Kaskade on Electronic Dance Music's Mainstream Infiltration, Electric Daisy Carnival NYC and His Biggest Tour Ever (Video)

Ryan Raddon, AKA Kaskade, is one of the biggest names in dance music thanks to more than a decade of experience, dozens of raucous collaborations with the likes of Skrillex, Deadmau5 and Dada Life and his share of stellar remixes for such multiplatinum artists as Lady Gaga and Beyonce. And like fellow electronic dance music (EDM) titans Tiesto and Paul van Dyk, he's taking his brand of magnetic music on the road, kicking off his North American "Freaks of Nature" tour, his biggest to date, on May 25.  

Now Los Angeles-based, the Chicago-born DJ sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about his new music video for “Room For Happiness” featuring Skylar Grey and his upcoming festival stops, including Coachella, where he'll take the stage for the third time.  

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“Coachella has become something so big and global, people from all over the world look to it as this place that is programming really progressive music,” Kaskade tells THR about the appeal of the event, which will be held on two consecutive weekends this year. 

“I guess we’re redefining music a bit, people are paying attention,” says Kaskade of the rapidly growing EDM genre (to wit: last year's Lollapalooza featured Deadmau5 as a headliner). "It’s cool that people are discovering it now and it’s being utilized in other genres like pop music. It’s interesting to see it reach beyond it’s original borders and boundaries.”

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With the scene's unique sense of community, Kaskade, like other major EDM names, gives off the essence of a small secret club even as the music appeals to millions. Of his peers, Kaskade gives tremendous credit to Diplo "because he’s broken a lot of boundaries,” and also the Grammy-winnig Skrillex, who Kasade describes as "another guy who kind of kicked down the door for a lot of artists in our world.”

For more of Kaskade's thoughts on his dream collaboration, the growing reach of EDM and his advice to New York on EDC, watch the video above. And see the announced tour dates (with more to come in the coming weeks) below:

Kaskade "Freaks of Nature" Tour Dates:

  • 5/25 TBA  TBA
  • 5/26 Cosmo Ballroom    Las Vegas, NV
  • 5/27 TBA  TBA
  • 6/15 MCU Park    New York, NY
  • 6/16 Olympia Theatre   Montreal, QC
  • 6/17 CE Centre    Ottawa, ON
  • 6/19 Bogart's Cincinnati, OH
  • 6/20 House of Blues  Cleveland, OH
  • 6/22 DCU Exhibition Hall Worcester, MA
  • 6/23 Festival Stage at Comcast  Hartford, CT
  • 6/26 Music Farm Charleston, SC
  • 6/28 Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing Philadelphia, PA
  • 6/29 1st Mariner Arena  Baltimore, MD
  • 6/30 Boonstock Festival  Gibbons, AB
  • 7/1    TBA  TBA
  • 7/11 Fillmore Charlotte, NC
  • 7/12 Tabernacle  Atlanta, GA
  • 7/13 Ford Exposition Hall    Tampa, FL
  • 7/14 Klipsch Amphitheatre at Bayfront Park   Miami, FL
  • 7/16 Limelight    Nashville, TN
  • 7/18 Uptown Theater    Kansas City, MO
  • 7/19 Diamond Ballroom  Oklahoma City, OK
  • 7/20 Bayou Music Center    Houston, TX
  • 7/21 Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie Dallas, TX
  • 7/23 Cowboys San Antonio, TX
  • 7/24 Buchanan's Event Center  El Paso, TX
  • 7/25 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NM
  • 7/26 Rialto    Tucson, AZ
  • 7/27 TBA  TBA
  • 7/30 Belly Up Aspen, CO
  • 8/1    Red Rocks Amphitheatre Denver, CO
  • 8/3    Egyptian Room  Indianapolis, IN
  • 8/4    Fillmore Detroit, MI
  • 8/5    TBA  TBA
  • 8/7    Knitting Factory Spokane, WA
  • 8/8    Memorial Auditorium  Sacramento, CA
  • 8/9    Roseland Ballroom  Portland, OR
  • 8/10 WaMu Theater Seattle, WA
  • 8/11 PNE Forum Vancouver, BC
  • 8/12 9one9   Victoria, BC

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