Vegas, Baby: Kaskade Takes America’s Best DJ Awards

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Las Vegas—After America’s Best DJ winner Kaskade was handed the spoils of victory—a well-appointed plaque and a gold-plated Pioneer DJM-900nexus mixer—he basked in the glory for a moment, then offered sincere appreciation to the promotion’s sponsors.

“Thanks to Pioneer, who make such great products, and thanks to DJ Times,” said Kaskade before a room of area press. “It’s especially nice to get this award from DJ Times because I grew up reading the magazine. As a young DJ, it was great to learn about new tricks and techniques—so thank you, DJ Times.”

Held this past Sunday, Oct. 9, at Marquee Club in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the America’s Best DJ Award Ceremony/Closing Party honored the jock who garnered the most votes during the 6th annual competition, so there was a bit of formality early in the evening when Pioneer DJ’s Davey Dave Arevalo presented the glittering, one-of-a-kind, piece of gear. Fans voted online at or at 20-plus events during the America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ, and the hard-earned victory put a cap on the three-month-long promotion.

But this year’s champ—the L.A.-based Kaskade (aka Ryan Raddon)—wasted no time transitioning into party mode. When the photographers finished flashing and the journos completed their interviews at The Library, Marquee’s intimate press/meeting area, Raddon and wife Naomi headed downstairs to the main room, ready to conduct some dancefloor action.

Of course, the Marquee crowd welcomed him with familiar fervor, as Kaskade maintains a popular residency at the club. But Sunday night was special because the venue went all-out, with staff members wearing commemorative attire and fans receiving event-specific novelties. Kaskade responded with a soaring 60-minute vocal set that had fans singing along and raising hands in the air.

Longtime Vegas favorite Scotty Boy followed up with a blistering electro-house set of his own, one which saw a booth cameo from chart-topping, party-starters LMFAO. Dropping a pair of their best-known hits—“Party Rock Anthem” and “Shots”—the crowd ate it up and downed a few along the way.

So yes, by the close of business, Marquee had another big night, but most importantly, we had a new champion—Kaskade, America’s Best DJ 2011. Congrats, Ryan.

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