2016 has been… rough. With the death of Alan Thicke just a couple days ago, it seems like this year isn’t content to just leave us alone up until the very end. However, there have been a lot of great things that have happened this year, too.

If you’ve been to a music festival and had fun, or made friends, or saw the best set of your life, that’s worth something.

If you accomplished a personal goal; if you finally said “I love you”; if you just finally figured out how to make that damn souffle, you should be proud of yourself.

In dance music, Kaskade has had a great year. Every year he reflects on the past twelve months in a blog post, and this year has been quite packed. You can read his words below, and head to the blog here for a lot of tweets, pictures and messages from fans that Kaskade holds dear.

Ok 2016, you’ve made your point.

Perhaps the most poignant memory of 2016 is the sudden loss of Colleen Burns, who founded a community of friends from all over the world she named “Kaskade Konnect”. Colleen was more than a fan, she was a true diplomat and love ambassador. Her absence is felt every day, though her legacy outshines that sadness.

It’s been a tough year world-wide. I read somewhere that this year was proof that David Bowie actually did hold the fabric of the universe together. We lost him and everything went a little haywire. But as we emerge and look around there were some very high points. If we look at our pictures and spend some real time looking at all we’ve shared together, it’s been a landmark year.

Holy Ship, the Grammys, Ultra, Redux, EDC, Kaskade LA, and most importantly: all the music. It’s been a new year in a new studio and I’ve never felt so inspired. This is the year I finished The Arkade, and in the last three months, I’ve written more music (yet to be released) than I’ve written in the last three years. Join me in saying ‘bye 2016 and looking forward to what we can crush together in 2017.

At the end of this post, I’ve put together a complete library of the music that came out of my brain (and was released) in 2016. Because there’s really no better way to look back than by listening.



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