The name alone intrigues, but the tracks he feeds his audience satisfy. Since his emergence onto the electronic scene in 2001, Kaskade has raged his way up the Billboard charts, as well as muscled his way up the top DJ list. He was also recognized as the Best DJ in 2011 by DJ Times.
In the early existence of Kaskade (birthed Ryan Raddon), he attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and pursued his passion to be a DJ at the age of 19 in his dorm room. When homework was done, and the lights turned out, he got to work on the 1s and 2s, mastering the art of mixing and producing, but at the same time tended to his strong religious beliefs in The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints. His faith took him on a Mission to Japan, and upon his return to Utah, he pursued the conclusion of his education, and once again, the buzz of electronic dance music. During this second stint in Utah, he owned and operated Mechanized Records, a record store in Salt Lake City.
In the early 2000s, Kaskade packed up his record shop and his burn for tunes, and hit the road with San Francisco on his mind. In 2001, he became an A&R assistant for Om Records and soon after he settled into his new career. He produced “What I Say”, a song that set the tone for Raddon’s career. This became an instant club banger and a near chart topper.
Kaskade has since signed with Ultra Records, and produced nine albums ranging from his 2006 classic Love Mysterious to his most recent 2011 Fire & Ice. One of his crowning achievements is the work he did with Canadian super producer, Deadmau5. Together, they produced tracks on Kaskade’s Strobelite Seductions EP, which hit the Canadian Billboard charts hard in 2009. This was followed by the release of the single “Angel On My Shoulder” and the infamous album Dynasty.
During his massive breakout onto the electronic scene, he has tirelessly toured the world with headlining acts like Skrillex, Dada Life, and Tiesto, as well as holding the largest audience in Staples Center history in the summer of 2012 in Los Angeles. Quite the resume, yeah?