Kaskade

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Take last year’s Grammy Awards as a sure sign that EDM has swept the States with deadmau5, David Guetta and Skrillex each picking up hardware for their dance productions. And while he might not have been one of the few recognised, Ryan Raddon, much better known by EDM followers by his stage name Kaskade, has played an influential role in America’s dance music evolution.

Born and raised in Chicago, Kaskade was influenced by the local house scene as well as new wave bands like The Cure and The Smiths. He started DJing in college and after graduating, picked up an A&R gig for Om Records and began working on his own original tunes. He released his first single with Om records in 2001 but it wasn’t until 2004’s In the Moment that Kaskade’s tunes infiltrated the airways, with tracks from the album entering Billboard’s dance charts.

Next came a move to leading dance label Ultra Records and collaborations with Canadian EDM master deadmau5 that produced two huge hits in 2008 – the glittery progressive house track Move for Me and the hauntingly beautiful track I Remember. Both tunes hit No 1 on Billboard’s dance charts and solidified Kaskade’s presence as one of EDM’s big industry leaders.

Things have not slowed down in the slightest for Kaskade since then. His 2011 release Fire & Ice debuted at the top of the dance charts. And this year, he held headlining spots at the Ultra Music Festival, Coachella and the Electric Daisy Carnival, as well as embarking on his biggest tour to date with over 70 stops, including Hong Kong. And if his EDC set is anything to go by (check it out on YouTube), you can expect to hear original Kaskade tunes, as well as remixes, edits and mash-ups aplenty with just a smattering of dubstep flavour in between. Andrea Yu

Play Thur Dec 6 Tickets: hkclubbing.com

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