New student-run electronic dance organization emerges on campus

By Breanna St. Hilaire
On April 27, 2012

 

Students who enjoy listening to artists such as Avicii, Skrillex and Deadmau5 can meet others with similar music tastes as part of UNH's newest student-run organization, the Electronic Dance Music Community (EDMC). 

The idea for UNH EDMC came from freshman Patrick Flynn. During his time in high school, there was a company called Audiophiles, which was created by students who wanted to throw dance parties. Over the years, this company has generated over thousands of dollars in revenue. According to Flynn, the success of Audiophiles was one of the major factors that influenced the creation of UNH EDMC

"I was a club promoter for the clubs Throwed and Symmetry. Both clubs used cutting-edge social media and integrated promotional strategies that I thought could be easily applied in the university setting," Flynn said. 

Flynn also stated that he thought a lot of club venues are inconveniently located, and that a club event would be extremely successful if it were located in the middle of a college setting. 

Flynn was not alone in the creation of this new organization. Nate Seguin, a sophomore, and Daniel O'Brien, a freshman and business manager of UNH EDMC, have helped the organization flourish. Flynn said that without their contributions, the organization would have just remained an idea. 

"I decided to become involved in UNH EDMC when I left another organization because I didn't fit in," Seguin, the promotions director, said. "I started DJing and went to the Avicii and David Guetta concerts and just wanted to start doing something with electronic music."

Seguin said that he feels the best part of the club is how everybody is there for the same reason: the music and the fun.

UNH EDMC will be hosting its first major event, "Ignition: UNH's Only Glow Party," on Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in the Strafford Room of the MUB. Admission is free for students.

The headlining act will be Crime Pays, which Patrick Flynn is a part of, along with DJ Shapirø, a WUNH DJ. There will also be support from DJs Barroll/Chaomocha and AShOt.

As far as future events for UNH EDMC, they are planning on working closely with the Hi-Fi Music Festival, a 12-hour music event, that will take place on May 5 in the center of the UNH campus on Thompson Hall lawn.

According to Flynn, the organization is planning on hosting at least one event a month starting next semester. They also hope to be having some well-known acts come to campus to perform.

UNH EDMC will stick to hosting events in the MUB for the near future. Their acts will mainly consist of UNH and night club DJs, as well as electronic artists. 

Any students that are interested in playing a gig or want to help out should contact UNH EDMC via their Facebook page. They can also join the organization and meet the other 22 electronic music enthusiasts. UNH EDMC holds weekly meetings on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in rooms 330 and 332 in the MUB.

"We have a lot of ideas for next semester, but the big idea in all of them is a 'night club' feel," Seguin said. "We have a lot of great plans up our sleeves and it will be a fun semester."


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