On Saturday, Kaskade made history. The beloved Chicago house DJ not only played the biggest solo show of his career at the Los Angeles Convention Center, attended by around 20,000 fans; the gig was also the first EDM event in the venue's history. "Best show of my life," he tweeted on Monday. The performance capped a big week for the DJ, who had also launched his own pop-up store just days before. Rolling Stone's photographer followed Kaskade from his appearance at the shop through the end of the massive show. See our photos and read the artist's own commentary on what went down.
This is at a Pop Up Shop I hosted in Los Angeles the week before the shows. There were local DJs playing, signed prints by Mark Owens who does all of my photography, and official Kaskade gear. I love doing this kind of thing – it's a more relaxed environment to meet some of my fans, and a cool opportunity for me to learn new skills like folding shirts and running registers. I was this close to being employee of the week. Maybe next time.
Everyone on my team thought these masks we gave away at the Pop Up Shop were hysterical but mostly they gave me nightmares.
Signing my Redux EP, which was pressed on beautiful milky white vinyl.
Pretty much the coolest dog/owner combo in L.A.
Before the night began. Los Angeles Convention Center.
Final soundcheck before #KaskadeLA.
The way the L.A. Convention Center was set up, my dressing room had a giant window that looked down onto where all the action was taking place. It played beautifully into my voyeuristic tendencies to be able to see the crowd coming in and getting all hyped listening to the music, staking their positions and getting bigger moment by moment. I felt connected to them before I even hit the stage.
On my way to the venue.
#KaskadePointsAtStuff is a thing.
A moment when I get lost in the music. This happens a lot.
Letting the music speak.
After going through that experience together, the look on my audience's faces as well as my own says it all. Pure elation. Pure adrenaline. And yes, I actually sweat in the shape of a heart.
Post-show clean up. As you can tell I'm supremely helpful in this regard.