I could feel the energy as soon as I walked through the doors of the American Airlines Arena and immediately knew this was going to be a special show. Ryan Raddon, known as Kaskade, was kicking off the Atmosphere Tour, in support of his stellar new album, “Atmosphere.”
Kaskade took the stage at about 9:45, opening with his newest single, Atmosphere, taking the vocals himself, just as he does on the album. The two-hour set was a perfect mix of old and new, including Last Chance, No One Knows Who We Are, Something Something, and more from “Atmosphere”, as Raddon kept the crowd’s energy up the entire night. Noticeably missing on the floor was the pushers and shovers who seem to be more and more prevalent at electronic music shows. There was plenty of room to let loose and dance, and everyone took advantage of it.
I was curious to see how Kaskade’s production would translate in such a large arena, but his team nailed it. One of the show’s highlights came about a quarter of the way through his set, when the stage filled with smoke and the lights went dark, before Kaskade emerged on an alternate stage at the other end of the arena. Lasers, moving lighting fixtures and video screens, and plenty of confetti, along with the music made for a truly captivating show. It’s safe to say that Miami set the bar high for the rest of the Atmosphere Tour.