"I Remember"

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When Ultra hit me up with the idea of putting out a “Best Of/Greatest Hits” compilation, I laughed. I feel like I am JUST NOW hitting my stride as a songwriter and producer. In 2005 I had a similar reaction when Om Records prepared to do the same with the compilation “Here & Now”. I understand that this is what labels do: create compilations to recycle and re-purpose material they own. Salvage and re-salvage, it’s so very eco, very green, very now. But I’m still not quite ready to say this is it. This the the Best and Greatest. 

To help wrap my head around the concept, I looked at  the idea as more of a snapshot of transitions made by me as an artist over the past five albums. There are so many stories in each of these songs, so many memories. And suddenly the title, “I Remember” made sense, and the collection as a starting point for people who have just discovered me seemed cool. It’s a story. I can dig that.

Every song on “I Remember” is a piece of work I’m extremely proud of. It’s not a “Best Of”, but it is a good initiation into my world. I even dare to dream that if someone discovers this album and enjoys it, they’ll dig deeper into my catalog, and find some of the quieter moments that aren’t as obvious. Tracks that make those albums, and me as an artist - truly unique.

Go deeper. There’s more to be heard.

Now, for all who cannot be bothered to read words in paragraph form (I’m not judging, I’m one of you), here’s the quick and dirty FAQ:

Q: Uh, I think I’ve heard all these songs before.

A: YES, “I Remember” is a compilation of singles I’ve released over the past six years. These songs are sort of the touchstones from each album that I’ve put out with Ultra.

Q: So why a “Greatest Hits” thing now? Are you done making music?

A: Shut yo’ mouth! Never!! This is what labels do when their artists either die or leave the label. Ultra has cultivated a collection of fan-favorites and put them together on this release. 

Q: Ok, I’d like to get some of this. It’s quite lovely to have some of my favorite tracks by you in one neat and tidy package. How and when can I get my hands on it?

A: Digital download is available July 22, 2014 on iTunes. Pre-orders of CD’s available on Amazon now, here. 

Q: Why didn’t you put “(insert name of track not included)”

A: Ah, the arduous process of choosing your favorite children is both chilling and cruel. What it came down to was what songs were actually most popular with the fans. These may or may not reflect my own favorites. I agree with you that “(insert name of track not included)” should have been  on it, and I fought like a champ for it. Down with the man!! 

Q: But seriously, Ryan. Why pant cuffs with flip flops? 

A: It’s either that or get my hair highlighted. You do the math. 

Track list for I Remember includes:

1. I REMEMBER (STROBELITE MIX)

KASKADE, DEADMAU5

2. ATMOSPHERE

KASKADE

3. ANGEL ON MY SHOULDER

KASKADE, FT. TAMRA KEENAN

4. TURN IT DOWN

KASKADE, FT. REBECCA & FIONA

5. STARS ALIGN

KASKADE

6. EYES

KASKADE,FT. MINDY GLEDHILL

7. MOVE FOR ME

KASKADE, DEADMAU5

8. LESSONS IN LOVE

KASKADE, FT. NEON TREES

9. BE STILL

KASKADE

10. NO ONE KNOWS WHO WE ARE

KASKADE,SWANKY TUNES, FT. LIGHTS

11. DYNASTY

KASKADE, FT. HALEY

12. RAINING

KASKADE, ADAM K. FT. SUNSUN

13. FIRE IN YOUR NEW SHOES

KASKADE, FT. DRAGONETTE

14. LAST CHANCE

KASKADE, PROJECT 46

15. 4AM

KASKADE

16. ROOM FOR HAPPINESS (ICE MIX)

KASKADE, FT. SKYLAR GREY

17. I’LL NEVER DREAM I’M IN LOVE

KASKADE, ALEX GUADINO

18. *SOMETHING SOMETHING CHAMPS (RADIO EDIT)

KASKADE, MOGUAI FEATURING ZIP ZIP THROUGH THE NIGHT

19. *RAGE IN YOUR NEW SHOES

KASKADE, DENIZ KOYU FT. DRAGONETTE

*Tracks only available on digital download

Something Something Champs Release

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Purchase Kaskade & Moguai featuring Zip Zip Through The Night “Something Something Champs”: Smarturl.it/SomeChamp

Free the Music and the Creativity Will Flow

It’s funny that we live in an age where I have to define what “Free” means. But that’s real. People don’t really know how to receive things for free anymore. It needs to be free with a disclaimer, a release, a license or a clause with renunciations of all kinds. Not only that, people assume that there’s an angle with free things. Is it free because it’s part of a contest? Free is possibly the least free thing in the world. It’s tangled up in confusion.

A few weeks ago, I released stems from my song “Ain’t Gotta Lie”. (Stems are the different parts of the song: vocals, drums, bass etc. A person can take these parts and use them in their own music.) For free. Free as in free puppies. Pick them up, take care of them, enjoy them. It’s yours now. 

Billboard then published an Op-Ed piece by Steve Martocci which raised some good questions. Free in what way? Read the article here, but essentially he posed the question: are they free as in “no cost” but with restrictions, or are the stems really out there to be taken? Am I going to come after people later on and say that’s mine? WHAT DID FREE MEAN?

The short simple answer is: Free means free as a bird. Fly, little stems, be free. Go make beautiful music without me. Free is really free. 

What it comes down to for me is the question: what makes a song? That’s a complicated beast. You probably won’t find the same answer from any two musicians. My answer is: a song is made of lyric and melody. Everything else is a variable. Those are its identity, its soul, its name. So if a person takes my melody and deCarl’s voice then just adds a new beat or baseline, that’s all well and good but that song does not belong to them alone. It’s a remix. And they need to credit that. However, if they take a drum loop, or a vocal snippet, rearranged with their own ideas and add the rest, that’s an original piece of work. This is how it is now. I hear records all the time that sample me…a kick drum here or a baseline there, I’m not mad. Congratulations on making music!

I trust that with these stems out there, people are not going to simply mimic my version of “Ain’t Gotta Lie”. They can make siblings but not clones. Truthfully, what are they going to do with a clone? What’s the point? Who is going to even give them any shine on that? BUT. What if they have the stems, then come up with a great idea?

A crowd-sourced mash up that bangs happens. That’s what.

There’s a guy named Ted Keyes who follows me on Twitter. I’ve never met him, never spoken to him. But Ted picked up the “Ain’t Gotta Lie” stems, and came up with a solid idea on how to use them. He put it together, then asked me over Twitter to check it out. I liked his idea, but it wasn’t entirely flushed out. The track he had laid the vocal over had some other bits in it, they conflicted. The other track he was using was by Hard Rock Sofa called “Get Down”. One of the perks of being me is that I can go ahead and reach out to Hard Rock Sofa and ask them for the instrumental. Which is what I did, and they said yes.

Once I had that, I could mess with the vocal/pitch to make it fit in perfectly. I spent some time getting it right, and now? It’s here. I’m going to use this mashup in shows, I’m confident that people will dig it. The gorgeous thing here is that all of this came from releasing the stems. For free. Ted had an idea and I was able to help him execute it. Ted gets credit in this new version.

Here it is, the crux of what people have a tough time understanding. Free the music. Yup, the cash will follow but more importantly: the creativity will flow. 

brb…Deleting SoundCloud.

Recently when I posted on Twitter about Soundcloud pulling 70% of the content I had housed on their site, I wasn’t expecting the resonance to go so wide. There was outrage from fans, there was commiseration from artist friends, feeling the same frustration I do. There was my ex-label, tweeting apologies and promising to help. All the usual suspects started writing on their blogs about it. Some publications sympathized with my “Down with the man” war-cry, others more or less said, “Suck it up, buttercup.”

Here’s the thing. I’m not in the right here. I’m definitely, without question, black-and-white in the wrong.

That’s not to say I am wrong, though.

When I signed with Ultra, I kissed goodbye forever the rights to own my music. They own it. And now Sony owns them. So now Sony owns my music. I knew that going in. Soundcloud is beholden to labels to keep copyright protected music (read: all music put out by a label, any label) off their site unless authorized by the label. Am I authorized to post my music? Yep. Does their soulless robot program know that? Not so much. So some stuff they pulled was mistakenly deleted, but some tracks were absolutely rule breakers. The mash ups. (Read about those little beauties in “Politicking of a Mash Up”.) I post mash ups mainly because I don’t need to keep these things tucked under my pillow, pulling out my little Precious only to be played at gigs. You want to hear it? Grab it. Like it? Great. The end.

But the labels, they aren’t feeling this approach so much. 

There’s always been this cagey group of old men who are scared to death of people taking their money. Back in the day, they were upset that the technology existed to record onto cassette tapes directly from the radio. “What! (Harumph!) Why will people buy music if they can just pull it out of the air?!” Yet, people still bought music. Because it was more accessible. Because more people were exposed. Because Mikey played it for Joey on the corner and then Joey had to have it. It’s music, and we buy what we love. We can’t love music we haven’t heard.

Innovation helps the music industry. The industry only needs to make the effort to keep up and adapt. Make no mistake: exposing as many people as possible to music - all music - is a good thing. Everyone wins. The artist, the audience, even the old guys who just want some more cash.

The laws that are governing online music share sites were written at a time when our online and real-life landscapes were totally different. Our marching orders are coming from a place that’s completely out of touch and irrelevant. They have these legal legs to stand on that empower them to make life kind of a pain-in-the-ass for people like me. And for many of you. Countless artists have launched their careers though mash ups, bootlegs, remixes and music sharing. These laws and page take-downs are cutting us down at the knees.

And yo, musicians definitely need knees. 

We have moved beyond the exhausting notion that our greedy hands need to hold onto these tunes so tightly. The world just doesn’t work like that anymore. I’d happily parse out the pieces of every song I’ve made for others to use. Remix that. Use that. Think you could do it better? Show me. It’s laughable to assert that someone is losing money owed to them because I’m promoting music that I’ve written and recorded. Having the means to expose music to the masses is a deft tool to breathe new life into and promote a song. It’s the most compelling advertising, really. 

But it’s more than advertising. It’s sharing. If a person likes one song, then you know what’s likely to happen? They’ll press the download arrow and own it for free. You won’t believe what happens next! They become familiar with the artist, and seek out other material. Maybe they buy that. Maybe they talk about it online. Maybe they go to a show. Maybe they simply become a fan and tell a friend. 

I’m cool with that. The labels should be too. It’s exactly what they’re trying to accomplish by funneling endless money for Facebook Likes, Twitter trending hashtags, and totally ridiculous impotent advertising campaigns. Let the people have the music. Or, to put it in language that makes more sense for the ones who can only speak dollar bill - Free the music, and your cash will follow. 

The Kids Are Alright

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Redux. Twelve intimate shows where I would work to pull everyone on a journey into the past in some dark room with deep swirls of music. This was the concept. In my mind, before it all happened, the clubs would be filled with the heads that supported me early in my career. The friends and family who had been there for the entire ride.

But the reality was different; the old school was accompanied by an audience that was young and vibrant. It was diverse. The new kids showed up. Shoulder-to-shoulder with each other, the old and the new. And yes, some of the new guys showed up with glowsticks and invited the wrath of the Guardians of Redux.

"They are not real fans." 

"They don’t know the music."

True, some of the newer kids looked a little puzzled, waiting for something to kick in that would not be kicking on that Redux night. But for the most part, they were all singing along to the old jams like “Stepping out” and “Everything”, as much as “Last Chance” and “Atmosphere”. 

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It’s the oldest pattern in the book. You’ve put your time in, and when the young ones want to be part of it, they’re not let in easily. There’s a velvet rope they have to negotiate. They’re told they’re doing it wrong, they don’t have the respect, they are ruining it. They’re always told they don’t get it. They couldn’t possibly because they haven’t been there from the start.

But what I see is that they’re not doing it wrong, they’re just doing it differently. The audience just arriving to this music is feeling our influence and sure, there are some weirdos. But listen. I just traveled to major metropolitan areas as well as some more rural places, and played a bunch of Redux shows for these guys. 

The kids are alright. 

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At each Redux show, the new fuzzy-boot-wearing kid got down just as hard as the Brooklyn-style hipster and that’s a beautiful thing. Music brought them together. From my vantage point, the smiles and bobbing heads look equally passionate, regardless of how many years they’ve put in.

I get a lot of satisfaction going to these small clubs (and nearly passing out from dehydration). I love being in it. You see me dancing, moving and feeling it. It’s not an act. I could not phone that in, night after night if it wasn’t the truth. When everyone gets on the same page and we all get there together, I honestly do not care if it’s your first night or one-hundreth show. When it’s on, when it’s working? Magic.

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Redux 2014 is done. No gimmicks, just good music and some space and time to pay respect to how we used to do it. There were bumps along the way. Scalpers, some dodgy sound systems, a few overly aggressive fans. But for the most part, the cross-section of people who showed up were my dream scenario.

This music is at its core about diversity and acceptance. Not haughty tolerance and judgement. The message has always been about love and all the things that peel off from that. We can sustain an infinite amount of people. Music will not wear out, it does not decay. Nobody has to earn their way in, and if Redux does it for you? Come on in, and welcome to the deep end.

Redux: Live in SF

 

 TRACKLIST:

  1. Kaskade & Andy Caldwell – Everything (Kaskade’s Big Room Mix)
  2. Kaskade – Steppin’ Out
  3. Kaskade – Sweet Love (2014 Redux)
  4. Kaskade & Wild Children – Catalyst
  5. Shiba San – Okay
  6. Kiesza – Hideaway (Gorgon City Mix)
  7. Kaskade vs. Pleasurekraft – Move Sinister Strings (Kaskade’s Redux 2014 Mash)
  8. Kaskade vs. Don Diablo & CID – Last Chance Got Me Thinkin’ (Kaskade’s 2014 Blue Balls Redux Mash)
  9. Guess What – Understand This
  10. Kaskade vs. Chocolate Puma – Brighter Day Dub Of Boom (Kaskade 2014 Redux Mash)
  11. Kaskade (feat. deCarl) – Ain’t Gotta Lie
  12. Kaskade – Angel On My Shoulder
  13. Galantis – Smile (Bart B More Mix)
  14. Coyu – Get Some Sleep (J Paul Gettos Mix)
  15. Eelke Kleijn – Stand Up
  16. Kaskade & Adam K – Raining (Late Night Alumni Mix)
  17. Kaskade vs. Julian Jeweil – Air Conditionne Eyes (Kaskade’s 2013 Redux Mash)
  18. Hot Since 82 – Planes & Trains (Dosem Mix)
  19. Joachim Garraud – The Computer (Kaskade Mix)
  20. Kaskade vs. Hosse - Please Say You Will Keep The Fire Burning (Kaskade’s 2014 Redux Mash)
  21. Jochen Simms - You’re Not Alone (Manuel De La Mare Vs Will Gold Remix)
  22. Kaskade vs. Claude Von Stroke – Don’t Stop Vocal Chords (Kaskade’s 2014 Redux Mash)
  23. Kaskade – Atmosphere (Redux Mix)
  24. Kaskade vs. Midland – All That You Give Realtime (Kaskade’s 2014 Redux Mash)
  25. Kaskade – It’s You, It’s Me
  26. Kaskade – SFO to ORD
  27. Kaskade – 4AM
Sex, Drugs + No Musical Merit

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Recently a reporter asked me how it felt to be returning to the original ground of Woodstock for Mysteryland festival.  It caught me off guard a bit and I had to take a moment to think about it.

Electronic Music is having a moment. And we are living in it.

THIS is why it’s so exciting to be headed to Bethel, New York to be headlining Mysteryland at Woodstock in May. The timing could not be more appropriate. Woodstock is part of everyone’s vocabulary. I’m convinced children are just born with the image of Jimi Hendrix’s guitar on fire seared into their brains. We all know the stories and the iconic musicians who changed Rock Music over those storied three days in 1969.

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During the original Woodstock, Rock was still cutting its teeth on Pop Culture. Like Electronic Music now, it was mired in tales of rampant drug use and accused of having little musical merit. It terrified the Moral Authority, with its sexuality and racial mixing. And music critics went crazy describing the act of plugging in an electric guitar as simple and crude, a violation of the heritage of the past.

Now Electronic Music is poised to be able to mirror what our predecessors did.  This summer more than 500,000 people will attend EDC over 3 days in Las Vegas.  Our goal isn’t to violate taboos, for the sake of shock value, but to push things forward.

The parallels between where we are now and what was happening back in the late 60’s can’t be ignored. At a time when the fusion of technology and artistry are absorbed into our everyday lives, it’s stupefying that comments still exist from people like The Arcade Fire, who should actually know better (“Shout out to all the bands still playing actual instruments at this festival,”) And an entire article could be written on the irony – or is it just plain stupidity – of the video Rolling Stone embarrassingly made called “Rocker vs. DJ” with the choice quote: “[DJ’s are] low quality mp3 pushers. Third-class whores ready to give it away to the first bidder. No audience will ever chant your name, or know your songs by heart, because you are anonymity.” (Clearly Rolling Stone wasn’t one of the two-million viewers that watched my Ultra set on YouTube. There was an audience. They were chanting my name. They knew my songs by heart. But perhaps I’m not the Third-class whore they’re talking about? More First-class? I dare to dream big.)

The Arcade Fire and Rolling Stone Magazine have replaced the Moral Authority of the 60’s. Ohhhhhh the irony… these are interesting days.

The honor is mine. To be involved with pushing music forward, changing the conversations about it and setting fire to arguments that it’s not “real” music, in the shadow of The Who and Sly & the Family Stone is hugely inspiring. There was a cultural shift with the original Woodstock. People figured out that Janis Joplin was more than a singer. Santana is more than a guitarist. There’s more to Electronic Music than guys pressing play on their iPods, repetitive beats and ravers wearing fuzzy boots. This is the right moment and the proper real estate to bring this truth to the forefront. I look forward to being part of this new history and bringing my sound along for the ride. Our time is now.

Redux 2014

A year ago, I commemorated the ten-year anniversary of my album, “It’s You, It’s Me” by dreaming big of a stripped-down possibility called Redux. The inspiration for Redux was simplicity. My intention: to play small clubs, and for all who participated to be taken back a decade, when it was all about the music. When the term “House Music” meant something pure. I wanted to touch base with my foundation, and do it in a way that was intimate.

Redux has graduated from being an intention to describing a revolution where our coup d’état is a reversal of time. Redux is an observance of massive sound but restrained lights, married with hedonic amounts of deep and emotive house. When you close your eyes, you’re not missing anything; you’re doing it right. Redux will not be experienced by tens of thousands, but rather, hundreds. You know, like the way we used to do it.

TICKETS + LOCATIONS

http://reduxtour.com/

Our Moments in 2013

2013 has been a party. There’s no list, narrative or image that can neatly wrap it up. But it has to be remembered. So instead of me fumbling around describing my memories, I’ve collected yours, here. The following is a timeline of tweets from you from 2013, punctuated by media from me. Here’s how we threw it down. 

1. RECORDING VOCALS FOR ATMOSPHERE

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2. THE LA TIMES ARTICLE ON EDM

"No One Knows Who We Are" - A response by Kaskade to the LA Times.

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3. GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR FIRE & ICE

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4. DEBUT OF “ATMOSPHERE” THE SINGLE

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5. REDUX

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6. PARADISO

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7. SUMMER LOVIN

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8. INDIA

9. ATMOSPHERE TOUR

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10. YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL REMIX

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11. AUSTIN CITY LIMITS

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12. TWO GRAMMY NOMINATIONS FOR ATMOSPHERE

Family. Friends. Freaks.

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I feel gratitude every day for all the ways life gives me what I need. Family. Friends. Freaks. The holiday season reminds me to put these things in the front of my mind. To be charitable. To be introspective. To give a little more.

Clearly all this contemplation needs a soundtrack. 

But holiday soundtracks can get really bad, really quickly when left to chance. To that end, I’ve wrapped up some Holiday tunes for you. These are songs I’ve created over the years. Some original, some remixes of legends you may recognize. All work that I’m proud of, and hope you’ll enjoy. They’re not all about Christmas, but speak to the spirit of the season. So even if you’re bah-humbugging your way through December you can still sneak a candycane and enjoy the merry feels for a bit.

A live, unedited, uncut recording of the Atmosphere show at The Shrine in Los Angeles California Saturday October 19, 2013. You can also watch it at: YouTube.com/kaskade

SET LIST:
01. Kaskade – Floating
02. Kaskade – Atmosphere [live]
03. Kaskade – Feeling The Night (Extended)
04. Kaskade & Deadmau5 vs. Thomas Sagstad & Benjamind – Move For Me Jaguar (Kaskade’s Atmosphere Mash Up)
05. Kaskade vs. Hook N Sling – Celebrate Sorry (Kaskade’s Atmosphere Mash Up)
06. Kaskade vs. Deniz Koyu – Fire In Your New Rage (Kaskade’s Atmosphere Mash Up)
07. Kaskade vs. Paris & Simo – Be Still Avon (Kaskade’s Atmosphere Mash Up)
08. Kaskade & Late Night Alumni – Why Ask Why (Digital LAB & MITS Remix)
09. Kaskade & Swanky Tunes (feat. Lights) – No One Knows Who We Are [live]
10. Kaskade & Adam K (feat Sunsun) – Raining
11. Kaskade (Feat. Tamra Keenan) – Angel On My Shoulder
12. Kaskade – It’s You, It’s Me
13. Kaskade vs. Pryda – Sometimes Power Drive (Kaskade’s Atmosphere Mash Up)
14. Kaskade vs. Tiesto, Swanky Tunes & Dyro – Room For Noise [live] (Kaskade’s EDC Chicago Mash Up)
15. Late Night Alumni – Every Breath Is Like A Heartbeat (Myon & Shane 54 Mix)
16. Kaskade & Project 46 – Last Chance (Extended)
17. Kaskade & Project 46 – Last Chance (Clockwork Remix)
18. Kaskade vs. Bingo Players & Ken Loi – Missing You Out Of My Mind (Kaskade’s Outside Lands Mash Up)
19. Kaskade & Zip Zip Through The Night vs. Moguai – Something Something Champs (Kaskade’s Atmosphere Mash Up)
20. Kaskade vs. Wayne & Woods & Henrix – Don’t Stop Jumangee (Kaskade’s Atmosphere Mash Up)
21. Kaskade vs. Florian Picasso - Everything Artefact (Kaskade’s Atmosphere Mash Up)
22. Lana Del Rey – Young And Beautiful (Kaskade Remix)
23. Kaskade vs. Hard Rock Sofa, Mor Avrahami & Elkana Paz – 4AM 2ME (Kaskade’s Atmosphere Mash Up)
24. Kaskade & Tiesto vs. Paris & Simo – Only You Tundra (Kaskade’s Atmosphere Mash Up)
25. Kaskade vs. Qulinez – Stars Troll
26. Kaskade vs. Tiesto, R3hab & Quintino – Chasing How It Is (Kaskade’s UMF Mash Up)
27. Kaskade vs. Arty & Audien – Together We Are Dynasty (Kaskade’s Paradiso Mash Up)
28. Kaskade – Eyes (Extended)
29. Kaskade – Eyes (Swanky Tunes Remix)
30. Deadmau5 & Kaskade – I Remember (Strobelite Edit)
31. Kaskade vs. Martin Garrix – Turn It Down Animals (Kaskade’s Paradiso Mash Up)

ATMOSPHERE: LIVE

We are the Twitter-trained, status-update ready, Instagram cosmopolite. If you are anything like me, I’m guessing you can listen to music for hours, but not have the same stamina for watching a screen. I get it. So I’ve adapted how I want to present my audio and visual souvenir of our time together in the Atmosphere. 

Today on Soundcloud I’m releasing my live set from the Atmosphere show in Los Angeles on October 19, 2013 at The Shrine. It is uncut and unedited. From start to finish you can hear what went down, including those moments when my audience’s collective voice rivals the massive sound system.

I like it loud. I like you loud. 

There were multiple cameras at every show, some in your face and others behind the scenes. We caught you posing for the camera and listening to the music speak. Every show had stand out moments that couldn’t be touched. We captured them. American Airlines Arena in Miami, Barclays Center in New York, Navy Pier in Chicago and The Shrine in Los Angeles, you guys brought it. There were over 50 thousand people collectively that experienced this show, and probably several million ways we could have put this story together. But here’s how it will go.

I’m cutting the video up into six parts that will be released over the next few weeks. There is footage from all of the shows in each video. But the soundtrack for each video is a portion of the set I released today on Soundcloud. If you were there, at any show, you will recognize your night.

This is my “Thank you” to the people who made it work. My audience: the ones who showed up as well as the ones who couldn’t make it. These nights changed my life and these are my scrapbooks to look and listen back on this tour, Atmosphere.

ATMOSPHERE: LIVE

01.  Kaskade – Floating

02.  Kaskade – Atmosphere [live]

03.  Kaskade – Feeling The Night (Extended)

04.  Kaskade & Deadmau5 vs. Thomas Sagstad & Benjamind – Move For Me Jaguar (Kaskade’s Atmosphere Mash Up)

05.  Kaskade vs. Hook N Sling – Celebrate Sorry (Kaskade’s Atmosphere Mash Up)

06.  Kaskade vs. Deniz Koyu – Fire In Your New Rage (Kaskade’s Atmosphere Mash Up)

07.  Kaskade vs. Paris & Simo – Be Still Avon (Kaskade’s Atmosphere Mash Up)

08.  Kaskade & Late Night Alumni – Why Ask Why (Digital LAB & MITS Remix)

09.  Kaskade & Swanky Tunes (feat. Lights) – No One Knows Who We Are [live]

10.  Kaskade & Adam K (feat Sunsun) – Raining

11.  Kaskade (Feat. Tamra Keenan) – Angel On My Shoulder

12.  Kaskade – It’s You, It’s Me

13.  Kaskade vs. Pryda – Sometimes Power Drive (Kaskade’s Atmosphere Mash Up)

14.  Kaskade vs. Tiesto, Swanky Tunes & Dyro – Room For Noise [live] (Kaskade’s EDC Chicago Mash Up)

15.  Late Night Alumni – Every Breath Is Like A Heartbeat (Myon & Shane 54 Mix)

16.  Kaskade & Project 46 – Last Chance (Extended)

17.  Kaskade & Project 46 – Last Chance (Clockwork Remix)

18.  Kaskade vs. Bingo Players & Ken Loi – Missing You Out Of My Mind (Kaskade’s Outsidelands Mash Up)

19.  Kaskade & Zip Zip Through The Night vs. Moguai – Something Something Champs (Kaskade’s Atmosphere Mash Up)

20.  Kaskade vs. Wayne & Woods & Henrix – Don’t Stop Jumangee (Kaskade’s Atmosphere Mash Up)

21.  Kaskade vs. Florian Picasso - Everything Artefact (Kaskade’s Atmosphere Mash Up)

22.  Lana Del Rey – Young And Beautiful (Kaskade Remix)

23.  Kaskade vs. Hard Rock Sofa, Mor Avrahami & Elkana Paz – 4AM 2ME (Kaskade’s Atmosphere Mash Up)

24.  Kaskade & Tiesto vs. Paris & Simo – Only You Tundra (Kaskade’s Atmosphere Mash Up)

25.  Kaskade vs. Qulinez – Stars Troll

26.  Kaskade vs. Tiesto, R3hab & Quintino – Chasing How It Is (Kaskade’s UMF Mash Up)

27.  Kaskade vs. Arty & Audien – Together We Are Dynasty (Kaskade’s Paradiso Mash Up)

28.  Kaskade – Eyes (Extended)

29.  Kaskade – Eyes (Swanky Tunes Remix)

30.  Deadmau5 & Kaskade – I Remember (Strobelite Edit)

31.  Kaskade vs. Martin Garrix – Turn It Down Animals (Kaskade’s Paradiso Mash Up)

Here you go!

#KMM

Las Vegas, an Unlikely Hero

Here we are, pushing the last days of summer from the bottom up. I go big in the summer, and always choose carefully where I’ll put my time.

This year I did Vegas. My fiercely protected Summer was promised to a residency at the Marquee. Saturday nights in a club, and Sunday afternoons by the pool. An unprecedented one-two punch. And what an amazing summer it has been. Just rocking. Labor Day weekend will close out this season, and I will be sad to see it go. But Vegas? Really?  

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Las Vegas screams fake everything. He’s got a big mouth and a hot temper, and is just a little self-conscious that he’s only a mirage in the desert. Historically, Las Vegas has been a feeding trough for the overindulgent American and the gaudy world traveler. This is his rep, his street cred born from decades of being fake. 

But that’s yesterday’s Vegas. That’s your Grandmother’s Vegas. What’s happened is this: Vegas has shifted, and has uncovered what’s next. That “next” has just whispered in the ear of your Grandmother’s Ibiza to sit down and take a few notes. 

Las Vegas seems to have accidentally created the most fertile and nurturing home that Electronic Music has seen in the past two decades. Far from his old-time dodgy tricks, the landscapes that Vegas has built for his DJs and their audiences are lush. The clubs have the best, top-of-the-line sound systems. Music sounds better in Vegas. It just does. The light programming is beyond what most places will even dream of a decade from now. The crowds come from everywhere. Not only the nearby states but continents across every ocean. This setting creates a place where a DJ can stretch out and push the boundaries of where they usually go. This setting provides a previously unimaginable training ground for the up-and-comer looking to cut their teeth in style. This setting has been long, slow and steady in it’s coming. But it’s here now. Las Vegas is the DJ’s new hero. 

Here is the truth. America has been owning this culture, scene, sound and community since we breathed life into it  back in Chicago and Detroit. Somewhere along the way, the rest of the world adopted it, and it grew in millions of directions. So now there are names that nobody can agree upon to describe what we’ve done. House, Electronica, EDM, Techno. It doesn’t matter. Call it Fred. I don’t care. What matters is this. America is taking it back and giving it a proper home.

In Las Vegas, the opportunities for this music are endless. As a listener, as a producer, as a DJ. You think Vegas can’t go deep? Think again, princess. Here’s a sample of a live set I played, coming off the apex of a Big Room night. Recorded sometime between 4am - 6am. Close your eyes and press your eyelids with your fingertips until you see colors flashing. You’re almost there.

It’s not lost on me that as recently as six or seven years ago, I wouldn’t even stop in Las Vegas on tours. It wasn’t the scene I was looking for. It was full of Rat-Pack ghosts and Tiger shows. The entertainment was an extension of the crude billboard of a town. Flimsy, in-your-face, and big.

But things are different now, and you should tell a friend. While all the usual suspects  are scrambling to catch up, we’ve had a pool party happening over here. And in true Vegas fashion, everyone who should see and needs to be seen, has been diving in and gotten wet.

*TRACKLISTING

01.    Two Door Cinema Club – Handshake (Amtrac Mix)
02.    Francesco Rossi - Paper Aeroplane
03.    Mark Knight – Your Love
04.    Nikola Gala – Broken Chords
05.    Strictly Ibiza - Wamdue King of My Castle (Crazibiza Mix)
06.    Purple Disco Machine – My House
07.    Le Youth – Cool (Ben Pearce Mix)
08.    Magic Eye – Inside My Love (Mike Mago Mix)
09.    Justin Martin – The Sad Piano (Charles Webster Mix)
10.    Josh Butler – Got A Feeling (Bontan Remix, Pleasurekraft Edit)
11.    Caseno - Sebastian (Kolombo Mix)
12.    Hot Since 82 – Mr. Drive
13.    Andre Sobota – Voyager
14.    Kaskade vs. Pryda – Sometimes Powerdrive (Kaskade Mash Up)

ATMOSPHERE Video Contest FAQ

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What the?

Kaskade wants to give away a VIP package to each show on his Atmosphere tour. If you’re 21 or over, you can win the “Kaskadian Package" for you and a friend. If you are under 21, the prize will be the "Kaskade Korner Package" for you and a friend. (Please note: CHICAGO winner must be over 21. There is not an under 21 VIP package available for that market.)

Why the?

Obviously. Because you are our favorite.

How Do I Enter?

Beginning August 1st, visit Kaskade’s Facebook page and click on the contest tab. You will be asked to submit a 15-second video. This video should include Kaskade’s song “Atmosphere”. Keep it short and interesting. Make a music video. Make a telenovela. Make a statement. Do whatever you want. But include Atmosphere. We’re keeping the guidelines loose because we want to see what you can do. Be creative. Blow our minds. Easy Peezy.

HOW DO I WIN??!!??!!

Whoa. Easy there pilgrim. After you’ve submitted a video, it’s up to you to get votes. Your friends and family and fans and general acquaintances can vote for you once per day. So can everyone else. Entries and voting begins on August 1 at 12:01 AM EST. Entries and voting ends on August 31 at 11:59 PM EST. So promote your video. The ten highest voted videos in each category will be finalists, to be judged by a highly qualified and very good looking panel. The judges will select a winner for each show from these finalists. Winners will be contacted by email on September 6. Names will be posted on the “Winners” page of the competition site.

Does That Mean I Should Enter As Early As Possible To Get The Most Votes?

Yup. That totally makes sense.

Can I Enter More than One Time?

Sure, but make them interesting and different. We hate clutter over here. Gives us anxiety.

How Long Should My Video Be?

Keep it at around 15 seconds. People (we) lose interest after that. Give us the punchline and wow right off the front. No foreplay required. You don’t get that everyday. 

Do I Have to Make My Own Travel Arrangements If I Win?

Well, yes you do. That’s why you should only enter if you can actually get to the venue all by yourself. But you’re a big kid now. You can do it.

Can I Bring a Friend if I WIN?

Duh. That’s what “for you and a friend” means. 

If I Win Can I Sell the Prize on Stub Hub?

Shut up. No. You should know better. Non-transferable, yo.

Has Anyone Ever Told You That Your Hair Smells Like Strawberries?

It’s peaches, actually.