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  • Live Review: Kaskade — The Staples Center, Los Angeles

    Mon, 30 Jul 2012 08:44:03

    Live Review: Kaskade — The Staples Center, Los Angeles - Exclusive by ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    Love was in the air at Kaskade's landmark Los Angeles stop of his "Freaks of Nature" tour.

    He repeated, "I love you guys" to the sold out venue numerous times, and his exuberance proved not only infectious but also invigorating. It was a monumental moment for the artist and electronic dance music as a whole. Homeboy has every right to be beaming! The fact that one guy could sell out the same spot the Los Angeles Lakers play in remains impressive, and it's not simply a sign of the times. Kaskade really did put on an unforgettable show worthy of that hallowed space.

    With enough lasers to take out The Death Star, massive LED screens, a haze of smoke, and giant balls let loose from the ceiling, he completely immersed the audience into this nature. Constantly moving behind the decks and flashing a smile as bright as the strobes, the artist built a lush landscape that made the entire world move live on the Fuse TV broadcast of the gig.

    Kaskade separates himself from the EDM pack by weaving together house, electro, pop, and a tiny bit of dubstep for a sound that's catchy enough to be on the radio but technical enough to keep the blogosphere content. A new track, "No One Knows Who We Are" sparked a massive sing-a-long, while the dance floor classic "Angel on My Shoulder" sizzled throughout the arena. "Move for Me" sent a surge of energy through the floor, getting everybody sweating and grooving.

    "I'll Never Dream (I'm in Love)" spread the man's favorite emotion through a sweet and saccharine transmission, while the closing encore of "I Remember" reverberated as utterly and undeniably divine.

    It was a night that everyone in attendance and beyond would no doubt remember. Most importantly though, they fell in love eternally with Kaskade.

    Rick Florino
    07.30.12


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