LBUM INCLUDES BREAKOUT TRACKS “ESCAPE” FEATURING HAYLA, “SACRIFICE” WITH SOFI TUKKER, “WHEN I TALK” WITH ELDERBROOK, “ALIVE” FEATURING JAMES FRENCH, AND “BRIGHT LIGHTS” FEATURING AR/CO
When Kaskade (Ryan Raddon) and deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman) first partnered on their 2008 smash “I Remember,” the pair were leading names in the rapidly expanding electronic music scene that enraptured a generation of music lovers across America. 15 years later, the duo formalized their occasional collaborations and long-running friendship into Kx5. Now Kaskade and deadmau5 as Kx5 celebrate the project with a GRAMMY® nomination for “Best Dance/Electronic Album” for their self-titled, independently released album Kx5 (mau5trap/Arkade/AWAL). Listen to ‘Kx5’ here: https://
Kx5 was dubbed by Music Radar, “… a stunning collection of electronic music that harks back to the late-00s progressive house while intertwining contemporary, intricate sound design and emotive vocal performances.” Breakout single “Escape” featuring Hayla carried on the tradition of sleek melodic house music first heard on “I Remember” (and its follow-up “Move For Me”), crowned as one of the “50 Best Dance Songs of 2022” by Billboard. Other notable accolades for “Escape” included top songs of the year from key players in the genre including Dancing Astronaut, SiriusXM, C89.5, Evolution and EDM Tunes and DJ Mag. The song also won the “Electronic Chill Track of the Year” from the BBC’s Radio 1 Dance Awards and was nominated for an iHeart Radio Music Award for “Dance Song Of The Year.”
Other album highlights include “Alive,” with its galloping beat, triumphant synth swells and yearning vocals by The Moth & The Flame (TMTF)- another “Best of 2022” song per EDM.com– “Avalanche” with its dizzying acid line and yearning vocal from James French, “Take Me High,” the romantic yet melancholy “When I Talk” featuring Elderbrook, and “Sacrifice,” a soaring collaboration with SOFI TUKKER.
deadmau5 has been previously nominated for six GRAMMYs including “Best Dance/Electronic Album” for 4×4=12, Album Title Goes Here and while (1<2) , “Best Dance Recording” for “Raise Your Weapon” with Greta Svabo Bech, and “Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical” for his remixes of Morgan Page featuring Lissie’s “The Longest Road” and Foo Fighter’s “Rope.” The producer also received additional nods in the “Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical” category for remixes of his songs “The Veld” by Tommy Trash and “Imaginary Friends” by Morgan Page.
Kaskade’s six preceding GRAMMY nominations include “Best Dance/Electronic Album” for Fire & Ice and Atmosphere, and “Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical” for his remixes of Galantis’ “Smile” and “Runaway (U & I),” Ry X’ “Only” with Lipless and Kygo featuring Justin Jesso’s “Stargazing.” He also received an additional nod in the “Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical” category for Dirty South’s remix of his single “Sorry.”
Listen to Kx5’s album ‘Kx5’:
- Alive ft. The Moth & The Flame
- Sacrifice with SOFI TUKKER
- Escape ft. Hayla
- Bright Lights ft. AR/CO
- pwdr Blu ft. Brother
- When I Talk with Elderbrook
- Eat Sleep ft. Richard Walters
- Take Me High
- Avalanche ft. James French
Kx5 appeared on the cover of Billboard’s March 11, 2023 issue.
When Kaskade and deadmau5 first partnered on their 2008 smash “I Remember,”—heralded by Rolling Stone as one of the top 100 dance music tracks of all time–the pair were leading names in the rapidly expanding electronic music scene that enraptured a generation of music lovers across America. 15 years later, the duo has formalized their occasional collaborations and long-running friendship into an official project, Kx5, with a self-titled album that carries on the genre-defining spirit of their early work with the additional excellence that comes from a decade and a half of studio and onstage experience for each. Those “different things” are evident in the evolving sound of Kx5 since the project was announced in March 2022 with the release of “Escape.” The debut single carried on the tradition of sleek melodic house music first heard on “I Remember” (and its follow-up “Move For Me”), securing high accolades that year. However it was just the starting point for months of sonic exploration that resulted in tougher-sounding songs like “Alive” featuring The Moth & The Flame (TMTF), “Avalanche,” “Take Me High,” “When I Talk” with Elderbrook, and “Sacrifice” with SOFI TUKKER.
As a household name in electronic music for over two decades, multi GRAMMY Award-nominated musician Kaskade needs no introduction. His list of achievements is a mile long: 12 studio albums, seven GRAMMY nominations, the first solo electronic dance artist to sell out both Navy Pier in Chicago and the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the first DJ to ever secure a Las Vegas residency, the only DJ to have played the Grand Canyon West Skywalk, the only musician to conceptualize and create an entire season of music for video game giant Rocket League, headlining multiple live streams during quarantine, a Fortnite feature concert, and the first electronic artist to ever headline Coachella.
Less tangible but even more important has been his influence on dance music tastes and culture for generations of listeners. Often Kaskade is one of the artists who introduced now-veteran listeners to the genre, and such fans typically become evangelical fans for life. In 2019, he worked with multi-award winner Meghan Trainor on “With You,” Cheat Codes “Be the One” and Gorgon City on “Go Slow,” and official remixes for the likes of Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, and Gwen Stefani earlier. In 2020 Kaskade leaned into the mandatory time off from touring by releasing the most consecutive music, back-to-back of his career. Stay tuned for more moves from the original curve bender Kaskade.
Joel Zimmerman, more commonly known as deadmau5 (pronounced ‘dead mouse’), is one of the world’s most respected electronic music producers of modern times. Enjoying international success with “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff,” as well as “Professional Griefers,” “Sofi Needs A Ladder” and “I Remember,” he has also released seven critically acclaimed albums. The multiple JUNO Award-winning and GRAMMY®-nominated artist’s ability to push the boundaries of his talent grows at an equal rate to his fan base. His latest music offerings include “Pomegranate” with The Neptunes, “Bridged By A Lightwave” with Kiesza, “Channel 43” with Wolfgang Gartner, “Hypnocurrency” and “Infraliminal” with REZZ, “When The Summer Dies” with Lights, “Hyperlandia” featuring Foster The People, “this is fine.” with Portugal. The Man, “XYZ” and “My Heart Has Teeth” featuring Skylar Grey.
In 2022 deadmau5 teamed with longtime friend and collaborator Kaskade on new music project Kx5 releasing “Escape” featuring Hayla leading into the release of their 2023 debut self-titled album Kx5. In the live realm, his 2019/20 U.S. cubev3 tour featuring production of his own design and implementation ranked in the Top 10 of Pollstar’s top tours globally. In 2022 he completed the ‘We Are Friends’ North American tour and as Kx5 headlined the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in December. Beyond his music career, he is also a co-founder of gaming venture PIXELYNX and is an executive of HD streaming platform StreamVoodoo.