Kaskade was born as Ryan Raddon in Chicago, Illanois. After perfecting his DJ skills during college, he spent a short period of time as an artist and repertoire (A&R) assistant. Kaskade currently works as a resident DJ in Las Vegas and has negotiable personal appearance fees, according to online sources. 2011 estimates place his net worth at $3 million USD.
How did he get started?
Kaskade released his first single “What I Say” on the label in 2001. His second studio album, In the Moment, helped his first top ten singles top the charts. His fourth solo album, Love Mysterious, was released in September 2006 with its singles hitting big success as well. A remix for “Sorry” was nominated for a 2008 Grammy for Best Remixed Recording.
Kaskade worked with Canadian house/electronic DJ/artist Deadmaus5 in order to produce tracks on Strobelite Seduction, including the first single Move for Me. The single became his fifth top ten hit on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay Chart, reaching the number one position in its September 6, 2008 issue, which granted Kaskade his first number one single on this chart. “I Remember”, another collaboration with Deadmau5, became his first UK hit. The follow-up single, “Angel on My Shoulder”, featuring Tamra Keenan, also found success on the dance chart.
Kaskade didn’t stop there. In 2010, following the road to fame, he added another number one Billboard Hot Dance Airplay track to his credit with “Dynasty,” featuring Haley Gibby on vocals.
In 2012, he headlined the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida, coming on before Armin van Buuren Sunday night. In April 2012, Kaskade took to Indio, California to headline opposite Radiohead two weekends at Coachella Valley Music Festival to a packed crowd. In June, he was one of the headlining acts at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, Nevada. That same month, he embarked on his “Freaks of Nature” summer tour in support of his released album Fire & Ice.
Did you know?
Kaskade 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, but he then changed the spelling.