America’s Best DJ: Kaskade Cops the Golden Mixer—Again

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Las Vegas – With his fans, the media and DJ-industry insiders all in tow, Kaskade was once again crowned America’s Best DJ at Las Vegas’ Marquee Club this past Sunday, Oct. 13.

After 20-plus events on America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times, the fans spoke with their ballots in-person and online at—and Kaskade was the choice for the second time in three years. (For America’s Top 50, please visit here.)


Stars & Stripes: Kaskade in The Library with a fan.
Photo: Al Powers,

So, this past Sunday evening, a press event was held inside The Library room at Marquee Nightclub which saw Kaskade (aka Ryan Raddon) accept his awards. With print/online press members and 20 winners of a DJ Times-conducted fan contest filling the room, Kaskade was presented with The Golden Mixer by David Arevalo, Pioneer DJ’s Director of Marketing and Artist Relations. Before handing Kaskade the shiny DJM-900nexus mixer, Arevalo said, “Once again, we are pleased to award Kaskade with this working, 24-karat-gold mixer. Because he is an outstanding DJ, producer and songwriter, Kaskade truly represents the best of the DJ industry and we’re pleased to honor him once again.”


Marquee Scene: Big-time ABDJ branding.
Photo: Al Powers,

After DJ Times Editor Jim Tremayne presented him with a special America’s Best DJ plaque, Kaskade offered a few words of thanks. “First up, I’d like to thank the fans for their support—it means everything to me,” he said. “Also, I’d like to thank DJ Times, because I’ve been reading the magazine for a long time. Also, I must thank Pioneer DJ because I’ve been a user of their products since the first CDJ-1000. Thanks to everyone.”

Afterward, another Golden Mixer presentation was conducted in Marquee Nightclub’s DJ booth before a packed room of fans, including our America’s Best DJ flyaway winner, Evie Schmeer of San Jose, Calif. The evening was rounded out by a pair of killer sets from other ABDJ nominees Seven Lions and Tritonal.


Super Set: Seven Lions rocked the room.
Photo: Al Powers,

On behalf of everyone at DJ Times, we’d like to thank the voters, Pioneer DJ, Marquee Nightclub (especially Jason Strauss, Sol Shafer, Michael Olortegui and Pedram Niazmand) and rephlektor ink’s Justin Kleinfeld for making America’s Best DJ 2013 another huge success.

And once again—Congrats, Kaskade!