In this week's OC Weekly I catch up with dance music star Kaskade, who has a new mix-CD, The Grand, out on Ultra Records this month. The mix is very, er, trancey, though Kaskade, a former smooth-house titan, does'nt use the word. He does, however, say his music has grown in scope and breadth -- thus the album title -- as he's played bigger and bigger venues.
During my interview with the DJ, who was raised Mormon, I asked him about Proposition 8, the successful California initiative that overturns the right for anyone to marry. The Mormon church spearheaded the pro-8 campaign. He said I was the first reporter ever to ask him about it.
"Part of the reason I’m so sympathetic—and anybody who knows dance music can understand this—20 years ago, it was the gay community that supported dance music," he says. "I was going to these clubs. For me, it’s a no-brainer. Of course, everybody should have equal rights."