A couple weeks ago, I had the enviable opportunity to see Kaskade perform on his It’s You, It’s Me Redux Tour. The tour was a 10 year anniversary celebration of his first album on OM Records “It’s You, It’s Me”. Appropriately, his stop in San Francisco was at Monarch, which is actually owned and operated by the head honchos of OM Records. This Redux Tour was quite the departure from Kaskade’s sets over the last couple years. He ditched the mainstream, big room mashups (THANK GOD) for his roots in deep melodic house music. The result was my favorite Kaskade set of all time (I’ve probably seen him 7-8 times live now).
This show was definitely one for the true fans. I felt extremely privileged to be there but also had a small feeling of self-entitlement. Kaskade is the artist that sparked my love for house music and dance music in general. I fell in love with his deep sounds from Strobelite Seduction, with Angel On My Shoulder and Move For Me being two of my favorite songs ever. Tickets for Monarch sold out in 20 seconds and by some miracle I was able to grab them. The Kaskade gods were certainly shining down on me.
I had never stepped foot in Monarch before this night, and I can definitely say that I’ll be back again. The small, intimate club had really sick decor and the speakers are by far the best I’ve heard in SF up to this point. The opening DJ got the crowd warmed up with a great mix of tech and deep house. He even dropped the Eric Prydz remix of New Order’s Blue Monday, which certainly got my ass groovin. When Kaskade hit the decks just after midnight, the crowd went ballistic. He opened with an awesome deep mix of Raining, which I had never heard. The crowd sang along to the entire song and the night was off!
From there he got into some of the ICE mixes from his latest Fire & Ice album. Llove, Waste Love, and Eyes all got play. Then he got into some of his classics like It’s You, It’s Me, Steppin’ Out, This Is How It Goes, and I’ll Never Dream. My highlight of the night was when he dropped one of my favorite deep mixes ever, the Kaskade mix of Late Alumni’s One More Chance.
Another highlight was when he dropped an Electrick Hat favorite at the moment, Jack by BrEaCh. This song is so damn funky and groovy, it’s impossible not to get down. The lyrics are infectious as well; they’ll be in your head the rest of the day.
He played a really dope mashup of Mark Knight’s Alright with the breakdown from Destination Calabria. He also played deep mixes of his new tune Atmosphere and one of his classics Everything. Even Daft Punk’s Get Lucky vocals found their way into the mix over an unknown ID deep house track. The final highlight had to be when he dropped his Members Only mix of I Can’t Go For That by Hall & Oates. It was such a fun song that had the entire crowd moovin and groovin.
Overall, it was definitely a concert experience of a lifetime and one that I will never forget. I’d like to thank Ryan for not forgetting about his roots in deep house and giving his fans a show that reflected that. Personally, I never thought I would hear the original deep versions of his classics played live. I’m glad I was proven wrong and hopefully this won’t be the last we see of the deeper side of Kaskade.
You can find the entire setlist from the night here:
And even better, you can download Kaskade’s Redux set from San Diego to get a feel for the vibes yourself: