Leading a wave of dance music
Jul 20, 2012 (Albuquerque Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
He's remixed charttopping hits for Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Seven full-length albums in and he has been called the "new face of electronic dance music." But at the end of the day, Ryan Raddon, who performs under the name Kaskade, is just a man who enjoys music.
"The past decade has been a blessing," he says during a phone interview from Tampa, Fla. "I've been lucky that during my career; it's all been by incremental growth. Each year, the shows get bigger and bigger. I can't ask for more."
But there is one thing -- Kaskade recently sold out the Staples Center in Los Angeles for a show on July 27. This comes after a blazing -- and critically acclaimed -- set at this year's Coachella Valley Music Festival.
"Coachella was insanely electric and the new stage setup is everything I've been hoping it would be," Kaskade says. "I've tried to take Los Angeles by storm a few times in the last year, and the Staples show is finally the chance to really get all the fans in one place -- it's going to be massive and I'm honored to be the first DJ to be taking it over and am humbled that people understand and get what I'm doing."
Kaskade started as a club DJ in 2000 after going to college and owning a record store in Utah. He's released seven albums, with his latest being 2011's "Fire & Ice." On his current 55-date "Freaks of Nature Tour," he's performing all over the country.
"This time around, I'm getting to perform in places that I've never been or haven't been in a long time," he says. "It's going to be a nice blend of shows for me and I'm looking forward to each show."
Kaskade says there are pros and cons to his current tour.
"The plus is that I'm in a different city each day," he laughs. "The downside is that I'm not used to traveling by bus for tours. I usually travel by plane to my destinations. Traveling this way has created a lot of uncertainty. In fact, we drove through the night from Atlanta to get to Tampa and the promoter was worried we weren't going to get to set up properly. It's causing some stress, but I forget it all once I hit the stage."
WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25
WHERE: Sunshine Theater, 120 W. Central
HOW MUCH: $40-$45 at www.holdmyticket.com
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