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! 💃 ✨

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

From Disco, With Love

from disco with love

In honor of Valentine’s day and to celebrate chocolate going on sale on February 15th, the staff at Disco Donnie Presents have curated this special list of our favorite dance-music inspired love songs for you to enjoy and lift your V-Day spirits and get the mood going. We hope you enjoy it!

The 50 Women of The Disco Series: Week 2 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.

Over the next five weeks, we will feature women from all corners of the industry who keep the Disco ball spinnin! 💃 🏻 ✨

alexandra greenberg

Alexandra Greenberg

Falcon Publicity | California, USA

Across spirit and totem animal guides, the falcon represents wisdom, visionary power, victory, strength and personal freedom. In 2019 PR maven Alexandra Greenberg founded Falcon Publicity where she embraces these attributes for the company’s clients while navigating the continuous shift in public, media and industry relations in music, nightlife, entertainment, and culture. Over the course of her career, Greenberg has led notable campaigns in rock, pop and electronic music spaces. From major festival launches and specialty GRAMMY campaigns to album and single releases, she brings to Falcon Publicity unparalleled experience. She has been at the forefront of the expansion of electronic music in America over the last two decades as publicist for many of the genre’s most influential artists and events including deadmau5 (landing him on the covers of Rolling Stone and The New York Times), Jean-Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk, The Crystal Method, Richie Hawtin, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Bob Moses, DESTRUCTO, TroyBoi and many others. Her passion for festival culture stems from serving as part of Coachella’s publicity team during its formative years from 2001 to 2011 and has helmed successful campaigns for many of North America’s notable properties including Ultra Music Festival, HARD Events, Electric Daisy Carnival, Electric Zoo and All My Friends, as well as launching popular music cruises HOLY SHIP! and FriendShip.

christine hunter

Christine Hunter

Shambhala Music Festival | The Kootenays, Canada

Christine Hunter’s contributions to the live music industry in Canada have not gone unrecognized. She’s held down many pinnacle roles for some of Canada’s most prestigious music festivals, events and award panels. Her experience is primarily of large-scale event direction and her 18+ years of experience and knowledge drive her on-going career in the festival and event industry. Recently elected as a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Live Music Association and Music BC, she is now recognized for her expertise on a national & provincial level. She is a strategic thinker capable of managing multiple responsibilities in high-pressure environments and she is the embodiment of an experienced festival and event director.

misty morales

Misty Morales

That’s How It Starts Event Management / Disco Donnie Presents | Texas, USA

Misty is the Co-Founder and Co-Owner of That’s How It Starts Event Management. Being in this industry gives you opportunities to be a chameleon. When you have the opportunity to learn something new and run it, you do. Just like Misty Morales does. From a literal A-Z standpoint, Misty has managed over 120 staff members for a festival: from hiring, event production to post-event procedures. Her colorful experience also entails box office management, event logistics, artist hospitality, and vendor and sponsorship operations. This multi-faceted woman can provide support to so many different departments in and out of the festival realm. Her experience doesn’t just run with festivals either. Since the music industry was shuttered by the pandemic, Misty has taken her skills and expertise to support various COVID-19 testing sites across the state of Texas making her a true heroine on and off the dance floor.

michele servais

Michele Servais

Disco Donnie Presents | Florida, USA

Michele Servais is president of Disco Donnie Presents, where she coordinates companywide financial and strategic efforts. In 2008, Michele joined the Disco Donnie Presents management team and was an instrumental leader in company’s continued growth into nearly 100 markets worldwide, as well as strategic partnerships with some of the world’s best promoters and events.

Prior to Disco Donnie Presents, Michele worked in numerous subsets of the music industry, including formative years as a promoter in the 1990s Florida dance scene. By 2000, Michele had risen to the ranks of agent and spent nearly a decade advancing the careers of some of the world’s most sought-after DJ talents, including Paul van Dyk.

During Michele’s time at DDP, she was instrumental in overseeing DDP’s acquisition by SFX Entertainment and LiveStyle Entertainment, which included a worldwide portfolio of top-tier event companies including, Disco Donnie Presents, React Presents, Life In Color, Made Events, ID&T, Tomorrowland, Sensation, TomorrowWorld, Beatport.com, Electric Zoo, Awakenings, Q-Dance, and more. In 2020, Disco Donnie Presents returned to independence, the namesake company Disco Donnie founded 27 years ago.

lyra letourneau

Lyra Letourneau

Pangolin Laser Systems | Texas, USA

As the creative director for Pangolin Laser Systems, Lyra Letourneau is responsible for the overall creative direction of the world’s leading company in providing software and hardware solutions to the laser light show and entertainment industries. Pangolia has provided services for top-named musical talent and events including Madonna, Drake, Electric Daisy Carnival, TomorrowLand, Qlimax, Coachella, Tiesto, Armin, Skrillex, and many others. From determining new features for their software, exhibition stand design, and tradeshow management, Lyra’s commitment to creating larger than life experiences is indisputable. There is no doubt that Lyra will continue to impact the Music Industry in all corners of the world.

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Victoria Garces

Trillvo | Texas, USA

Victoria Graces is a jack of all trades who continues to excel in the music industry. Victoria is the owner of the Houston based EDM blog & Label Trillvo. Her expertise in PR, Marketing, & Photography has been a driving force to making Trillvo a household name in the Houston music scene. Victoria has always had a true passion for electronic music giving her a natural talent at seeking out fresh new artists. She recently just published her 100th article for trillvo which is proof of her relentless work ethic. She has worked on campaigns for Jourity MGMT. (Listen to Elderbass, CVPTVGON, + Dank Frank). Victoria has also done artist hospitality for various live nation & Houston events. The satisfaction of seeing the faces of music lovers light up as they sing along to their favorite artists is what drives her to find success within this industry. Being able to provide that experience is something she wants to do for the rest of her life.

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Lyssia Roussel

Quartermaster / Rigger / Stagehand | Florida, USA

Lyssia Roussel is a Bilingual French-English Canadian raised in sunny Florida and has over 9 years of experience in the production field of the music industry. Lyssia fell in love with live events in her teens while working at a local theater and has since worked her way up as Rigger, Stage Manager and Quartermaster. The quartermaster is one of the most important parts of a festival as they are in charge of the Site Crew boneyard and the contents therein; they are the ones you come to when you need any heavy machinery, shop tools, site items, or anything else to make production come to life. A typical day as quartermaster is characterized by meeting challenges with heavy equipment and golf cart usage, managing inventories, being the information hub, and keeping everything fueled while meeting deadlines. Her organizational skills, mental agility, and resilience under pressure has made her a key player in the industry and inspiring role model who proves that any tough job is a woman’s job. She is always the first person on site & last to leave, but seeing the fruits of her labor being enjoyed by thousands of smiling faces in the audience makes all the hard work worth every bit of it.

christina martinez

Christina Martinez

Everywhere | Texas, USA

If you could deep fry southern hospitality and add hot sauce you would make a Christina ‘Chicken’ Martinez. She began her journey in the music industry in 2016 and has since worked Artist Hospitality for events such as Friendship, Shaq’s Fun House, Dirty Bird Campout, Lost Lands, Sunset Music Festival & Ubbi Dubbi. Her drive and expertise in the live event space, makes her a versatile and sought-after asset for any team, and these traits have landed her gigs in various departments for Coachella, Shambhala, Envision, Okeechobee, Lightning In A Bottle, EDC, Rolling Loud NY, Electric Forest & III Points. More recently, Christina was on road as the Blunts n Blondes Hot Box Tour merch coordinator, before COVID-19 caused a slight detour. Since then, Christina has been working Drive-In concerts, which provides an opportunity to experience live music in a safe & socially-distanced environment.

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Jaime Sloane

Global Communications Manager / Founder | New York, USA

Jaime Sloane is a public relations, marketing, and communications maven with more than a decade of experience spearheading creative campaigns for various music-related projects. Currently, Jaime serves as the Global Communications Manager for Ultra Worldwide. She develops major, multi-territory media opportunities for 20+ global markets, and leads domestic public relations initiatives for the flagship Miami festival. When festival work slowed down in 2020, she also launched JSloane Creative to independently promote artists she believes in. Before joining mob, Jaime launched the Los Angeles arm of New York-based music public relations firm Rephlektor Ink. She served as the West Coast PR Manager for three years, leading campaigns for artists such as Claptone, Loco Dice, Louis The Child, Flosstradamus, NGHTMRE, Seven Lions, and Tritonal, and representing labels like Ultra Music, Anjunabeats, and Circus Records. Jaime cut her teeth in electronic music as the Head of PR for Dim Mak, managing public relations for the label’s artists, releases, and events.

sara abee

Sara Abee

Sugar Society | North Carolina, USA

Sara Abee is the Marketing Coordinator for Charlotte-based promotion company, Sugar Society. Sara is responsible for coordinating all social media posts, managing the street team, and assisting with executing the localized marketing plans both physically and digitally. Sara also manages the box office and is the assistant to the director for all event operations. After graduating from Appalachian State with a major in Advertising and a minor in international business, Sara gained experience in event management through assisting in the production of large-scale retail pop-up events across the east coast. She continues to provide contractual work for various event agencies in Charlotte by organizing promotional events for brands such as Grey Goose and Bacardi. Her knowledge and experience in the live event space make her a force to be reckoned with as she continues to make an impact on the Charlotte dance scene.

Celebrating Black Artists In Dance Music

Celebrating Black Artists In Dance Music

Black Culture and Black artists are deeply rooted in the Electronic Dance Music universe. From the head nodding, booty-shaking house/techno scene to the dubstep and bass music community, Black Artists continue to shine their disco lights bright.

The rich history of Black musicians and producers who have graced the dance music world with their presence has helped shape countless sub-genres that we all know and love. Really, black culture influences many genres and has been a large influence on music transcending multiple eras of music.

Listen to some of our favorite Black Artists in dance music over the years!

The 50 Women of The Disco Series: Week 1 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.

Over the next five weeks, we will feature women from all corners of the industry who keep the Disco ball spinnin! 💃 🏻 ✨

alicia karlin

Alicia Karlin

AEG Presents | Boulder, California

Alicia is an industry powerhouse specializing in talent buying, artist management, festival and event production, artist relations, VIP services, and music-centric consulting. Alicia has been the talent buyer for over 10 years of the world-renown festival, Electric Forest. She is an inspiring role model who continues to break the mold in a male-dominated industry. In January 2020 she was promoted to the role of Vice President, Global Touring and Talent for AEG presents and is the Co-Founder Lively, a company born out of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide a new income stream to musicians and creators.

brenda wong

Brenda Wong

AIM | Texas, US

Brenda Wong is the founder & Owner of Dallas-based promotion company, All In Management (AIM). Starting out as a ticket agent, Brenda would find a natural talent for promoting & networking as her average ticket sales quickly skyrocketed from 10 to 200+ per event. In addition to the countless club shows she has promoted for festivals such as Ubbi Dubbi, Freaky Deaky, Lights All Night, Wobbleland, Safe In Sound, Something Wonderful, Camp Nowhere, and more! Brenda’s success was the result of her genuine love and dedication to the local dance music scene. This passion fueled her decision to take the next step with her marketing skills and thus AIM was established at the beginning of 2019.

emily mitchell

Emily Mitchell

Wakaan | Oklahoma, US

Emily handles all things merch related for Liquid Stranger, WAKAAN and SSKWAN, Everything from creating designs, collaborating with graphic designers and other artists, researching and sourcing manufacturers for quality garments, handling customer service, touring, managing WAKAAN festival’s merch, and fulfilling orders is her realm. Emily notes, “it’s a fast-paced, sometimes overwhelming, but rewarding job. It’s great to watch our ideas come to life and receive positive feedback from the fans!

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Sharla Zachary

Disco Donnie Presents | California, US

Hailing from California, Sharla Zachary is a crucial & integral piece of Disco Donnie Presents. Strictly behind the scenes, Sharla makes sure that the back of house and certain guest elements are hired and run smoothly. She has her hands in everything from fencing, portajohns, and mobile offices to catering, credentialing, and hiring all of the retail & food vendors. She also manages all contracts that run through the festival, along with collecting information from all of the vendors that will be onsite for the show. The minute details do make a difference!

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Meganne Money (“Beam Queen”)

JD3 Lasers | Texas, US

Meganne owns and operates JD3 Lasers alongside her partner, John Dickson. JD3 provides laser projectors and laser shows that give audiences the brightest and most engaging user experience. This is made possible by long hours of programming and design work. Not to mention the hours that go into travel, logistics, physical heavy lifting, and technical expertise on and off of the job site. The reward of seeing her creation being brought to life and “blowing people’s minds” (and lots of energy drinks) makes all the sleepless nights worth it for Meganne.

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Jess Stadler

Artist Manager | California, US

Jess got her start in the music industry working in the Denver dance scene as an artist liaison in 2014. Just a few years later she became the executive assistant to artist managers at Warpath Group. During this time Jess realized that artist management was the career for so she moved to LA to continue networking and explore new opportunities. Jess is the epitome of hard work and her journey proves it. Hustling hard during the first year of being in LA, She walked dogs, independently managed Qrion, worked at Record Plant Recording Studio, and did logistics/advancing for a boutique techno agency. Her commitment to chasing her dreams paid off after a casual coffee meeting with the COO of Seven20 led to a job offer as an artist manager and as a day to day manager for deadmau5. Eventually phasing out of her role as a day to day so that she could focus on growing her own roster with the Seven20 team, Jess currently manages Qrion, Speaker Honey, Callie Reiff (co-manage), Ninajirachi (co-manage), and Spencer Brown.

madison walden

Madison Walden

Maktive | California, US

Madison is the Creative Manager for Maktive, a Southern California event production company that specializes in custom stage design for concerts, music festivals, and tradeshows. Madison Oversees day-to-day operations, stage production and event operations for music festivals, artist touring, brand activations and live streaming experiences. She has been involved with the creation of some of the most distinguished festivals all over the country; such as All My Friends, City Hearts, CRSSD, Day Club, DAY MVS, Electric Zoo, Friendship, LED Anniversary, Maceo Plex, OMFG, Splash House, and Ubbi Dubbi. Madison is A jack of all trades to the MAKTIVE team and music industry. As an avid member of the dance music scene, her love for this community inspires her to continually push the boundaries of possibility.

chelsea schwalb

Chelsea Schwalb

Sugar Society | North Carolina, US

Chelsea Schwalb is the Events & Marketing Director at Sugar Society for the past 7 years. She is responsible for show operations including production and hospitality advancing, DOS operations, artist hospitality/transportation, staffing and settlements. She also creates, and executes marketing plans while Managing budgets and payroll. Chelsea is known for her attention to detail and has no dread of routine work. Her tenacious demeanor has landed her notable roles outside of sugar society including Tour Coordinator for ASAP Ferg’s Floor Seats tour and 21 Savage’s I am > I was tour and Artist Hospitality Manager at Festivals such as Ezoo, Voodoo, Shaky Knees, Shaky Beats and more!

deborah santoro

Deborah J. “DJ” Santoro

Amphitheatre Ybor Inc / Sunset Events | Florida, US

Deborah J. “DJ” Santoro is the Managing Director for Amphitheatre Ybor Inc & Sunset events. Before taking on the role in 2013, DJ spent 10 years in corporate banking and 21 years as office manager and HR director. She began doing cash management for Sunset and as the festival grew she took on more responsibilities in areas of cash management, hiring and overseeing a large team for front of house (ticket sellers, scanners, customer service). Feeling unchallenged and unhappy with her current job, Deborah took a huge jump and began working full time alongside her brother Jon. Making a monumental career change is no easy feat, but this single mother of 26 years makes it look easy.

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Kendall van Arkel

Vital Management / Vital Events | California, US

Kendall is a Tour Manager for Vital Management and Director of Operations & Artist Relations For Vital Events. Kendall’s passion for music is undeniable as she got her start in the industry by volunteering to hand out flyers to earn comp tickets to the shows she wanted to attend. Persistence and diligence sometimes even ranging with an obsession with work, Kendall has taken on many roles making her an integral part of the team. She has experience in running promo teams, production running, artist transport, artist hospitality, production/ logistics coordinator. Kendall attributes her success to a willingness to learn as much as possible, resiliency & passion.

Stickers Now on Instagram & Snapchat!

disco donnie presents stickers on instagram snapchat

Explore and share the all-new animated Disco Donnie Sticker Pack on Instagram and Snapchat!

To use the stickers in your Instagram story, take a picture or video, then select the “GIF” sticker option. Search for “Disco Donnie,” then pick your favorite stickers to add, drag them into place and send. On Snapchat, take a picture or video, choose the sticker option, search for “Disco Donnie,” pick a sticker, and send!

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