Kaskade responds to critical LA Times article for hyping rave deaths


An American DJ and record producer Kaskade, has always been one to voice his opinion, and not afraid to stand up for his profession and those who appreciate electronic dance music.

Now, he’s taken to his blog to call out what he sees as an unfair stigma associated with EDM, particularly in reaction to a report from the LA Times who have equated the “summer of deaths” in festivals to the reason HARD’s popular Haloween rave is not happening this year.

The outside world has a perception that Raves = Drugs and Kaskade has something to say about it.

“So, in the past 10 years there have been 21 substance-related deaths at dance events. And EVERY DAY there are 27 substance-related deaths, which are somehow less news and attention worthy. I suppose once you reach a certain point, the news doesn’t notice anymore.

I’m happy to use my influence to encourage people to be responsible, to stay alive. But this is a world-wide problem, something that is not even close to being unique to dance music. Part of the problem is people trying to simple-size it. Raves = drugs. So close them down.

Not going to work, and we all know it. Time to devote your column inches to some real stories. The war on drugs is a farce. There are better answers than regurgitating the same alarmist solutions that have never worked, which will NEVER work. Try this on: education, harm reduction and legalization.

Start there. And back to the music for me.”

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Posted by Kaskade on Wednesday, September 21, 2016