Verena, Salzburg, Austria

I’ve always been into EDM. My friends thought I was weird because I was constantly listening to what they would call “party music”. But I didn’t care.

When I was 17, I finally attended my first EDM festival – Electric Love, my hometown festival. I was blown away by the lights, the fireworks, the energy, and the atmosphere. I was a 100% mainstage girl, dancing to the beats of Martin Garrix & Hardwell. Then my friend and I decided to leave, but the exit was right next to the Q-Dance stage. I was like: ‘Wait a minute, I literally have no idea how people dance to that weird music’. So we stopped and watched. And after a few seconds, I couldn’t stand still anymore and danced with them. That’s when it hit me.

I spent the entire next morning looking up Hardstyle songs and when Electric Love day 2 started, I couldn’t be at the mainstage anymore. I spent the entire day at the Q-Dance stage and was happier than ever. I saw artists like Headhunterz, Wildstylez or Brennan Heart and even though I didn’t know a single song back then, I realized that I truly have an Orange Heart.

My love for this music got so far, that I even decided to move to the country where it all began. And now I am here, in The Netherlands, living my best life. Without a doubt, that was the best decision I’ve ever made. I met friends that became family and found the love of my life, simply thanks to this music. Music connects on a whole other level and I am glad that it led me to where I belong.