWAN Record Label, WAKAAN Music Festival | Oklahoma, USA

Chloe Suit is the Director of Marketing for Liquid Stranger, WAKAAN Record Label, SSKWAN Record Label, and WAKAAN Music Festival. Beginning her career at a promotional company on the East Coast with multiple markets + 2 Festivals, she began looking for new learning opportunities to expand her skills in the music industry. Chloe found her home with the WAKAAN family two and a half years ago, where she handles all things Marketing and Music; from Advertisements, to Social Media and Content Creation, to Scheduling of Releases and more! She also assists with Label MGMT and oversees submissions and works with distributors and DSPs. Her dedication to the culture and vast understanding of digital strategies makes her an integral part of the bass music circuit.

Dani Sawtell

Dani Sawtell

Pyrotecnico FX | Texas, USA

Currently based in Texas, Dani’s role at Pyrotecnico as the Senior Project Manager is to take clients’ dreams and visions and make them reality. This includes everything from staffing, gear and consumable allocations, scheduling, documentation, and communications between the client, company, local authorities, and crew members. Although Dani is more behind the scenes these days, she loves nothing more than getting out there with her fellow crew members and interacting with Pyrotecnico’s clients and artists on-site to execute the “oohs and ahhs” of a show. Hearing the roar of the audience after that first moment of lasers filling the sky, or after the blast of a pyrotechnics cue, is extremely satisfying and a great way to know your job has had a memorable impact on people.

Heather Church

Heather Church

Glow/Echostage/Soundcheck | Washington, USA

Heather Church is the Vice President of Talent & Marketing at Glow, one of the longest running event production and promotion companies in America. She continues to be instrumental in the development of Washington DC’s widely acclaimed Echostage, which was voted DJ Mag’s #1 venue in North America, #2 in the world for 2019 and has remained top ranked ever since. With over a decade of experience working for Glow, Heather also spearheads the booking and marketing strategy at their sister venue, Soundcheck, which has served as a space to host more intimate performances for a wide range of artists from industry heavyweights to up-and-coming talent. Additional projects include Moonrise Festival, Clubhouse Festival, Thank You Festival, Preakness Infield Festival, and many more to come.

Kate Moran

Kate Moran

Subsonix | Oklahoma, USA

If you’ve ever been to an electronic show in Oklahoma, you’ve probably crossed path with the incredible Kate Moran. Kate is the Operations Manager for Subsonix. From a Paint Party in the spring to a Funk Fest on the 4th of July and all the heavy bass that comes through their events regularly, Subsonix keeps a variety of entertainment flowing through their cities. They’ve produced events with some of your favorite artists such as Excision, Riot Ten, Steve Aoki, Blunts N Blondes, Liquid Stranger and many more! Kate works with artist and management teams to coordinate and advance upcoming shows to ensure a seamless event. This usually includes day of show schedules, transportation and lodging. On show days Kate manages the hospitality and box office employees, and oversees cash-flow from ticket sales. She stands as the liaison between the venue, security, staff, any vendors and patrons. Because of her involvement with the Oklahoma music scene Kate was able to be a part of the leadership team; helping coordinate operations and lodging,for the inaugural Wakaan Music Festival in 2019.

Lotus McLaurin

Lotus McLaurin

See Tickets| California, USA

As a Client Service Manager, Lotus McLaurin is the main contact at See Tickets for event promoters and producers in getting the ticketing for their events set up. She works with clients to choose the best way forward when planning and executing events, from a ticketing standpoint. On-site, she serves as the primary point of contact for See Tickets and manages an on-site field ops team. Her ability to embrace challenges and immediately find solutions sets her apart as a leader. While in college she worked guest services at a nearby amphitheater, early on in her experience there, she knew she wanted to work in the entertainment industry as a career, so she transferred schools and changed her major from Nursing to Arts and Entertainment Management. From there, she went on to intern at Fuse TV and take on the Box Office Manager roles at Brighton Music Hall and Paradise Rock Club in Boston. In 2013, she ran the box office for her first destination concert series that changed the direction of her career ultimately leading to her current position at See Tickets in 2017

Olga Potanina

Olga Potanina

UDX | North Carolina, USA

Specializing in marketing and business analysis, Olga Potanin works with clients across various industries, including the dance music industry. Some of her clients have included Ubbi Dubbi, SMF Tampa, Freaky Deaky festivals and more! Early in her career, Olga worked with businesses in the European Union, Eastern Europe, and Asia. Today her focus is on helping clients reach their goals through agile project management, business intelligence analysis, and digital marketing orchestration.

Shai Ben David

Shai Ben-David

Audius / Player Dave / Ivy Lab | California, USA

Miami native currently residing in Los Angeles, Shai Ben David handles Artist Relations at Audius, is the Manager for Player Dave, & manages merchandise for Ivy Lab. Her day to day consists of talking to artists and managers about Audius and onboarding them to the platform, handling all the management aspects for Player Daves project as well as merchandise for Ivy Lab which consists of all things from design, production, and fulfillment! Shai’s tenacious work ethic and ability to wear many hats makes her a person of courageous determination and energy. Shai got her start in the industry when she met OWSLA team at Ultra Miami and told them she would move to Los Angeles if they gave her an internship. Shai kept her word and at 18 years old she packed her bags and moved to LA. Shai eventually moved to Insomniac where she was the label assistant at Insomniac Music Group & Brand Specialist at Bassrush for three years before transitioning to her current role.

Tessa Paisan

Tessa Paisan

Tessa Paisan Photography | Florida, USA

Guided by creativity and imagination, Tessa Paisan skill with her camera has made her one of Electronic Music’s most sought after photographers. Her stellar compositions and unique signature has landed her gigs with some of the biggest names in the Industry such as Rezz, Zeds Dead, Liquid Stranger & Sullivan King. After getting a bachelor’s degree in art, Tessa began photographing for music publications like Dancing Astronaut to build her portfolio. From there she was unstoppable. She landed a seven week bus tour, had one of her photos featured on the front cover of DJ Mag, worked on the Lost Lands Media team and continued touring with multiple artists. You can see all her work on her instagram at @tessapaisan.

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