BioThe journey begins in the 80’s as a teenager in the Suburbs of Chicago. Ryan Raddon was fascinated by the sound of new wave, frequenting Club Medusas where Frankie Knuckles held a Friday night residency. He listened religiously to local radio shows like The Hot Mix Five and Northwestern University’s WNUR, which featured Derrick Carter and Mark Farina. He frequented Gramaphone and built his vinyl collection, eventually taking to the decks late in the decade. In 1992, he transferred his life and learning to Salt Lake City and the University of Utah, an education he funded by DJing. He launched a weekly house night that endured five successful years and owned and operated (a local record shop,) Mechanized Records. It was here that he began building a studio, releasing several records on the Mechanized imprint and selling a breakthrough track as his Skylight moniker to Om Records released on the “Environments” compilation.
Having explored the Bay Area with his wife Naomi, Ryan was drawn to the strong scene that it fostered; they moved in May 2000. Within months, he landed a job as A&R assistant to Om Records founder and friend Chris Smith. Continuing with DJing and production, Ryan formulated his alter ego Kaskade and began honing his studio skills. After selling a track to now defunct Chicago based Afterhours, he began anonymously slipping his Kaskade tracks into the stacks of Om demos. “What I Say”, the first single picked up by Om under his Kaskade moniker, was featured (as the first track) on Mark Grant’s widely acclaimed “Sound Design Volume 2” in 2001. This was followed by more singles including “Gonna Make It”, before Om invited him to mix the 3rd Volume of the seminal classic series “Sounds of Om” following DJ Fluid (aka Chris Smith) and Soulstice’s Andy Caldwell in the mixing duties.
The quickly growing Kaskade catalogue and building interest from around the globe resulted in Om Records signing the then A&R Assistant to a 3-album deal. The rest is a whirlwind of success. After leaving the office job at Om to tour and finish his debut artist album “It’s You, It’s Me”, Kaskade hit the big time!
Whether it’s the uplifting sounds, organic instrumentals, catchy vocals or the diversity of his sound, Kaskade’s music embodies life, love and happiness. “I’m an optimistic guy,” he says. “There’s a lot of love in house music and this is just what comes out.”