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EDM Maniac: Safe Raving During COVID-19

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It’s been almost a year since the United States government officially decided to shut down the country to mitigate the rising coronavirus cases. Limiting activities down to only the essentials may have been great for our country’s health, but the benefits did not always translate well for businesses. If a company wanted to survive through the pandemic, they had to learn to adjust to this new world. Despite the fears and challenges that came with it, EDM Maniac, the premier source for all things EDM, was able to quickly find new ways to continue to serve their passionate fans through drive-in, socially-distanced, and virtual concerts. 


Today, EDM Maniac is primarily known as a digital publication, but their history is rooted in hosting live, in-person events. When EDM Maniac’s founder, Devin Lezama first moved to Los Angeles, he recognized the need for a space where the EDM community could unite. To fill the gap and pursue his passion, he started throwing underground raves, which eventually evolved into the sophisticated brand we know today. Understandably, hearing that the country was shutting down met him with lots of uncertainty and fear. 

“When I first got the news that the country was shutting down, I immediately freaked out because I knew live events would be one of the first things to go,” explains Lezama. “The majority of our brand is centred around our shows and events. It’s pretty much a part of the EDM Maniac’s DNA.”

Having a massive component of their business model challenged was not easy, and for a few weeks, they wrestled with the idea of throwing in the towel altogether. However, less than three months later, they were ready to hit the ground running again with some new, fresh, and safe ideas.   

In June 2020, EDM Maniac traveled to San Antonio, Texas to help promote and market a series of drive-in EDM concerts to allow fans the opportunity to safely enjoy their favorite DJ’s whilst remaining in their cars. With Covid regulations progressively loosening up, in October 2020, EDM Maniac decided it was the perfect time to finally start hosting live events again. In partnership with M3ATX, every Friday and Saturday they host CDC compliant events at The Venue ATX located in Austin, Texas. These parties give Austin EDM lovers a weekly opportunity to gather in a nightclub atmosphere and make up for lost times. 

Though EDM Maniac enjoys great music and uniting the community, health is the top priority at all of their events. “We take Covid regulations and the health of our community very seriously,” says Lezama. “At each event, we have a staff of security walking around to make sure attendees are always following CDC guidelines when it comes to social distancing and mask-wearing.”

For those who are still unable to make it to the live events, be it for geographical or health reasons, EDM Maniac continues to think of new ways to please their audiences. In their recent partnership with Insomniac TV, EDM Maniac will be delivering an immersive virtual concert experience every Thursday on tv.insomniac.com from 10 pm to 12 am PT from February 25th through April 8th. This gives fans the opportunity to party from the comfort and safety of their homes.

The coronavirus may have forever changed how live events are conducted and experienced, but EDM Maniac refuses to let this stop them. By continuously coming up with new ways to rave, they make sure the EDM community remains entertained and united, regardless of what life throws at them.

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You have to Keep up with T2 Muzic

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Born and raised in a metropolitan area T2 Muzic comes from Toledo, Ohio. He had a love for music since he was just 8 years old. He was musically influenced by Kanye West, Tupac, Ginuwine, Michael Jackson and Drake. Knowing what it takes to make it in the music industry T2 Muzic found it difficult to get noticed right from Toledo. In 2007 he was back and forth between Ohio and California and in 2013 he decided to pack everything up and move to California. Life for him has just been changing for the better.

This artist not only raps he sings as well! He is kind of like a chameleon in the music industry. Whatever he does he does it with finesse. He has a great amount of achievements to be proud of. This artist has 5 degrees! T2 Muzic has a degree in Psychology, Communications, Math & Science, Humanities and Social Behavioral Studies. This artist is also a US Veteran, honorably discharged. This is an artist that will continue to surprise his audience. Alongside with being talented he is a very intelligent man.

Working hard to get to his major goals T2 Muzic has made quite an impression. He is serious about his craft and continues to perfect it. This very independant and hard working artist writes all his music himself which shows how skillful he is. He has worked with Marc Nelson for Sony Urban as a writer, he has toured with MGK and has opened up for countless platinum artists.

T2 Muzic has been locked away in the studio for the last 2 months and completed 70 songs! Right now he is going to be releasing two new singles every month on the 24th for 12 months and also dropping a double disc Ep at the end of the year. This is one artist you want to keep up with. Look out for his new R&B hit “L.A. Ex” and a Rap slap called “100%” featuring Compton Av & Bootsyano which will all be released April 24th.

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Tony Yankii: On The Rise Recording Artist From West Africa

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Anthony Enzenwa better known by his stage name Tony Yankee is an on the rise artist from Lagos, Nigeria. From the Igbo tribe to be precise. Tony is a computer science graduate raised in Surulere Lagos. His enviornment has played a vital role on his music inspiration. He started his musical career while in secondary school. There he realized his love for hip hop and pop music. He enjoyed listening to Snoop Dogg, Eminem and 50 Cent. Those were his role models. His passion is to connect and impact his society in a positive way. He started pursuing music back in 2006. In the beginning he did a ton of covers and never really released any content, but now he is focused on being heard. Each year his fan base grows and his music improves.

His style and genre is Afro Pop. His latest release is titled “Melody” produced by Bmj. He also has the video out now on Youtube. The song features a Jamaican artist name 1geovanie on the track. Outside of music Tony also specialized in comic content as well as acting. He has had a few roles over the past years. Through his music and work he loves to connect with his fans and bring them joy through his work. This year he is working on his first major album titled #AboutThatTime which consists of 7 amazing tracks. Tony has won artist of the year for his CDs while serving in the north. He has also enjoyed creating his own content, being played on the radio and being paid for his acting gigs. His goal with his music is to chart on Billboard and to win a Grammy ! He says ” consistency is key and understanding your sound is vital, and being patient is also key to success… Hard work pays off.. and being true to yourself helps a lot.. and also working with the right people also helps ones Craft.” Make sure you follow his journey and his success !

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DvffleBvg Ruggv: Is On A Mission To Get His Music Heard

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DvffleBvg Ruggv comes from the DMV area. He started rapping at the age of 13 years old. He was mostly to himself ,but would record music with some high school friends. Tired of free styling and not being able to hear what he had created, he decided to make his own makeshift at home studio. He grabbed a karaoke microphone that he found in a closet and an old dell computer and started recording. After that at 13 years old he taught himself to mix and master his songs and in 2019 his mother Dee Hyppolite started a record label called “Paper Chaser Association” which had motivated him even more! 

This artist sees nothing, but the future and the bigger picture ahead. He moves and pushes forward and keeps on succeeding in everything he does. His musical Influences include artists such as Lil Boosie, Bezz Believe, Kevin Gates, Fat Trel, Drake and many other artists in the industry.

His first single “Paid” was released on all streaming outlets in August of 2019 which has a visual on YouTube and is also on world star hip hop. He also has a visual on “Opp Shoppin” on YouTube as well. DvffleBvg Ruggv didn’t stop there, in 2020 his single Addy was released in March on all streaming platforms. Now in 2021 he is still working. His two key projects he is now working on are 2 Ep’s, “We only count hunnit’s” featuring Indo Glixk and “Trustee’s Traphouse”. Follow him to keep up, he will be constantly flooding the internet with endless music.

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