MIAMI — With a series of notable remixes over the years for the likes of Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Nelly Furtado, progressive house-music DJ and producer Kaskade has become a force to be reckoned with in the electronic music world. He's had several songs on the Billboard Hot Dance chart and amassed a considerable fanbase. And then one fine day, "Jersey Shore" castmember Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, decided to tweet about a song she was listening to.
"She's a fan of my music, which was really cool," Kaskade (a.k.a. Ryan Raddon) told MTV News on Thursday at the Winter Music Conference. "I actually found out through Twitter. I saw her on Twitter. She was talking about, 'Oh, I was just sitting back listening to my favorite Kaskade mix.' And I was like, 'Snooki, isn't that the girl on "Jersey Shore"?'
"I don't watch a lot of television so I didn't really know," he admitted. "I hadn't seen the show yet, and my friends are like, 'Yeah, yeah, moron! Whatever!' But it's interesting. Man, after she mentioned me on Twitter, it was like thousands of more [fans] within a week of her Twittering about me, and it was amazing. But that's what's cool about dance music, you never know. The teller at the bank listens to it, and so does Snooki, so it's cool."
DJ Tiesto, another artist who's certainly on Snooki's radar and worshipped by virtually every person in attendance at WMC this week, also is a fan of Kaskade's work. And to prove it, the Dutch trance titan did something he's seldom ever done: He co-produced a song with Kaskade called "Only You," which is making its debut in DJ sets around WMC this week.
"My sound and Tiesto's sound, they are actually quite different, but there is some similarity to it," Kaskade said. "I think melodically it makes a lot of sense, even though our production styles are very different, and it's cool that he can recognize that. He's always been a big supporter of my music, but he reached out to me, and I was like, 'Dude, yeah, let's do this, let's kill it.' I'm just really happy with the way it turned out."
Kaskade is set to release his album Dynasty on May 11. And given the recent string of dance music hits on mainstream radio, he's upbeat about his prospects.
"There was a little creeping up there in the '80s and early '90s with Deee-Lite, and Madonna was voguing, and it was like, 'Oh my gosh, is this gonna happen?' " he recalled.
"But the timing wasn't right yet. When Lady Gaga did it, we were all like, 'Cool.' This really is our time."
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