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Questions Top100 DJs 2013 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:16

“House. Lounge. Electronic.”
Best known for: 
“Letting the music speak.”
Tune of the year: 
Have DJs' fees got out of hand?: 
“No not yet, cause the pop acts still use producers that are ripping off whatever happens to be going on in the clubs. It will only become pop once we start making the records… all of them.”
Has dance music become the new pop?: 
“A dog because I could be just chilling on the couch sleeping right now.”
If you could be any animal, what would you be?: 
Should DJs do "heart hands": 
Do DJs have a duty to speak out about drugs?: 
“A time machine but I could be satisfied with a teleportation machine too.”

It was a year of achievement on all fronts for US house veteran Kaskade. A new album, several huge tours, and a few years into America’s grand embrace of dance music, he’s commanding the respect of an elder statesman. That’s not to imply he’s slowing any on the creative side, though.

“At this point in my career I am interested in making music that will last and make an impression on people,” he says of his new album that saw release in September. “In the world of electronic music I think it is becoming less about the tricks and more about the actual song. In this album I experimented with a variety of styles that have inspired me over the years, and while listening to it you can really get an understanding of who I am.”

While the tour for Atmosphere' saw Kaskade playing to audiences in their tens of thousands, he also got to play a swathe of smaller “hot, sweaty shows” earlier in the year to mark the 10th anniversary of his classic 'It’s You, It’s Me' Otherwise, as one of America’s most outspoken veterans, people are definitely listening to what he’s saying.

“With so much growth over the last few years I think it is important to remember what is important in this scene. The music. I am very fortunate to be in a position where I remember what it has taken to get it to this place, talk about it and have a dialogue with people.”