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It turns out that the controversy surrounding this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 DJ poll did not only have to do with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike taking over the #1 spot from Hardwell. It turns out that Kaskade and DJ Mag have a beef of their own, leading to the magazine calling the American producer a “douche” in his biography for the poll.

Long-time producer extraordinaire and favorite here at WeRaveYou, Kaskade has often been a proponent of letting his music do the talking and not appealing to the masses for votes in the yearly popularity contest that is the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, as seen in an entry to his ThisIsDynasty blog on October 19th, 2012.  The following is an excerpt from that entry and what most likely got the producer in hot water with the magazine:

“While I do appreciate a person taking their time to vote for me, it’s ok if you’d rather spend your time doing something else. This type of competition, poll, award whatever is not on my radar. I don’t have the bandwidth to campaign for an event that mainly exists as a stunt for Facebook and website page views. And while the integrity of the voting process has never actually been solid, the bigger and somewhat embarrassing question is, does EDM actually need a Prom King or Homecoming Queen? I didn’t jockey for the title in High School, and I’m not doing it now.” – Kaskade

Fast forward to 2015 and the release of this year’s poll and DJ Mag released this biography to go along with his comical #84 rating (full text of the biography is below.)  The biography references the small spat between Paul McCartney and Kaskade that occurred at Lollapalooza this summer when the two played headlining slots and unfortunately had their sounds competing on the Grant Park grounds.  Kaskade was quoted stating: “I love that! There’s something irreverent about electronic music, that it’s very young and youthful, so the fact that I pissed some old guy off is very funny. Life achievement unlocked.”  This statement earned a jab from the DJ magazine, stating “Douche. He might be big business in Vegas and a regular fixture in the Top 100, but with this sort of outspoken carry-on it’s surely only a matter of time before this man’s antics relegate him to a bin marked ‘obscurity’. Kaskade, please, stick with the day job, mate.”

Obviously not thrilled with the bio, Kaskade released a string of tweets in response calling out the lack of “journalistic integrity” of the magazine and the fact that magazine sells placement into the DJ poll, heavily assisting the skewed results.  Hopefully, this year’s fiasco in the poll can lead to an overhaul of the entire poll and lead to some more credible results in 2016.

 

Full Biography from DJ Mag Top 100:

Kaskade

From: Los Angeles, California

Style: EDM, progressive

Last year, Kaskade’s management made a song and dance about him answering a few simple questions for our poll. This year, they went one step further — insisting the main man was too busy on tour to answer the questions we put his way.

He’s not the only one, but all things considered this LA-based DJ/producer is fast becoming as notorious for his potty-mouth as he is his musical output. Last year, for example, he famously told us that “Anyone over the age of 30 is suspect in a nightclub” (Kaskade is 44), while this year he’s been taking pop-shots at rock royalty in the shape of Sir Paul McCartney.

To give you a bit of background, at this year’s Lollapalooza Festival, the sound bleed from Kaskade’s stage meant that it interrupted McCartney’s acoustic guitar during a tribute to John Lennon.

“I intended this,” McCartney joked as Kaskade’s bass crossed over to his stage. “It’s like a crazy mash-up of this song and whatever they’re playing over there.”
Kaskade’s response? “I love that!

There’s something irreverent about electronic music, that it’s very young and youthful, so the fact that I pissed some old guy off is very funny. Life achievement unlocked.”

Douche. He might be big business in Vegas and a regular fixture in the Top 100, but with this sort of outspoken carry-on it’s surely only a matter of time before this man’s antics relegate him to a bin marked ‘obscurity’. Kaskade, please, stick with the day job, mate.

STEPHEN FLYNN



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