Chances are, your ears have probably found their way to a Kaskade track without you even knowing it. Born Ryan Raddon, the Chicago DJ and record producer has been remixing tracks since 2001, and he’s played a pivotal role in helping make electronic dance music (also known as E.D.M.) a household name. Dude has traveled the globe selling out shows (and has a kind of an insane back story), and considers internationally renowned DJs Deadmau5, Tiesto, David Guetta and Skrillex contemporaries. He was also just named America’s Best DJ for 2011 by D.J. Times, so it’s probably time to start paying attention.
In our first interview, Kaskade opens up about his workflow and his absolutely exhausting schedule: “I’m on the road 200-300 days a year, so by the time I get to the album-making process, I already have lots of little bits worked out.” All those “little bits” have really added up — Kaskade just released his seventh studio album Fire & Ice, which debuted at No. 4 on iTunes, behind Coldplay, Kelly Clarkson and Michael Buble.
Raddon also let us in on his collabo with self-proclaimed “best DJs in the world,” Swedish duo Rebecca & Fiona. The three partnered up for the club banger “Turn It Down,” and the YouTube video has racked up more than 2 million views in just over two weeks. Raddon explains how the song came together: “I played them this bit, didn’t have any vocals on it. I was like, ’Check this out!’… And they were like, ’Wow, that’s really cool,’ and I said, ’Yeah, that’s the most Swedish sounding thing I have.'” Did we mention Kaskade is also funny? (And handsome?)
Check out Kaskade featuring Rebecca & Fiona in their video for “Turn It Down” below, and learn more about Ryan Raddon after the jump. His latest, Fire & Ice, is out now on Ultra Records.
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