Raddon is Kaskade
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by Derek Snape
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.
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"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."
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