With the recent release of his highly anticipated album Atmosphere, there couldn’t have been a better weekend for Kaskade than this last one. Not only was he just announced America’s Best DJ by DJ Times and Pioneer DJ, but he also kicked off his Atmosphere Tour in Miami this past Saturday. Sticking to the description, “big rooms, small tour,” Kaskade took the arena full of devoted fans to another world. The American Airlines Arena of Miami, Florida was transformed into a magical place Saturday night as Kaskade gave an unforgettable arena performance.
After being awarded for the first time in 2011, Kaskade has once again been named America’s Best DJ by DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ. Most of the votes were cast via the America’s Best DJ website; however, fans were also given the opportunity to vote in person at more than 20 club and festival events, including EDC Vegas, Movement Festival, and Global Dance Festival.
Having just released his eighth studio album, Atmosphere, on Tuesday and surpassing artists such as Diplo, Skrillex, and Porter Robinson, this is a huge honor for Kaskade (Ryan Raddon). He said, "Words can't do justice to how completely grateful I am to receive this honor for a second time. I am constantly in awe of the love, encouragement and energy I receive from my fan-base, which has continued to inspire and motivate me throughout my career. I feel connected to them in such a real way and their support is something that keeps rocking my world. I couldn't do this without them."
We’ve been waiting for this day to come for months, perhaps even longer. But, alas, after an entire season of teasers, interviews, and questions left unanswered (or perhaps only partially so), Kaskade’s newest production, Atmosphere, is finally ready for the public to listen to and adore.
Over the summer Ryan Raddon, aka Kaskade, told inthemix about the album, “I think it has a little bit of everything; it’s very diverse. If I was to squash Fire & Ice into a single rather than a double album, it might have sounded like this.” Listening to Atmosphere, we agree that this couldn’t be closer to the truth. This album is not only a manifestation of his amplitude as a producer, but also his resourcefulness, passion, and ability to turn everything he touches into pure gold. Each track is it's own story within one large, underlying one that shares the more intimate aspects of Kaskade’s life --from the beginning of his career, up until now. Atmosphere is familiar in that it delineates his signature sound, but it is also foreign as it combines the past with the present. In other words, he elegantly intertwines his deep house roots with his more current, progressive sounds. But he does so in a way that allows for dissimilar sounds to complement one another, rather than clash. Myriad styles are housed under one roof, but for some reason it couldn’t feel more right.
There’s something special about Camp Bisco.
Maybe it’s the blatant resemblance between its lush rolling hills and that of Woodstock’s similar landscape. Both Upstate New York festivals, both free-for-all hippie gatherings. Both magical in their own right.
Maybe it’s the Hells Angels presence - a mean-mugging biker clan who owns the campgrounds and plays security for the weekend. Without a policeman in sight, festival goers roam freely between their tents and staging areas with alcohol and substances galore.
Summertime is all about the amazing slew of music festivals scattered around the country. And what better way to close out a season of musical magic than the North Coast Music Festival - a Chicago fest boasting a lineup filled with electronic, hip-hop and indie-funk acts.
Imagine if Lollapalooza had an baby with Electric Daisy Carnival, with a smidge of Bonnaroo festi-feelings thrown in and you would have North Coast Music Festival. The three-day outdoor rave, starting August 31, has booked a spectacular balance of acts including Pretty Lights, Axwell, Atmosphere, Steve Aoki, Big Boi and more.
The 11th annual Camp Bisco Music and Arts Festival (July 12-14) announced their lineup today. With over 100 performers this year, the roster is packed with some of the biggest names in electronic music. In other words, get your tix before they sell out!
Check out this incredible lineup:
The Disco Biscuits; Bassnectar; Skrillex; Amon Tobin ISAM; Crystal Castles; Atmosphere; Big Boi; Shpongle presents The Masquerade; A-Trak; Lotus; Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set); Dada Life; Zeds Dead; Porter Robinson; Portugal. The Man; Big Gigantic; Bonobo (DJ set); Zedd; Mimosa; Daedelus; Holy Fuck; Mord Fustang; Break Science with Chali 2na; Kill the Noise; Rubblebucket; Gramatik; Tycho; Star Slinger; NiT GriT; Brothers Past; Archnemesis; El Ten Eleven; Craze; Alvin Risk; The M Machine; Zoogma; Eliot Lipp Live; 3LAU; Mansions on the Moon; Future Rock; Minnesota; The Knocks; Abakus; Thundercat; Shigeto; Ill-Esha; Killabits; Lance Herbstrong; Mux Mool; Orchard Lounge; Virtual Boy; DrFameus; Nick Catchdubs; Codes; JWLS; Star Eyes; Mindelixir; The Nadis Warriors; Paul Chambers; Inspired Flight; Freekbot; Alpha Data; Kung Fu; Manhattan Project; Rich Aucoin; HOTTUB; Xylos; Spiritual Rez; Bird of Prey; Revolvr and Michett and many more.
Big news has dropped today in the festival circuit: New York’s Governor’s Ball has officially announced its 2012 line up. For those not familiar with the Ball, it’s a two day fest featuring diverse tunes, a myriad of activities, and all the usual shenanigans that accompany any outdoor music festival. Situated on Randall’s Island—stock prison backdrop included—this fest boasts headliners Beck, Modest Mouse, Chromeo, Ducksauce, and Passion Pit (to name a few). Interspersed throughout the two days, the line-up looks fiendishly delicious, with June 23 & 24 shaping up to be quite the weekend.
Joonbug spent some quality time with Brooklyn based rap duo (or dudet) Grieves and Budo to rap about being a part of the Rhymesayers label, their new tour with Atmosphere, the upcoming album due to release in the Spring and traveling to the rings of Saturn. The usual.
Q: Are there going to be a lot of new songs coming out for the new tour with Atmosphere?
G: I think we are probably going to play a couple new songs on this [Atmosphere] tour. On the tour that we are going to be doing in the winter, we are going to be supporting the new record a lot more. On this one we are trying to get one last push on the 88 Keys [and Counting] record that we just released.
It is highly unlikely that artists of opposing major record labels will tour on the same billet, but when you have two of the most dynamic rap duos of underground hip-hop touring together, their respective labels can only benefit from the additional interest. Therefore, the dates for the upcoming tour combination of Eyedea and Abilities from Rhymesayers Entertainment with Themselves from Anticon Records should be marked on the calendars of any fan of underground hip-hop.
Those who become nauseated at the thought of another “Lil’” rapper poisoning the airwaves with overproduced tracks that only appeal to musically ignorant pre-teens can breath a sigh of relief. Rhymesayers Entertainment’s latest installment of the FELT collaboration, FELT 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez, will be hitting underground hip-hop distributors on November 17. As the title suggests, this is the third record by the legendary MC duo of Slug (of Atmosphere) and Murs (of Living Legends). Keeping with the pre-determined idea of having a guest producer creating the music on the album, the two vocalists have recruited Aesop Rock (of Definitive Jux) for the daunting task. The previous albums, A Tribute to Christina Ricci and A Tribute to Lisa Bonet, saw production by The Grouch (of Living Legends) and Ant (of Atmosphere), respectively.