25th August is a day that will be remembered by all the freaks of nature, also known as: Kaskadians. Kaskade (Ryan Raddon) came to India for his maiden tour to kick off Sunburn Festival’s 7th edition. He started his tour on 23rd August at Pangea (Delhi), 24th August at EZONE (Bengaluru) and 25th August at Blue Frog (Mumbai). Kaskade has worked with the likes of Deadmau5, Wolfgang Gartner, Tiesto, Dragonette, Adam K, Haley, Rebecca & Fiona, Skylar Grey, Neon Trees etc. He is also an active member of Late Night Alumni, Summer of Space, and The Sellars. Till date, he has produced 9 albums and his 10th album is coming out in September called “Atmosphere”.
Having shifted the venue from Turf Club to blueFROG, the organizers were bang on with the club of choice. Having hosted several heavy weights like Armin van Buuren, Sander van Doorn, Gareth Emery and more, blueFROG is always ready for the pelting it was about to receive that night. The last time we watched him play was at Electric Zoo many years ago, so we were well aware of the levels of awesomeness Kaskade is capable of, but what followed that night just changed everything. A well setup entry system with dedicated desks outside ensured there were no human traffic snarls and in our opinion, added to the vibe a club gig of that scale should have. There was mummur of unfair ticket price changes at the door but we don’t think that really was reason enough to go back home. There was love all around at the outdoor bar before we stepped in with familiar faces waiting in anticipation. DJ Clement opened with fantastic set of twists and turns. Moving the genres from Deep to Tech House, he carefully warmed up the 600+ audience without pushing the pedal too hard. One of his finishing tracks was a mix of “Save The World” that we admit to not having heard before but still have it playing on loop in our heads.
Kaskade hit the decks at 11PM on 25th August at blueFROG, opening his set with his new track “Atmosphere” which has his vocals- a complete “sing-along-crowd-pleaser”. Kaskade is known for his mash ups and we couldn’t agree more. As we mentioned in the EDM Bubble, there are certain moments in a gig that one remembers the entire experience by. Our personal favourites were when he dropped Zedd’s remix of Empire Of The Sun’s track “Alive” that was brilliantly mashed up with Andrew Bennett’s “Stardust”, Myon & Shane 54’s Summer of Love Mix of Late Night Alumni’s track “Every Breath Is Like A Heartbeat”, Kaskade’s collaboration with Deadmau5 “I Remember” and Kaskade’s mash up of Hard Rock Sofa’s “Quasar” with his track “4AM”. He masterfully kept the crowd grooving and fist pumping throughout his set and though it was a sweat fest, the “freaks of nature” that we turned into that night- there was no stopping us. Another highlight was his mash up of Martin Garrix’s “Animals” and Kaskade’s track with Rebecca & Fiona “Turn It Down”.
The energy that night was unparallel, the service in the club was impeccable as always and the artists on stage were all truly world class- we have no reason to complain. The rains may have stolen Mumbai’s chance of seeing Kaskade in an arena setting with a larger than life production setup, but the level of intimacy with the crowd and willingness to spend hours in a club with no breathing space just proves how impressive a DJ we had the opportunity to hear live.
1. Kaskade – Atmosphere
2. Lana Del Rey – Young & Beautiful (Kaskade Remix)
3. Kaskade vs. Hard Rock Sofa – 4AM vs Quasar (Kaskade Mash Up)
4. Kaskade vs. Quilnez – Stars Align (Kaskade Mash Up)
5. Empire Of The Sun vs. Andrew Bennet – Alive (Zedd Remix) vs. Stardust
6. Kaskade ft. Dragonette vs. Deniz Koyu – Fire In Your New Rage (Kaskade Mash Up)
7. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers – Get Lucky (Mysto & Pizzi Remix)
8. Clockwork feat. Wynter Gordon – Surge
9. Henrix vs. Wayne & Woods vs. Kaskade & EDX feat. Haley – Jumangee vs. Don’t Stop Dancin’ (Acappella)
10. Kaskade & Swanky Tunes feat. Lights – No One Knows Who We Are
11. Kaskade ft. Project 46 – Last Chance
12. Kaskade vs. Martin Garrix – Turn It Down Animals (Kaskade Mashup)
13. Kaskade ft. Deadmau5 – I Remember
14. Kaskade ft. Move For Me – Move For Me
15. Kaskade vs. Sander Van Doorn – All You Joyenergizer (Kaskade Mash Up)
16. Kaskade vs. Arty ft. Chris James – Dynasty vs. Together We Are (Kaskade Mash Up)
17. Kaskade – Angel On My Shoulder
18. Kaskade feat. Skylar Grey – Room For Happiness (Gregori Klosman Remix)
19. Late Night Alumni – Every Breath Is Like A Heartbeat (Myon & Shane 54 Summer Of Love Mix)
20. Kaskade ft. Mindy Gledhill – Eyes
21. Kaskade & Zip Zip Through The Night vs. Moguai – Something Something Champs (Kaskade Summer Lovin Mashup)
22. Kaskade ft. Deadmau5 – Move For me
23. Kaskade with Tiesto feat. Haley – Only You
Written by: Suhani Doctor (@suhanidoctor) & Rushabh Vora