Ryan Raddon, better known by his DJ/producer name, Kaskade, hosted his first west coast massive beach party, Sun Soaked, on July 15 in Long Beach, CA. The sold out event hosted over 12,000 fans on the sands of Alamitos Beach.
Sun Soaked started early with opening sets by Bynon, SNBRN, and Gryffin, among others, warming up the crowd for Kaskade’s three hour finale. Kaskade is known for playing festival main stages and throwing down exclusive redux sets, providing a one-of-a-kind performance long time fans have come to expect and appreciate.
At Sun Soaked, Kaskade paid homage to west coast summers, where he spent a lot of time in his early years of becoming a DJ and music producer. And for fans that showed up, they got a very special extended set where Kaskade showcased music he has made over his career, including his popular singles “4AM”, “Never Sleep Alone,” and “Disarm You.”
It was incredible to see how many die hard fans showed up in head-to-toe Kaskade merchandise, singing every lyric to every song. He is a prime example of an artist developing their niche in the music world, without depending on commercial radio and mainstream music to promote one’s brand.
Kaskade gained popularity with the rise of the progressive house genre in the early 2000’s. He started DJing in 1995, which led him to start developing his own unique sound, six years later he releases his debut single “What I Say.” Now, Kaskade has developed a redux set, which is his way of celebrating his sound, which is not necessarily electronic dance music that has a “drop,” or that part of a build up in a song everyone generally waits for before a huge moment, but that is what progressive house is.
Overall. Sun Soaked was a huge success, a sold out event with non-stop dancing and taking in the beautiful back drop of downtown Long Beach. Some normal minor logistical problems first time events encounter happened, like a long wait time to get into the venue or order at the bar. But, once you got inside and got your drink, experiencing a summer beach party makes those inconveniences fade away, especially if you are a huge Kaskade fan. What could be more fun than seeing a progressive house legend play an extended set that you hardly get anywhere else?
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