KASKADE is one of electronic music's most sought-after emissaries and one of its most beloved figures. Unaffected and laidback, he's known per BlackBook magazine as "…the man [who] gets his sh*t done with an unassuming demeanor, and usually in flip flops." Otherwise known as Ryan Raddon, the San Francisco-based electronic artist continues the ongoing march to his special brand of beat, a style that is instantly recognizable both musically and technically. His newest album continues his musical progression and follow-up last year's chart topping long player Strobelite Seduction with the new mix album titled THE GRAND (Ultra Records).
KASKADE explains, "The Grand references the overall sound of the mix. I wanted to capture the essence of the big room sound that I play but demonstrate that this sound can still have heart and soul. This is the kind of music I enjoy creating and love to play in clubs around the world." The album features a various assortment of original productions and remixes by KASKADE as well as Deadmau5, Misha Daniels, Jes, Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso, Dirty Vegas and others.
“I tried to make the mix represent what someone would hear if they came and saw me at a show. A lot of my own songs and remixes mashed together with music that I love to spin,” KASKADE continues. “I have always looked at the mix tape as an aural blog of sorts...a snapshot in musical time. Something that should be fun to listen to now but when it is pulled out years from now will be just as sweet and accompanied with flood of memories too.”
KASKADE has spent close to every night for the last year entertaining fans on dance floors around the world. Since June 2008, he’s been on the road with an astounding tour schedule that covered over 12 countries, heavily promoting the release of his highly acclaimed and chart-topping fifth artist album, Strobelite Seduction. This spring he’ll set out again on his ‘The Grand Tour’ in support of his new offering where he’ll make stops at SXSW, the Ultra Music Festival during WMC in Miami and many of the best North American clubs including Los Angeles’ Vanguard, New York City’s Webster Hall, Chicago’s Smart Bar and more.
When KASKADE is not playing a show or on a plane traveling to one he is busy in the studio. Recently he has been working on expanding his remixogrophy with new projects that have landed him on top of the charts both in the US and UK for adding his touch to tracks such as Empire of the Sun “Walking On A Dream,” Britney Spears “Womanizer” and LeAnn Rimes “What I Can Not Change.” Yet it is not his remixing that has gained him legions of fans around the world, as the Associated Press' Ron Harris remarked last year, "…he doesn't need the extra star power to demand global dancefloor respect and a good long listen."