Peace, love, unity, and respect are words that ravers throw around a lot. But rarely do you meet a partier who steadfastly lives by that code, let alone a producer like Kaskade whose music so honestly captures the PLUR spirit.
He has quickly become one of the most beloved producer-DJs on the EDM scene. And lately he's risen to the absolute pinnacle of his career, setting out on an arena tour that'll arrive at the American Airlines Arena this weekend. Still, though, he remains humble, keeping his ego in check and maintaining an uplifting message that's as clear and purposeful as ever.
How do we know he's really about that positive raver life? Well, this quick background check is pretty convincing.
He was born February 25, 1971. Kaskade was born Ryan Raddon in Evanston, Illinois, in '71. So if you hurry and do the math, you'll find he's 42 years old. Judging by his boyish mug, you'd never guess the years of experience this bro is packing. But he'd already been all around the world and back before he even found footing as a professional DJ. In fact, he began honing his spin skills all the way back in 1989, so that's more than 20 years of real jockey cred. No wonder he's filling arenas.
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He served as a Mormon missionary in Japan. Kaskade's music sounds like a big, lush sonic burst of peace and love for all mankind, and maybe that's because this guy's actually got warm PLUR feelings for the whole world. Back when he was 19, he took a break from his college studies to spread the word of God in Japan as a missionary with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, AKA the Mormons. Not to be sacrilegious, but now we're totally gonna picture Kaskade onstage in that magic underwear.
He's a family man. While some DJs like to be the center of the party, Kaskade keeps himself grounded by focusing on the love of his family. After his missionary work in Japan, he finished school at the University of Utah. It was there he met his wife, Naomi, who was also a beat-freaking snowboarder. They later moved to San Francisco to be close to her family, which turned out to be the best thing possible for his career. The emerging deep-house scene gave Kaskade the foundation upon which to build his new artistic identity. Even as his career began to take off, he made sure to put family first, and now the couple is still going strong — happily married with three children.
He helped bring Miami PLUR star Molly Casa to national recognition. Have you seen Molly? Y'know, that blond, glittery rainbow babe who appears at all of the best EDM shows in Miami and across the country, gives off PLUR vibes, and generally makes the world a shinier, happier place? Well, technically, she's going by the name Lady Casa now. And wouldn't you know it, her renown springs from a fateful Kaskade show right here in the 305. She came out onstage all painted and kandi-fied and met the man, who then helped broadcast her message of peace and love to his followers. After that, the secret was out, and she's been spreading love ever since.
He really wants you to party responsibly. Kaskade loves Molly Casa, but he doesn't love all the reports of drug-related deaths at EDM festivals and club shows. Overdosing is not acceptable, especially when it's so easy to take the proper precautions or not take drugs at all. Dance music is about dancing, good music, and good friends. It's not about putting yourself in danger or being afraid to look soft when everyone else is dropping pills. Kaskade recently joined some fellow producers to put together a public service announcement warning young, new partiers about the very real dangers of uneducated drug use. Please, when attending the Kaskade show this weekend, make him proud and party responsibly.