After his stellar performance at Chicago’s own Navy Pier last year; Kaskade had to come back to show Chi town even more love with his after-party at The Mid. As if closing out the festival on Sunday isn’t enough. Check out the recap video from his performance at Navy Pier and The Mid from last year!
Kaskade is the stage name for Ryan Raddon, a DJ/producer/remixer/artist who was born in Evanston, Illinois. Prior to being a recording artist, he was a record store owner and a club DJ at a nightclub in Salt Lake City as a way to make ends meet for him and his wife. After he and his wife moved to San Francisco he landed a job as an A&R man at OM records, where in addition to reviewing demos for the label he also submitted his own material, which would pay off big time for him. In 2001 he went from behind the desk to behind the turntables and the recording studio as an artist in his own right. In 2003 Kaskade released his first album, “It’s You It’s Me”, which was well received by critics.
It would be his follow up, “In The Moment” in 2004, that would put Kaskade on the map. The first single off the set “Steppin’ Out” would become a major hit on the Dance Radio Airplay that year as well as a top 10 hit on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. His biggest breakthrough would come the week of May 14, 2005, when his follow up, “Everything,” would go all the way to #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
His latest album, Atmosphere, is the follow up to his GRAMMY-nominated 2011 album Fire & Ice. The title track, “Atmosphere,” is the first single from the album. The single, “Atmosphere,” debuted on Pete Tong’s well-known radio show and features Kaskade singing on a recorded track of his for the first time in his career. With harmonic and, at times, ethereal vocals, “Atmosphere” builds from a melodic tune to big beats and electric sounds that will quickly become a welcome earworm and summer favorite.
Kaskade has released seven studio albums, scored nine Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay Chart, created chart-topping remixes for everyone from Lady Gaga to Beyonce, appeared at all the major summer music festivals, and has performed between 150 and 200 headlining shows a year for the last 10 years, building a name for himself as an innovator of the EDM scene as we know it today. If you missed him last time; be sure not to miss him again. Grab your tickets here!