GRAMMY-nominated DJ Kaskade recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's Spotlight series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Kaskade discussed how his 2004 dance hit "Steppin' Out" helped define his unique style, the resurgence of electronic music and creating his GRAMMY-nominated album Fire & Ice, among other topics.
"There are so many great musicians and producers and artists in this genre that people have to take note now," said Kaskade. "The level of artistry that we're seeing is just raised."
Born Ryan Raddon in Chicago, Kaskade began his career as a DJ and producer in Salt Lake City and New York. After relocating to San Francisco, he began working at dance/electronica label OM Records, where he currently serves as A&R director. His first solo effort, It's You, It's Me, was released in 2003. In The Moment was released in 2004 and featured the Top 5 Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales hit "Steppin' Out," followed by 2006's Love Mysterious, which reached No. 18 on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart. Strobelite Seduction was released in 2008 and peaked at No. 7, followed by 2009's The Grand (No. 9) and 2010's Dynasty (No. 4). The latter was Kaskade's first release to crack the Billboard 200.
Released in November 2011, Fire & Ice is a double album featuring guest artists such as Skylar Grey, Skrillex and Neon Trees, among others. The album peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 and earned Kaskade his first GRAMMY nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Kaskade will kick off a residency at the Marquee in Las Vegas on May 18.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include The Drop: Molly Ringwald (May 20).