The 25 DJs That Rule the Earth

From stadium fillers to crossover kings and beat scientists

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Kaskade

Kaskade
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Based In: San Francisco
Age: 41

The veteran San Francisco DJ is riding a huge second act with his Deadmau5-ish multimedia blast of a live show that hit America's biggest amphitheaters all summer. Playing his own bass-tilted tracks – and collaborations with buddies like Skrillex – Kaskade represents an intensely positive side of dance-music culture. "People know my lyrics, they know the stuff I've written, and it's all about life, love, happiness and these big euphoric moments," he said. "It would always bug me when I'd go to a club and they're playing some chick on a stripper pole on the monitor behind me. I'm like, 'So that's not what I do, that's the other guy.' "

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