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Kaskade Opens Up to Larry King About EDM Culture and Paris Hilton

The Kaskade hype grows daily as the September 25th release date for his upcoming album Automatic comes closer. To keep us on our toes, Kaskade undertook a rare and detailed interview with chat-show legend Larry King on his Emmy nominated Larry King Now web series. The DJ talks EDM culture, its relationship with drugs, and his relationship with Paris Hilton:

“There is an element of that, sure. To me it’s never really been in my face and I’ve never been asked to or no one’s twisted my arm and said that I have to behave this way to be a part of this scene. It was always very open and honest and people were like hey, this is where people who are different are accepted. For me, it was always about the love of music. I think in electronic music, it’s the same as it is in country, pop, hip-hop whatever it is. There are certain elements that circle around those genres of music and partying is part of the landscape of electronic music but it’s not that you have to be high or drunk or acting stupid to be successful.”

Coming from a religious background in a widely unstructured culture is difficult. Kaskade’s experience may come as a surprise to a lot of fans. Electronic music has always played host to an inclusive fellowship of people with differences, and even though Kaskade never allied himself with substance use, he naturally fit in because he identified with being different. The combination of drugs and edm culture is seemed to be expected as a normal thing but I have always seen it as the same as any other culture/environment. Anywhere you go in life things like drugs will be available and offered, but its solely up to you if you partake in it or not. The time and place should never be a reason for something like drugs, its all self will.

Also, in a frank and honest confession, Kaskade reveals his unlikely friendship with reality TV star and DJ Paris Hilton. Kaskade is happy Paris is a regular attendee of his shows, but he isn’t afraid to offer a backhanded swipe at the DJ.King also probed Kaskade for his feelings in regards to Paris Hilton’s recent transition into DJing:

“Paris is a friend and she would come to my shows, a lot of my shows, and come and hang out. I think a lot of people that are getting into the DJ world because it’s so popular now… ultimately it makes me look better because this is what I dedicated my life’s work to. Not everyone can be a talk show host but everyone thinks they can.”

When talking about his upcoming album, Kaskade feels confident he can provide a real game-changer. Despite it being his ninth album, he claims it to be something unlike anything he has done before:

“It’s the next chapter of my story. This is my ninth album, my ninth full length album. I think sonically it is a step forward for me. It feels very new and fresh. I am always trying to push myself.”

I guess we can only wait and see is he’s right! Watch the full interview here:

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