One of America’s biggest names in dance music decided to go on a tiny club tour, to celebrate his humble beginnings and the album that really helped propel him to where he is today. Ryan Raddon, better know as Kaskade embarked on the ‘It’s You, It’s Me Redux’ tour to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of his album ‘It’s You, It’s Me’ on OM Records, making 9 stops across the US. 9 cities, 9 tiny clubs, 9 shots at seeing Kaskade the way you would have ten years ago, in dark basements getting deep and sweaty with Kaskade’s melodic deep house goodness. If you don’t know the back story, read here as the man himself describes it in his own words. It’s moving. The fact he was coming to SF, where he made the album that helped push this breakthrough meant that tickets would be insanely hard to come by. He picked Monarch in SF, a spot with a capacity of 300. This would certainly be a night to remember.
First, I have to thank a couple of my friends, C, T, G, and K, as without them, I wouldn’t have had the chance to revel in such a night. I wasn’t able to get tickets either time they went up for SF and until the actual day of the event had conceded that this would be something I was not a part of. Fortunately, as I was eating a delicious chocolate croissant, I got a Facebook message that let me know I was in! So excited. I spent the rest of the day at work trying to avoid thinking about the evening that lay ahead, as I knew I would be overwhelmed with excitement and not accomplish anything.
Finally, it was time. We headed for Monarch, which I had never been to before, but had heard really good things about. We beat our friends there and needed to wait briefly. I cannot relay how impressed I was with Monarch, upstairs the bar area is extremely cool, and downstairs was incredibly intimate with a superb sound system, I’d say the best system in the city by far.
Eventually my friends got there, and it was time to enter. Monarch did a great job with ticketing, you had to present the card you purchased the tickets with to get in, so it really helped deal with scalpers. Our ticket for the evening was a golden wristband, and it was not lost on me that I now was in possession of the golden ticket to San Francisco that night. Not sure if that was deliberate or not, but it certainly made me smile. We got in and grabbed some cocktails and headed downstairs, which was a cool basement with some couches on the side and a very underground vibe. The sound system is a custom horn-loaded Void Acoustics setup, which was rather loud but insanely crisp and clear. We all hung out as Julius Papp played some groovy house, setting the stage nicely for Kaskade. He is someone I definitely want to see on his own, as I was really impressed with his set. Finally, it was Kaskade time.
To say I was excited would be a bit of an understatement. When I first started listening to electronic music, Kaskade was the second real artist that I really got in to. The ‘I Remember’ collab with Deadmau5 was one of the first tracks my friend Abe and I discovered and since then it’s been pure love. I’ve spent more then one night looking over SF in the first apartment I ever lived in, listening to ’4 AM’ and reflecting on life. As Kaskade graced the booth, the crowd went absolutely nuts, and I knew this was going to be amazing. Nothing but great melodic, deep house with a crowd that could not have been more excited to be there. It was probably the most exclusive thing I have been a part of so far in my life, and honestly grooving with a ton of huge fans that were there just to get sweaty and enjoy the classics was great. No one there to rage, or whatever, just music lovers ready to swim in the depths that Kaskade was providing us. Away we went as he kicked things off with Raining, one of his finest tracks.
When he dropped ‘It’s You, It’s Me’ everyone in the building drowned out the vocals with their own, which was awesome. He worked through a lot of his Ice Mixes from his album ‘Fire and Ice’ and the crowd was just eating it up. One of the early highlights for me was when he dropped One More Chance by Late Night Alumni, which is one of my favorite melodic tracks ever. Just pure singalong magic. A couple tracks later, Breach’s Jack hit our eardrums, which is currently the sexiest track in the land. Everyone was getting sweaty and groovy, it was impossible not to. The downstairs dance floor had to be upwards of 80 degrees with all that body heat, and not a single person in the building wasn’t shaking what their momma gave them.
The track of the night for me though, was Kaskade’s Members Only mix of Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That. You want funky, this is it. So good. No chance you can hear this track and not be singing along and moving, no matter where you are.
We also were graced with his deep rework of his new single ‘Atmosphere’, a deep mix of ‘Eyes’ that just blew my mind (please release this fine sir!) and more classics from his extensive collection. Eventually we made it to ’4 am’ and then Kaskade finished with Late Night Alumni’s Empty Streets, which was pure magic. A brief shout-out to everyone for coming out that night from the man himself as the crowd cheered and begged for more. Eventually he departed from the decks after more then 2 hours and 15 minutes of deep Redux magic. I must say that Kaskade did an incredible job of riding the line between deep and melodic tracks all night that kept everyone moving. It was certainly an evening to remember, and you could tell that he enjoyed it as much as we did, staying to sign autographs for the people up front. Just a stellar evening: a guy, his records, and three hundred of his biggest fans in a sweaty basement. You really can’t ask for much more in life.
Full tracklist from the evening:
1. Kaskade ft. Sunsun – Raining
2. Kaskade ft. Quadron – Waste Love
3. Kaskade ft. Joslyn – It’s You, It’s Me
4. Kaskade – Llove (Ice Mix)
5. Kaskade – Stepping Out
6. Hailey – This is how it goes
7. Nelly Furtado – All Good Things Come To End (Kaskade Remix)
8. Late Night Alumni – One More Chance
9. Kaskade ft. Sunsun – I’ll Never Dream
10. Breach – Jack
11. Knee Deep – Darlin
12. Underworld – Two Months Off (John Ciafone Vocal Mix)
13. Kaskade – Atmosphere (Raddon’s Deep Edit)
14. Daryl Oates & John Oates – I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)
15. Mark Knight – Alright w/ Alex Gaudino – Destination Calabria
16. Kaskade ft. Becky Jean Williams – One Heart
17. ID – It don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) Remix
18. Kaskade – Angel On My Shoulder
19. Kaskade ft. Mindy Gledhill – Eyes (Deep Mix)
20. Julian Jeweil – Air Conditionne
21. M.IN Muovo – We Don’t Stop
22. Daft Punk ft. Pharrell – Get Lucky Remix
23. Michelle Weeks – The Light (Jamie Lewis House Mix)
24. Kaskade – Everything (Big Room Mix)
25. Rufus Wainwright – Go or Go Ahead (Kaskade Mix)
26. Kaskade – Brighter Day
27. Kaskade – Move For Me (Rasmus Faber Mix)
28. Julien Jabre – Swimming Places (Sebastian Ingrosso Re-Edit)
29. Kaskade – 4am
30. Late Night Alumni – Empty Streets