Ryan took his stage name ‘Kaskade’ from a nature book.
"I was reading a nature book the night before and I was like, "Hey, man. I saw this picture of a waterfall and it said ‘cascade.’ What do you guys think of that?” I had thrown them out all these names and they were like, “Yeah, that sucks. That sucks,” and finally one kid was like, “No. ‘Cascade.’ I think that’ll work. Go with that.” And then I just spelled it different to be different. So there’s no cool story like my teenage dog was named Kaskade and got hit by a car." (Las Vegas Weekly)