It's hard to regard the nearly 30 year-old Kaden as some sort of elder statesman, especially considering he's by far the youngest of the Freude Am Tanzen crew from Jena, where he first got his start in the production world in collaboration with Marek Hemmann. But nowadays he's the oldest in his other family, the one that goes by the name Vakant, and he has plenty of knowledge to impart.
Like any middle child, though, there's a healthy mix of bravado and humility to the DJ/producer. Secure in what he likes, but always looking to learn more, his 2009 debut full-length Studio 10 saw him exploring sides of his musical personality that many didn't even know existed. "It was very important for me to choose another approach to create music—one closer to a classic song production and composition," he said at the time. As his DJ sets over the past few years have proven, however, he has clearly not lost sight of the dance floor in the slightest. In advance of his undoubtedly up-tempo gig at this year's Sunday School for Degenerates in Miami—as well as for the good folks at Resolute—we caught up with Kaden to find out what's been doing the business for him of late.
It's quite a hit, right?
Actually not. It was part of that Desolat compilation, and for sure Loco Dice is the most well known producer on it. But even though it sounds like a hit, I don't think it is. He goes in a very underground way with this record. It's a record that a lot of people like, but not everyone can play because he goes so deep with it. For me, personally, it was a big hit. But I don't think it's one for the big room, there's no melody hook line. It's just really groovy in that American way that he often goes.