Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 4, 2013
A veteran in the electronic dance music scene, Kaskade (Ryan Raddon) played his first ACL festival Friday, drawing scores of young fans to his much-buzzed about live show. Before his set, he chatted with Austin360.
It’s your first ACL, but you’re not a stranger to Austin. Is there anything in particular that you enjoy doing when you are in town?
When I’m here I usually try to eat some barbecue, but unfortunately I’m not spending too much time in Austin this weekend. I’m getting on a plane to New York right after my set. I’m performing at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday. I’m hoping I come across members of The Cure before I have to leave. But I’ll be back next weekend.
Where do you draw inspiration from when you are writing songs?
I draw on my personal experiences a lot, and I find that those are the songs that connect with others the most. But there are times when, like when I release a new record, that sharing so much can feel intimidating because I’m opening myself up to criticism. But that’s part of making art.
How has the EDM scene evolved since you first started?
The level of sophistication has risen from the technology to the sound. And we really rely on technology to evolve. More people are intrigued by the music now. They’ve heard hip-hop and everything else, and this sounds fresh to them. People are really ready for it, even though it’s been around for a long time.
There’s some growing pains as the scene gets bigger, like how do you make the Barclays Center feel like a nightclub. But the scene has to change or else it would just be boring.