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Not to be confused with KASCADE or Cascada.
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Kaskade in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2012.
Background information
Birth name Ryan Raddon
Born (1971-02-25) February 25, 1971 (age 44)
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres House, progressive house, electro house, deep house
Occupation(s) Disc jockey, record producer, remixer
Years active 1989-present[1]
Labels Om Records, Ultra Records, mau5trap, Ministry of Sound Australia
Associated acts deadmau5, Mindy Gledhill, Neon Trees, Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Late Night Alumni, Quadron, Skylar Grey, Haley Gibby, Tiësto
Website www.kaskademusic.com

Ryan Raddon (born February 25, 1971), better known by his stage name Kaskade, is an American DJ and record producer. On October 20, 2011, DJ Magazine announced the results of their annual Top 100 DJ Poll, with Ultra Records, Kaskade placed at No. 30.[2] DJ Times polls voted Kaskade "America's Best DJ 2011" and "America's Best DJ 2013".[3][4]

Along with producers deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner, Kaskade became popular during the revival of American progressive house in late 2008-early 2009.


Early life[edit]

Kaskade was born in Chicago.[5] He grew up in nearby Northbrook and attended Glenbrook North High School.[6] He is the brother of Rich Raddon, an entrepreneur and film producer.[7] He attended Brigham Young University in Provo, UT from 1989 to 1990 working on his DJ skills in his dorm room.[5][8] At age 19, Raddon served a two-year full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Japan.[5] Following his mission, in 1992, he moved to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah where he graduated with a degree in communications.[5][9]

Musical career[edit]

Kaskade took his stage name from a nature book when he saw a picture of a waterfall and a co-worker agreed "cascade" was a good choice, but he then changed the spelling. He did not take his name from the Cascade Range in Washington as fans sometimes cite.[10]

Kaskade released his first single "What I Say" on the label in 2001.[11] In the Moment saw Kaskade's first top 10 single with "Steppin' Out" reaching No. 5 on Billboard Magazine's Hot Dance Club Play chart and No. 6 on Dance Radio Airplay.[12] The fourth single to be released from the album, "Everything," reached No. 1 on Billboard Magazine's Hot Dance Club Play.[12]

Kaskade's fourth solo album Love Mysterious was released in September 2006.[13] The first single from the album, "Be Still", reached No. 4 on Billboard Magazine's Hot Dance Club Play.[12] The single features vocalist Sunsun, and includes remixes by Jay-J and Robbie Rivera. Follow up single "Stars Align" hit number No. 8 on "Billboard Magazine" Hot Dance Airplay chart and just missed the top ten, No. 11, on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. His fourth single released from "Love Mysterious", "Sorry", was his third consecutive top ten hit on Billboard's Hot Dance Airplay Chart, at No. 9. Dirty South provided a remix for "Sorry". The remix was nominated for a 2008 Grammy for Best Remixed Recording.

In late 2006, Kaskade left OM Records and signed with Ultra Records.

Kaskade worked with Canadian house/electronic DJ/artist deadmau5 to produce tracks on Strobelite Seduction, including the first single (released as an EP) Move for Me. The single became his fifth top ten hit on Billboard's Hot Dance Airplay Chart, reaching the number one position in its September 6, 2008 issue.[14] It also gave Kaskade his first number one single on this chart. The dance single has become a crossover hit, managing to reach number 71 on the Canadian Hot 100 as of February 14, 2009. "I Remember", another collaboration with deadmau5, became his first UK hit, peaking inside the top 15 on the UK Singles Chart. The video-clip which accompanied "I Remember" was filmed in Manchester, England. The single became his second chart topper on the Billboard dance chart. The follow-up single, "Angel on My Shoulder" with Tamra Keenan, also found success on the dance chart, placing at number 5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Airplay Chart. His song "Step One Two" was the last single from the album, being released late in 2008.

In 2010, he added another number one Billboard Hot Dance Airplay track to his credit with "Dynasty", featuring Haley Gibby on vocals.[15]

In March 2012, Kaskade headlined at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida, coming on before Armin van Buuren Sunday night.[16]

In April 2012, Kaskade took to Indio, California to headline opposite Radiohead two weekends at Coachella Valley Music Festival.[17] In June 2012, the American House producer was one of the headlining acts at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Nevada.[18] That same month, he started the "Freaks of Nature" summer tour in support of his released album Fire & Ice.[19]

In December 2013, Kaskade was nominated for two Grammy Awards: the song "Atmosphere" for Best Dance Recording and the album Atmosphere for Best Dance/Electronica Album.

In 2014, Kaskade was listed as the No. 8 highest paid DJ in the world according to Forbes, earning $17 million.[20]

Other projects[edit]

Kaskade is also an active member of Summer Of Space, Late Night Alumni and The Sellars.

Kaskade is one of 9 artists who participated in thetruth.com's Remix Project, where he remixed the Sunny Side song "Smaller Babies".

On May 30, 2010 Kaskade became a resident DJ for daytime pool parties at the Encore Beach Club in Las Vegas, NV. The parties were entitled "Kaskade Sundays." [21][22]

Kaskade's song "I Remember" with deadmau5 is played on a level of GoldenEye 007 for the Wii. "I Remember" and "Move For Me" were also featured in DJ Hero 2 and are credited as being performed by deadmau5 & Kaskade

Kaskade also produced Haley's album All This Love released by Ultra Records.

Kaskade's single "4 AM" was featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto V on the fictional radio station "FlyLo FM."

Personal life[edit]

After returning from his Mormon mission in Japan, Raddon transferred to The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. There he met his wife, fellow snowboarder, Naomi. While attending school, he ran a record store in Salt Lake City called Mechanized. In 1995, he began DJing his first weekly Monday night party at a basement venue called Club Manhattan. He used this additional income to purchase studio essentials.[23]

Raddon had always aspired to move to New York, where he previously worked briefly as a Japanese tour guide but Naomi wanted to return to the Bay area, where her family lived. In May 2000, the couple moved to San Francisco. Raddon, got a job working as an A&R assistant to Chris Smith at Om Records, a house and electronic label. To Raddon's benefit, San Francisco was an emerging site of a new deep house movement.[23] While at OM records he continued DJing and producing music. Soon after, Raddon created his alter ego, Kaskade. His wife worried that it would remind people of dish detergent.[24] Concentrating on his DJing skills, Kaskade started to experiment and develop his own sound.[25]

Throughout the years of his success, Ryan and Naomi have maintained their relationship. Currently, they are married and together have three daughters.[23]



Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Dance
US Digital
US Indie
US Heat
It's You, It's Me
In the Moment
  • Released: May 18, 2004
  • Label: OM Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
The Calm
  • Released: March 30, 2006
  • Label: Quiet City Recordings
  • Formats: Digital download
Here & Now[a]
  • Released: May 9, 2006
  • Label: OM Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Love Mysterious
  • Released: September 26, 2006
  • Label: Ultra Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Strobelite Seduction
  • Released: May 20, 2008
  • Label: Ultra Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
7 36 12
  • Released: May 11, 2010
  • Label: Ultra Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
104 4 13 17 1
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Ultra Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
175 4 7
Fire & Ice
  • Released: October 22, 2011
  • Label: Ultra Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
17 1 6 3
  • Released: September 10, 2013
  • Label: Ultra Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
16 1 7 2
I Remember
  • Released: July 22, 2014
  • Label: Ultra Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.
  1. ^ Here & Now is a compilation album
  2. ^ dance.love in a compilation album / remix album mixed by Kaskade

Singles and EPs[edit]

Disarm You (2015)


  • Sounds of OM 3rd Edition (2002)
  • San Francisco Sessions: V4 (Soundtrack to the Soul) (2003)
  • House of OM (2005)
  • Bring the Night (2007)
  • The OM Remixes (2008)
  • The Grand (2009)
  • Kaskade presents Electric Daisy Carnival Volume 1 (2010)
  • Kaskade - Essential Mix at BBC Radio 1 (2011)
  • Kaskade LIVE from San Diego - It's You It's Me Redux (2013)[29]
  • Atmosphere: Live at The Shrine (2013)[30]



  • Above & Beyond - Love Is Not Enough (Kaskade Remix)
  • Afro-Mystik - Natural (Kaskade Roots Remix)
  • Amma - Heartbeat (Kaskade Mix)
  • Amma - On My Own (Kaskade Mix)
  • Andy Caldwell - I Can't Wait (Kaskade Remix)
  • Astrud Gilberto - Fly Me to the Moon (Kaskade Remix)
  • The Beard featuring Phillipa - For Me (Kaskade Mix)
  • Beyoncé - Run The World (Girls) (Kaskade Extended Mix) – No. 1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play
  • Bing Crosby - White Christmas (Kaskade Mix)
  • Britney Spears - Break the Ice (Kaskade Remix) – No. 1 Billboard Hot Dance Play
  • Britney Spears - Gimme More (Kaskade Remix) – No. 1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play
  • Britney Spears - Womanizer (Kaskade Remix) – No. 2 Billboard Hot Dance Airplay
  • Cabin Crew - Can't Stop It (Kaskade Remix)
  • Chieko Kinbara - If You Only (Kaskade Original Mix)
  • Chieko Kinbara - Stay With Me (Kaskade Remix)
  • Colette - Didn't Mean To Turn You On (Kaskade Extended Mix)
  • Colette - Hypnotized (Kaskade Extended Mix)
  • Colette - What Will She Do For Love (Kaskade's Big Room Mix)
  • Conjure One - Face the Music (Kaskade Club Mix)
  • Crystal Method featuring Emily Haines - Come Back Clean (Kaskade Remix) – No. 11 Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs
  • Dada Life - Happy Violence (Kaskade Remix)
  • Daft Punk - Rinzler (Kaskade Remix)
  • David Morales featuring Tamra Keenan - Here I Am (Kaskade Remix) – No. 1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play
  • Disney - Baby Mine (Kaskade Remix) - Dconstructed
  • Dissent - Bleeding Together (Kaskade Remix)
  • Empire of the Sun - Walking on a Dream (Kaskade Club Remix)
  • Esmée Denters - Outta Here (Kaskade Club Remix)
  • Floetry - SupaStar (Kaskade Vocal Mix)
  • Frank Sinatra - Mistletoe & Holly (Kaskade Mix)
  • Galantis - Runaway (U & I) (Kaskade Remix)
  • Galantis - Smile (Kaskade Remix)
  • Galantis - You (Kaskade Remix)
  • Genki Rockets - Breeze (Kaskade Remix)
  • Haley - This Is How It Goes (Kaskade's Grand Club Edit)
  • Jay-J & Mark Grant - Love Is (Kaskade Mix)
  • Jack Ü - Where Are Ü Now (Kaskade Remix)
  • J-Boogie's Dubtronic Science - Rainfall (Kaskade Remix)
  • JES - Imagination (Kaskade Club Remix) – No. 1 Billboard Hot Dance Airplay
  • Joachim Garraud - The Computer (Kaskade Mix)
  • Joslyn - Funk 2 Night (Kaskade Remix)
  • Jyongri - Lullaby For You (Kaskade Mix)
  • Justin Timberlake - LoveStoned (Kaskade Remix) – No. 1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play
  • Justin Timberlake - Like I Love You (Kaskade Full Vox Mix)
  • Katy Perry - Teenage Dream (Kaskade Club Mix)
  • Keri Hilson - Slow Dance (Kaskade Remix)
  • King Kooba - If I Could (Kaskade More Pop Mix)
  • Kings of Tomorrow - Finally (Kaskade's dance.love Mix)
  • Koda Kumi - Run For Your Life (Kaskade Remix)
  • Lady Gaga - Bad Romance (Kaskade Remix) – No. 1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs
  • Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé - Telephone (Kaskade Remix)
  • Lana Del Rey - Young & Beautiful (Kaskade Remix)
  • Late Night Alumni - All For Nothing (Kaskade Mix)
  • Late Night Alumni - Another Chance (Kaskade's 'Homage To Roger' Remix)
  • Late Night Alumni - Empty Streets (Kaskade Remix)
  • Late Night Alumni - I Knew You When (Kaskade Mix)
  • Late Night Alumni - It's Not Happening (Kaskade Remix)
  • Late Night Alumni - One More Chance (Kaskade Mix)
  • Late Night Alumni - The This This (Kaskade Remix)
  • LeAnn Rimes - What I Cannot Change (Kaskade Remix) – No. 1 Billboard Hot Dance Airplay
  • Lil - Your Affection (Kaskade Remix)
  • Little Boots - Remedy (Kaskade Club Remix)
  • Livvi Franc - Now I'm That Bitch (Kaskade Remix) – No. 1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play
  • Location Location - Let's Begin (Kaskade Extended Edit)
  • Madonna - Miles Away (Kaskade Remix)
  • Mark Farina - Cali Spaces (Kaskade Remix)
  • Mark Farina - To Do (Kaskade Carry On Mix)
  • Mocean Worker - Chick a Boom Boom Boom (Kaskade Remix)
  • Mr. O featuring Sara Smith - Lights Out (Kaskade Remix)
  • Naked Music NYC - If I Fall (Kaskade Soulshower Mix)
  • Natalie Bassingthwaighte - Alive (Kaskade Remix)
  • Nicole Scherzinger - Don't Hold Your Breath (Kaskade Remix)
  • Nelly Furtado - All Good Things (Come to an End) (Kaskade Remix) – No. 1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play
  • Noisettes - Never Forget You (Kaskade Mix)
  • Neon Trees - Animal (Kaskade Mix)
  • Outkast - The Way You Move (Kaskade Mix)
  • Paul van Dyk - Home (Kaskade Remix)
  • Paris Hilton - Nothing in This World (Kaskade Remix) – No. 12 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play
  • Peyton - I'll Rise (Kaskade Remix)
  • Plumb - In My Arms (Kaskade Extended Remix)
  • Pussycat Dolls - Don't Cha (Kaskade Remix) – No. 1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play.
  • Rasmus Faber - Are You Ready (Kaskade Remix)
  • R3hab & Swanky Tunes - Sending My Love (Kaskade Remix)
  • Rithma - Builder (Kaskade Let's Make Out Mix)
  • Rithma - Love & Music (Kaskade Remix)
  • Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend (Kaskade Remix)
  • Roomsa featuring Lady Sarah - This Girl (Kaskade Remix)
  • Rufus Wainwright - Go Or Go Ahead (Kaskade Mix)
  • Samantha James - Waves of Change (Kaskade Extended Remix)
  • Skrillex - Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (Kaskade Remix)
  • Seal - Amazing (Kaskade Remix) – No. 1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play (two weeks)
  • The Sellars - Fair Game (Kaskade Remix)
  • Skylar Grey - Invisible (Kaskade Remix)
  • Skylar Grey - I Know You (Kaskade Remix)
  • Sultan & Ned Shepard featuring Nadia Ali - Call My Name (Kaskade Club Mix)
  • Summer Of Space - Hearts Reaction (Kaskade Electro Rubb)
  • Summer Of Space - With You (Kaskade Does Rock Mix)
  • Terri Walker - Guess You Didn't Love Me (Kaskade Remix)
  • Timbaland - Morning After Dark (Kaskade Extended Mix)
  • truth® - Smaller Babies (Kaskade Remix)
  • Usher - Climax (Kaskade Remix)
  • West Magnetic - Give It Up For Free (Kaskade's Vision Mix)
  • The World's Most Beautiful - I'm A Lot Like You (Kaskade's Vocal Mix)
  • Zedd - Shave It (Kaskade Remix)
  • Zip Zip Through The Night - Beestung (Kaskade's Grand Mix)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient / Nominated work Award Result
2013 Fire & Ice Best Dance/Electronica Album Nominated
2014 Atmosphere Nominated
"Atmosphere" Best Dance Recording Nominated
2015 "Smile (Kaskade Edit)" Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical Nominated

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "DJ Mag's Top 100 DJ's". DJ Magazine. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "DJ Times Blog". Djtimes.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  4. ^ "Kaskade Takes America’s Best DJ 2013 - America's Best DJ". Djtimes.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
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  6. ^ "Premium Blend". Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Family feud: Kaskade and his ZEFR-founding bro take different stances on copyright law". PandoDaily. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Kaskade Bio, Music, News & Shows". DJZ.com. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ Scott Iwasaki (April 3, 2009). "Night-club DJ is proud of Utah ties". DeseretNews.com. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
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  11. ^ "Om Records: Kaskade". om-records.com. Retrieved January 7, 2008. 
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  13. ^ "KASKADE LOVE MYSTERIOUS ALBUM". Sing365.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  14. ^ "Billboard.com - Current Hot Dance Airplay". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  15. ^ "KaskadeDynasty". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  16. ^ "Kaskade – Live @ Ultra Music Festival 2012 – 25.03.2012". 
  17. ^ "Review: Kaskade at Coachella Valley Music Festival - Blog - EDM Lounge | Electronic Dance Music, News, and Reviews". EDM Lounge. 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  18. ^ "Electric Daisy Carnival 2012 Phase 1 Lineup Released! - Blog - EDM Lounge | Electronic Dance Music, News, and Reviews". EDM Lounge. 2012-04-08. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  19. ^ "Kaskade's Freaks of Nature - Tour - Summer 2012". Freaksofnaturetour.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  20. ^ Zack O'Malley Greenburg. "No. 8: Kaskade $17 million - In Photos: The World’s Highest-Paid DJs 2014". Forbes. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  21. ^ Julie Kasperson. "Q&A with Encore Beach Club's resident Kaskade - Las Vegas Sun News". Lasvegassun.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  22. ^ [1][dead link]
  23. ^ a b c "How Ryan Raddon Became the $200,000-a-Night D.J. Known as Kaskade". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  24. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/10/fashion/a-200000-a-night-dj-known-as-kaskade-is-really-ryan-raddon-a-mormon.html?_r=0
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  27. ^ Stevo. "Kaskade Drops New Track at Coachella, Listen To His Set". EDM Sauce. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Kaskade Drops Brand New Track At Coachella, Features His Own Vocals". We Got This Covered. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Kaskade LIVE from San Diego - It's You It's Me Redux May 3, 2013 by Kaskade on SoundCloud - Hear the world’s sounds". Soundcloud.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  30. ^ "Kaskade Atmosphere Live at The Shrine (Saturday October 19, 2013) by Kaskade on SoundCloud - Hear the world’s sounds". Soundcloud.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 

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