By Nadia Noir
EDM fans all know their secret to looking good is going to EDM shows. Just standing in the crowd and bouncing along with other audience members is hardcore cardiovascular activity. Now imagine doing that for hours. All the EDM DJs are in stellar shape, including Kaskade who talked to Kevin and Bean from KROQ this morning about this two decades as an EDM artist, why he thinks the genre has “blown up” in the last few years, and the details of his upcoming Spark Run in Pomona this weekend.
Kaskade agreed that the “appetite” for EDM has become “insatiable,” but that it hasn’t always been that way. The genre veteran confesses that EDM was a slow burning musical movement. Fans may think that it exploded overnight but people like him have plugged away sans money. He was a part of a small community that loved the music and “just wanted to be a part of it.” Then, three or four years ago, EDM just exploded. Kevin and Bean asked Kaskade why he thinks that is.
“It’s hard to say and I get asked that a lot, like: “What happened?” Because I feel like the things stated to shift and change in the last three or four years,” said the electronic artist. “I don’t know. I don’t know what you’d attribute it to. I think a part of the success is due to radio support. You guys are playing more EDM. I mean, there’s just more of it out there. I think it needed some time to kind of cook in the oven. The artistry wasn’t quite there two decades ago. You know, the music wasn’t quite ready, it wasn’t quite there. But, as it grew, it got to the point where people were ready.”
While pop artists were always getting their songs remixed, Kaskade says he thinks a lot of songwriters just discovered electronic music, including young kids who can use the laptop in their “parents’ kitchen that is more powerful than what they started Motown on.” Kaskade said he purchased his first sampler for $4k and that is only looped three seconds of a song and that “it’s crazy that young kids are getting into it and “having this kid of profound effect and being able to make a million dollars overnight.” He includes Martin Garrix in that mix after meeting him in Amsterdam at a huge festival. He said Garrix’s song “Animals” had just been released and that he told the 18-year-old he had a “massive hit” on his hands. Garrix was just impressed to meet Kaskade, one of the main electronic artists to lay down the “foundation” of music.
Now Kaskade is starting a new trend through a charitable “rave” run called Spark Run. The event takes place this Saturday, June 7th in Pomona and includes a layered course that has the “Flicker Forest,” “Kaskade Korner.” “Graffitti District” and an afterparty with a concert by Kaskade. Participants in the 5k run get a premium t-shirt, race bib, LED bracelet, and a glow necklace.
Kaskade says he was inspired to create the run based on his own work-out schedule.
“I think most people work out in the morning. They wake-up at 5am, go work-out before work. And that’s never been my thing. I’m always kind of a night guy. So, I thought, ‘Hey. Let’s combine electronic music and a night run.’ We’ll do it at night. Start as the sun sets and have the course be lit up. Have it be a fun, take a lot of these elements of these electronic music festivals, incorporate them on the course, and at the finish line, have a show.” Sometimes a guy will DJ.
“Kaskade thought: “Man, I could do this a lot better.” Let’s make a party out of this.”
And for a dude that has twenty years of experience, you know Kaskade can bring a party.
Get more info on The Spark Run here.