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  Kaskade
  video interview and autographed CD contest

   Ryan Raddon is Kaskade

 


 

 

KASKADE FAN CLUB
Its unofficial, we're huge fans of Kaskade! Send your name and address to Kaskade-fanclub@raves.com to join.

 

 

 

 

 

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Slipping through the glass doors and across the expanse of white polished terrazo floor, Kaskade is as unassuming as the lush deep house music he produces and spins. After listening to his CD ("It's You, It's Me) nearly non-stop for the past three weeks, the meeting for our interview takes on an otherworldly-feel. But Ryan Raddon, the man behind the Kaskade mask, brings it gently down to earth with his direct, honest answers about himself and his incredible music.

Click here to watch our Kaskade video interview

Win... win... win... Kaskade autographed a CD especially for a Raves.com winner. That could be you! To enter, email us all of the following (if you leave something out, your entry will be invalid):

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Raves.com will do a random drawing from all valid entries on May 7, 2003. Click here for the complete official rules - some states and countries do not allow contests.

"IT'S YOU, ITS ME"
Sweet, soulful sounds. A surprise. A small package bearing a familar name. Contents: A sheet of paper. An unfamilar CD. "It's You, It's Me" is Kaskade's first release in his three album deal with Om Records, though deep house lovers have been grooving to his productions and mixes for many years. Organic and deep without loosing himself, for this album Kaskade worked with three vocalists who's range of R&B, soul and house influences are the perfect complement for Kaskade's layered soundscapes. Click for ourclick for our full review and for a free MP3 download of "Call Me Wise."

KASKADE'S BIO
Born Ryan Raddon in the house music capitol of the world, Chicago, IL, Kaskade and young DJ's Derrick Carter and Mark Farina frequented clubs like Medusa's, Limelight and Metro where they gained their education from the forefathers of house music. Remembering back, Kaskade explains, "They were not only mixing, but segueing, busting out sound-blasts, using reel to reel machines and early samplers; it was all the way of how it was being delivered that intrigued me." Kaskade subsequently discovered the now legendary Gramaphone Records, and began to search through the stacks of vinyl (weekly) for what he was hearing at the nearby club, and hence the DJ to turn producer was born.

Kaskade soon found himself disjointed from the musical innovation of Chicago's late night house scene upon moving to Salt Lake City, Utah, which "was a shock musically" laments Kaskade. Refusing to let this get him down, his commitment to house music drove him to found, promote, and DJ the only house night in Salt Lake at the Manhattan Club. This infamous night ran for 5 years, not only gaining a following of the uninitiated, but also changing Kaskade's life. Remembering those years, he reflects "It was perfect. It was small, intimate, and a place where I could play really deep stuff to a crowd of 250-300 people." The success of this night enabled Kaskade to pay his tuition, get a degree, purchase a local record store called Mechanized Records, and begin laying down his first original tracks. The record store remains open to this day, but after 2 years of ownership, Kaskade decided it was time to take his music to the next level, sold Mechanized and moved to San Francisco.

Upon reaching the house heavy scene of the Bay Area, Kaskade immediately contacted his favorite record label, Om Records. It just so happened that Chris Smith at Om was looking for a production assistant, and Kaskade was more than qualified for the job. While working at Om, Kaskade began slipping in his demo's anonymously into the stacks of music being reviewed. Working under cover, these demos began turning heads around the office. "There was a time when Chris was calling my cell phone and leaving messages for Kaskade, but nobody at Om knew who that was." laughs Kaskade. The positive feed back for his demo material was so great that eventually Ryan Raddon the production assistant had to admit that he in fact was Kaskade. "It was getting too hard to play two people at once, I eventually had to let them know what I'd been up to" admits Kaskade.

Tapped to mix the third edition of the highly successful series "Sounds of Om", Kaskade joined the likes of other Om Records mix-masters Andy Caldwell and DJ Fluid and was soon signed to a three album deal. Gaining strong buzz support from Billboard Magazine, Radio One (UK), KCRW (LA), BPM MAGAZINE and URB along with constant touring through over six countries in 2002, Kaskade stands poised to be a 2003 break through artist. To keep up with Kaskade's release and tour dates, log on to om-records.com

 

 

 

 

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