Kaskade has unveiled Never Sleep Alone, the lead single from his upcoming and currently untitled eighth studio album.
First played during Kaskade’s surprise B2B performance with Skrillex at Holy Ship, Never Sleep Alone is a rousing modern house track featuring several staples of classic Kaskade productions such as soft, alluring vocals and a festival-ready build, although the drop is something we haven’t really seen from the legendary producer before.
Kaskade spoke about the inspiration behind the song on his own website:
“Never Sleep Alone” could be taken so many ways. I hesitate to tell people what it means to me, because I want my listeners to imprint their own circumstance on it. That’s what makes it meaningful to them. But “Never Sleep Alone” is interesting because it conjures up so many moods. Essentially, the big picture meaning for me is this: we never sleep alone. Nobody does.
There’s a whiplash effect that happens pretty much every time I play on the road. While performing, I can almost tangibly feel the thousands of eyes on me accompanied by thousands of hands reaching for me. We all sing the same songs and move to the same strenuous beat and it creates this crushing feeling of belonging. Belonging, not just for me (I hope) – it’s a feeling that blankets the room. It is the opposite of isolation – it is desegregation and connectedness; it is unity.
In what seems like only moments later, I move from this sweaty and loud but peaceful state to a much-too-quiet hotel room. The door is locked, there’s usually some kind of buzz from a heater or air conditioner (or maybe it’s just in my ears) and then there’s me. I’m expected to sleep because I’m told that’s what people do. But it’s euphoric what we all do together, at these shows. And it’s really hard to come down. I cannot sleep because I never sleep alone. I am haunted by a mind that won’t stop racing, one that is fed by the energy of the thousands of eyes and hands and smiles.
It’s difficult to turn the night off – I can’t shut it down. I am sleeping with these thoughts; I am sleeping with what just happened, I am sleeping with all the feelings of the night and the eyes and hands and hearts of everyone I just spent time with.
I never sleep alone.