Saturday Night Session 036: Kaskade reveals what really gets him going and how his REDUX sound brings him musical fulfillment in honor of his ‘REDUX 004’ EP release

Saturday Night Session 036: Kaskade reveals what really gets him going and how his REDUX sound brings him musical fulfillment in honor of his ‘REDUX 004’ EP releaseKaskade Press Shot Mark Owens

Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.

The life of being a DJ and music producer blends euphoria and glamor with immense pressure under heavy expectations from fans and the industry alike. The best parts of the job are riddled with compromises, as is the case with many career paths. Ryan Gary Raddon, who is now more popularly known as Kaskade, started his journey to becoming a successful musician in 1995. It is 25 years later, and since then, he has released 11 studio albums and gone on to receive 7 Grammy nominations.

As Kaskade, Raddon has been instrumental to breaking down barriers in order to allow success as an electronic musician to translate into success as a mainstream commercial artist. He is the first electronic musician to have sold out Navy Pier in Chicago and the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and he set a record in 2015 for Coachella‘s largest crowd at a performance in history. 2020 is a world where The Chainsmokers headline arena tours and where Zedd is a fixture on the Top 40 radio, and it wouldn’t have been possible without Raddon and a few other key players in the electronic music industry breaking down barriers between global commercial mainstream success and the then-niche of electronic music.

Raddon’s success is a gold standard for music producers and artists, but with immense popularity comes complications. This is especially ...

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