Not to say that there is some synchronicity between good music and weather, but as the beginning of Kaskade‘s two-night Spring Fling began at the Hammerstein Ballroom, the relatively gloomy weather began to clear up. Before the show, there were many fans showing their appreciation via social media, whether it be through homemade signs or tattoos with Kaskade. In this new musical spectrum that we live in where fans have more access to a musician than ever before, personality is key.
Fans want to feel like they have a connection with you; via music or a comment that they may hold dear. With Kaskade, his interactions with fans are as personal as his music. Like his inmate Redux shows that go upwards to three hours, he strives for his music to take you on a journey. The melodies both make you want to dance and gives you a need to be present, to discard any other feeling than the current moment.
“Let me disarm you/I’m not trying to own you” fans came at the beginning of Kaskade’s two hour set. While the Hammerstein Ballroom is a good sized venue with three balconies to house the sold out show, there was something about the music that made everything feel small and personable. The show was not without the bells and whistles including lasers, confetti, and fire, but the main story was the music.
It takes a lot to make your electronic set both unique and special in an era where some people feel that most electronic artists dial it in. It’s very hard to bring that sense of spontaneity when you have a full stage production as there are a lot of intricacies with the music and stage show. In his interview with Build Series, Kaskade talks about his process with remixes and how to make them applicable to a type of venue. Songs like “Last Chance” and “I Remember” sound new because vocal parts are synced with different melodies from other songs that you would not have thought.
Spring is a time for renewal, good weather, and to be more outgoing. Kaskade not only strives to make a good show that maximizes your money and the time spent, but to make it a memorable experience for you to share and relive at your leisure.