Ryan Raddon’s alter ego, Kaskade, screened his long-awaited DVD from his “Freaks of Nature” tour in an intimate setting at the Playhouse Nightclub in Hollywood among loved ones and fans.
Last summer Kaskade embarked on a 40-stop tour around the nation, culminating in his sold-out performance at the Staples Center in July 27. Â Raddon is the first DJ/electronic dance music act to do so at the home of the Lakers, Clippers and Kings.
“There was absolutely nothing like that Freaks of Nature tour last summer,” said Kaskade. “This was the biggest tour of my career and it was, by far, more massive than anything I ever could have imagined. Â Selling out Staples Center was just a dream come true and the electricity in the arena that night was unspeakable. I’m so excited that we captured it for this DVD and hope fans can get a glimpse into that incredible night.”
Coming off his recent mini-tour, “Redux,” Raddon brought his “Freaks of Nature” theme to the festivities at the Playhouse Nightclub. Attendees were treated to popcorn, a candy bar, and even a cotton candy machine, all while mingling among each other. Even the owner of the Roxy Theatre, and famous courtside Lakers season ticket holder, Lou Adler, was among the faces in the audience, enjoying the night with his family.
Kaskade introduced the film, stating how the finished product was ready in November but was released six months later due to having to get all the rights to all the songs. The audience was quite composed with the opening track of “Eyes” — however, that quickly changed when his mashup of his track “Be Still” and Tommy Trash’s remix of Steve Aoki’s “Ladi Dadi” was played. Everyone jumped out of their seats and started to dance. What was initially deemed a movie screening quickly turned into an all-party with Kaskade watching from the balcony with a pleased look on his face.
Justin Nizer did a spectacular job directing the concert film. There were times where it did not feel like one was a third person watching the movie unfold in front of you, but rather it felt like being a part of the actual event. Even though there was a lot of behind-the-scenes footage, the music never cut away or faded in and out, which was a conscious decision on the part of Kaskade and Nizer.
Kaskade watched the audience react to the movie playing more than 40 tracks spanning under two hours. This wasn’t enough when the crowd members chanted “one more song” as though they were at the concert live.
Kaskade’s “Freaks of Nature” Tour Concert DVD is out now. Â He is currently performing his “Summer Lovin” residency at Marquee Dayclub and Nightclub in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino.
For more information on Kaskade, visitÂ www.kaskademusic.com.