Kaskade in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2012.
|Birth name||Ryan Raddon|
|Born||February 25, 1971|
|Origin||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Genres||House, progressive house, electro house, deep house|
|Occupation(s)||Disc jockey, record producer, remixer|
|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|
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. DJ Times polls voted Kaskade "America's Best DJ 2011" and "America's Best DJ 2013".
Kaskade was born in Chicago. He grew up in nearby Northbrook and attended Glenbrook North High School. He is the brother of Rich Raddon, an entrepreneur and film producer. He attended Brigham Young University in Provo, UT from 1989 to 1990 working on his DJ skills in his dorm room. At age 19, Raddon served a two-year full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Japan. 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.
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.
Kaskade released his first single "What I Say" on the label in 2001. 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. The fourth single to be released from the album, "Everything," reached No. 1 on Billboard Magazine's Hot Dance Club Play.
Kaskade's fourth solo album Love Mysterious was released in September 2006. The first single from the album, "Be Still", reached No. 4 on Billboard Magazine's Hot Dance Club Play. 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.
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. 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 April 2012, Kaskade took to Indio, California to headline opposite Radiohead two weekends at Coachella Valley Music Festival. In June 2012, the American House producer was one of the headlining acts at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Nevada. That same month, he started the "Freaks of Nature" summer tour in support of his released album Fire & Ice.
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. Atmosphere differs from his previous albums due to its melodic focus and addition of Mormon-centric lyrics. This combination has been increasingly referred to colloquially as 'mormonic'.
In 2014, Kaskade was listed as the No. 8 highest paid DJ in the world according to Forbes, earning $17 million.
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".
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."
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.
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. 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. Concentrating on his DJing skills, Kaskade started to experiment and develop his own sound.
Throughout the years of his success, Ryan and Naomi have maintained their relationship. Currently, they are married and together have three daughters.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|It's You, It's Me||—||—||—||—||—|
|In the Moment||
|Here & Now[a]||
|Fire & Ice||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
Singles and EPs
- "What I Say" (2001)
- "Gonna Make It" (2001)
- "I Feel Like" (2002)
- "It's You, It's Me" (2003)
- "True" (2004)
- "Keep On" (2004)
- "Steppin' Out" (2004)
- "Soundtrack to the Soul" (2004)
- "The Gift" (2004)
- "To Do" (2004)
- "Sweet Love" (2004)
- "Everything" (2005)
- "Safe" (2005)
- "Be Still" (2006)
- "Stars Align" (2006)
- "In This Life" (2007)
- "Sorry" (2007)
- "Sometimes" (2007)
- For the DJ's (Extended Edits E.P.) (2007)
- "4 AM" (2008)
- "Move for Me" (with deadmau5) (2008)
- "I Remember" (with deadmau5) (2008)
- "Angel on My Shoulder" (with Tamra) (2008)
- "Step One Two" (2008)
- "So Far Away" (with Seamus Haji and Haley) (2009)
- "Dynasty" (featuring Haley) (2010)
- "Fire in Your New Shoes" (featuring Martina from Dragonette) (2010)
- "Don't Stop Dancing" (with EDX featuring Haley) (2010)
- "Raining" (with Adam K featuring Sunsun) (2010)
- "Only You" (with Tiësto featuring Haley) (2011)
- "All You" (2011)
- "All That You Give" (with Mindy Gledhill) (2011)
- "Call Out" (with Mindy Gledhill) (2011)
- "Eyes" (featuring Mindy Gledhill) (2011)
- "Turn It Down" (with Rebecca & Fiona) (2011)
- "Room for Happiness" (featuring Skylar Grey) (2012)
- "All You" (The Cataracs featuring Waka Flocka Flame and Kaskade) (2012)
- "Lick It" (with Skrillex) (2012)
- "Lessons in Love" (featuring Neon Trees) (2012)
- "Lessons in Love (All Day, All Night)" (with Neon Trees) (2012)
- "Llove" (featuring Haley) (2012)
- "No One Knows Who We Are" (with Swanky Tunes featuring Lights) (2012)
- "Atmosphere" (2013)
- "Last Chance" (with Project 46) (2013)
- "Ain't Gotta Lie" (featuring deCarl) (2014)
- Redux EP (2014)
- "Summer Nights" (with The Brocks) (2014)
- "A Little More" (with John Dahlback featuring Sansa) (2014)
- "Never Sleep Alone" (featuring Tess Comrie) (2015)
- "Mercy" (with Galantis)
- "We Don't Stop" 
- 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)
- Atmosphere: Live at The Shrine (2013)
- All That Disaster - VS. Laidback Luke
- All You Joyenergizer - VS. Sander Van Doorn
- All You Paris - VS. David Guetta
- Angel on My MIAO Punk - VS. Thomas Gold & Ferry Corsten
- Angel on My Shoulder Reaver 76 - VS. Tiësto, Hardwell, EDX & Marco V.
- Angel on My Stronger - (Freaks of Nature Mashup) VS. Kelly Clarkson & Nicky Romero
- Be Still Avon - VS. Paris & Simo
- Be Still And Show Me Love - (DBN Mix) VS. Robin S.
- Be Still Big Bang - VS. Franz Novotny
- Be Still Ladi Dadi - (Freaks of Nature Mashup) VS. Steve Aoki & Tommy Trash
- Call Out Epic - VS. Sandro Silva & Quintino
- Chasing How It Is - VS. Tiesto, R3hab & Quintino
- Coming Home at 4 AM - VS. Diddy-Dirty Money ft. Skylar Grey
- Don't Stop Hells Bells - VS. Albin Myers
- Don't Stop Kissing - VS. Alex Gaudino
- Don't Stop Jumangee (Kaskade's Atmosphere Mash up) VS. Wayne & Woods & Henrix
- Dynasty Noise - VS. Dada Life
- Empty Streets Cascade - VS. Tommy Trash
- Empty Streets Solar End - VS. Nicky Romero & Tommy Trash
- Everything Artefact (Kaskade's Atmosphere Mash Up) VS. Florian Picasso
- Eyes Reloaded - VS. Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash
- Eyes Wherever You Go - VS. Swanky Tunes
- Falling in Love With Brazil - Haley VS. Deadmau5
- Fire in Your New Antidote - VS. Swedish House Mafia & Knife Party
- Fire in Your New Rage - VS. Deniz Koyu
- Hit it/No One Know Who We Are - VS. Deorro
- How Long Allein - (Freaks of Nature Mashup) VS. Eric Prydz
- I'll Never Dream I'm in Love - VS. Alex Gaudino
- Invisible 5 AM - Skylar Grey VS. Carl Louis & Martin Danielle & Thomas Sagstad
- It's You It's Hertz - VS. Deniz Koyu
- Lessons in Love - (Kaskade & Ken Loi Mashup) VS. Headhunterz & Promised Land
- Lessons Up In This - VS. Julian Jordan
- Louder Than Empty Streets - (Kaskade & Digital LAB Mash Up) VS. Afrojack & David Guetta
- Move For First Aid - VS. Michael Woods
- Move For Me The Legend - VS. Swanky Tunes & Matisse & Sadko
- Nufunk I'm Someone Else - (Deadmau5 Mix) VS. NuBreed
- Only You Flash - (Nicky Romero Mix) & Tiësto VS. Green Velvet
- Only You Tundra - VS. Paris & Simo, Merk & Kremont
- Please Say Quick Quack - VS. Patric la Funk & DBN
- Quasar 4 AM - VS. Hard Rock Sofa
- Room For Noise (Kaskade's EDC Chicago Mash Up) VS. Tiësto, Swanky Tunes & Dyro
- Something Something Champs - (Kaskade & ZZTTN) VS. Moguai
- Sorry Bom - VS. Avicii
- Sorry Monday - VS. Steve Angello
- Stars Align Tomorrow - (Digital LAB & Pedro Henrique DUB) VS. Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Dada Life
- Stars Align Tomorrow - VS. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike & Dada Life
- Stars Troll - VS. Qulinez
- Step One For Redemption - VS. BDN & Menck
- Step One Two The Day Before - (Kaskade Remash) VS. Tommy Trash (feat. Location Location)
- Steppin' Out On Melancholy Hill (AN21 & Max Vangeli Mix) - VS. Gorillaz
- Steppin' Out Undertaker - VS. Wolfgang Gartner
- Summer Nights Bang Bang (Kaskade & The Brocks) - VS. Dada Life
- THIS Room For Happiness - VS. Sander van Doorn & Oliver Heldens
- Turn It Down Animals - VS. Martin Garrix
- Turn It Down Flashlight Bring the Voice - VS. R3hab, Deorro & Cobra Effects
- Turn It Down Toulouse - VS. Nicky Romero
- 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)
- 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
|Year||Recipient / Nominated work||Award||Result|
|2013||Fire & Ice||Best Dance/Electronica Album||Nominated|
|"Atmosphere"||Best Dance Recording||Nominated|
|2015||"Smile (Kaskade Edit)"||Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical||Nominated|
- Om Records
- List of number-one dance hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart
- List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. dance airplay chart
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