Honest. Elegant. Beautiful. Such terms are rarely used to describe electronic artists and their music. But KASKADE is a rare breed.
The songwriter/producer/DJ/phenomenon is one of electronic music's most sought-after emissaries, and one of its most beloved figures. Unaffected and laidback, he's known to show up at gigs in flip-flops, ready to warm the room - to a simmer or a boil - with his unique brand of feel-good music.
This year alone, the Chicago-born San Francisco resident remixed the works of Seal ("Amazingâ€), Nelly Furtado (â€œAll Good Thingsâ€), Justin Timberlake ("Lovestonedâ€), and Britney Spears (â€œGimme Moreâ€, â€œBreak The Iceâ€) to the top of the Billboard dance charts. Dirty South's remix of original KASKADE track "Sorryâ€ snagged a Grammy nomination for Best Remixed Recording. And "I Like The Wayâ€ was just added to the Motion Picture Soundtrack of upcoming blockbuster â€œSex And The City: The Movie,â€ in theaters May 30.
Meanwhile, on the road, KASKADE played a staggering 140-plus club and festival dates worldwide, including Global Gathering, Field Day, and Nocturnal Wonderland. He won the title of "Best Resident DJâ€ at the 2008 Club World Awards, for his regular gig at music-first Chicago venue Smart Bar. And to ring in the New Year, he mounted an unprecedented three-city, single-night tour, jet-setting from Los Angeles to San Francisco to Las Vegas, and from massive street festival (GIANT Village) to intimate club (Mission Rock) to after-hours free-for-all (Empire Ballroom), showing his diversity as well as his fortitude. With slowing down not in the equation ("I'm having a really, really good time,â€ he says), KASKADE is set to release his fifth artist album, "Strobelite Seductionâ€ (Ultra Records). The album expands upon on his trademark sound of glistening, guitar-laden melodies, mixing in elements of various styles. Check out the trance-tinged "Move for Meâ€ with Deadmau5; the earthy, R&B-flavored â€œYour Love Is Blackâ€; or electro-house floor-shaker "Step One Two.â€ A diverse selection of tracks that showcase his ease between dance floor ready bounce-lined tunes such as "I'll Never Dreamâ€ which encapsulate a summer night out perfectly, to a slowed down moment on â€œBorrowed Themeâ€. Blending different genres and moods, this is KASKADE at his most adventurous.
"I was molded by the city that I grew up in: Chicago. But I have matured, and 'Strobelite Seduction' helps showcase a lot of my other influences,â€ says KASKADE. "The record is a justification of my weekends in big dark rooms with flashing lights and pounding sound systems. I was seduced by the strobelite.â€