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The life of a DJ is usually a riotous one. In such lifestyles, promiscuity, drug use, and other high-risk behaviors often abound. So to some, the phrase ‘Mormon DJ’ might sound as oxymoronic as ‘pretty ugly’ or ‘jumbo shrimp.’ But to Ryan Raddon, more famously known as Kaskade, it’s all in a day’s work.
Yet, as he told Rainn Wilson in an interview, “If you love the music, then all the stuff that’s going on around it is ancillary.” Despite his love of the music, Kaskade’s love of the gospel took precedence for two years as he served a mission in Japan. Still fluent in Japanese, he often surprises his fans with the revelation that he is LDS. “I consider myself a devout Mormon,” he told LA.com. “I’ve never had a drink of alcohol in my life.”
In part due to their clean lyrics and modest costumes, most LDS performers appeal to more conservative crowds. But through his unique music, Kaskade is able to maintain his standards while shining a gospel example into a corner of the industry that might not receive it otherwise.