Monday, September 12, 2011

Kaskade - America's Best DJ 2011

Congratulations to the winner of the 2011 winner of the "America's Best DJ" competition, Kaskade!  This annual contest, sponsored by Pioneer DJ, allows the public at large to cast vote for their favorite DJs from a list of 100 top DJs nominated by DJ Times Magazine.  Notably, Kaskade vaulted from 35th place in the 2010 contest to the top of the charts in 2011! The final standings for 2011 were:

1. Kaskade
2. Skrillex
3. Z-Trip
4. BT
5. Steve Aoki

Who did you vote for and why? 

Congratulations to 2011's "America's Best DJ," Kaskade
Who is Kaskade?

Ryan Raddon, aka DJ Kaskade, grew up in Illinois, and later honed his DJ skills while attending college in Utah.  His DJ name originated when Raddon viewed a picture of a waterfall in a nature book.  In 2000, Kaskade moved to San Francisco where he worked for Om Records.  He released his first single, "What I Say" in 2001 (see the video immediately below):

In 2006, Kaskade signed with electronic dance label powerhouse Ultra Records and stepped up his production efforts.  His style is best described as house, deep house and electro.  In recent years, Kaskade has achieved greater prominence in collaborations with EDM giants DeadMau5 and Tiesto.  He has also remixed countless headline acts, ranging from Empire of the Sun to Outkast to Nelly Furtado to Mark Farina.  In the case of Kaskade, his well-known sound and production chops have expanded his audience as a performance DJ.

Perhaps my favorite Kaskade production is his collaboration with DeadMau5, "I Remember."

Another favorite of mine is Kaskade's groovealicious "Roots Remix" of Afro Mystik's  "Natural":

Free Kaskade Mix

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