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Kaskade Helps Local Artists in Provo

The global star is paying it forward – granting major opportunities to Provo locals.

By Zander Sturgill

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There’s some pretty big stuff happening right now in the Provo music scene. Within the past three months, at least three local artists have released songs with one of the top electronic artists in the world: Kaskade.

Kaskade is big. About 10 million dollars big in 2013. [1] Most people think of Kaskade as a solo artist creating and performing his music, but Kaskade actually consists of a team of highly talented individuals working together and making the music. Some of that team lives in Utah and they’ve taken to doing work with local artists. These collaborations lead to great opportunities and exposure, as these songs and their videos can end up gaining hundreds of thousand of views and listens.

The popular Provo band The Brocks (who are playing at the Rooftop Concert Series this year) also collaborated with Kaskade for a song featured in a documentary about the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC). This EDM festival attracted 320,000 people in 2013 for just three days. [2] The documentary was just screened this month. While the documentary and song both haven’t been released yet, you can learn more about them at www.undertheelectricsky.com.

In addition to The Brocks, some of the recent collaborations local artists have done with Kaskade include: Debra Fotheringham on “How It Is” from Kaskade’s latest album Atmosphere (2013); “Please Say You Will,” featuring Adam Klopp of the Provo band Bat Manors; and “Ain’t Gotta Lie,” featuring DeCarl from Salt Lake City.

There are other local artists like Late Night AlumniWild Children, and Mindy Gledhill that have also collaborated with Kaskade. Things are happening. Local bands are getting major help. If artists in Utah continue to collaborate like this, there’s no telling how successful the Utah music scene can become.

[1] Warner, Brian. “The Richest Electronic DJs In The World 2013.” RSS. Celebrity Net Worth, 28 May 2013. Web. 18 Jan. 2016. [2] Domanick, Andrea. “2013 Electric Daisy Carnival Brought in $278 Million to Clark County.” LasVegasSun.com. Las Vegas Sun, 04 Dec. 2013. Web. 18 Jan. 2016.
[Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on ProvoBuzz.com before they changed to their new discussion-based format. All articles from Provo Buzz have been reposted here with permission. This article was given citations, a new structure and format, and spelling/grammatical errors have been corrected.]

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