Kaskade took over the Shrine Expo Hall on Saturday to close out his Atmosphere tour with three sold out nights for those die hard fans, old school ravers and newbie EDM fanatics. Fans traveled from San Francisco and beyond, some even attended all three days to see their beloved favorite DJ play one of the most memorable shows of his career. Everyone donned posters, t-shirts, kandi bracelets and even rave outfits as they showed their inner freaks - remember the Freaks of Nature Tour? For an artist with so much critical acclaim as the "America's Best DJ" title holder for the second year, Grammy nomination for his 2011 release Fire & Ice, the 10 year anniversary of his first release with a It's You, It's Me Redux Tour, and recent residency at the Wynn in Las Vegas; this eighth studio release falls under a lot of pressure and so does the tour.
|Kaskade onstage with Lights|
Yet despite the stale state of EDM right now, the DJ born Ryan Raddon delivered something different, unique and respectfully his own with Atmosphere. "The single is special for me since it is the first time I sing on one of my tracks and with receiving a Grammy nomination for the first time ever on my last album, this album feels that more precious to me because I really want to deliver in a big way," says Raddon. He delivered in a way some fans may not have been expecting with tracks like LAX to JFK with little drops and more deep house grooves of his early days. The vocals and melodies in songs like "No One Knows Who We Are" reminded his fans however, why they fell in love with dance music in the first place. With only a handful of stops in Miami, Brooklyn, Chicago and LA he said, "I'm looking forward to making each show massive and really count like never before."
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