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May 30, 2010

Electronic Music DJ Kaskade releases new album "Dynasty"

For Kaskade, it's all about love. “It’s that simple,” says the California-based producer, songwriter and DJ. "And from that love comes the music,” he says. The proof is in "Dynasty", Kaskade’s sixth album, a 12-track journey where love has never been more apparent in his sound. "Dynasty" is the follow-up release to the massively successful "Strobelite Seduction", which garnered his four global hit singles “I Remember” and “Move For Me” which were both collaborations with deadmau5, then “Angel On My Shoulder” and “Step One Two.”

The first single, aptly titled "Dynasty," is a gritty production, smoothed out by the vocals of Haley, known to Kaskade fans the world over as the ethereal singer of "I Remember" and "Move For Me." There’s also the track “Only You” which features production work from none other than Tiësto. “That guy is the king, for sure,” remarks Kaskade, “but by no means am I trying to do what he does. We have very different styles.”

Yet, when Tiësto approached Kaskade, he saw the opportunity to develop something unexpected from both producers. The result is a blend of Tiësto’s signature pace of trance and Kaskade’s soulful swagger -- organic California underground meets big floor Euro. As easily as Kaskade is able to work with a major like Tiësto he can flip it right back into the indie space. “Fire In Your New Shoes,” featuring Dragonette’s Martina, delivers a rock-riffed, downtown cool, electro-pop sound sure to resonate all summer with the big city set.

To support the album, Kaskade is planning an extensive worldwide tour which will span through the end of 2010. In addition to appearing at several large festivals such as Coachella last April, he will also take up a residency this summer at the Encore Beach Club at Wynn Las Vegas. The multi-million dollar, 60,000 square-foot facility is the standard of poolside luxury, and Kaskade will be there to set the soundtrack to what will surely be the biggest pool party of summer 2010.

Amidst all the work and accolades in 2009, including a Best Remixer Award at the International Dance Music Awards and nominations for Best American DJ, Best Producer and Best Full Length DJ Mix, Kaskade’s sound still holds authentic to the underground. Highlighted by strong sales (#1 iTunes Dance for six weeks), consistent and high music chart placement (topping Billboard Hot Dance Airplay, iTunes Dance, BBC Radio and “most played record” on Sirius Dance Radio 2009), various TV and film licensing (“Gossip Girl,” "Sex and the City", "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Date Night" with Steve Carell and Tina Fey), 2009 was a hallmark year for Kaskade, a global superstar in his own right with a versatility that's unmatched in the electronic music world.

It’s a rare performer who can rock the pop-electro hipster crowd one night, then hop a plane to Brazil and play to 2.5 million partygoers at Carnival and in the same breath, drop into Los Angeles and sell out the historic Hollywood Palladium. Kaskade operates in a creative space full of versatility, originality and an ever-fresh element of surprise, whether performing or producing. As the go-to producer for taking pop hits and turning them into dance floor anthems—in the past year alone he remixed tracks for Lady Gaga and Beyonce, Timbaland, Keri Hilson, Little Boots and Empire Of The Sun. With the release of "Dynasty", 2010 promises to be his biggest year yet.

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