Kaskade Takes 'America’s Best DJ' Title a 2nd Time
Port Washington, NY – The votes of the fans have all been counted and it’s official: DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ are proud to announce that Kaskade has been voted America’s Best DJ for 2013. This is the second time Kaskade has taken home the award—he also won in 2011—and it marks the first time any DJ has won the 8th annual award twice.
While most of the fan votes were cast online at the America’s Best DJ website, the America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times supported the contest by allowing fans to vote in-person at 20+ club and festival events, which included Las Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival, Detroit’s Movement festival and Denver’s Global Dance Festival.
The talented Los Angeles-based DJ/producer – who is celebrating this week’s release of his new Ultra Records artist album Atmosphere – will be honored October 13 in Las Vegas at the ABDJ Award Ceremony/Closing Party. For his unprecedented achievement, Kaskade (aka Ryan Raddon) will be presented with a special trophy – a personalized, gold-plated Pioneer DJM-900nexus mixer at Marquee Nightclub.
“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 fanbase, 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.”
– Kaskade (aka Ryan Raddon)
“Once again, Pioneer is proud to honor Kaskade—America’s Best DJ for 2013. And, obviously, this is a special one because he’s our first two-time winner. As always, Kaskade represents the best that the U.S. DJ culture has to offer and we congratulate him for his well-deserved victory.”
- David “Davey Dave” Arevalo, Director
Marketing/Artist Relations Pioneer Electronics (USA), Inc.
“What can we say? Ryan has really become an icon for the entire Stateside DJ scene and beyond. His popularity has grown organically over the past several years and that’s become evident with the larger venues he’s playing now and the unending enthusiasm of his fanbase, which we saw all summer long with the ABDJ tour. Congrats, Ryan—you deserve it.”
- Jim Tremayne, Editor, DJ Times
Additionally, we’re pleased to announce that Evie Schmeer of Cupertino, Cal., is the Grand Prize Winner of the ABDJ fan voting contest. Evie and one friend will receive flight to and from Las Vegas, two nights’ accommodations at Cosmopolitan, plus VIP treatment at the America’s Best DJ Closing Party/Award Ceremony on October 13.
Ryan Raddon, known as Kaskade, is a GRAMMY-nominated DJ, producer and songwriter who has been in the trenches of the electronic dance music (EDM) scene as an original recording artist and in-demand DJ for more than a decade. This week, he has released his eighth studio album, Atmosphere, from Ultra Music. With the release of his last album Fire & Ice, he earned a GRAMMY-nomination and over his career he has earned 12 Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay Chart, created chart-topping remixes for everyone from Lady Gaga to Beyoncé, appeared at all the major summer music festivals, and has performed between 150 and 200 headlining shows a year for the last 10 years, building a name for himself as an innovator of the EDM scene as we know it today. The recent album has already earned critical acclaim, following on the heels of his 2011 release Fire & Ice, released by Ultra Music, which debuted at # 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart, #3 on the Independent Albums Chart and #17 on the Top 200 Albums chart, while the iTunes version debuted at #4 on the overall album chart. In 2012, he marked an industry milestone by selling out Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center after already earning the distinction of being the first Electronic Dance Artist to ever solo-headline the venue during the biggest North American tour of his career last year, the Freaks of Nature Tour and is about to embark on his next tour Atmosphere, in support of the album.
2013 AMERICA’S BEST DJ TOP 10
5. Porter Robinson
6. Steve Aoki
8. Wolfgang Gartner
Check out the top 50 here.