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Miami's DJ Erik Velez Helps Launch Beatgasm, EDM-Only Streaming Service

Miami's been a leader in the electronic dance music industry for decades. So it's only natural for a local to have a hand in the beatification of the online streaming world.

Erik Velez is a Miami guy, entirely dedicated to spreading the joy of dance throughout his city and the world. He put in 13 years programming for Cox radio stations. He spent a few years mixing at Power 96. And he can still be heard on Hits 97.3 FM.

"It's a big sacrifice to get that mix show done, and I do it because I love Miami," he says. "I wanna make sure I do whatever to keep dance music out there."

Now, he's also the vice president of programming for Beatgasm, the latest contender in the fight for music-streaming dominance. It's totally free, and it's still in beta, but it's already making moves the rest of the pack can't match, like being all EDM, all the time.

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Kat Bein is a freelance writer and has been described as this publication’s "senior millennial correspondent." She has an impressive, if unhealthy, knowledge of all things pop culture.