Kaskade appears at this year’s X Games in Minneapolis, MN for an amazing set at The Armory, down the street from the X Games.
EDM Sauce interviewed with Kaskade before his set that evening and discusses the X Games, Vinyl set, record stores, favorite albums, Heidi Klum, and more.
Welcome back to Minneapolis! We’re here for X Games, have you been to an event like this before?
I have. I was living in San Francisco when they hosted the X Games. Then they (X Games) got in a big fight with the city, which is kind of San Franciso’s way. Like, ‘This is too much fun! We’re kicking you guys out!’
Do you have a favorite event?
I’m more of a skateboard guy. I grew up skating. I’ll still jump on a skateboard now and again. In fact, look at that (Kaskade then pulled up his pant leg to show a scar on the right side of his foot around the ankle). I had two surgeries right there. That’s a little kicker right there. I broke that right in half.
I saw you have a vinyl set this week!
Yeah, tomorrow afternoon. A good opportunity to break records out.
Speaking of records, you used to manage a record store?
I owned and operated. I mean, we say ‘managed’ because that just means I hung out there a lot haha.
Before I owned it, I just would hang out there and pseudo kind of work there. I was going to university and I spent a lot of time in the record store. Then, one of the owners was moving so I bought her portion of the record store and I owned it for a few years.
I saw the story involving you, Skrillex and the record store.
Did that turn out to be you?
I don’t think it was. We tried to get the timeline. I moved away from Salt Lake in 2000. When we tracked the timeline back, we weren’t totally sure. People went back and found the dates. He was a touring act so I’m like ‘It could’ve been that tour; it could’ve been that tour.” Reading that story was freaking crazy, because I’m like ‘That’s my store!’
Do you have a favorite album? Like album art, songs, the total package?
I’d say the EDM thing to say would be Daft Punk’s “Homework”. Most people wouldn’t say “Homework”, but I think that’s my favorite album of theirs. I don’t know man; I’d have to go back farther like Art Of Noise. I forget what their second album was called (“In Visible Silence”), or Kraftwerk “Autobahn”. I could go back even farther because that stuff was so important for electronic music to have acts doing that you know? It was kind of like the foundation.
Heidi Klum stopped by your set a couple weeks back, how random was that?!
She’s very energetic. She likes to dance. That’s cool. I like people who dance at shows. She joined me in the booth; I showed her what a cryogun was. That was fun!
Haha she said two things that were extremely memorable that didn’t make any sense.
When I first walked into the booth, it was insanely loud! It was a brand new club and they hadn’t totally tweaked it or dialed the sound in yet. I mean brand new. I might’ve been the first act to play on that sound system. Anyway, I’m talking like blood is coming out of my eyes the corner of my eyes loud. She looks at me and is like (in his best Heidi impression) “Turn up the music!” I couldn’t tell if she was messing with me. Like ‘Are you messing with me because it’s so loud you want me to turn it up? Or do you actually want me to turn it up?” All I did was be like ‘I’m actually not the guy. I make the selections and blend them. It’s as loud as it can go on my apparatus that I use to perform here.’
The level is all the way up!
Ha! Yeah ‘There’s another guy around here!’
The other thing she said that’s kind of funny, (continuing his impression) “I want to jump out into the crowd.” I’m like ‘Okay’. “Will they catch me?!” ‘You’re Heid Klum, they will catch you. And there will probably be some wandering hands. If I was a 21 year old boy and Heidi Klum jumped on me I will catch you!’ She was trying to convince me to jump and I was like ‘Well I actually have something to do here. If you want to jump out there I’m sure I can assist somehow?’ But yes, she was very fun.
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