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DJ interview

 KASKADE




















 


interview by Jennifer Warner

Kaskade's groove is one we've been following since his now classic debut album "It's You, It's Me" hit our stereo in 2003. Many, many releases later, he's back this time with an inspiring mix for Ultra Records entitled "Bring The Night." Expect to be pleasantly surprised - this is not just another house mix CD by any means! Kaskade is really showing his musical maturity and brilliance with this mix of 15 songs including his own remixes of works by Nelly Furtado, Floetry and his chart-topping hit "Sorry," alongside tracks by Bob Sinclar, Armand Van Helden and many more. Its refreshingly different but of course incredibly danceable too!

He's currently on a major North American DJ tour encompassing more than 40 appearances over a three-month period. He'll also travel overseas for dates in South America, Europe, Japan and Australia (see links to websites with dates at the end). Somehow though, he managed to find enough time to sit down and type the answers to our interview questions... we last talked to him in 2003 and a lot has changed!

Where are you now, what's it look like, what do you look like? What would you say has been the biggest change in you since we last talked? (Or some of the biggest if you can't narrow it down to one!)

I am still here in San Francisco holding it down. I think I still look the same maybe a bit more fit since the last time we talked. I really got into running so I have been doing more of that lately. The biggest change since we last talked… probably the sheer size of this thing. It seems like more and more people keep finding my music through the various networkings of the underground. I have traveled far and wide and played to audiences that I would have never guessed even existed.

How did you decide on the title "Bring The Night" and what does it mean?

It seems like a lot of people listen to dance music in anticipation of the night and in getting ready for the night. So the name came form that idea, hopefully this mix will help a lot of people "bring the night".

The tracks you chose really run the broad spectrum, I honestly was very pleasantly surprised, it wasn't a "typical" one-genre mix CD, but you really held it all together despite the variety. How did you go about selecting what tracks you were going to use?

I am glad to hear that you were pleasantly surprised. I like to think that that is part of my style. I am not focused on one particular hyper defined genre I am more concerned with playing music that I love and making it fit together. That is the trick really making it all mesh together to fell seamless and natural. I hope that I achieved that on this mix. At the very least it is a taste of what I do on any given weekend at a club near you.

If someone wanted to get you a record or CD or mp3 of a track they produced, what would be the best way to get it to you?

These days I really use myspace a lot to hear new music.

What kind of hardware/software did you use to record and mix this release?

I used 3 Pioneer CDJ 1000's and a Pioneer 800 mixer. It was recorded into a Pro Tools HD3Aceel system, where it was touched up and mastered.

Were there any last minute changes of tracks or mixes because of, say, a licensing issue or something you heard while testing it out on your ipod for example?

Not last minute changes but there were some pulling of teeth to get the final track listing that made the cut. I was dead set on getting to use some of the remixes I had done and that always takes time to get clearance.

For someone that hasn't heard you live in a while, is this what you are sounding like now when you play out? Or does it depend on the venue/crowd?

I always tweak it my sets a bit to fit the venue/crowd but this sound definitely is what I am doing live. It is a good representation of what I do but it is always fun to check out the real thing too.

Where would you imagine people should be listening to this CD, and what kind of mood do you imagine it will put them in?

In the car or in the headphones or at your brothers wedding… wherever you want to get down.

Ok enough with the serious questions!! Tell us something fun, like what was the last thing you did that was really really fun??

After a recent gig in the Philippines I went wakeboarding in the ocean. First time for everything, but it was fun.

And if you could have one wish granted right now (says the genie), what would it be?

Peace.

Our wish exactly. :)

See tour dates and more at
:: www.kaskademusic.com ::
:: www.myspace.com/kaskademusic ::
:: www.ultrarecords.com/ECards/Kaskade ::

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