Grammy-nominated electronic producer Kaskade emerged as one of the most successful American progressive house DJs of the 2000s, pioneering the concept of Las Vegas residencies and selling out arenas across America. With his bright, uplifting dance anthems, he was a steady presence on the U.S. dance charts into the 2010s with Top Ten releases that included chart-toppers Fire & Ice (2011) and Atmosphere (2013). One year later, I Remember (2014) compiled the best of his Ultra years, after which he renewed his contract with the label and released Automatic (2015). During the late 2010s, Raddon began rounding up his singles work into a series of EPs titled Redux.
Born Ryan Gary Raddon in Chicago, he spent his early days not only as a DJ, but also as an A&R director and record store owner. In the late ’90s, he familiarized himself with the rapidly changing electronic music scene, eventually finding that house music was the subgenre he loved best. He DJ’ed in both New York and Salt Lake City, where he would first produce tracks released on his own tiny label, Mechanized Records. He also sold his music to John Elkins, A&R director for OM Records, who later hired Raddon to assist him at the label. By night, Kaskade spun at local clubs and by day helped kick-start the careers of many artists, including Ming + FS and soul-house act Soulstice.
His own full-length recordings under the Kaskade moniker began with 2003’s house-inflected It’s You, It’s Me. A soulful, more organic direction provided focus for the following year’s In the Moment, and Raddon kept his name in the record racks by piloting editions in the San Francisco Sessions DJ series (as well as the label mix House of OM). He proved surprisingly dedicated to his production craft, releasing Love Mysterious in 2006, which placed on Billboard’s electronic albums chart. That same year, he parted ways with OM and signed with Ultra.
Arriving in 2008, Strobelight Seduction — featuring production by Deadmau5 — became his biggest commercial success to date, buoyed by the lead single “Move for Me.” Released in 2010, Dynasty celebrated his new reputation with a parade of vocal features and a co-production with Tiësto. It also became his first LP to chart on the Billboard 200. That year, Raddon put together Electric Daisy Carnival, a mix showcasing artists on the bill for the inaugural dance music festival of the same name.
The double-album Fire & Ice followed in 2011 and debuted in the Billboard Top 20. Featuring a production assist from Skrillex on “Lick It,” the effort also included guest vocals from Neon Trees and Skylar Grey. Atmosphere arrived two years later and featured softer, more relaxed music along with vocals from Kaskade himself. After the 2014 compilation I Remember rounded up the best material from his years on Ultra, the DJ renewed his contract with the label and one year later released Automatic. The album featured guest appearances from Estelle, Galantis, John Dahlbäck, and K. Flay, and peaked on the Billboard Electronic chart at number two. In 2016, Kaskade joined Deadmau5 and Skylar Grey on the single “Beneath Me.” The following year, he issued the Redux EP 002 (featuring LoKii, Mr. Tape, and Late Night Alumni), as well as the holiday-themed Kaskade Christmas. The DJ then joined Charlotte Lawrence for the 2018 single “Cold as Stone.” His third installment of the Redux series arrived in 2019. Redux EP 003 presented a seamless mix featuring Felix Cartal, Gorgon City, and more. ~ L. Katz & John Bush, Rovi
KREAM feature the talents of Norwegian brothers Daniel and Markus Slettebakken. KREAM has gained worldwide attention for their unique take on melodic tech house. Initially discovered on SoundCloud through their remixes, their original music has now been played over a billion times.
Their one-of-a-kind LIQUID : LAB series on YouTube, has become one of the biggest online events in dance music. Broadcasting from Norway's most unique places to over millions of viewers.
Firmly planted in the riches of house music history, but neatly poised to move forward into the future, Adam Auburn has dedicated his life to the music he loves. The buzz probably all began for Adam in 2004, after winning the first ever Traxsource DJ Competition, sparking a whirlwind of international attention for the East Coast native. In 2008, the ginger-bearded house music advocate moved to Los Angeles, where he was blessed to be discovered by Insomniac, placed on display at their weekly events at Exchange, and ultimately the mainstage at Nocturnal Wonderland, Escape From Wonderland, and EDC Week Las Vegas. Auburn’s unique versatility as a DJ has allowed him to play alongside a range of Artists as wide as his love for dance music—including everyone from Kaskade to Diplo, Knife Party, TJR, Oliver Heldens, Duke Dumont, John Digweed, Maceo Plex, Maya Jane Coles, the Martinez Brothers, Hot Since 82, Claude VonStroke, MK, Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, Louie Vega, and so many more across 15 years of DJing. Auburn’s deep love of house music can be found not only in the infectious energy that resonates from his DJ performances, but also through the award-winning house music events his production company, Auburn Events, has put on for over 10 years—including Afternoon Delight (#2 Pool Party in the US—Thrillist 2015). In 2014, Adam began working as the Director of Marketing & Entertainment at Exchange LA, continuing to do whatever he can help push the music he loves forward into the future.
28-year old DJ & producer Ed Alexander is a Washington D.C. native and started spinning house at the age of 19 at his alma matter University of Maryland, College Park.
Music has always been a part of his life/ his roots stem from hip-hop, latin & beat-driven music. Being the youngest kid out of 4, he was always shown music from an older-age group/demographic. “I remember I couldn’t understand what the lyrics fully meant or how the rappers/artists twisted vocabulary. All I remember is the beat being catchy—now I can it was the rhythm and grooves that kept those songs stuck in my head.”
In 2019, he traveled to Barcelona & Ibiza by himself in search of inspiration, “I had pretty much given up on the American house scene and I think that trip changed my life for the better... It gave me a wake up call to the other side of the world and how the underground house/techno scene dominates mega-clubs and is the highlight every night.”
Coming back from ibiza, his appreciation for underground artists grew for the likes of: Loco Dice, Luciano, Nic Fanciulli. His current inspirations are: Joshua Puerta, Latmun, Jamie Jones. His current house style is focused heavily on minimal drums with conga, bongo, and tom based grooves.