Kaskade Talks EDM & Pissing Off Paul McCartney
Kaskade recently sat down with Rolling Stone for an interview to discuss EDM's mainstream status, being a producer on the fringe of dance music and that time he got under the skin of a legendary rock star.
Kaskade blissfully recounts the time he pissed off Paul McCartney at Lollapalooza earlier this year by overpowering the Beatles member's acoustic guitar.
"I love that!There's something irreverent about electronic music, that it's very young and youthful, so the fact that I pissed some old guy off is very funny. Life achievement unlocked."
He talks about the changing environment that EDM has seen in the last couple of years and whether or not that has changed his approach to writing music.
"No, because I've always kind of existed outside that box. This is my first album with a major label, Warner, but I was always the guy leading the pack from the outside. When Daft Punk was breaking and signed to Virgin Records it was cool, but being a kid from Chicago I was like, "They took that Chicago sound and really polished it up and made it pop-friendly." That worked for them and it was a beautiful moment for dance music, but for me I've kind of always existed on the fringes. I'm one of the guys that's like, "Cool, dance music can be more melodic and lyric-driven!" Twenty years ago it was like, "What? This is instrumental music." I was like, "Nah, I'm gonna be a songwriter too, dammit." That was a pretty crazy idea 15 years ago when I released It's You, It's Me, but now that's kind of where we're at. I've always just been really comfortable doing my own thing."
Lastly, Kaskade comments on EDM going mainstream, looking at whether it's had a negative or positive effect on the music being released nowadays.
"I share that same sentiment. It's cool because for the people who have been following dance music for so long, it's kind of like, "Yeah, I was right! I told you, man, this stuff is so awesome." But then on the downside there's been a lot of growing problems, and to see it stretched to try and fit in a more commercial format, it's a little sad. Like, "Ah, man, why couldn't it have remained small and pure and like it was 20 years ago when I was going to the warehouses in Chicago?" We all have that moment, but I think every time I'd opt for what we're in now.