Final month, the NFL introduced that Tiesto can be the primary in-game famous person DJ for Tremendous Bowl LVIII, enjoying a set previous to the sport because the gamers warmed up and the followers discovered their seats. The plan was then for the Dutch DJ and music producer to spin throughout recreation breaks and all through the Tremendous Bowl leisure slate.
What might be extra Las Vegas than that? Sadly, as occurs so usually on the earth of soccer, destiny intervened and the Grammy-winning worldwide star needed to cancel final minute resulting from a “private household emergency.”
Me and my group have been making ready one thing actually particular for months, however a private household emergency is forcing me to return residence Sunday morning. It was a troublesome resolution to overlook the sport, however household at all times comes first. Thanks to the @NFL for the collaboration and looking out…
— Tiësto (@tiesto) February 8, 2024
As at all times, the NFL had a group backup and Kaskade stepped in to fill the void within the Tremendous Bowl music roster. Though not as well-known globally as Tiesto, the Chicago-born DJ is way extra conversant in the large recreation than his Dutch counterpart — and with the town of Las Vegas itself.
As a child who grew up in Chicago watching the @NFL Tremendous Bowl yearly with my household this opportunity to truly be a part of it’s completely thoughts blowing. Las Vegas has been my second residence for the previous decade, as an architect of making a panorama that features Home and Dance… pic.twitter.com/UQ9w6cUNyr
— Kaskade (@kaskade) February 9, 2024
However who is that this man who’ll be on the decks throughout segments of the Tremendous Bowl airing on CBS in the present day? The NFL has had pre-game DJs up to now, starting with DJ Khaled in Miami in 2020, however that is the primary yr that they’ve been invited to stay round after kick-off.
Born in Chicago as Ryan Gary Raddon, Kaskade, now 52, started DJing in 1995 from a basement venue named Membership Manhattan. His street to Allegiant Stadium and the worldwide viewers of the Tremendous Bowl started after a transfer to San Francisco bought him concerned within the deep home motion there. This was additionally when Raddon took on the identify “Kaskade,” though his spouse was nervous it sounded an excessive amount of just like the dish detergent! He went on to develop into know for early tracks like “What I Say,” “Be Nonetheless” and “Sorry” — a remix for which was nominated for a 2008 Grammy for Greatest Remixed Recording — at OM Data, earlier than shifting to Extremely Data, the place he labored with deadmau5.
The 2000s noticed Kaskade’s reputation explode, and included his first soccer stadium efficiency in 2009 on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum throughout the Electrical Daisy Carnival. “I keep in mind trying on the sea of individuals: the entire soccer discipline was full,” he advised the New York Times. “I simply knew this was the start of one thing. There’s no music act that may do that proper now — U2, Coldplay. No one’s going to place this quantity of individuals into an enviornment proper now.”
Kaskade has since been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, and was voted as “America’s Greatest DJ” in 2011 and 2013. He’s additionally no stranger to the Las Vegas occasion crowd, having develop into resident DJ at Encore Seaside Membership events in 2010, which had been dubbed “Kaskade Sundays.”
The EDM god can now earn as much as $225,000 a present, making him one of many highest paid DJs on the earth — and greater than worthy to take heart stage with the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Christian McCaffrey on Sunday.