Kaskade calls out LA Times for hyping rave deaths

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No one has done more to publicly combat dance music's reputation as a drug-fueled culture than Kaskade.

He starred in that URB Ecstasy PSA in 2013. He is open about his own sobriety. Now, he's taken to his blog to call out what he sees as an unfair stigma associated with dance music, particularly in reaction to a report from the LA Times blaming HARD's decision not to host Day of the Dead this year on drug overdoses that occurred during HARD Summer 20116.

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"Let's not pretend this is an isolated problem, something unique to dance music culture," Kaskade writes. "According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every day in America 27 (TWENTY-SEVEN!) people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. That's more than one person, per hour, every single day."

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PEMBERTON, BC - JULY 15: Kaskade performs during the Pemberton Music Festival on July 15, 2016 in Pemberton, Canada. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 02: Kaskade attends the WORLDZ Conference at Skirball Cultural Center on August 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for PTTOW!)
PEMBERTON, BC - JULY 15: Kaskade performs during the Pemberton Music Festival on July 15, 2016 in Pemberton, Canada. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/FilmMagic)
PEMBERTON, BC - JULY 15: Kaskade performs during the Pemberton Music Festival on July 15, 2016 in Pemberton, Canada. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/FilmMagic)
QUEBEC CITY, QC - JULY 13: DJ/Producer KASKADE performs during the 2016 Festival D'ete De Quebec on July 13, 2016 in Quebec City, Canada. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)
QUEBEC CITY, QC - JULY 13: DJ/Producer Ryan Raddon aka KASKADE performs during the 2016 Festival D'ete De Quebec on July 13, 2016 in Quebec City, Canada. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/FilmMagic)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Kaskade performs at The Los Angeles Convention Center at Los Angeles Convention Center on May 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Kaskade performs at The Los Angeles Convention Center at Los Angeles Convention Center on May 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - MARCH 18: Kaskade interviewed at SiriusXM's 'UMF Radio' Broadcast Live From The SiriusXM Music Lounge at 1 Hotel South Beach at 1 Hotel South Beach on March 18, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
Los Angeles, CA - February 21: Kaskade performs on stage at the Air + Style 2016 at Exposition Park on February 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Los Angeles, CA - February 21: Kaskade performs on stage at the Air + Style 2016 at Exposition Park on February 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: DJ Kaskade performs onstage at Exposition Park on February 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA - DECEMBER 30: Kaskade performs during the Snowglobe Music Festival at Lake Tahoe Community College on December 30, 2015 in South Lake Tahoe, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Recording Artist Kaskade attends The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA - DECEMBER 30: Kaskade performs during the Snowglobe Music Festival at Lake Tahoe Community College on December 30, 2015 in South Lake Tahoe, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
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While the LA Times refers to the unfortunate passing of recent revelers as "summer of death," Kaskade chastises the publication for being sensationalist and oversimplifying a complex issue.

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"I'm happy to tackle substance abuse," he continues. "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."

Read Kaskade's full post on his website.

Billboard Dance has reached out to the LA Times for comment.


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