Profile: Kaskade

October 2016

Key Facts

Date of Birth: 25/02/1972
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Residence: United States
Status: Active
Career: 1995 – Present




Born in Chicago, Ryan Gary Raddon is better known by his stage name Kaskade. He is an American DJ, record producer and remixer. While attending Brigham Young University in Provo, UT from 1989 to 1990, he worked on his DJ skills in his dorm room. At age 19, Raddon served a two-year full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Japan. Following his mission, in 1992, he moved to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah, eventually graduating with a degree in communications. While attending school, Kaskade and friend Jodi Call ran a record store in Salt Lake City called Mechanized.


In 1995, Raddon began DJing his first monthly Monday night party at a basement venue called Club Manhattan. Putting this extra income to good use, he purchase home studio equipment. A few year later, in 2000, Raddon moved to San Francisco for a job as an A&R assistant to John Elkins at Om Records, a house and electronic label. At this time, San Francisco was an emerging site of a new deep house movement. While at OM records he continued DJing and producing music and came with the stage name Kaskade. He took his stage name from a nature book when he saw a picture of a waterfall and a co-worker agreed “cascade” was a good choice. He made it’s his own by changing the spelling.


After mixing the third volume in the Sounds of Om series, Ryan was offered a three-album deal for Kaskade. He kicked off the deal with a full-length house debut, It’s You It’s Me. This album gain critical acclaim on both sides of the pond, and receiving a prestigious Dance Star nomination for Best New Artist. The release put Kaskade squarely on the dance music world’s radar. Concentrating on his DJing skills, Kaskade started to experiment and develop his own sound.


After four successful albums, Kaskade left OM Records in late 2006 and signed with Ultra Records. He then when on to work with Canadian house/electronic DJ/artist deadmau5 to produce tracks on Strobelite Seduction. The first single, which was released as an EP – “Move for Me” became his fifth top ten hit on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay Chart. “I Remember”, another collaboration with deadmau5, became his first UK hit, charting within the top 15.


Fast forward a few years to 2010. Raddon added another number one Billboard Hot Dance Airplay track to his credit with “Dynasty”, featuring Haley Gibby on vocals. With growing sucess, Kaskade headlined at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida in 2012. Also that year, Kaskade took to Indio, California to headline opposite Radiohead two weekends at Coachella Valley Music Festival. Other notable performances in 2012 include headlining Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the “Freaks of Nature” summer tour in support of his released album Fire & Ice.


Further cementing his position, 2013 saw Kaskade nominated for two Grammy Awards. The song “Atmosphere” was nominated for Best Dance Recording, and the album “Atmosphere” was nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album.


In 2015, he was a guest star on BYUtv’s Studio C and headlined Coachella alongside Drake for two weekends. The year also saw, Kaskade released his album Automatic featuring collaborations with CID, Galantis, John Dahlbäck & Two Nataions.




DJ Times voted Kaskade “America’s Best DJ 2011” and “America’s Best DJ 2013”.



Fun Facts

Kaskade is a devout Mormon.


He speaks Japanese.


Kaskade has his own record label, Arkade.
His brother is entrepreneur and film producer Rich Raddon.