While Kaskade is primarily known for his soft progressive melodies and gentle vocal samples like the tracklist of new album Atmosphere, we get to experience a deeper side of his musical ability in this late night mix from his summer residency at Marquee Las Vegas. Starting off with an Amtrac remix to indie dance favorite “Handshake” from Two Door Cinema Club, and ending with a mashup of Pryda’s “Powerdrive” with his own “Sometimes,” spanning deep delicacies of every variety in-between. It’s refreshing to hear a different sound from American’s #1 DJ, a sound we hope he continues to express.
After UMASS banned EDM events at the campus “forever,” a decision that resulted in the cancelation of both a Pretty Lights and Above & Beyond show, Kaskade spoke out in defense of EDM. As we all desperately fight to develop and build a scene without a stigma, Kaskade has been the most vocal in defending the music and the culture. He points out the hypocrisy related to alcohol and sports related deaths, and urges people to focus on reduction and education, not blindly blaming something they don’t understand.
Now that the dance community has had time to fully digest Kaskade’s Atmosphere, the producer is back to the mashups. If you caught him on his Summer Lovin’ tour his latest release will be a familiar one, but for both those who missed out and those who simply couldn’t get enough, “Chasing How It Is” is now available for a free download. Combining Tiësto, R3hab & Quintino’s classic “Chasing Summers” with Atmosphere’s final track “How It Is,” the mashup layers Debra Fotheringham’s vocals over the festival framework of the collab, resulting in a sound that seesaws between hard and soft. The perfect tune to whet appetites for the remainder of his Atmosphere tour, grab your copy here.Posted by
The pitter-patter of rain gradually began to crank up, flooding the fields of Merriweather Post Pavilion. Rather than taking shelter, crowds began to amass in front of the West Stage. Not prepared for the torrential downpour around the corner, the audience clad in tanks and underwear stood planted in front of the stage.
Slotted at 5:15 PM because of a later show in Denver that night, Ryan Raddon (Kaskade) typically does not play these unusual times in the afternoon. However the early performance didn’t go unnoticed: throngs of fans spilled into the lot, bringing the space to full capacity. Crowd control was needed to organize the rainy chaos, an unheard of phenomenon for an afternoon act.
Meanwhile, Kaskade backstage soaked it all in. The rain over the gorgeous green venue with the misty smoke emanating for the stage added an extra layer of intrigue around the fan’s excitement for his appearance.
Back in June, Kaskade remixed the iconic Astrud Gilberto track “Fly Me to the Moon” and now, a few months later, the Atmosphere producer debuts the fantastic remix’s equally fantastic video. Playing to the original’s vintage aesthetics, Kaskade’s video matches the reimagined 1960s vocals with repurposed vintage footage and (like everything he does) delivers a charming and artistically driven representation of his impeccable production.Posted by
To complement his Atmosphere album release, Kaskade put together a mini mix just for Spotify. The mix serves as a perfect addition to any playlist as it offers a chilled out vibe wright with soothing melodies and glossy vocals. He spins together remixes of “Let Me Go,” “This is How it Goes,” “Call Out,” and “Angel on my Shoulder,” in perfect Kaskade form. Make sure to check out Dancing Astronaut’s official Spotify account here.Posted by
For the second time in the eight year history of the Pioneer DJ and DJ Times-sponsored competition, Kaskade has been named ‘America’s Best DJ.’ Fans voted online and in-person at more than 20 festivals and events around the US, selecting Ryan Raddon as their top candidate over such industry leaders as Diplo, Skrillex, Bassnectar and more.
Raddon, fresh off the release of his dazzling eighth studio album Atmosphere, said: “Words can’t do justice to how completely grateful I am to receive this honor for a second time. I am constantly in awe of the love, encouragement and energy I receive from my fan-base, which has continued to inspire and motivate me throughout my career.”
Kaskade will be honored at the official America’s Best DJ Award Ceremony and Closing Party on October 13th, at Marquee Las Vegas, and will receive a custom, gold-plated Pioneer DJM-900 Nexus mixer.
Grammy nominated artist and producer Kaskade has more than served his time on the front line of electronic music. Whilst mainstream attention has often chosen to focus on his ability to shift tickets or vocal objections to the media’s predisposition towards his craft, the musical journey of Ryan Raddon has been untouchable by anyone of his generation, let alone today’s. Seven albums deep and as high in demand as ever before, the follow-up to 2011’s ‘Fire & Ice’ comes one decade down the line from his recently re-released debut album ‘It’s You, It’s Me.’ Where its predecessor offered two separate insights into Raddon’s conceptual composition, Atmosphere marks the first of his full-length offerings to bring both worlds under one roof. Luckily, the finished product is one that both the festival-going masses and those sitting on the fence of EDM advocacy are unlikely to shrug off. (more…)Posted by
After whetting appetites with the release of “Atmosphere” and further frenzying fans with snippets of “SFO to ORD,” “MIA to LAS” and “Take Your Mind Off,” Kaskade is finally ready for fans to hear the whole of his Atmosphere album. Thanks to a Rolling Stone-hosted stream, fans can hear all 13 tracks before officially adding them to their libraries next Tuesday.
Though noted for the fact the producer performed his own vocals on the titular track, Kaskade spreads the glory by featuring the familiar voices of Haley and Becky Jean Williams. Five collabs can also be found amongst the tracks, which include this spring’s “No One Knows Who We Are” with Swanky Tunes, “Last Chance” with Project 46. and “Missing You” with School Of Seven Bells. If you’re amongst those counting down the days, check the tracklist, stream the album, and head to iTunes on September 10th to make Atmosphere yours.
Kaskade returns to Wynn Las Vegas for an exclusive winter residency at XS Nightclub. Kaskade will play 4 dates in total, including his debut performance October 11th, Halloween day and New Years Eve. The fourth and final date has yet to be announced, but will happen before his residency with Marquee resumes in 2014. Kaskade originally played at Encore Beach Club from 2010 to 2011 before joining Marquee in 2012 and most of 2013. The XS residency will mark one of this winter’s most anticipated Vegas outings.Posted by